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Florida residents will soon be able get Amber Alerts in several new ways with a revised notification system on a new platform from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The Islamic Center of North East Florida

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Former Chairman of the Council of American-Islamic Relations Parvez Ahmad about the arrest of an Arlington man who was plotting a mass shooting at the Islamic Center of North East Florida (00:59).

We heard reaction to the five-year federal prison sentence for former Congresswoman Corrine Brown with Florida Times-Union reporter Nate Monroe and WJCT’s Ryan Benk (05:47).

We talked about a new coalition to bring a Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida facility to Arlington near Jacksonville University with JU President Tim Cost and Boys & Girls Club President Paul Martinez (17:38).

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured the 50th anniversary of the Alhambra Dinner Theatre (24:10).  

Kathleen Schofield from Jacksonville’s STEM2 Hub talked this week marking Computer Science Education Week in America (33:38).

Nineteen year old Jacksonville University student Skyler Nolan gave us a preview of the upcoming Jazzy Noel concert at Unity Church Jacksonville (46:00). 

$50,000 Reward Offered For Man Who Took 7-year-old

Apr 21, 2016
FDLE / Florida Department of Law Enforcement

MADISON — Local, state and federal law enforcement officials and the older cousin of a 7-year-old boy who was abducted on Sunday evening in north central Florida and dropped off on Jacksonville's Westside 12 hours later are asking the public for help locating the man who took the child.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law a bill requiring police to send rape kits to crime labs for testing within 120 days of collecting the evidence.

A new study from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement  has found a backlog of at least 13, 000 untested sexual-assault kits in Florida. There are nearly 1,500 untested kits in Duval County alone. 

Managing that backlog could cost as much as $32 million dollars.

The study is under review in Tallahassee as the 2016 legislative session kicks off next week.

Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach) is planning to introduce legislation to reduce this backlog, and create clear standards for testing sexual-assault kits. She joins us to discuss this.


More than 9,000 untested sexual-assault kits need to be processed by Florida crime labs. That’s according to an assessment released Monday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The report also makes several recommendations for getting the backlog unjammed.