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Backers of Florida's professional sports franchises are mounting a drive in the waning moments of this year's session of the Florida Legislature to help out three teams and Daytona International Speedway.

A Florida Senate panel on Tuesday tacked a provision into an economic development bill that would guarantee taxpayer money to the racetrack and the stadiums used by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins and the Orlando City Lions.

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.

Populous

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."

JCCI

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.

Rick Scott for Florida

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

Jacksonville Jaguars

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.

Riverside Avondale Night Trolley

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

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

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.

News4Jax

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.

MOCA Jacksonville

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

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