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El Faro’s voyage data recorder will stay on the ocean floor for now.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday the research vessel used to find the missing recorder isn’t equipped to get it to the surface.

They hope to be able to retrieve it in the next couple of months.

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A report released earlier this month by U.S. News & World Report lists the best 100 places to live in America based on factors such as job market, cost of living and average temperatures.

And the best region in the country, according to business website Business Insider, is the South

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JEA will be contributing more to the city of Jacksonville under a new agreement the utility’s board of directors reached with the city Tuesday.

The vote was the culmination of more than a year of sometimes-tense negotiations with City Council.


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Jacksonville is the fifth most politically conservative city in the U.S. That’s according to new research published in the American Political Science Review.

Researchers used data from close to 2,000 towns and cities to determine the country’s liberal and conservative hotspots.


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Jacksonville crowdfunding event One Spark has been shortened from a week-long event to two days. On Monday, officials announced that this year’s One Spark event will be April 6 and 7. This announcement comes after months of speculation about the fate of One Spark, after numerous changes within the organization.

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Jacksonville businesses and city streets open up to artists and musicians the first Wednesday of every month for Art Walk.

And the people behind Jacksonville’s downtown Art Walk want to know what visitors think about the monthly event. That’s why there’s an online survey.

 


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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Singles in Jacksonville may have a harder time finding love than their counterparts in most other cities. The River City ranks No. 123 out of 150 metropolises in WalletHub's list of 2015's best and worst places for dating

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An 11-year-old Jacksonville boy’s arson conviction has been overturned. A state appeals court dismissed the incident as a child’s “poor judgment,” rather than a crime.

About a year ago, the unidentified 11-year-old was playing with a blowtorch in his backyard, and things got out of hand. When he used aerosol lubricant to light a fan on fire, flames spread and swallowed a nearby shed.

Jacksonville Group Deems Vision For The City

Dec 2, 2015
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Jacksonville is called many names: "The River City," "Actionville," "The Bold New City Of the South." But Will Ketchum says those are just taglines.

“No great city was built on a tag line," Ketchum said. “but tag lines follow building greatness.”

 


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Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford has been a vocal critic of Mayor Alvin Brown and a supporter of his hand-picked successor Mike Williams in the Jacksonville mayor and sheriff's races.

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As the U.S. and Cuba edge closer to an agreement to restore full diplomatic ties, a retired State Department official who served as the senior diplomat in Cuba says Florida is well-positioned to take advantage of the historic changes.

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With one week to go till Election Day, endorsements are flying in the Jacksonville mayoral race between Alvin Brown and Lenny Curry.

Former Mayor John Delaney is throwing his support behind Curry.

Delaney, now president of UNF, says he’s stepping off the sidelines in the mayor’s race to endorse Curry over incumbent mayor Alvin Brown believing City Hall needs a fresh take.

In particular he cites the city’s finances as the reason for his endorsement of his fellow Republican.

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There’s a new initiative in Jacksonville focused on science, technology, engineering, math and medical programs.

The new STEM2 Hub, and an upcoming STEM2 Forum, are designed to help more students succeed.

Over the past decade, jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs.

Momentum will continue over the next decade as STEM jobs will grow at a staggering rate of 17 percent.

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A coalition of clergy groups in Jacksonville is sounding the alarm about violent crime on the city’s streets.

This as the city of Baltimore is cleaning up after riots that erupted after an African-American man died in police custody, his spine nearly severed.

Faith leaders worry the same type of unrest is just under the surface here in our area.

However Pastor Mark Griffin of the city’s A.M.E. Ministers Alliance says he disagrees with calls to institute a 9 p.m. curfew in Jacksonville’s high-crime neighborhoods.

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Nationwide, Democrats have made raising the minimum wage a rallying cry.

Recently, the minimum wage debate has become an issue in the city's mayor's race.

Last week Mayor Alvin Brown joined a local restaurant owner to say he supports an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Brown said he'll work with state lawmakers to get an increase to the state's minimum wage which is $8.05 an hour.

Bills to raise the wage have gone nowhere in Tallahassee so far.

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Jacksonville University celebrates its "Charter Day" every April 16, the anniversary of its founding some 80 years ago.

This year, the school is looking outside its campus boundaries with a unique day of service for its surrounding community, Arlington.

President Tim Cost says the "Charter Day of Service" will focus on a range of community development initiatives across Arlington.

