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Special Counsel

After a two year-year silence,  Special Counsel Robert Mueller  has gone public and has said they will not exonerate President Donald Trump

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Duval County Public School Board members are expressing concerns that high-performing charter schools are drawing from the same pool of well-performing students who would attend public schools.

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A lawsuit has been filed challenging the use of solitary confinement in Florida prisons. 

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week.

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Trucks and cars on the beach have been a Florida tradition. But it's also proved to be a dangerous combination.

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Hurricane season begins on June, but the first named storm of the season, Andrea, has already formed in the Atlantic.

According to a new report in The New York Times, anti-money-laundering specialists based at Deutsche Bank’s Jacksonville’s campus recommended - both in 2016 and 2017 - that multiple suspicious transactions tied to Donald Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner be reported.

Lauren's Kids

Some Florida lawmakers are speaking out against restrictive abortion bans in Alabama and other states. 

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week.

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The Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved an incentives package at its Wednesday meeting for a pilot program aimed at bringing more fresh, nutritious food to food deserts across the northwest side of Jacksonville.

A food desert is defined as any urban area in which at least 33 percent of the residents live a mile or more from a grocery store.

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The city of Jacksonville is moving ahead with a plan to spend $4.5 million to buy and demolish 17 homes in Jacksonville’s South Shores neighborhood near St. Nicholas and Downtown.

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Election Day

Five Jacksonville City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday's runoff election.

 

Turnout is expected to be low at the polls, which are open until 7 p.m., as it has been throughout early voting. Daniel Conrath, a political science professor with FSCJ, joined us with more.

 

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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis has introduced legislation to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. If passed, it would add Jacksonville to a growing list of states and cities moving to eliminate criminal penalties for recreational use of the drug. Councilman Dennis joined us to discuss his bill in more detail.

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

The Duval County Public Schools Board voted this week to seek approval for a tax referendum this fall. 

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