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Peyton Hopson is an Engineering fellow with Johnson & Johnson. On Friday he held up a pink and yellow plastic wrench, printed at the University of North Florida.

“So this is basically a simple wrench with an actuating part in it that sort of opens and closes,” Hopson said. “[It] was generated with no assembly whatsoever.“


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Gov. Rick Scott talked Tuesday with Jacksonville residents who say they’ve been the victims of hospital price gouging.

It’s part of the governor’s push to bring down health care costs by making prices more transparent.

Florida hospital officials are calling Scott’s framing of the issue irresponsible and inaccurate.

We begin the hour by talking about the election going on in St. Johns County today to decide whether to approve a 10-year, half-cent sales take hike to benefit public schools. If voters approve the sales tax, the revenues would be used to build four new schools, and fix up or expand most schools across the county.


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Update: Vice President Joe Biden announced he is not running for the Democratic nomination after this story was first published.

Hillary Clinton is the favored presidential candidate among Florida Democrats and it’s not even close. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely Democratic voters.

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Donald Trump is still leading the pack of Republican candidates for president in Florida. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely GOP voters.

UNF Professor Michael Binder says the survey focused on people who voted in the last congressional election.

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A building on the University of North Florida campus is getting high marks from voters in an American Institute of Architects poll.

UNF’s student-wellness complex is ranked this year’s seventh-best designed in Florida.

The 75,000-square-foot building is the only Jacksonville structure in the top 10, beating out the Duval County Courthouse for the honor., Flickr Creative Commons

Recently released federal data show a widening salary gap between private-college graduates and their public-school counterparts.

But in Jacksonville, both private and public colleges give students a relatively good return on investment.

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Mental health professionals, advocates and those living with mental illness from across Florida converged at the Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Jacksonville this week.

Attendees of the Florida Mental Health Summit are hoping state lawmakers will reform mental health-care.

Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.

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The health of the St. Johns River is generally improving, but scientists are concerned about some recent negative trends. Those are the takeaways from this year’s State of the River Report, presented Friday morning at the University of North Florida.

Lead scientists Radha Pyati and Lucinda Sonnenberg presented findings to a crowded ballroom at UNF’s Environmental Symposium. Sonnenberg, Director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory at JU, says the main takeaway is the need for more data.

AARP To Hold Free Vietnam War Documentary Screening

Jul 22, 2015

AARP Florida plans to hold a free screening of a documentary about the Vietnam War this Saturday at WJCT.

AARP’s Summer Movie Classics presents “Last Days In Vietnam,” which looks at the final days of the war and the stories of those who escaped.

UNF Bans Smoking On Campus

Jul 17, 2015
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Smoking will no longer be allowed on the University of North Florida’s campus starting this fall.

Michael Hines, the health education coordinator for the university’s Department of Health Promotion, says most universities are already smoke free.

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The University of North Florida Golf Complex could face competition for business.

The sports and entertainment facility TopGolf is planning to open in Jacksonville, only a few miles from UNF.

Jacksonville Issues Air Quality Advisory Because Of Nearby Forest Fires

Jun 12, 2015

The city of Jacksonville’s Environmental Quality Division issued an air-quality advisory, as particulate matter clogged the air Friday.

Smoke from forest fires in southeast Duval County is contributing to elevated particulate matter concentrations.

Florida Forest Service said a lightning strike on Wednesday sparked a fire that is causing heavy smoke in between the University of North Florida and Mayo Clinic. The San Pablo fire was about 15 football fields large and 75 percent contained.

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“If all the ice melts — and that’ll happening if we keep doing what we’re doing — the oceans come up 75 meters. That’s about 250 feet,” Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, told the crowd Friday morning.

“This’ll convert downtown Jacksonville skyscrapers into hazards to navigation,” he said.

Bushnell gave a lecture about the consequences of sea level rise on the First Coast Friday morning at the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center.

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A new partnership will make it easy for students at Florida State College at Jacksonville to transfer to the University of North Florida after two years of study.

The Connect program lets students entering FSCJ this fall declare their intention to earn a bachelor’s degree at UNF and reserve a spot for when they’re ready to make the switch.

FSCJ Spokeswoman Jill Johnson says it’s a way for everyone to win.

UNF’s Shakespeare In The Park, EWC’s 149th Anniversary, and the “Conscience Protection” bill are all in the headlines today.

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  Shakespeare in the Park returns to the First Coast this weekend, with open-air performances in Atlantic Beach. And later this month, high-school students will get the chance to appear alongside the University of North Florida performers.

The director says the comedy “Twelfth Night” resonates with today’s young people.

Friday and Saturday night, the UNF production appears in Atlantic Beach’s Johansen Park. Drama professor and director Pam Monteleone says Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” may be 400 years old, but her students have found modern-day relevance in its themes.

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Teaching is a journey, but it hasn't been a pleasant one for everyone.

Recently, the inaugural class of the Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) program had its final meeting of 2014. The end-of-semester meeting had fewer teachers than the beginning of the school year. In the final installment of "Life Lessons" for the year, WJCT takes a look at the stories behind the two residents whose forays into teaching were cut short.

A strong start

The day William Bowman got the offer to join the Jacksonville Teacher Residency program, he was ecstatic.

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Nearly half of Duval County residents consider test scores and school grades to be the most important factor when deciding on a school, but the majority say they don't know very much about either, according to a recently released local poll.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) unveiled results from its second annual Education Perceptions Poll Wednesday morning.

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A prestigious Chinese language program will soon call the University of North Florida home. 

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As Jeb Bush's family hints at a potential presidential run in 2016, a new book reflects on his political career in Florida.

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Step into Peta 2’s iChicken box, and step into the shoes of a chicken on its way to a slaughterhouse.

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With strong words from President Obama from the capital of Estonia and a proposed cease-fire gone awry, it seems the eyes of the Western World are watching Russia in a way they have not in decades.

The President was in Estonia Wednesday en route to the NATO summit in Wales where the subject of the Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the U.S.’s next move will be a point of major discussion.

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It was a rare sight for those lucky enough to pass through the Hemming Plaza Wednesday just past noon: a well-known news editor posing in a polka dot dress, an opinion writer shaving his trademark beard and a popular radio talk show host putting her own spin on a Sir Mix-A-Lot classic.

Sculpture Walk Jax Coming To Main Street Park

Aug 7, 2014
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A sculpture park is expected to liven up Downtown Jacksonville in early September. The exhibit includes 16 works, 13 of which to be displayed in Main Street park.

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Despite a recent case of flesh-eating bacteria in the St. Johns River, the seventh annual State of the River report shows reason for optimism.

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On Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered lawmakers to fix two districts he had previously declared unconstitutional, including that of Jacksonville Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Congressional districts, Michael Dunn and English bulldogs are in the headlines today.

The city of Jacksonville is hosting an environmental symposium next month focused on sustainability for the First Coast.