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National Humane Society

A bill in a Tallahassee house committee would increase penalties for leaving dogs tethered and unattended in Florida. 

A van drives by a guard tower at Florida State Prison in Raiford, Fla. in this file photo.
Phil Sears / Associated Press file photo

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch has been making the rounds in Tallahassee to pitch lawmakers on a plan to spend more than $26 million to shorten prison guards’ regular daily work shifts.

E.V. was 17, just about a week away from finishing her senior year in New Orleans and becoming the first in her family to graduate high school, when her parents split up and she had to move with her mother and three younger siblings to Tampa.

She discovered that her credits didn’t match Florida’s graduation requirements. Soon, she began working in the fields, picking eggplants alongside her mother.

In the latest chapter in years of battling between Florida and Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a dispute about divvying up water in a river system shared by the states.

Florida filed a lawsuit in 2013 arguing that Georgia is using too much water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, which starts in northern Georgia and ends in Apalachicola Bay in Franklin County. Florida contends that the situation has caused damage to the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay’s signature oyster industry.

Candidate Field Grows To Run For Neptune Beach State Rep. Byrd's Seat

Feb 19, 2021
MYFLORIDAHOUSE.GOV

With state Rep. Cord Byrd, R-Neptune Beach, planning to run for the Senate in 2022, a second candidate has emerged to seek his Northeast Florida House seat.

Florida To Lower Flags Following Passing Of Rush Limbaugh

Feb 19, 2021
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Florida will lower flags to half-staff after funeral plans are set for conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh, a Palm Beach resident who died Wednesday after a battle with cancer, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday.

Class Of COVID: Many Online Learners Have The Most To Lose

Feb 19, 2021
Illustration by Camila Kerwin

For most of this academic year, Gabrielle began her school day with a click. Then she waited to see if her classroom would appear.

Illustration by Camila Kerwin

KEY WEST — When the bell rang at the end of a recent Thursday at Horace O'Bryant School, Lamesha Portier was stationed with a cart in the courtyard. It was laden with bags containing cereal, milk and juice — plus, that night's dinner: tacos with rice and beans.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Tickets to The Players Championship are now on sale. The Players returns to TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach the week of March 9-14, with a reduced fan footprint to ensure the safety of all attendees.

News4Jax

Make-up days are being offered on two days this week to individuals who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at either the Mandarin or Lane Wiley senior centers and missed their appointment for the second shot.

Senate Acquits Trump In Impeachment Trial — Again

Feb 13, 2021
ALEX BRANDON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The U.S. Senate on Saturday acquitted former President Donald Trump on an impeachment charge of inciting an insurrection.

Close Beach Blvd. Kmart Being Converted To Drive-Thru Self-Storage

Feb 11, 2021
Rapid Building Solutions plans to turn this old Kmart at 5751 Beach Blvd. into a drive-thru self-storage.
Jacksonville Daily Record

The city issued a permit Feb. 10 for Rapid Building Solutions LLC to build-out the closed Beach Boulevard Kmart for a drive-thru self-storage at a project cost of $3.36 million.

Live Video Coverage: The 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial

Feb 10, 2021
JOSE LUIS MAGANA / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Watch live coverage here of President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial, which continues for a second day, beginning at noon on Feb. 10.

Icemen Owners Plan To Buy, Renovate Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex

Feb 9, 2021
Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex / Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville Icemen parent company SZH Hockey LLC plans to buy and renovate the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex for $18 million, team President Bob Ohrablo said Feb. 8.

New Downtown Jacksonville Concert Venue With Rooftop Bar Planned

Feb 5, 2021
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The Downtown Development Review Board will consider conceptual approval Feb. 11 for Project 323, a proposed concert venue and rooftop bar at 323 E. Bay St.

 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured in this 2019 file photo.
Nick Wass / Associated Press

Gov. Ron DeSantis has put a bullseye on tech giants he contends censor conservatives’ speech, but the social media apps and platforms he’s targeting are blockbusters for the state’s financial portfolio.

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

“Significant” passenger cruise operations might not return to Florida waters for another year or longer as fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, according to a port-industry lobbying group.

Drivers on northbound I-295 at the Buckman Bridge will see multi-lane closures this weekend as crews shift traffic to move into a new phase of construction, according to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Jacksonville Daily Record

City Council member Aaron Bowman said at the close of the Council meeting Jan. 26 that the new Westside Amazon.com center will be a $40 million project that creates 200 jobs.

Council Approves $3.5M Completion Grant For Florida Blue Garage

Jan 27, 2021
This photo with rendering overlay illustrates the garage project at 800 Forest St.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Jacksonville City Council approved a $3.5 million city-backed construction completion grant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc.’s Brooklyn parking garage at 800 Forest St.

JEA Rescinds Master Developer Selection Plan For St. Johns River Power Park Redevelopment

Jan 25, 2021

JEA halted its search for a master developer for 2,000 acres, including the St. Johns River Power Park and surrounding parcels, as the utility’s CEO plans to reengage JAXPORT officials and other community leaders about redeveloping the property. 

Associated Press

Hank Aaron, who shattered Babe Ruth's home run record in 1974, has died. "Hammerin' Hank" was 86.

State Sen. Danny Burgess
News Service of Florida

Businesses will remain open for the economic well-being of the state even as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Florida, the head of a Senate select committee on the pandemic said Thursday.

A man wades through flood water as he check out damage from Hurricane Matthew Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in St. Augustine , Fla.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has named Jessica Beach as its Chief Resilience Officer.

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Tuesday, Jan. 19, is the last day to sign up for a slot on Nassau County’s COVID vaccine wait-list.

Once-A-Decade Jacksonville City Council Redistricting Begins

Jan 19, 2021
Jacksonville's City Hall in Downtown Jacksonville.
SKY LEBRON / WJCT NEWS

The once-a-decade redrawing of boundaries for Jacksonville City Council seats kicked off this month and will continue throughout 2021, a politically sensitive undertaking that can have consequences in districts where Republicans and Democrats have run closely fought races.

Jacksonville Rep. Fischer Opens Account For Florida Senate Bid

Jan 15, 2021
Florida House of Representatives

State Rep. Jason Fischer, R-Jacksonville, opened a campaign account Thursday to run in 2022 for a Northeast Florida Senate seat, setting up a potential race against Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, according to the state Division of Elections website.