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

Photo of Census envelope
NPR

As the federal government prepares to count the population, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jacksonville office must fill up to 2,700 jobs in the next 60 days.

Climate Central

Twenty-nineteen wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded on earth and was the second-hottest year ever recorded.

New Reddi-Arts Owner Says Springfield Store Will Be What People ‘Know And Love’

Jan 15, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

On Jan. 10, Kelly McCormick took over as owner at Reddi-Arts after Bruce Meiselman sold her the company he’d owned for 47 years.

JEA Gave No-Bid Job To Lobbyist With Ties To Then-CEO Zahn

Jan 15, 2020
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

A lobbyist with business ties to JEA’s then-CEO Aaron Zahn received a no-bid contract in July through a law firm helping the city-owned utility with its now-abandoned efforts to sell itself to a private entity, which was months before the utility directly hired the lobbyist through a competitive bidding process.

Florida Times-Union file photo

If you've been avoiding learning the new parking system at the Beaches Town Center,  you no longer have a choice. Paid parking enforcement began Wednesday morning, according to the city of Neptune Beach.

Jaguars President: City, Team Close On Lot J Development Deal; Costs Rise To $700 Million

Jan 14, 2020
Pictured: Jaguars President Mark Lamping watches from the end zone during an Oct. 13 home game against the New Orlean Saints at TIAA Bank Field.
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars President Mark Lamping said negotiations with the city on a development deal for Lot J next to the stadium are “very close” to finalizing a deal that could go to City Council with an eye toward ground-breaking in the spring.

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem, who led an inquiry into the aborted push to privatize JEA,  said Tuesday he welcomes a federal investigation into the matter.

Pictured: Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, is applauded during his state of the state address to a joint session on Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020, in Tallahassee.
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis formally started the 2020 legislative session Tuesday by urging lawmakers to boost pay for many public-school teachers, continue addressing Everglades restoration and water quality and curb business regulations.

Holiday shoppers look at TV sets in this file photo.
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Broadcast television is undergoing a change in Jacksonville this week that will affect anyone who receives local TV signals over the air with an antenna.

State Attorney Says Feds Will Investigate JEA Privatization

Jan 13, 2020
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Federal officials will take the lead on an investigation into the controversial effort to privatize JEA, continuing a probe State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office began last year, Nelson’s office said in a statement Monday, according to WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.

Associated Press

The City of Jacksonville and Daily’s are teaming up on a new campaign to educate middle and high school students about the dangers that vaping poses to teenagers.

Reddi-Arts Sold, New Owner Moving Business To Springfield

Jan 13, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

After Reddi-Arts owner Bruce Meiselman announced in November he would sell both his business and the building, the art supply retailer has a new owner and will move to Springfield.

Pictured is JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes
News4Jax

JEA interim CEO Melissa Dykes announced Monday she will not seek a permanent appointment to the position.

Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Thousands of families will see their Florida Prepaid college tuition savings plans suddenly paid off thanks to price cuts announced in Jacksonville Monday by Governor Ron DeSantis.

Flames are pictured from Sunday's Fusion Apartment at Baymeadows fire.
Jacksonville Fire And Rescue Department

A four-story apartment building under construction on Jacksonville’s Southside burned to the ground before dawn Sunday morning in a fire that kept the eastbound lanes of Baymeadows Road blocked at Interstate 295 during the blaze.

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