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Although it’s been 52 years since Jacksonville has seen a hurricane, city officials don't want residents to have a false sense of security.

Director of Duval County Emergency Management Steve Woodard was giving a tour of emergency headquarters downtown Wednesday, the first day of hurricane season.

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TALLAHASSEE — Even if state regulators signed off on a popular type of card game years ago, that doesn't make the games legal, a Department of Business and Professional Regulation attorney told an administrative law judge on Wednesday.

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Northeast Florida’s manatee population is rebounding, according to new research Jacksonville University.

This week scientists counted the most manatees ever spotted during a single count.

On the May 2016 edition of Policy Matters, host Rick Mullaney speaks with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and current City Council President Greg Anderson about the city's upcoming pension referendum.

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Coast Guard hearing into October’s sinking of the cargo freighter El Faro on Wednesday focused on routine ship inspections.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted 13 to 5 Tuesday night to rezone an old laundromat in Riverside, paving the way for a 150-seat restaurant, The Roost.

Jacksonville's Hemming Park Funded — For Now

May 24, 2016
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Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air.

The Jacksonville City Council approved $100,000 on Tuesday to park operators Friends of Hemming Park to cover operation costs through the next couple months.

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Police continue to search for whomever shot a pellet gun at three cars and caused a rollover crash on I-295 in Jacksonville last weekend.  

A Westside woman says her car was shot on the same road in April.


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It all began with a tip in 2013 and ended with arrest warrants for 13 people connected with three Jacksonville Smoker's Video stores this week. The charges range from misdemeanors to manslaughter, for the 2015 death of Clay County 16-year-old Matthew Purdy.

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An international developer wants to build affordable housing in Jacksonville, just east of Springfield.

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A modernized Skyway monorail system, improved river ferry and more pedestrian-friendly streets are among the plans in the works at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.

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JACKSONVILLE — Police raided three Smoker's Video stores Wednesday as part of a long-term investigation into synthetic drugs.

Police Search For Suspects In I-295 Pellet Gun Shootings

May 16, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A Chevrolet Aveo was involved in a rollover crash Saturday night after it was shot at on I-295 near Philips Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers later confirmed the shots fired were from a pellet gun, and the pellets never penetrated the windows of the victim's car. They said no pellets were found. 

Police said someone in an unknown vehicle fired several shots from the passenger side and struck the driver's side of the Aveo at 10:28 p.m.

School Bus Shooter Pleads Guilty, Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

May 16, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — A 17-year-old accused of shooting into a Duval County school bus and wounding two girls will spend 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to his charges Monday.

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A Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department transport unit is often the first stop for who somebody who's overdosed.  

“They are going to be extremely cyanotic due to the lack of breathing,”said Jacksonville Rescue Division Chief David Castleman in response to what he's encountered treating overdoses. "They’re going to be blue. Unresponsive completely."

As more addicts on the First Coast are turning to heroin for their highs, overdoses have skyrocketed.

 


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The Jacksonville City Council might consider leaving it to the voters when it comes to stricter regulations for app-based ride-for-hire companies, such as Uber and Lyft.

Balloon Ban Proposed To Protect Sea Turtles

May 11, 2016

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH — May is the start of sea turtle nesting season and one St. Augustine Beach attorney has requested the sale of balloons in the community be banned.

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Around the world, thousands of environmental groups are raising awareness for climate change.

The global movement Break Free 2016 is a series of events taking place this month, encouraging independence from fossil fuels.

Sales Tax Extension To Be On August Ballot

May 10, 2016
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Jacksonville City Council gave the go ahead for voters Tuesday to decide whether they want the Better Jacksonville 1/2-cent sales tax to be extended for 30 more years. 

The money would be used to pay off the city’s $2.6 billion pension debt.

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A new poll of Duval County residents conducted by the University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab shows mixed support of Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension bill and a human rights ordinance expansion to protect LGBT residents. 

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many of us are ordering flowers and preparing to pamper the most important woman in our lives, but for the thousands of women who have had to deal with the painful process of adoption, the day weighs heavy in their hearts.

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Thousands of local children who receive free or reduced meals could see that benefit go away  if the House of Representatives passes a newly proposed bill.

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A committee vote on a Riverside restaurant was delayed Wednesday night after a hearing that took more than seven hours and included intense public comment.

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Riverside residents near the Cummer Museum's termite-infested Women’s Club Building might want to have their homes inspected for the wood devouring pests.

The nearly 100-year old structure is riddled with Formosan Subterranean Termites to such a degree that it will have to be torn down.

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TALLAHASSEE — Medical marijuana licenses given to two Northeast Florida nurseries by state health officials cannot be challenged by a grower who lost out in the application process, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

But Judge R. Bruce McKibben left open the possibility for Loop's Nursery and Greenhouses to get a third license in the region.

Expect Delays Near Stadium This Weekend

Apr 29, 2016
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Unless you’ve got tickets to any of these major events happening in and around Jacksonville’s sports complex this weekend, you’d do best to steer clear of the area all together.

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has reached a deal to design a transportation hub to integrate key local, regional and intracity services downtown.

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Jewelry, medallions and historic documents are among the items recently uncovered during renovations of downtown Jacksonville’s historic Bostwick building.

Restaurateur Jacques Klempf is turning the building into the Cowford Chophouse, set to open this summer.

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More people will be allowed to develop vacant properties into affordable housing — that is, if the City Council approves a bill Tuesday evening.


Jax Officals Warn Boaters To Throttle Down For Manatees

Apr 22, 2016
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The  U.S. Coast Guard is patrolling the St. Johns River off of Jacksonville's north bank Friday. Commanding Officer Nicholas Pavlik steers toward a manatee zone right under the Hart Bridge that’s marked with an orange and white sign.

“If you’re outside of those red and green buoys, you need to be at no wake and that is the manatee zone,” said Pavlik, pointing to the marked areas. “That’s where the manatees tend to be, kind of outside the channel, off to the side grouped together.”

 


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