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I-95 traffic backup
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Travel in and out of Florida is getting tougher on both sides of the Florida/Georgia border.

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U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is still reviewing a new federal report recommending changes to the shipping industry, two years after cargo ship El Faro sank.

At least one major safety recommendation may require federal legislation.


National Transportation Safety Board

With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s final report into the demise of cargo ship El Faro Tuesday, the families of the lost crew can close the book on a 30,500 hour effort to figure out precisely how the ship came to rest on the ocean’s floor.


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Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown is hoping an appellate court overturns her fraud convictions after her sentencing Monday.

But one former Department of Justice prosecutor thinks the only thing certain about her chances is uncertainty.


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“As I have written before, when I am asked what’s the most important attribute of a good judge, I say ‘humility.’ This is especially true in sentencing,” Federal Judge Timothy Corrigan wrote in his sentencing order of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown to five years in prison on Monday.


More Than 50 People Are Dead After A Mass Shooting On Las Vegas Strip

Oct 2, 2017
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A gunman who fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip has killed more than 50 people and wounded more than 200, police say. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert. The suspect in the case is also dead.

World Relief Jacksonville

It’s been less than a week since the U.S. State Department quietly alerted refugee resettlement organizations it was lifting a weekly quota of refugees entering the country.

But officials at one local resettlement nonprofit said the move is nothing more than a temporary reprieve.

Peter Haden / WJCT

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved more than $17 million Wednesday for deepening a portion of the St. Johns River. But with the full cost of the JaxPort dredging estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, the newest allocation is just a drop in the river.


Ray Hollister / WJCT News

A settlement between disability rights nonprofits, the Department of Justice and Jacksonville is well on its way to becoming law after passing its final City Council committee this Tuesday.

The full council is expected next week to approve the agreement that helps the city avoid trial for violating the federal Fair Housing Act.


Fight for the Future

President Donald Trump signed a bill last month overturning a ban on internet providers’ selling customer’s browsing histories.

Now, billboards are popping up around the country targeting members of Congress who voted for the measure.

One of them is Jacksonville Republican John Rutherford.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

After hearing closing arguments Monday, the jury is deliberating in the fraud trial of former North-Central Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown.


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Prosecutors finished questioning former Congresswoman Corrine Brown Friday, but not before the Jacksonville politician broke down in tears on the witness stand.

Gregory Todaro / WJCT News

Updated 11 a.m.

There was an unexpected recess in former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s federal corruption trial in Jacksonville Friday morning after she broke down and had to be escorted from the witness stand. 


Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s suspicious financial activity began years before investigators started looking into her connection to sham charity One Door for Education, according to testimony by FBI Forensic Accountant Amy Henderson Tuesday.

She told the court she reviewed thousands of pages of documents from as far back as 2010.

Henderson said she began with financial transactions between Brown, her close associates, One Door for Education and its president Carla Wiley.

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Carla Wiley, the founder and president of One Door for Education, testified under oath Monday that the Virginia charity was originally set up to help herself, but she was asked by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's chief of staff to work with the congresswoman on fundraisers.

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Rep. Corrine Brown

Attorney for former Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown says her staff betrayed her in financial transactions that led to fraud charges against her.

National Fair Housing Alliance

Jacksonville city attorneys have been granted a deadline extension as they grapple with the details of a settlement allowing for a Springfield apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The U.S. Justice Department found the city violated disability and fair housing laws when it rejected the permit for the complex sought by nonprofit Ability Housing.

A new national survey finds disability prejudice is the most common form of housing discrimination.


Florida Coastal School of Law

Lawyers from around Jacksonville are offering to help get the city’s immigrant residents on the road to citizenship this weekend.

It’s all in advance of Florida Coastal School of Law’s annual Citizenship Day. And for many of the counselors, the charity work is intensely personal.


County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The health of Duval County’s residents has continued to decline over the past three years, while St. Johns County residents remain the healthiest in Florida — that’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

Premature deaths resulting from opioid overdoses were one factor in Duval’s slide, researchers said. But changes to the survey’s methodology could also be to blame for the county’s poor showing.

Researchers combine data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the census to create the annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps survey.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Updated 2/28 3:06 p.m.

Jacksonville City Council members heard concerns Monday from Springfield residents about a proposed legal settlement between the city and two disability-rights nonprofits.

The settlement, in part, mandates the city approve a permit for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless,  at 139 Cottage Ave., or face a battle in court.


City Hall
Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Jacksonville’s Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning changes Thursday for Springfield that pave the way for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The approval is the first step in a settlement agreement between the city, two disability-rights nonprofits and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights Florida and Jacksonville-based Ability Housing sued after Ability Housing’s permit request to build the complex in Springfield was rejected.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A year after convening its first hearing into the sinking of cargo freighter El Faro, the U.S. Coast Guard wrapped up its third and final fact-finding session Friday in Jacksonville.

It could be another year or more before investigators issue recommendations.

U.S. Navy

The U.S. Navy’s new drone program will be calling Jacksonville home.

Naval Station Mayport beat out fellow Florida base Naval Air Station Key West and a NASA flight facility in Virginia for the contract.


Engineer: El Faro Met All Federal Guidelines Before Setting Sail

Feb 10, 2017
TOTE Maritime

An engineer with the American Bureau of Shipping testified Thursday the sunken El Faro ship met all guidelines before it sailed in September of 2015.

That contradicts some previous testimony from one naval architect.

NPR

Executives who ran the company that owned and operated the cargo ship El Faro will testify about the ship’s operation as the company seeks to limit its liability in federal court.

That’s after a judge’s ruling Wednesday.  

WJXT- News4Jax

Updated 4:56 p.m. with comment from defense attorney Robert Willis

After an emotional day in federal court, former state Rep. Reggie Fullwood, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges last year, got his wish Tuesday when he was sentenced to time served and probation.

El Faro hull underwater
The National Transportation Safety Board

Federal investigators want to know whether sailors aboard the cargo ship El Faro were well-rested enough to deal with the hurricane that sank the freighter in 2015.

That line of questioning opened the Coast Guard’s third and final hearing into what led to the deaths of all 33 crew members aboard. The hearing continues in Jacksonville. 

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Eight female activists from Jacksonville are calling on state and federal officials to keep the Affordable Care Act intact. That’s as Republicans in Washington are talking about repealing and replacing the health care law.


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Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio is getting pushback from some Jacksonville voters for what they say is weak opposition to President Donald Trump.

Creative Commons

A recent Harvard study concluded Jacksonville residents could save close to $40 million in health care costs annually if the city were to tax sugary drinks.

Researcher Steve Gortmaker said the tax would help cut down on obesity.


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