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Move over Puppy Bowl, the 2020 Super Bowl has a new sideshow.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Momentum continues to build on the Jacksonville City Council to try to put the brakes on a potential sale of JEA.

Florida Democrats and Republicans are united in opposing a constitutional amendment proposal opening the state’s primary elections to all voters regardless of party. The Florida Supreme Court got an earful Tuesday as it weighs whether the amendment can go before voters.

Florida's Nursing Homes Grapple With Generator Requirement

Dec 4, 2019
12 of 14 deaths at the facility were ruled homicides by the Broward County Medical Examiner in November 2017.
Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald/WLRN

Time is ticking for the state’s long-term care providers to comply with a requirement to have backup generators and fuel or face fines or even the possible revocation of their licenses.

DowntownJacksonville.org

The holiday season kicks off in Downtown Jacksonville Wednesday night with a variety of activities.

Hurricane Irma storm surge flooding San Marco homes.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more than $44 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funding has been awarded to 11 communities that were impacted by Hurricane Irma, including Jacksonville.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Democrat LaShonda "LJ" Holloway launched her bid to unseat Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5) Tuesday. She noted she's a candidate from Jacksonville running against the Tallahassee-based incumbent.

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Military veterans who need legal help now have a place to turn that’s geared to their specific needs.

Winn-Dixie

The city’s negotiations with grocers to keep Jacksonville’s Brentwood area on the Northside from becoming a food desert appear to be working.

City of Jacksonville

The city isn’t letting the demolition of The Jacksonville Landing interrupt its Downtown holiday traditions.

The St. Johns River.
The University of North Florida

Five years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment aimed at land and water conservation, environmentalists on Monday urged the state Supreme Court to wade into a battle about how money can be spent.

Clay County

A proposed resolution to protect the rights of gun owners goes before the Clay County Commission Tuesday afternoon.

Climate Change Threatens 60% Of Toxic Superfund Sites, Including 5 In Jacksonville

Nov 22, 2019
The building that once housed Fairfax Street Wood Treaters was still standing in 2012, when this photograph was taken.
Dan Scanlan / The Florida Times-Union

Sixty percent of the nation's heavily polluted Superfund sites—nearly 950 of them—are at risk from the impacts of climate change, including hurricane storm surges and flooding that could spread their toxic legacies into waterways, communities and farmland, a new federal report warns.

DeSantis Wants To Delay Health Insurance Changes

Nov 22, 2019
flgov.com

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to put on hold for another year an overhaul of the health insurance program that provides benefits to more than 366,000 state employees and family members across Florida.

Jacksonville City Councilman Matt Carlucci.
Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Council President Scott Wilson has announced the formation of a committee that will look to make the city more resilient to flooding, sea level rise, and severe weather.

Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Donna Deegan announced her candidacy to run as a Democrat against incumbent Jacksonville area Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL4), Thursday morning on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

Eagle LNG Partners' Maxville facility west of downtown Jacksonville.
Eagle LNG Partners LLC

Tax incentives for a new natural gas export facility on Jacksonville’s Northside have cleared a legislative hurdle.

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Hector Cortes, from Puerto Rico, prepares heaving lines on Aug. 29, 2019, at Naval Station Mayport in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan T. Beard / U.S. Navy

Jacksonville’s Naval Station Mayport is among the many military bases that will have to deal with significantly hotter days, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mayport has historically seen eight days a year with heat index values over 100 degrees. By 2050, that number is projected to jump to 74 days.

Morning Edition turns 40 on Tuesday. Over the years, NPR's morning newsmagazine program has covered seven presidents, two Persian Gulf wars, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and nine Star Wars movies.

But the show was almost canceled before it even started — and there were obstacles to just keeping it on the air.

"They did this pilot with the original staff, and it was awful," said Bob Edwards, who hosted Morning Edition from 1979 to 2004.

THE CORDISH COMPANIES / VIA JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Downtown Investment Authority CEO Lori Boyer disagrees with some of the comments made over the weekend in London by Jaguars owner Shad Khan.

An artist's rendering of the new FIS headquarters on Riverside Avenue.
via the Jacksonville Daily Record

Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. is building a new headquarters in Jacksonville, which is expected to bring 500 new jobs to the area over the next decade, and the company’s CEO wants to make it the greenest building in Florida.

Flooding on Ken Knight Drive during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Cherisse Lamb

A group of scientists and academics from local universities and colleges have signed onto a letter asking Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council to develop a plan for reducing fossil fuel emissions in Jacksonville and to start preparing the city for the impacts of climate change.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

JTA’s autonomous vehicle program for Jacksonville’s urban core is coming together, marking a new milestone on Thursday.

WJCT archives

In 1938 a live radio play directed and narrated by actor and filmmaker Orson Welles was so realistic that it scared some listeners into believing the world was being invaded by aliens from Mars.

Ian Sane / Wikimedia Commons

There are nearly three billion fewer birds in North America today as compared to 1970, according to Science News.

Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Waste Pro, the city of Jacksonville’s garbage vendor, is making some changes to its residential waste collection schedule, starting Monday, November 4.

DeSantis' Key Proposals Face Early Obstacles In Capitol

Oct 30, 2019

Ambitious proposals by Gov. Ron DeSantis to raise minimum teacher salaries and require employers to verify the lawful immigration status for workers collided Tuesday with early concerns from Florida’s lawmakers.

Jacksonville Daily Record

Publix Super Markets Inc. plans to close its Gateway Town Center on Dec. 28.

Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

An agreement has been reached to keep one of Jacksonville’s longest-running traditions going until at least 2023, with an option to extend the terms of the deal to 2025.

Tidal flooding in downtown St. Augustine on Granada St. near Flagler College.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

St. Augustine homeowners and other property owners in the city may qualify for 25% cheaper flood insurance premiums.

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