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

City of St. Augustuine

Leaders of the country's oldest city have decided to move a Confederate memorial that has been a fixture in its central plaza for 140 years.

'Slave Owner' Spray Painted On Downtown Andrew Jackson Statue

Jun 23, 2020
Will Dickey / The Florida Times-Union

The Downtown Jacksonville statue of America’s seventh president has been defaced for the second time in two days.

A private company plans to launch tourists to the edge of space from Florida using a hydrogen-filled balloon. The company is aiming to launch test flights as early as next year.

Space Perspective plans to launch a capsule with eight passengers and one pilot to the edge of space — about 100,000 feet — where it will spend about two hours cruising through the stratosphere. It will splash down in either the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico after the flight and get picked up by a boat.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The east side of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority Rosa L. Parks Transit Station Downtown is fenced off in preparation for demolition.

Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

State forests will start reopening for recreation next month but don’t expect to pay admission in cash.

Photo of the VA COVID-19 screening tool.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Veterans and their caregivers in North Florida and South Georgia are being urged to use a new smartphone-friendly COVID-19 screening tool before showing up at a Veterans Administration hospital or outpatient clinic.

Mayor Lenny Curry is pictured wearing a mask recently at the Main Library branch in Downtown Jacksonville.
News4Jax

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Duval County, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is still against mandating mask-wearing.

At Least 20 Duval County Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19

Jun 22, 2020
A view of the Duval County Jail in Downtown Jacksonville.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union file photo

At least 20 inmates at a correctional facility linked to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office have tested positive for COVID-19, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday.

Photo of Stein Mart's corporate headquarters on the Jacksonville Southbank.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville-based Stein Mart’s future is looking bleak, according to the annual report the department store chain has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jacksonville Public Library sign
LINDSEY KILBRIDE / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville’s four regional libraries will reopen on Monday, June 22.

Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

The fate of the Confederate monument in Downtown St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion will likely be decided at this Monday’s city commission meeting.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

Friday Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said that some are “clearly not taking this virus seriously,” as he urged people to wear face masks and continue to social distance.

Jacksonville Historical Society

The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynryd, Molly Hatchet and The Derek Trucks Band are among the internationally successful acts with roots in Jacksonville.

Ruby Beach Says It Will Be Able To Begin Brewing In Downtown Jax Within Weeks

Jun 19, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The city is reviewing a building permit application for the site of Ruby Beach Brewing Co. at 228 E. Forsyth St. Downtown.

JEA Loses Plant Vogtle Nucelar Power Plant Lawsuit

Jun 19, 2020
ALVIN WARD / VOGTLE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

JEA’s long-shot quest to cancel a costly agreement for buying power from the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant fizzled out Wednesday when a judge ruled against JEA and said the contract is valid.

JSO Releases Fatal Police Shooting Body-Cam Footage For First Time

Jun 19, 2020
Florida Times-Union / Via Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Following weeks of loud demands for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to release footage from police shootings, the agency did just that for the first time, showing the killing of a knife-wielding man last year.

Downtown Jacksonville is pictured Wednesday evening.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The names of the members of the Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee for the Republican National Convention were released Thursday.

JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is increasing the frequency on some of its bus routes during morning peak hours starting June 22 as more people head back to their workplaces. 

Gator football field. Band is on the field, using their bodies to create the word Gators. Some of the campus is seen in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The University of Florida is announcing multiple “strategic goals” to combat racism and racial inequities on its Gainesville campus.

Groundwork Jacksonville

An ambitious plan to link Jacksonville’s urban core neighborhoods in a pedestrian and bicycle friendly way is moving forward.

Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach
News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ vow this week to make deep cuts in the new state budget has health-care advocates and lawmakers on edge, as the Legislature tucked nearly $100 million in so-called “special projects” into the health and human-services portion of the more than $93 billion spending plan.

overview of the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic Campus
Mayo Clinic

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have transfused thousands of COVID-19 patients with convalescent plasma, and the results show it is a safe method for treating the disease. 

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody
Steve Cannon / Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic is resulting in some college students looking for jobs becoming the target of online scams.

UF Health

Fewer than 1-in-4 adult intensive-care unit beds statewide are empty, according to data from the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

CSX Cuts 86 Jobs, Primarily In Jacksonville

Jun 18, 2020
The CSX headquarters building in Downtown Jacksonville is pictured.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Jacksonville-based CSX Corp. said June 17 it cut 86 jobs as part of a management realignment.

Jacksonville Daily Record

There could be new life for an old mall and a new beat in the heart of Arlington’s retail center.

CHERISSE LAMB

Jacksonville’s Resiliency Committee is being urged to consider turning empty lots and unused properties into green space to protect the city from flooding.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens will reopen to the public in two phases, beginning with a free admission weekend on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21.

Pedestal in the middle of Hemming Park where a confederate mounment used to be on top, downtown buildings in the background, and the skyrail
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A Jacksonville City Councilman is introducing a bill to change the name of Hemming Park. 

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel, which is the largest and closest facility to the site of the August Republican National Convention, is shedding 200 workers ahead of what the Duval GOP describes as the "greatest event to come to Jacksonville since the Super Bowl."

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