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From the 1970s until it folded in 2016 due to a lack of funding, the nonprofit JCCI produced community-led research on issues that impact quality of life in northeast Florida — things like crime, pollution and infrastructure. Now, after five years of hiatus, Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. is back.

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Mayor Lenny Curry announced Tuesday afternoon he’s extending the city’s mask mandate for another 30 days, making the new expiration date Thursday, Nov. 26.

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The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy released its 2020 Clean Energy Scorecard for 100 U.S. cities Thursday, ranking Jacksonville toward the bottom, at No. 74.

a black woman using a nose swab to test for COVID-19 on another black man, who has his head titled back.
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African Americans are 2.4 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than white people, while Hispanic, Latinx, and indigenous groups are 1.5 more likely to die, according to the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Mark Wieland.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry gave his reasoning for a countywide mask mandate Wednesday afternoon. 

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The Jacksonville City Council’s Finance Committee is looking at new sources of revenue for the city.

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Nine Jacksonville African American Civic and Social Organizations are urging the black members of the City Council to form a Black Caucus to represent underserved communities in the city. 

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Last week was Nurses Week, an annual nationwide celebration of nursing professionals, whose work has been critical in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Jacksonville City Council held a pair of public discussions Friday on legislation that would get more money into the hands of small business owners and, potentially, residents.

Barbara Haws

Jacksonville resident Donald Haws was just three weeks shy of his 89th birthday when he succumbed to COVID-19. His daughter Barbara, who contracted the virus while caring for him, said her dad was one of the first patients in Duval County to die of the virus.

Tens of thousands of Jacksonville residents could be getting financial relief soon in the form of a stimulus check if the City Council passes legislation that will be filed by Mayor Lenny Curry’s office Friday.

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Jacksonville will likely have two more COVID-19 testing sites by week’s end. 


The Florida Health Department announced the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in Duval County and Clay County late Thursday evening. 

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Sep 13, 2019

Odd Ball is a story about a UFO investigation, a mansion in the woods and how one shiny object sent a Jacksonville, Florida family into hiding. Each week host Lindsey Kilbride dives deeper into the 1974 mystery of the “Betz sphere.”

Odd Ball is made possible by supporters of WJCT Public Media, with additional support from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters. If you want to hear the entire series, you can binge all the episodes right now. Go to oddballpodcast.com/shop, and for a $20 contribution you can get the All-Access Pass.

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As a U.S. Appeals Court rules President Trump’s blocking people on Twitter who criticize him is unconstitutional, an elected official from Jacksonville is deleting comments and banning some constituents from expressing their views on her Facebook page. 

March for our lives protestors protesting outside of the Duval County Court House.
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It's been two weeks since the nationwide March For Our Lives took place. Millions of people gathered around the county. In Jacksonville hundreds met at Hemming Park and marched to demand gun reform.

The students that worked to organize the marches are ready to keep the momentum going with their next movement: town hall meetings.

Univ. of North Florida

UNF President and former Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney is not ruling out another run for office as he steps down this May from his tenure leading the university.

Nikeya Heath

In celebration of his birthday Wednesday, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced an initiative to give a book to all babies born in Duval County.

The 5 & Dime Theatre Company

One of Jacksonville’s newest theater companies, the 5 & Dime, is expanding its offerings with a kids’ summer theater camp in downtown Jacksonville.

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"Why do people pick up and move from one city to another?"

Michel Curi

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded Jacksonville’s Museum of Contemporary Arts a $30,000 grant.

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Religious restrictions may have driven Basya Schechter away from her community, but it couldn’t take away her love of traditional music.

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Cultural Council executive director Tony Allegretti about U.S. News and World Report ranking Jacksonville 45th on the list of best U.S. cities to live in. We also heard from Douglas Anderson School for the Arts principal Jackie Cornelius about this year’s Extravaganza.  


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A public health crisis spinning out of control.

That’s how Dr. Valarie Rao, medical examiner for Florida’s 4th District, describes North Florida's opioid epidemic. The district encompasses Duval, Clay, Nassau, Hamilton and Columbia Counties.

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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the podcast of the First Coast. 

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Greenscape of Jacksonville teamed up with TD Bank on Wednesday to plant fruit trees in an eastside Jacksonville neighborhood.

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.


Recently ousted North Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown appeared in a Jacksonville federal courtroom to update Judge James Klindt on what she’s done to establish stable representation in the fraud case against her.

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Updated 4:23 p.m. Sept. 6

After a two-year absence, the United States Men’s National Team is set to return to EverBank Field Tuesday.

The men are playing in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in Russia.


The Atlantic Institute of Jacksonville, one of the founders of Table of Abraham, hosted a Ramadan fast-breaking event Thursday night.

Haroon Moghul, an expert on Islam, U.S. foreign policy and religious identity, was the keynote speaker where he spoke about celebrating Ramadan, and where extremism comes from and what the Muslim community can do about it.