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Friends of Hemming Park, the organization in charge of running downtown Jacksonville's central park, recently stopped live music in during the park's weekday lunch hours due to budget constraints and feedback from City Council that city dollars should not be spent on programming or events. 

That announcement came on the heels of city government  concerns over a recent audit and a general reduction of funding for the group.

'Just Vote No'

A new lawsuit has been filed that seeks to knock that half-cent sales tax proposal for Jacksonville off the ballot in the upcoming August 30 primary election.

The lawsuit says the ballot language is too confusing and misleading, even illegal.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is leading the charge to get Duval County residents to vote “yes” on the measure to pay down the city’s massive pension debt. The mayor’s office says the referendum’s language meets all the requirements of state law.

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Before the football players arrive for training camp this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars threw open the doors of EverBank Field to trainers for the Pokemon Safari.


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As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, an unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders: Is Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?

A Wikileaks release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from DNC computer servers has intensified discussion of the potential role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said a larger police presence has decreased street shootings.

After a shooting spike early in the year, the city gave JSO $1.5 million to pay for officer overtime — and Williams said more officers equals less crime.

 


Chasing the Dream

The deplorable conditions at the local low-income housing project Eureka Gardens captured national headlines when it came to light residents were living with dangerous mold, leaky gas pipes, and dilapidated stairs. But those conditions aren’t unique to that complex. 

Many local, low-income residents deal with these conditions every day.

For poor people in Jacksonville, finding housing that’s both affordable and livable can be hard to come by. Finding shelter often means settling for dangerously run-down apartments and dealing with the constant threat of eviction.

WJCT’s "Chasing the Dream" series, launching this week on 89.9 FM, examines what housing is available when you’re poor and what’s being done to help against a public housing system that’s underfunded nationwide.

We discuss the issue with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, and attorneys Katherine Hanson and Jeff Haynie of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

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Sports analyst and WJCT contributor Cole Pepper discussed progress on the new Jacksonville Jaguars indoor practice facility Monday’s First Coast Connect. 

The facility is being built in Everbank Field’s south end zone and is projected to be completed by April 2017.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars want their fans to help the victims of the Orlando mass shooting.

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New York Times bestselling author and CBS This Morning contributor Lee Woodruff was thrust into the position of caregiver after her husband, Bob Woodruff, was injured by a roadside bomb while reporting from Iraq for ABC's World News Tonight.

Lee cared for Bob on his long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury, experiencing the impact that taking care of a loved one can have on a family, marriage and her own health.

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Anthony Johnson played football from high school through an 11-year NFL career. Today, he’s the Jacksonville Jaguars’ chaplain, and possibly the most low-key former NFL player you’ll ever meet.

He’s an Indiana native who went to Notre Dame on a scholarship. He had, at that time, a single focus to his life: “Playing football, my passion since I was young,”

He says, “I played through high school and was good enough to get a football scholarship to Notre Dame. I graduated in 1990 and was drafted in the second round by the Indianapolis Colts.”

The local activist group Families of Slain Children held a conference Monday about the ongoing issue of gun violence in Jacksonville following the shooting death of a 22-month-old boy on the city's Eastside.

There’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder of Aiden Michael McClendon.

We speak with Families of Slain Children founder and CEO Beverly McClain.


One of the premier facilities in America treating veterans and NFL players for traumatic brain injury and PTSD has chosen Jacksonville as its location for expansion into the Southeast.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley gets another year to prove his worth.

Jags owner Shad Khan said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon that Bradley deserves a lot of credit for the progress the team has made.

As presidential candidates gather this week for the final GOP debate, we discuss at the latest in the 2016 race, as well as recent controversial comments about Muslim made by Donald Trump. UNF professors Matt Corrigan and Parvez Ahmed join us.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the Jacksonville City Council a $90 million deal with the Jaguars Shad Khan for a new amphitheater and field upgrades, continued discussion about the city's human rights ordinance, and the future of the Jacksonville Skyway.

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A new amphitheater and practice field next to EverBank Field will be built after the Jacksonville City Council approved a deal with Jaguars owner Shad Khan Tuesday night.

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Jacksonville business recruiters are seeing success after a recent mission to London.

A British recruiting firm is expected to expand into the First Coast area as soon as spring.

