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Bob Self / Florida Times-Union

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter John Reid on his investigation into the connection between football and concussions and what is being done to prevent and treat them (01:16).

William Lees / Florida Public Archaeology Network

The St. Augustine City Commission is setting aside some time at its meeting Monday night to hear what residents think about the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitution.

It’s been a long-running drama in St. Augustine that has divided the community. 

In September of 2010, Michelle O’Connell was found dead from a single gunshot wound. She was, at the time, the girlfriend of St. Johns County Deputy Jeremy Banks.

The death was quickly ruled a suicide but that was sharply disputed by family members, who allege she was killed by Banks, who denies any involvement in O'Connell's death.

Recently, new information has emerged in the case.

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More than 200 web developers and technology professionals will be in St. Augustine to hear from local and national tech experts during the Ancient City Ruby Conference, which runs April 6-8 at the Casa Monica Hotel.

 Rape kit testing

Governor Rick Scott signs into law a measure requiring all rape kits in the state to be tested within 120 days.

Scott signed the bill after the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a report that said 13,000 kits in Florida have not been processed — sometimes for years.

In Duval County, FDLE reports one of the highest rates of forcible sexual offenses in the state.

The state attorney’s office has applied for a $2 million dollar grant to handle all the untested rape kits.

But even with this new law taking effect, some women who’ve been raped said they’re skeptical authorities can actually bring them justice.

Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, who’s written about Sara’s ordeal, is the in-studio guest.

Houston Chronicle

The oldest choir in the English-speaking world is visiting St. Augustine tonight.

The Canterbury Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys is the oldest choir in the English-speaking world. It is composed of male professional singers and boys aged 9 to 13. They are on a nine-stop tour through the United States. David Searles is the man responsible for bringing them to St. Augustine. As a former member of the choir, Searles says it's hard to describe because there's nothing like it in America.

Cyd Hoskinson

U-S Senator Bill Nelson says he's co-sponsored a bipartisan bill that would prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from closing nearly 150 air traffic control towers around the country, including 14 in Florida.

Nelson was in Jacksonville on Friday meeting with regional airport officials.       

One airport on the FAA's list is the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.