WJCT First Read: Monday, September 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013

Jags start season 4-0, Nancy Pelosi a key figure for FL GOP, and the discovery of a deadly bacteria in the state are in headlines this morning.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida, and across the country. We'll also preview some of WJCT's upcoming news programming.

As Jaguars fall to Colts, fans look for answers: The Jaguars are among four teams to start the season with four losses, replacing annoyance with traffic caused by the closure of the Mathews Bridge with lamentations about the state of the team. At least one high flying fan still sees some potential for Tim Tebow to take the helm. (Florida Times Union, USA Today)

Jax-based business tops list of fastest growing companies: The HCI Group Inc. has been honored as Florida's fastest growing company. (Jacksonville Business Journal)

Pelosi's unpopularity to play a part in local elections: Republicans in competitive congressional districts are invoking the name of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in attacks on Democratic opponents. (Sunshine State News)

Former Pennsylvania governor to headline Fla. Democratic conference: Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell will be the keynote speaker at the Florida Democratic Party's state conference on Oct. 26. (Miami Herald)

Mosquito wars continue as battlefield changes: State officials are contending with many new factors in the fight against mosquitos in Florida. (The New York Times)

Deadly bacteria found in several counties: The bacteria vibrio vulnificus was found to have killed a Flagler County man and cases have also been reported in Volusia, Brevard, and Hillsborough Counties. (Orlando Sentinel)

UF to offer online bachelor's programs: The University of Florida will begin offering fully online bachelor's degree programs through a new program called UF Online. (The Tampa Tribune)

Today on First Coast Connect, we'll look at the state's new texting and driving ban with lawyer Wayne Hogan and President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters Randy Wyse.

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