City of Jacksonville

Left to Right: Joyce Mahr (CEO of the Betty Griffin Center), Gail Patin (CEO of Hubbard House), Ana Martinez-Mullen (CEO of Quigley House) & Lauren Goode (Outreach & Community Engagement Director at Micah's Place) flanked by law enforcement officials.
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A new report shows that while there has been an overall decline in homicides, both nationally and locally, the rate of domestic violence homicides hasn’t improved.

Erin Gillespie speaking at Friday's launch of the Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville.
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On Friday, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) opened its Rebuild Florida Center in Jacksonville, offering aid to families who still need help repairing or rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Assorted pills.
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A new not-for-profit drug company, called Civica Rx, is looking to help combat drug shortages and rising prices with the help of health systems and hospitals across the nation, including several in Jacksonville.

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Thursday First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk. She was joined by local historian Jim Crooks and attorney Earl Johnson Jr. to talk about the 50th anniversary of Consolidation in Jacksonville (01:38).

View of Acosta and Fuller Warren bridges from a downtown skyscraper.
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Jacksonville next month commemorates the 50th anniversary of its consolidated government.

Combining the city with Duval County was a way to deal with a host of problems it was having in the late 1960s.

As Bill Delaney tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, other Florida cities took different approaches to the same problems, and they have fared worse in the long run.

Aerial view of downtown Jacksonville.
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Mayor Lenny Curry announced last week that the credit rating agency Fitch had given the City of Jacksonville a historic best AAA credit rating, but what does that mean?

Following his success in the August primary, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum says he believes he’ll win Duval County in the general election.

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The tenth State of the River Report has been released, and the detailed analysis of the health and status of the Lower St. Johns River Basin and its tributaries shows mixed results.

Our Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, radio host Angela Spears and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (00:54).

Our panel discussed

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Visit Jacksonville is partnering with several local attractions and restaurants to offer special deals for Hurricane Florence evacuees this weekend.

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The Florida Blue Foundation recently announced that it will be giving a three-year, $2-million grant to Jacksonville-based LSF Health Systems to fund a pilot project aimed at fighting the state’s epidemic of opioid overdoses.

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A year ago this week Hurricane Irma caused record flooding in many parts of Jacksonville, and some business owners are still dealing with the storm’s effects.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the opening of its first student housing option at the historic Lerner building in downtown Jacksonville.

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Mayor Lenny Curry and two City Council members were at Pinehurst Cemetery on Friday to help Public Works crews start clearing trees and brush as part of a 5-year multi-million dollar plan to clean up and restore historical African-American cemeteries in Jacksonville.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has announced plans to offer all full-time city employees six weeks of paid parental leave.

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City leaders say they plan to award $350,000 in mini grants to small community organizations as part of an effort to stem the tide of gang violence.

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis will likely dominate the airways up until the November election, but there are other options, including Jacksonville’s own Darcy Richardson.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, on the heels of the deadly weekend in Jacksonville there are more calls to address the roots of Jacksonville’s gun violence.

We spoke with Ben Frazer from the Northside Coalition of Jacksonville, Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition and Atlas Rankin, pastor of the New Life Community Church (01:10).  

Andrew Gillum
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Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida Governor by well over 40,000 votes, and about half of those votes were cast in Jacksonville.

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Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

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Come November, Wyman Duggan will be facing off against Democrat Tracye Polson in the race to become District 15’s next State Representative after he came out on top against his Republican opponents in Tuesday night’s primary election.

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Police say they have a 16-year-old suspect in custody in connection with last Friday’s shooting after a Raines High School football game, which left one dead and two wounded.

Of the 12 people who were shot at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday, ten survived and were treated at Memorial Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville.

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A new HIV clinic is open on Jacksonville’s Southside.

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Several local agencies are trying to get a $25 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fund what’s been dubbed the Bay Street Innovation Corridor in Jacksonville.

JAX Chamber

The JAX Chamber hosted its 5th annual Tech Coast Conference on Wednesday, featuring a new $2,500 IT scholarship which was awarded to two University of North Florida freshmen.

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Curaleaf opened its first Jacksonville-area medical marijuana dispensary on the city’s Westside on Tuesday.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
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The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is asking the city to increase its investment in arts and culture by more than $1 million. 

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Students attending four Jacksonville colleges and universities could reap the rewards of a $100,000 donation gifted to the city by the King of Pop 34 years ago.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with online travel magazine Thrillist’s Miami editor Matt Meltzer who published a glowing review of Jacksonville last week, calling it a hidden gem and the most misunderstood city in America (01:11).

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