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The Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Everbank Field, Friday in the first preseason game of the 2015 season.

Many of the attending fans are young people who never knew Jacksonville without the Jags.

Pat Donnell is a Jaguars fan. He says he grew up with the team.

Duval High Schools To Receive Athletic Trainers

Jul 30, 2015
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Several Jacksonville organizations are working together to place certified athletic trainers in Duval County high schools.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and the NFL are some of the partners behind the initiative.

Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the new trainers at EverBank Field this morning.

“If parents know that when their kids are in high school, the athletics are safe, the more likely [they are] to encourage them to play sports,” Curry said.

Thousands of unprocessed rape kits become a campaign issue in the race for state attorney. We speak with State Attorney candidate Wes White. White is calling on Duval County leaders and lawmakers to find the money to process some 2,000 rape kits that have sat on the shelf for as long as 20 years.

In our First Coast Success segment, the Daily Record's Karen Mathis profiles Paisley Boney, one of the developers behind the St. Johns Town Center. 

We get a preview of Stage Aurora's production of "Annie Jr."

Man Behind Jaguars Mascot Jaxson De Ville Retiring After 19 Years

Jun 23, 2015
Jaxson de Ville walks around at Everbank Field
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The man who's given life to the Jaguars' beloved mascot for 19 years announced Tuesday morning he is hanging up his cat suit.

Curtis Dvorak said his time as Jaxson de Ville has come to an end.

The 40-year-old never missed a home game as the mascot, but he told me in an extended interview Monday that he's now ready for the next chapter of his life.

The Florida House voted down an expansion of Medicaid on Friday. Lawmakers were called back into special session this month to try to come to an agreement on health care spending. The Florida Coastal School of Law’s Disability and Public Benefits Clinic has several clients affected by the “no” vote on Medicaid expansion. We speak with Clinic director Sarah Sullivan and law student Jenny Rose.

As CNN approaches its 35th anniversary, we speak with Emmy and Peabody award-winning photojournalist Mark Biello about his career covering major events, such as the Gulf War, Hurricane Katrina and the protests in Ferguson, MO, for the network. 

Connie Brown of FSCJ's Vision Education and Rehabilitation Center joins us to discuss the community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school students with blindness or visual impairment.

Hundreds of faith and community leaders are expected to meet at Jacksonville’s Potter’s House Church Monday to press city officials about Jacksonville’s crime problem, along with discussing other campaign issues like education, jobs and mental health. The event is sponsored by ICARE, the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment. We speak with ICARE members Rev. Bruce Havens, of Arlington Congregational, and Rev. James Wiggins, of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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A much-anticipated decision about divvying up sales-tax dollars to sports-stadium projects was handed-off to the full Legislature on Thursday.

And now, a process that was intended to reducing lobbying may do the opposite.

The Joint Legislative Budget Commission, comprised of seven senators and seven representatives, agreed to move any funding decisions regarding the stadiums --- Daytona International Speedway, the Miami Dolphins' home of Sun Life Stadium, EverBank Field in Jacksonville and a soccer stadium in Orlando --- to the regular legislative session.

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Eric Smith, "People and Politics" host; Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

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During the State of the Jaguars annual press conference, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan announced major plans for the Shipyards. Before discussing his vision, Khan admitted that the Shipyards property, which extends along the north bank of the St. Johns River from Berkman Plaza to Metropolitan Park, has seen its share of disappointments over the years.

There have been "lawsuits, bankruptcies, and too many failed attempts really to mention," Khan said. “We could even call it the Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

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Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) recently launched their latest initiative, Re-Think Aging. This citizen-based inquiry aims to give the public a chance to influence decisions on all aspects of our local quality of life that affect mobility and independence for seniors, everything from housing to transportation. We speak with Ben Warner, CEO of JCCI, and Earl Evens, executive director of the AgeWell Institute, with Baptist Health.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority's new bus routes, the Duval GOP Secretary and a local protest about Eric Gardner are all in the headlines affecting Northeast Florida today.

Controversial art and tweets, JTA and a fire that destroyed a historic building are all in the headlines today.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said this week that he is optimistic he can strike a deal with the city to develop the Shipyards property.

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The results of election 2014 and Jacksonville's pension are making headlines this week.

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The Jaguars got back on the field and the Jacksonville Armada Football Club took another step towards finalizing their roster this weekend. Cole Pepper has it all in his weekly sports wrap.

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Trolleys and ferries are running this weekend on the First Coast.

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The scoreboards may have been the largest draw to EverBank Field this weekend, but there was some action on the field as well. Cole Pepper has it all in his weekly sports wrap.

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People across the First Coast and NFL fans around the country are still talking this morning about Saturday night's "Mega Event" at EverBank Field.

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A legend and a "mega event" are happening this weekend on the First Coast this weekend.

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Saturday the Jacksonville Jaguars will unveil what the team is calling the world's largest video boards.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars report to training camp this week as the world's largest scoreboards are set to be unveiled at EverBank Field. Cole Pepper has the latest in his First Coast Connect weekly sports wrap.

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Germany is celebrating it's first World Cup championship since their 1990 win over Argentina, the same team they beat in Sunday's final. Cole Pepper has a breakdown of the game and more in is weekly sports wrap.

Moody's

Moody’s dealt a blow to Jacksonville's economic outlook this week.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing a charitable event that started last year in Jacksonville back to Everbank Field with a second event planned in London.

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After their final friendly in Jacksonville, the U.S. begins their 2014 World Cup run tonight in Brazil. Cole Pepper checks that stats, and gives an update on the Jaguars, in his First Coast Connect weekly sports wrap.

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HIV, party cabanas, passenger rail, and Crystal Metheney were among our top stories this week.

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The improvements being made to EverBank Field got national press attention this week.

Comedy Central

Comedian and soon-to-be Late Show host Stephen Colbert laid into the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday night's Colbert Report.

Marissa Alexander, Jacksonville Jaguars, medical marijuana, and Ashley Nicole Chiasson are in the headlines today.

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