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

Termites Continue To Worry Riverside Homeowners

Jun 8, 2016
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JACKSONVILLE — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Duval County Extension Service held an organizational meeting Tuesday to address concerns about an invasive species of termites causing damage in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood.

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JACKSONVILLE — The former Jacksonville police officer accused of beating a woman in handcuffs pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Allen Tilley, retired professor of the University of North Florida, believes government leaders aren’t doing enough long-term planning to prepare for the damages sea level rising can cause across the nation, but especially here in North Florida.

NWS Confirms Tornado Touched Down In Jacksonville

Jun 7, 2016
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The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday at least one tornado touched down on the Westside of Jacksonville Monday afternoon.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Jacksonville Tuesday thanking first-responders for being prepared for Tropical Storm Colin, which passed through the First Coast Monday evening.

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This summer, the St. Johns County School District is working to get community members outside by opening up additional sports facilities to the public. 

Jacksonville Officials 'Ready' For Tropical Storm Colin

Jun 6, 2016
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The city is organized and ready for Tropical Storm Colin, said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry after meeting with city emergency employees Monday afternoon.

Tornado Warning For Flagler County Expires

Jun 6, 2016

Update: The tornado warning for Flagler County has expired.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville had issued a tornado warning for central Flagler County.

Tropical Storm Colin is expected to affect the First Coast most heavily Monday night and into Tuesday morning. But its effects are expected to arrive much sooner, says St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Linda Stoughton. 

"We could start to see rain come across around 2, 3 o'clock in the afternoon. This is mostly going to be a nighttime event, so if people need to run out very quickly and get supplies, this would be the absolute time to do it," she says.

MORE | For the latest on Tropical Storm Colin

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The Jacksonville Transportation Authority wants seniors to know about their public transportation options.

To demonstrate what’s available, the agency took riders on a journey Wednesday afternoon. The destination was a day at the museum.

Colin Downgraded To Post-Tropical Cyclone

Jun 3, 2016

At 11 a.m., the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Colin was estimated 120 miles southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 

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Discussion over how to regulate ride-for-hire companies continues here in North Florida and across the nation.

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A highly anticipated downtown restaurant won’t be opening as quickly as was hoped.

Work on the Cowford Chophouse has stalled after the owner of the project replaced the general contractor.


Weekend Warriors: Art, Zombies And More Zombies

Jun 2, 2016
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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT interns Allie George, Kelsey Oates and Sarah De Nicolais be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast this weekend.

First Friday Art Walk

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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.

You can subscribe to the Policy Matters podcast in iTunes.

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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.

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