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News affecting Duval, Baker, Nassau, St. Johns or Clay counties.

Rowe’s Decides Against Opening Supermarket In Publix Space At Gateway Town Center

Nov 11, 2019
exterior of Gateway Publix
Jacksonville Daily Record

Rowe’s IGA Supermarkets owner Rob Rowe said Sunday he will not take over the Publix space at Gateway Town Center.

City of Jacksonville via Facebook

The City of Jacksonville is joining with four other Northeast Florida counties to try to safeguard military veterans against suicide.

Federal statistics show at least 20 veterans are killing themselves every day, which is what drove the creation of a program called Fire Watch.

telescope image of Mercury

Veteran’s Day, Monday, Nov. 11, brings with it the opportunity to watch as the solar system’s smallest planet, Mercury, passes between Earth and the sun.

Sheriff: Missing Girl's Mom Has Stopped Cooperating With Jacksonville Police

Nov 8, 2019
photo of girl
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

When Brianna Shontae Williams told Jacksonville investigators that she had last seen her 5-year-old daughter about midnight Wednesday in their new Ivy Street home, that was not the truth, Sheriff Mike Williams said.


Jacksonville’s port will be getting more improvements thanks to a $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced Wednesday. 

City of Jacksonville

City Council has the ultimate power to ask residents to sell JEA, but there was some debate at City Hall on Wednesday about whether legislation must be put forth for consideration once JEA leadership wraps its invitation to negotiate process, which will likely be early next year.

Safety Officer Fired By Duval School Board After Pointing Fake Gun At Student

Nov 6, 2019
The Florida Times-Union

The Duval County Public Schools Board voted to fire a school safety officer after he pointed what’s been described as a realistic firearm at the head of a Ribault High School junior with special needs.

Convicted VyStar Embezzler Had Also Been On JSO's Radar For Molestation Allegations

Nov 6, 2019

A day after a federal judge sentenced Duane Sikes to 10 years in prison for embezzling millions of dollars from VyStar Credit Union, a clear picture has emerged as to why the judge chose to upgrade his sentence after testimony alleging child pornography was also brought up in court.

Jax Civic Council Says JEA's Privatization Process Lacks Transparency

Nov 6, 2019
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

JEA is not heading toward a financial “death spiral,” and city leaders need to stop the public utility’s “head-long” rush to privatize in order to conduct a thorough and transparent analysis of whether to sell the city’s most valuable asset, according to a letter the Jacksonville Civic Council sent Tuesday to city officials.

Jacksonville Daily Record

After 23 years, Native Sun Natural Foods Market announced in August it was closing all three of its stores due to increasing competition.


Results from the latest University of North Florida public opinion poll show broad support for a number of hot button issues in Duval County.

Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

On this episode of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney spends the whole show with Roger McNamee, author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe.

JEA, Other Utilities Wanted To Cut Energy-Efficiency Goals But Regulators Said No

Nov 5, 2019
Energy expert Dwayne Acosta gives energy-saving tips to a Pompano Beach resident.
Florida Power & Light Co.

In a surprising move, the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday kept energy-conservation goals set in 2014, rather than slash goals to “zero” as proposed by JEA, Florida Power & Light Co. and other electric utilities.

Florida House of Representatives

An Ocala Senate Republican is following a Jacksonville House Democrat in filing a proposal  that would require high schools to offer elective courses in the study of the Bible and religion.


Jacksonville Beach City Council approved a change to an ordinance Monday night that could revoke permits allowing a bar or restaurant to sell alcohol after midnight if the business has too many violations in one year.