New County Road 210/US 1 Overpass Opens

Nov 11, 2014
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A new overpass on St. Johns County Road 210 opened to the public Tuesday.

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The age-old rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Gators is coming back to town, and it is bringing one of the biggest new names in country music to town.

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As Mayor Alvin Brown called on the Jacksonville City Council to pass his proposed pension reform legislation last week, the city's most influential corporate and civic group came out against the plan.

Michael Dunn in court.

The man convicted of fatally shooting a Jacksonville teen at a Gate gas station in November 2012 will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Circuit Judge Russell Healey has sentenced Michael Dunn, 47, to life in prison for the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Dunn will serve an additional maximum sentence of 90 years in prison for three counts of attempted murder as well as 15 years for one count of firing a deadly missile into the vehicle where Davis and his friends sat.

Jones College

Reports came out in October that Jones College Radio, the local easy-listening station broadcast from Jones College since 1964, had sold their licenses. As of Monday, music and program director Tom Buetow called these reports "rumors and stories."

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The last time Garth Brooks did six shows in Jacksonville, Veterans Memorial Arena was a Coliseum, people still bought their music in CD form and Mark Zuckerberg was in middle school.


The Jacksonville mother that could face up to 60 years for shooting a firearm was back in court Thursday as several other women testified her estranged husband had a history of abuse.

Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

A Jacksonville attorney is representing three families on a growing list of plaintiffs alleging abuse and neglect at a Central Florida school for deaf and autistic students.


Attorneys for Michael Dunn will have to wait a little longer to find out if his second murder trial will stay in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission is once again partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Health to offer kids in its city-sponsored afterschool programs a free nutritious snack and dinner before going home each day.

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When Thena Robinson-Mock was in fourth grade, she was suspended.
“I had had enough of the mystery meat and I had decided  I was going to do something about it, and at the time, I was learning all about the civil rights movement and I was inspired,” she said.

So she decided to take a stand against the unsavory entree and encourage her classmates to sign a petition to banish the beef. Instead, it earned her a two-day suspension.


Lucia McBath was not among the 4,000 individuals that attended Michael Brown’s funeral, but she can identify with the pain of Brown’s mother more than most who were there.

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation that outlawed discriminatory voter registrations practices. But in Florida and Duval County, voting  among minorities remains disturbingly low, say a group of local leaders and activists.

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A national organization dedicated to local beer brewing has selected Jacksonville as the location of it's next annual convention.

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First Coast News has one less familiar face in the newsroom.

Duval County Public Schools

The millage rates are heading down next fiscal year, but Duval County property owners can still expect to pay more in school taxes.

Jacksonville University

A new major federal science grant will give more Jacksonville University students a leg up in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering.

The National Science Foundation has just named Jacksonville University the newest recipient of a $625,000 grant--the largest grant JU has received from the federal science agency to date.

JU Biology Professor Lee Ann Clements, who chairs the university's the science and mathematics division, said the university received the news about a week ago.

Mayor Alvin Brown, the KKK and Ashleigh Lollie are in the headlines today.

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The First Coast is home to one of the largest Palestinian-American communities in the country. Just before tensions recently broke out in Gaza, several area residents visited the region.

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With Jacksonville's 2015 mayoral race underway, it's clear that the addition of protections for certain people under the city's Human Rights Ordinance will be an election issue. Here are the specifics of the HRO expansion bill that failed in 2012.

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Before the phrase “civil rights movement” had even entered the American lexicon, Asa Philip Randolph was among the earliest forces propelling it.

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Jacksonville residents sounded off on Twitter during Republican mayoral candidate and former Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry's appearance on First Coast Connect.


A Jacksonville organization that helps people who’ve been in trouble with the law find gainful employment is getting a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to work with juvenile offenders.

Street art, Michael Fortunato, and Harry Potter are in the headlines today.

Bridge to Success, Hemming Plaza, and water taxis are in the headlines today.

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Well events are going on all this month to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Fort Caroline in Jacksonville.


The city’s decision to return two pontoon boats ordered by Mayor Alvin Brown doesn’t mean the end of water taxis in Jacksonville.

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Ability Housing of Northeast Florida is appealing the Jacksonville planning department's decision stifling its plans to purchase a set of Springfield apartments.

Campaign Cash Offers Picture Of Legislative Races

Jun 12, 2014

TALLAHASSEE (The News Service of Florida) — Sandwiched between the end of the legislative session and the start of formal qualifying, May was a relatively calm month for fundraising in state House and Senate races.