Three years ago, Reverend R.L. Gundy of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church was a vocal opponent of updating Jacksonville’s anti-discrimination law to cover lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

But now, Gundy has changed his mind, saying it's time to "move the city forward." And he has joined a coalition of about 50 local faith leaders in support of updating the human rights ordinance.

We speak with Reverend R.L. Gundy about his change of position.


November 23 marks the third anniversary of the shooting of Jacksonville teen Jordan Davis. Davis was killed on Black Friday, 2012, after a gas station altercation with Michael Dunn over loud music.

Davis was an African-American teen. Dunn, who is white, is currently serving a life sentence in the killing. However, he controversially was tried twice for the murder, with a jury deadlocking on a first-degree murder charge the first time around.

HBO is marking the anniversary tonight as the cable channel debuts the new documentary "3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets," which details Davis' death and Dunn's trials.

Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, UNF race expert and  associate professor of sociology, joins us to discuss the impact these events had on the national conversation surrounding race and justice.

There's only one NFL team in Jacksonville, but two ways to say their name. Is it "jag-wahrs" or "jag-wires"?

A $90 million stadium improvement plan will be introduced to the Jacksonville City Council, Tuesday.

Under the agreement, taxpayers would cover half of the cost and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, the rest.

Plans include building a new amphitheater what would hold between 4,000 and 5,000 guests.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says it could be a great public-private partnership.

We speak with state attorney candidate Wes White about the major issues he's focusing on in his campaign against State Attorney Angela Corey.


Jacksonville University and the UN Association of Jacksonville this weekend will hold a discussion of one of the most important political issues of the 21st century: the global response to climate change.

Also this Saturday, JU’s Marine Science Research Institute brings its event “Science on the St. Johns” to the campus waterfront - a chance for the community to learn about the impact of the river and marine life on our area.

We preview both events with Dr. Stephen Baker, JU professor of political science, Dr. Quint White, director of JU’s Marine Science Research Institute, and engineer David Bruderly, organizer and moderator of the climate change event.


The Jacksonville Humane Society is challenging the city of Baltimore to see which community can raise more money for their hometown animal shelter by the end of this month.

The NFL football team of the losing city will donate $5,000 dollars to the winning city’s shelter.

Amy Pierce with Jacksonville Humane Society says it’s on.

Pierce is confident Jacksonville will win. She said, “Come on, Jacksonville is going to rock this.”

Legislation is moving ahead in Tallahassee that would allow concealed firearms on the state’s college campuses. This as a new poll finds the majority of Floridians oppose allowing students to carry weapons on campus. Supporters of the bill argue it would make colleges safer, while opponents question the need to allow weapons in the already stress-filled college environment.

UNF's OneJax Institute will examine gun control and gun rights issues this week in the latest edition of their Civil Discourse series of panel discussions. We preview that forum with UNF President John Delaney and Cord Byrd, local attorney and NRA representative.


The fatal shooting of at least seven people at an Oregon community college is now yet another example of a school shooting that both supporters and opponents of proposed campus carry legislation in Florida will point to when making their case. The Florida Legislature is currently considering measures that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring their firearms on public college and university campuses. We speak with supporters and opponents of the legislation: Eric Friday, lead attorney for the gun rights group Florida Carry; John White, president of the UNF chapter of United Faculty of Florida; and university student and former marine Adam Whitmer.


According to a recent Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute poll of registered Republican likely voters in Florida, Donald Trump remains the frontrunner among the 2016 GOP presidential candidates while others, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, gain traction. We discuss the factors behind these results with Rick Mullaney, director of JU's Public Policy Institute.


The last remaining original tenants at the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center are moving to make way for big box stores like Whole Foods. While there is much excitement over the new chain coming to the area, some are mourning the loss of these locally owned shops as they look for a new spot to do business. We speak with writer Ron Whittington, who’s been covering the transition for the Florida Times-Union, and Ken Rahaim Juro, owner of Rahaim's Walls & Floors at the Pablo Plaza Shopping Center.


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Sunday was the first home game of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ regular season. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the return of football with a pep rally last week.

But what effect the team has on business in the River City remains murky.

In this "Business Brief," analyst John Burr explains the team’s economic impact to WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded the team's longest-tenured player on Monday morning, releasing kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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