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

Ark Wildlife Sanctuary / Via Facebook

Ailing skunks, squirrels and raccoons will be getting some new neighbors at the Ark Wildlife Sanctuary in Hilliard. The animal rescue can now care for badgers, bobcats, leopards, wolves and other wildlife. 

Southeastern Grocers

The Jacksonville-based parent company of Winn-Dixie and Harveys, along with its customers and employees, are donating more than $461,900 to eight children’s hospitals across the Southeast.

News Service of Florida

With Democrats likening the measure to Jim Crow-era practices aimed at keeping Black people from voting, the state Senate has passed an elections package that would make it harder for Floridians to cast ballots by mail.

JON SUPER / ASSOCIATED PRESS

With students learning from home during much of the coronavirus pandemic, the Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) district says many students have fallen behind academically. A new summer program aimed at bridging education gaps is now accepting applications.

Popular 'Pub Sub' Social Media Accounts Go Silent After Publix Objects

Apr 27, 2021
Fresh Take Florida

A popular Twitter account that notified people when Publix chicken-tender subs were on sale has been abandoned after lawyers for the Florida-based grocery chain apparently objected.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is pictured.
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Preliminary research conducted on a small sample size suggests that certain COVID-19 vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, may not be effective for solid organ transplant patients and others with compromised immune systems.

Mark Wallheiser / Associated Press

This Friday, April 30, is the deadline for Florida parents to enroll their kids in a Florida Prepaid college plan. The program allows families to lock in the tuition price for a future college education; monthly payments can start as soon as a child is born.

JAXPORT

JAXPORT is already the No. 1 U.S. port for trade with Puerto Rico. A new agreement signed Monday seeks to affirm and boost that relationship.

Robert E. Lee High School
SYDNEY BOLES / WJCT NEWS

Voting is underway at several Jacksonville schools as students, alumni and community members decide whether to remove the names of the prominent Confederate figures and men associated with mistreatment of Native Americans.

A person holds a strip of stickers that say "I Got Mine"
Courtesy Lutheran Social Services

The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be available free of charge Tuesday at Lutheran Social Services in Jacksonville. 

Man Who Drove Van Into GOP Voter Registration Tent Guilty Of Criminal Mischief

Apr 23, 2021
News4Jax/JSO

A jury on Thursday found Gregory Timm, the man who drove his van into a GOP voter registration tent last February, guilty of criminal mischief.

Police car lights
Alejandro Mejia Greene / Flickr Creative Commons

The attorney representing the family of a 32-year-old man who was shot and killed last month by police at an Argyle Forest hotel said he has talked to two witnesses, one of whom “saw the whole thing,” and believes the shooting was unjustified.

JSO patrol vehicle in a parking lot
News4Jax

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a budget of $484 million dollars this year, about a third of the city’s total spending. Most of that goes to salaries and benefits for the JSO’s 3,237 employees. JSO also spends about $36,000 to incarcerate one person for a year, which is more than the median income in Jacksonville. 

Groundwork Jacksonville volunteers from FSCJ working on a spice garden on the S-Line Biodiversity Corridor of the Emerald Trail.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News


Local environmental nonprofits are hosting a free Earth Day event Saturday on the site of a planned new park.

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

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the population of Duval county jails is at its highest in years, in part because of the challenges of transferring inmates to state prisons.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Wednesday, April 28, is the last day St. Johns County will offer first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center on Duval Street.

At Son's Funeral, Jacksonville Father Vows To Start Suicide-Prevention Group

Apr 23, 2021
Joe Kenney shows a wall of his Jacksonville condominium decorated with photos of his son Gary, who suffered from depression and committed suicide at age 30.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

One wall of Joe Kenney's condo overlooking the St. Johns River downtown is covered with photos of his son, Gary, many from the fishing trips father and son used to take together. The photos are a way, he says, of remembering the good days, the days before Gary became a recluse, troubled, depressed, unwilling to answer his door no matter how long his father stood outside, knocking and pleading.

'Easy' Heart-Valve Fix Takes Jacksonville Man From Shortness Of Breath Back To 'Normal Life'

Apr 23, 2021
Ascension St. Vincent's cardiologist Samer Garas (left) reunites with patient Ted Jacksonv, who was diagnosed with heart valve disease in 2018.
Ascension St. Vincent's

Ted Jackson and his wife regularly walked at least 5 miles a day.

Then in August 2018 he found himself unable to walk even a short distance without having to catch his breath.

Heather Schatz/WJCT

Live music is returning to the Daily’s Place stage Friday night.

JSO Vehicle
News4Jax

A 37-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly exposing himself while driving around Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood.

Picture of men in Facemasks walking by closed sign
Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

A task force organized to help Northeast Florida recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is finalizing its recommendations after six months of meetings.

Cherish Perrywinkle (left) and Donald Smith (right)
News4Jax

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld the conviction and death sentence of Donald James Smith, who raped and murdered 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinklle after kidnapping the girl from a Jacksonville Walmart in 2013.

A Skyway train is pictured departing the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and City Council President Tommy Hazouri have filed a bill to add a six-cent tax to every gallon of gas purchased within city limits. 

News4Jax

The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday opened a public docket for its ongoing investigation into the Boeing 737 that skidded off a runway and into the St. Johns River at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

Council member Joyce Morgan at the site of the abandoned office building off the Arlington Expressway that used to house the FBI's Jacksonville offices.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

As bad as the blown-out windows are on the front side of the five-story building facing Arlington Expressway, the back of it looks even worse.

AP

Federal data show that Florida has more COVID-19 cases tied to newer, more transmissible strains of the coronavirus than any other state. 

Jacksonville City Council Planning May Vote On $930M Gas-Tax Plan

Apr 22, 2021
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has used a local gas tax to pay for roadwork like this widening of Collins Road on Jacksonville's Westside.
Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Jacksonville’s City Council could vote next month on a $930 million public works plan that depends on doubling the local gas tax to 12 cents per gallon and extending its lifetime.

Wells Todd holds a microphone in front of the Duval County Courthouse.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

Several dozen advocates for police reform gathered peacefully outside the Duval County Courthouse Wednesday night in response to the verdict earlier this week in the Minneapolis murder trial of Derek Chauvin, convicted of killing George Floyd. 

Mal Jones from The Lyricist LIVE speaking at a TEDxJacksonville event.
TEDxJacksonville

TEDxJacksonville is returning to Downtown on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.

Jacksonville Beach flooding is pictured on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 after Hurricane Matthew passed through.
Charlie Riedel / Associated Press


In a letter this month, the local climate advocacy organization Resilient Jax praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting the funding of projects to address sea level rise and urged him to start addressing the fossil fuel emissions that are driving climate change.

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