Duval County

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An election will be held in December to fill Tommy Hazouri’s seat on the Jacksonville City Council, a date the Council decided on Tuesday. The former Jacksonville Mayor died on Saturday following complications from a lung transplant last year. 

DeSantis Breaks With CDC, Puts Vaccine Focus On Seniors Over Essential Workers

Dec 23, 2020
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Five more people are confirmed to have died from coronavirus in Duval County since Tuesday, and the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Duval jumped by nearly 700 overnight. And with two days until Christmas, more than 320 people in the county remain hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he is creating a special committee to look into how families can meet face to face with their loved ones at assisted living facilities. 

police officer riding on ATV on the sand
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The cities of Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and Neptune Beach will be opening the Duval County beaches, with activity restrictions, but with no time restrictions starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

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Qualified Duval County residents may have a $1,000 payment card as soon as Monday, May 4.

Exterior of City Hall building
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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved a $159 million stimulus package that Mayor Lenny Curry’s office proposed late last week.

Someone getting tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site, someone reaching into a car where a patient is, while dressed in a mask and gown and gloves.
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Nursing homes and other so-called long-term care facilities in Northeast Florida are receiving help from a state emergency team to curb COVID-19 outbreaks. 

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry responded to criticism on Monday that he’s faced since announcing the limited reopening of beaches and parks in Duval County.

Mayor Curry alongside emergency personnel in the city, speaking in front of a table with the city's logo on it. Curtains the the U.S. flag in the background.
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday afternoon, the City Council will consider two emergency bills that allow recently retired Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police and corrections officers to work during the COVID-19 crisis without it having an impact on their pensions.

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Updated: Some of the numbers in this story were updated on Sunday, April 5. 

A Friday update to the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard allows people to view the number of cases in each ZIP code. 

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Florida residents has jumped to 42, with one confirmed in Duval County and another in Clay County as of Friday morning. 

Giving Closet Project

A former Jacksonville teacher is stepping up to help students experiencing hardships.

Ballot tabulator at the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Early voting has been underway in Duval County for more than a week now, and the numbers show that voters are more interested this year than in past midterm elections, but many are unfamiliar with the process.

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.

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.

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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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.

Duval County Supervisor of Elections Office
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Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan says he is talking to the University of North Florida about a potential early voting site on the campus for the November elections, but it’s unlikely to happen due to logistical issues.

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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Early voting is officially underway in Duval County in this month’s primary elections, and voter turnout is expected to be on the rise.

Duval Schools Providing Guidance To Outside Districts Through Parent Academy

Jun 14, 2017
Duval County Public Schools

Parent Academy is a free, year-round initiative offered by Duval County Public Schools to help parents become more involved in their children's education.

Nearly 200 high-achieving students from Raines and Ribault high schools will be honored by their Northwest Jacksonville community Friday night.

The Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment held its annual Nehemiah Assembly at the Abyssinia Baptist Church, where more than 1,500 Jacksonville residents addressed the need to pursue social justice concerns Monday.

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With the Election Day Tuesday, the Duval County Republican and Democratic parties are hitting the phones and doorsteps to try to get out to vote.

Inside the Jacksonville headquarters for Republican Senator Marco Rubio, 26-year-old Michelle Rivera was phone banking for her party Monday afternoon.

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First Coast mosquito control workers are fighting a spike in the disease-carrying insects after Hurricane Matthew.

Both St. Johns and Duval Counties recently turned to aerial spraying to better combat the swarms that are attracted to standing water — but the two counties differed in the type of advance notice they've given residents.  

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Slot machines could soon be legal in Jacksonville, depending on what voters decide.

County Referendum No. 1 on the Nov. 8 general election ballot asks whether pari-mutuel betting facilities in Duval County can install slot machines.

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Updated at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 23

Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Duval County, is among a handful nationwide that sentence the majority of criminals to die. That’s according to a report out Tuesday titled “Too Broken to Fix” from Harvard University researchers.

Duval County Looks To Improve Recycling Rate

Jul 26, 2016
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Duval County’s rate of recycling is below the state average, according to the latest figures released by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

More Duval County Students Practicing Abstinence

Jul 14, 2016
Duval County Public Schools

More Duval County middle and high schoolers are abstaining from sex.

The Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows the percent of Duval County middle schoolers who said they had sex decreased from 23 percent in 2009 to 13 percent in 2015.