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A bill allowing Jacksonville to extend a half-cent sales tax to cover the city’s pension liability got its final green light from the Florida Legislature Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Scott is likely to sign the bipartisan measure.

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Financial services company Ernst & Young is planning to hire more than 400 people in Jacksonville with an average salary of $49,000.

Mayor Lenny Curry announced Thursday the company is opening a service center in the city with the help of city and state tax incentives.

But the deal was close to unraveling.

  We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT news analyst John Burr.

Topics include this week's community conversation hosted by Jacksonville Mayor Lenny and Sheriff Mike Williams about youth violence and public safety, the new investigation into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro, and more.

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In the aftermath of one of Jacksonville’s most violent months, Mayor Lenny Curry is pledging a continued dialog with the neighborhoods most affected.

Curry and a panel of city leaders kicked off that effort Thursday night at the first of three “community conversations” on public safety.


Two Florida Senate committees have OK’d a bill allowing Jacksonville to vote whether to extend a sales tax to cover pension debt.

But the bill is moving forward with a few changes from the original proposal by Mayor Lenny Curry.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is changing the city’s employment policy to prohibit discrimination of any kind. In a memo to city employees Friday, the mayor said he’s aligning with federal hiring standards.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants to divert emergency funds from the crime-prevention Jacksonville Journey program to beef up police presence in areas with high violent crime rates.

On Thursday, at the Journey committee’s first meeting since Curry took office, the mayor expressed sorrow at the increasing murder rate in some of the city’s neighborhoods.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says there’ll be no new investments in downtown development until the city can achieve pension reform.

The JAX Chamber says it’s all hands on deck to make sure state lawmakers pass the pension bill.

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The Jacksonville community will have several opportunities to tell the full City Council their feelings about possibly expanding the city’s human-rights ordinance to include gay and transgender people.



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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the state Legislature to extend a half-cent sales tax to pay off the city’s $2.6 billion unfunded pension liability. Police and Fire Pension Fund debt make up more than half of it.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry this week convening the second of three community conversations about the city's human rights ordinance, Congresswoman Corrine Brown vowing legal action over a new congressional map, and more.

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On Thursday evening, hundreds of people packed the bleachers of the Edward Waters auditorium. It was the second community meeting Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry held to examine the inclusiveness of the city’s human rights ordinance, and clergy were the focus.



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Seventy-seven Jacksonville faith leaders have signed a letter in support of an inclusive human rights ordinance. If Jacksonville’s ordinance is expanded, the LGBT community would gain protections in housing and public accommodations.

The faith leaders declared their support for the protections at Friendship Fountain Thursday afternoon before a community discussion about the ordinance Thursday night.


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Openly-gay Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker shared advice about equal rights at a Democratic gala in Jacksonville Monday night.

Houston made headlines last month when city residents voted down an equal rights ordinance already passed by the Houston City Council. It banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among a list of other areas.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida-Times Union columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Rick Scott asking Congress to stop plans to accept Syrian refugees following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the first of several community conversations about whether Jacksonville should expand anti-discrimiation laws to cover LGBT citizens, and more.