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He drew 17 percent of the vote in Jacksonville's First Election.

After coming in third, outgoing City Councilman Bill Bishop says he learned a lot — lessons he'll put to use in another campaign for mayor in 2019.

"There's a world of difference between running for City Council and running for mayor. And you don't really get that until you're in it," Bishop said during an appearance on 'First Coast Connect.' "We should have started much earlier in terms of building financial and infrastructure support. We won't make that mistake next time."

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Taking a veiled swipe at the current Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer leadership, Ken Jefferson says that if he's elected sheriff he won't "govern from behind the desk."

"I want to re-introduce the Police Department back to the community," said Jefferson, the Democratic candidate in the race to replace outgoing Sheriff John Rutherford.  

"What I'm finding out from my walks and talks all over the city is that people basically see 'drive-by cops.' There's no interaction."

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Facing strong challenges in the March 24 unitary election this week, incumbent Mayor Alvin Brown says he's confident— and that he's fulfilled the campaign promises from four years ago that made him a come-from-behind winner in Jacksonville's 2011 mayoral race.

"I made a promise that I would streamline government, that we would live within our means, put Jacksonville back to work, and close the education gap," said Brown, appearing on First Coast Connect.

"I think the key is keeping your promise."

Who's Running For Public Office In Jacksonville?

Jan 16, 2015

  Qualifying for candidates seeking public offices in Jacksonville this year ended at noon today — four for mayor, seven for sheriff, and dozens more for other county office and City Council seats.

While city elections are non-partisan — any voter can cast a ballot for any candidate in all races — candidates do list their party affiliations.

Here the people who will be on the ballot in the March 24 primary:

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Dr. John Lovejoy is the respected Jacksonville orthopedic surgeon whose heroic efforts in earthquake-stricken Haiti were captured on film in the award-winning documentary Angels of Milot.

The 2010 earthquake there, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, is on record as the worst natural disaster in the Western Hemisphere.

Melissa Ross speaks with Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. and Pastor Michael Clifford of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church about the merging of their congregations - one that is predominantly black, the other predominantly white - and their new work in Orange Park.

We also speak with Hal Urban, character education lecturer and author of Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter.

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Two local pastors are challenging the old saw about Sunday being the most segregated hour of the week.

4 'Must-Have' Holiday Food Recipes

Dec 16, 2014
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With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you will prepare for your family this time of year.

International food consultant, Jeff Spear joined Melissa Ross Tuesday on First Coast Connect to discuss his new cook book as well as his own family holiday recipes.

Holiday food traditions vary from coast to coast, and every family has their “must have” food items every year for holiday foods.

Spear presents a few recipes from his new cook, showing the versatility of holiday meals.

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On Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council, in a 16-3 vote, approved new pension reform legislation, seen as a major step forward in a very long journey in the effort to tackle the city’s massive pension costs.

We spoke with veteran Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein about where the pension package goes from here.

  "The next step will likely involve some back-and-forth with the board of the Police and Fire Pension Fund," says Bauerlein.

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  The owners of Jacksonville's Edgewood Bakery in the city's Murray Hill neighborhood say they are open for business and committed to an out-of-court settlement with Jaguars owner Shad Khan, despite a high-profile lawsuit the billionaire has filed.

Khan, through his investment firm Stache Investments, has filed a lawsuit in civil Circuit Court asking for a declaration that Stache owns a majority interest in the business. The lawsuit is seeking complete control of the bakery on Edgewood Avenue, which has been in business for decades and is regarded as a Jacksonville institution.

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The head of one of the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the country was in town Tuesday to talk counter-terrorism, cyber-war and the new challenges in the age of social media.

  FBI Director James Comey stopped in Jacksonville as part of his tour of the country’s 56 FBI field offices.

His visit to the region was particularly timely with recent news of several Twitter threats aimed at nearby University of Florida.

Law enforcement informed students at the Gainesville campus of the threatening messages sent from 15 separate account holders from around the U.S.

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 The City Rescue Mission is opening its doors Wednesday for a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless and less fortunate. This morning on First Coast Connect, Penny Kievet stopped by to talk to Melissa Ross.

“We have the pleasure of bringing hope and Thanksgiving to all of our neighbors on the street,” Kievet said. "We are indeed expecting about 1,000 folks.”

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Reuse, recycle, repurpose. That's what Anne and Michael Murphy, the owners of Eco Relics, are striving for. 

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