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Congressmen Al Lawson (left) and John Rutherford (right).
U.S. House of Representatives

On Thursday, Local U.S. Representatives Al Lawson and John Rutherford, along with the entire Florida Congressional Delegation, sent a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump asking him to prioritize Florida and send the state emergency resources as it fights to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Rep. John Rutherford speaking at the U.S. Capitol.
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U.S. Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL 4th District), Derek Kilmer (D-Washington), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Washington) have introduced legislation that would provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who can’t work due to the coronavirus outbreak.

State Confirms Nassau County Coronavirus Case; 28 Florida-Related Cases Reported

Mar 11, 2020
Gov. Ron DeSantis
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A 68-year-old man in Nassau County has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  The state said the man’s case was travel related but did not provide more detail than that.

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The University of Florida has decided it’s time to start moving to virtual teaching as COVID-19 spreads in Florida.

A gas pump on Jacksonville's Westside is pictured.
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Regardless of the reasons behind the precipitous drop in crude oil prices on the world market, Florida motorists are reaping the benefits at the gas pump.

House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes
News Service of Florida

As the stock marketed plummeted Monday morning, House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes, indicated that fears about the novel coronavirus could affect the ongoing negotiations about a new state budget.

Jacksonville University
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Following direction from the state, Florida’s colleges and universities are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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With early voting underway in Jacksonville, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Mike Hogan told WJCT News Thursday a plan is in place to help protect workers and voters against the coronavirus.

Flooding in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma.
Robert Torbert

A new coalition of organizations and community members is working to increase public awareness of the local impacts of climate change and sea level rise, advocate for local climate action, and support Jacksonville’s new Special Committee on Resiliency.

Person typing at a computer
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

There are more than 3,000 open cybersecurity jobs in Northeast Florida, according to Edythe M. Abdullah, Dean of UNF's Division of Continuing Education.

That’s prompted the university to launch a 26-week career-readiness program in partnership with Fullstack Academy.

Aubrey Holland, performs tests at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories on Monday, March 2, 2020, in Miami, where the COVID-19 virus is being tested at the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories.
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Jacksonville-area hospitals are taking extra precautions against the new coronavirus — though there are no confirmed cases in Northeast Florida.

DCPS
Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

School districts in Northeast Florida are taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

Moment Of Silence In Schools Bill Makes It To Florida House, Senate

Mar 3, 2020
Rep. Kimberly Daniels
Florida House of Representatives

Legislation that would require public-school students to have a moment of silence at the start of each school day is ready to be considered on the House and Senate floors.

Tuesday is the biggest primary day of the 2020 race, when 14 states are holding contests with 1,357 delegates at stake. Follow NPR's coverage for the latest news, analysis and results.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Jacksonville has the state’s highest rate of registered sex offenders or predators without a permanent address.

JTA Plans To Seek Bids To Build, Run Autonomous Vehicle Program

Feb 28, 2020
JTA

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is looking to the private sector to build and run its Ultimate Urban Circulator autonomous vehicle program — the U2C.

Aidan Chau at the Great Wall of China.
Aidan Chau

Aidan Chau is a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, where he majors in clarinet performance. Like many teens across the globe, he’s worried about what climate change could mean for the future.

JTA CEO Nathaniel Ford standing in front of Rosa Parks Transit Station schedule at podium, next to picture of Rosa Parks and
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority unveiled a bronze plaque Wednesday at the Rosa Parks Bus Transit Station to commemorate the civil rights activist. 

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
OmniHotels.com

A federal committee focused on environmental justice is meeting in Jacksonville this week.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a news conference to discuss hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has announced that he has joined the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus. It’s the first caucus he has become a member of since taking office in 2011.

More Than A Half Million Floridians Have Already Voted In Presidential Primary

Feb 24, 2020
Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
John Locher / Associated Press

More than 500,000 Floridians, or about a quarter of the 2.07 million who have requested mail-in ballots, have already cast votes in the March 17 presidential primary elections.

Julia Nesheiwat
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Florida’s first-ever chief resilience officer, Julia Nesheiwat, has been hired as President Donald Trump’s new homeland security adviser.

Business Brief: Plan To Tackle Arlington Blight Through Zoning Nears Finish Line

Feb 21, 2020
Jacksonville Daily Record

A two-year push by some Arlington commercial property owners to cushion the financial impact of zoning code changes could be settled before March.

Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

A new high school will soon be built in St. Johns County, which in turn is going to impact the attendance zones of the county’s existing high schools.

Flu A Bigger Worry In Florida Than Coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020
David Goldman / Associated Press

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told on Tuesday.

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

City Councilman Aaron Bowman plans to file legislation this week requesting $300,000 in next year’s city budget to establish a permanent chief resilience officer position in Jacksonville.

Florida Lawmakers Weigh Whether To Ban Discrimination In Organ Transplants

Feb 17, 2020
Florida Senator Aaron Bean.
Sam Thomas / Fresh Take Florida

Florida's Legislature is moving toward ensuring new protections for disabled people who may need organ transplants, part of a national trend among states.

Tiffany Carr, then executive director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, speaks at a news conference held by Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Tallahassee, Fla.
Phil Coale / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida House on Thursday intensified an inquiry into Florida’s domestic violence agency, calling for additional investigations and issuing subpoenas over the former head of the taxpayer-backed organization’s compensation.

Fernandina Beach Republican Sen. Aaron Bean
News Service of Florida

A bill that would require state-financed coastal developments to account for sea level rise got its first no vote in a committee stop on Thursday, and it came from a prominent Northeast Florida senator.

Florida's Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer.
IFAS News / University of Florida

Environmental advocates from around Florida are calling on the state’s chief science officer to walk back his praise for a proposal making its way through the Legislature that’s aimed at improving water quality.

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