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

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Updated 5:30 p.m. July 29

Jacksonville has cracked down on nuisance animals.

A City Council bill passed Tuesday, making it easier for annoyed neighbors to report noisy animals.

Police Make Arrest In Fatal Riverside Shooting

Jul 25, 2016
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

JACKSONVILLE — One year and two days after a 20-year-old was shot and killed while taking out the garbage at a Riverside restaurant, Jacksonville police and State Attorney Angela Corey announced an arrest in the case.

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An angry Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry lashed out Monday against news media for reporting on the draft of a Sheriff’s Office task force report, which calls his pension tax plan “insufficient” to solve the city’s financial problems.

The report recommends a property tax hike in addition to Curry’s suggested sales tax extension.

We Vote Rally

Advocates for increasing voter turnout among people living with disabilities will rally in front of Jacksonville City Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The We Vote Rally happens every presidential election cycle. Participants learn about issues surrounding various disabilities and can also register to vote.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A forum for 4th Circuit State Attorney candidates in Jacksonville kicked off with a familiar tone Wednesday night.

Hopefuls Wes White and Melissa Nelson criticized incumbent Angela Corey on issues like juvenile justice and court diversion programs. And Corey shot back by excoriating the press and defending her long record.

Northeast Florida Highways Being Brought Up To Speed

Jul 20, 2016
Allie George / WJCT News

Along several Northeast Florida highways, information superhighways – in the form of miles of fiberoptic cable – are being installed. The new technology could make safer, more efficient road trips a reality.

The Florida Department of Transportation has recently undertaken several projects to install the cables along existing roadways. Construction has already begun for the projects located along State Road 16 in St. Johns County as well as I-75, and another project along I-10 is expected to get underway this fall.

Saphara Harrell / WJCT News

Funding for Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is up in the air after its management almost ran out of money a couple months ago.

The city’s Finance Committee heard an auditor’s report Wednesday about how the park uses taxpayer dollars.

Jacksonville Bar Association

The candidates vying to unseat State Attorney Angela Corey will share a stage with her this evening at the second candidate forum in as many days.  

Last night’s forum focused on the relationship between police, prosecutors and Jacksonville’s black community.

Changes Possibly Coming To Jacksonville Naval Airfield In Whitehouse

Jul 20, 2016
U.S. Navy

JACKSONVILLE — The Navy is conducting an environmental assessment to determine if new training exercises can take place at the Naval Outlying Landing Field Whitehouse on Jacksonville's Westside.

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Updated 3:30 p.m.

A Duval County Circuit Judge is facing charges that he mistreated his staff and used language unbecoming of a judge.

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission finds probable cause against Judge Mark Hulsey III.

Allie George / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s "Dear Orlando" postcard initiative is in full swing, and organizers have already seen an overwhelming response.

Next week is the deadline for those who visit any of Jacksonville's public libraries to share condolences with Orlando residents still grieving from last month’s Pulse Nightclub shootings.

Krisit O'Daniel

Two years ago, Jacksonville native Kristi O’Daniel sold her possessions, gave away her cat and bought a one-way ticket to Turkey.

The University of North Florida international relations alum was in search of adventure, but may have gotten more than she bargained for.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

New Jacksonville City Council President Lori Boyer wants the body to be more proactive about developing policy.

So she’s restructuring City Council committees to ensure it.

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council will more strictly enforce its ban on demonstrations at meetings.


Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson are sponsoring legislation requiring the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to survey tenants in low-income housing twice a year.

The bill is a response to living conditions at Jacksonville’s Eureka Gardens apartment complex and the Windsor Cove complex in Orlando.