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News Service of Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday signed 25 bills into law, including approving $2.15 million for a Jacksonville man wrongfully imprisoned for almost 43 years and two measures tied to a series of controversial highway plans.

The Jacksonville City Council voted 15 to 4 Tuesday to expand the city’s human rights protections.

Zachary Faison, President and CEO of EWC.
Edward Waters College

Jacksonville’s historically black Edward Waters College will host an event on Thursday to discuss the deaths of African Americans in police custody and efforts to address racial inequality.

State Attorney Melissa Nelson (right) is pictured with Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams (left) in 2018.
Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After Jacksonville protestors called for police reform and the release of body cam footage in recent officer-involved shootings, State Attorney Melissa Nelson released a memo Wednesday saying her office is reviewing its procedures.

Mayor Curry speaking alongside Sheriff Mike Williams, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and comedian Lil Duval
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

At an organized march Tuesday morning, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the Confederate monument taken down at Hemming Park before sunrise will not be the only one. 

JEA's downtown headquarters building is pictured behind Jacksonville's City Hall.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

After an announcement that JEA would resume utility shutoffs in a month, Jacksonville City Council Member Garrett Dennis led a meeting Tuesday to discuss options for customers at risk of disconnection.

Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville)
News Service of Florida

Florida Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, called Tuesday’s removal of a Confederate statue in Downtown Jacksonville "symbolic."

JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters building is pictured.
BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Eight members of JEA’s senior leadership team are being fired. The question now is whether they’ll be eligible for the severance packages included in their contracts.

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The Confederate monument in Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville was removed early Tuesday morning before sunrise.

The University of North Florida
News4Jax

The University of North Florida is planning several town hall meetings and a web portal to take suggestions on how to reopen to students this fall.

SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

More than a dozen black Jacksonville-area pastors are calling on city and state officials to take steps toward eliminating racial inequalities.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson, D-FL5, has been hearing from constituents who say they want racial and religious profiling by police to end, along with more mandated racial bias training.

Jacksonville Only Area In FL To Show Construction Jobs Rise Between March, April

Jun 8, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville is the only metropolitan statistical area in Florida to show a rise in construction employment between March and April, the height of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

Dennis speaking with a mic in his hand in front of the doors of city hall, right in front of the doors are a bunch of elected officials, including city council people and state officials.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

A little over half the members of Jacksonville’s City Council, Duval Public Schools administration, and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried took part in a solidarity walk beginning at City Hall on Sunday morning. 

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry
SHANNON LEDUKE / WJCT

Amid a week filled with protests in Jacksonville – and across the country – Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday he will be taking part in a walk next week.

JEA Sues Zahn, Says Ousted CEO Has No Grounds To Receive Nearly $1M

Jun 5, 2020
JEA

JEA filed a lawsuit Friday against ousted CEO Aaron Zahn, contending Zahn has no grounds to ask an arbitrator to award him nearly $1 million from his tenure.

Jacksonville Jaguars Players, Coaches, Staff March To Sheriff's Office In Show Of Unity

Jun 5, 2020
Garry Smits / The Florida Times-Union

Jaguars players, front office staff, their families and friends raised their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Anne D'Innocenzio / AP File photo


  J.C. Penney, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month, has announced its Regency Square Mall store in Jacksonville is among 154 stores closing nationwide.

News4Jax

A massive fire was still burning Friday morning aboard a cargo ship at Blount Island while several injured firefighters were reported to be in stable condition.

man speaking to room full of people
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

In the 18 years Paul Tutwiler has led the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation in Jacksonville, the organization has tried a variety of strategies to reduce the neighborhood’s high level of violent crime, all of them in collaboration with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. None have worked.

Empty interior of the Five Points Chapel & Event Hall.
Five Points Chapel & Event Hall

A new wedding and event venue recently opened in Riverside. Then the pandemic hit.

WJCT

WJCT has announced it will convert 89.9 FM, its flagship radio station, to an all news/talk format, and the station will be identified as WJCT News 89.9 starting on July 13.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

The head of Duval County’s Republican party says Jacksonville has an “excellent chance” of landing the GOP’s national nominating convention in August.

File photo of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Sheriff Mike Williams.
LINDSEY KILBRIDE / WJCT NEWS

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said Thursday that while he is willing to speak to organizers of recent protests on police brutality and racial inequities, he and his office have already been working on those issues in the community.

Boeing

Boeing has delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet test aircraft for the Navy’s Blue Angels demonstration squadron.

SKY LEBRON / WJCT News

Large groups of protestors are still showing up to Northeast Florida demonstrations, with more scheduled this week. 


Hundreds of peaceful protesters outside of Jacksonville City Hall, marching with signs.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

David Sollars didn’t intend to organize a peaceful protest that stretched more than four blocks in  Downtown Jacksonville Tuesday evening. 

Shad Khan: 'Racism, In All Its Forms, Will Kill'

Jun 3, 2020
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan
Evan Agostini / 2019 Invision/AP file photo

Editor’s Note: This editorial was submitted by Shad Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It has not been edited.

52 JAA Employees Accept Voluntary Separations After JAX Airport Sees 95% Drop

Jun 3, 2020
Officials discussed the impact of COVID-19 on passenger traffic at Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Following a 95% decline in passenger volumes because of COVID-19, Jacksonville International Airport is postponing its Concourse B expansion.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

With President Donald Trump's tweet Tuesday night that the GOP is “forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” the Duval County Republican Party is renewing its call to bring the convention to Jacksonville.

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