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News stories reported and produced by WJCT staff and interns. 

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WJCT has announced it will convert 89.9 FM, its flagship radio station, to an all news/talk format, and the station will be identified as WJCT News 89.9 starting on July 13.

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Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk has produced, directed and written more than 100 hours of FRONTLINE, PBS’S flagship long-form documentary series that started in 1983.

The Jaxson Presents Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined. Tuesday 10.23 6-8 pm at WJCT
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If you missed the chance to get tickets for tonight's live event, watch it here or on WJCT's Facebook Page starting at 6:30 p.m.

This month, WJCT hosts the first-ever live event as part of our partnership with Modern Cities: The Jaxson.

Forgotten Spaces: Places Reimagined is on October 23 at WJCT Studios. 

Florida Associated Press Broadcasters

What started as an out-of-the-blue phone call to WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo last summer has resulted in an award for Best Investigative Story from the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters association.

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with WJCT President and CEO David McGowan (1:10).

Commentator Jay Solomon spoke about the importance of civics education (28:52).  

We heard about the upcoming PBS’s American Experience documentary The Gilded Age with Nell Irving Painter, a Princeton University Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita. (32:28).

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (46:38).        

    

You may have heard that Facebook is changing what flows into your news feed. 

Here's what you can do to make sure you see WJCT posts and videos. We've broken it down by computers, smartphones and tablets. 

WEB BROWSERS (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.):

1) Log into Facebook and then go to the WJCT Facebook page (Search "WJCTJax" and you'll see the page in the results.)

2) Select "Like" and "Follow."  

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WJCT News has been honored again for excellence in journalism and broadcasting. The team took home three awards at this year’s Sunshine State Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter, announced in Miami on Saturday evening.

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Many people in Jacksonville never come in contact with those outside their core communities.

That's why WJCT  News is embarking on a journey called Beyond the Core to start a citywide conversation about what unites the people who call Duval County home and what makes our smaller communities unique.

WJCT News Team Wins 2 National PRNDI Awards

Jun 27, 2017
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The WJCT News team is celebrating two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

PRNDI award entries are judged by public media news professionals, who evaluate peers’ work with a well-trained ear.

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As a valued WJCT listener, we want you to know about some upcoming changes to our program schedule.

Beginning Jan. 23, listeners will hear expanded news/talk programming in the evenings on 89.9 WJCT.

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Jacksonville City Council will soon vote on a plan to fund the phasing out of septic tanks. 

The city and JEA would equally contribute a combined $30 million to get septic tank owners hooked up to city sewer lines.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A group of black Jacksonville pastors are calling for Circuit Judge Mark Hulsey to be removed from the bench as he faces charges of making racist and sexist slurs, along with other misconduct.


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St. Johns County’s new compressed natural gas fueling station filled up its first tank after two years of planning.

A Miami-based natural gas company is hoping it’s just the first step in its expansion into Northeast Florida, despite environmentalists’ concerns.


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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee approved just under $58,000 Wednesday to fund Hemming Park through the rest of the fiscal year.

The park’s leadership, Friends of Hemming Park, has been under scrutiny for how it spent a million city dollars over the last year.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval County principals might soon get paid more for leading schools with a larger enrollment, as well as students performing below grade level.

That’s in the new pay scale the school board is considering.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The first day of school for Duval County students was Monday, and it’s also the debut for 14 converted or rebranded schools.

Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti visited two of those schools reprogrammed to address the district's challenges with low-occupancy and failing grades.   


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A civil-rights group has filed an ethics complaint against Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff.

The complaint stems from a city audit finding she improperly diverted $317,000 dollars from four Northside redevelopment projects to a consulting group, where she later got a job.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The Jacksonville Progressive Coalition led a protest in Hemming Park Friday against the policies of Republican State Attorney Angela Corey.


Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says the district is narrowing the achievement gap between white and black students, but needs to work on retaining teachers.

Vitti delivered his State of the Schools address at Atlantic Coast High School Friday morning.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

Note: For Information about Duval County Referendum 1 on the November  ballot, go here. To read about the referendum that passed on the August ballot, continue reading. 

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking the owner of Jacksonville’s low-income housing complex Eureka Gardens to beef up security following a mass shooting Monday.

The current owner may have secured a buyer for the troubled complex.


Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Republicans vying to replace outgoing Congressman Ander Crenshaw shared a stage at the Jacksonville Zoo Tuesday for a forum hosted by Northside business leaders.

They’re all running against what they call “big government.”

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For the first time in five years, Florida officials have approved borrowing $285 million to pay for school buildings.

Of that, the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine will receive $9 million this year.

But the pot of money the state is borrowing against is shrinking.


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City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s share of the tourism market in Florida has grown every month for nearly three years.

And Tourism officials expect the growth to continue.


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Getting more people qualified for the workforce is the goal of a Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce program called Earn Up. Its efforts recently earned the Chamber a competitive national grant of $40,000 to expand its reach.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Updated 11:10 a.m. 8/9

On a conference call with Florida lawmakers Friday, Governor Rick Scott once again called on Congress to pass $2 billion in emergency Zika money.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Residents of the Fairway Oaks neighborhood on Jacksonville’s Northside said the city should not give more money to HabiJax without first fixing the homes the nonprofit built.

The residents, who say their houses were poorly constructed, plan to protest Friday morning.

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Four of the five candidates vying for a Jacksonville state house seat plead their cases at the Southside Business Men’s Club Wednesday.

The debate lacked, well, debate on most issues.


Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

With Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump scheduled to speak in downtown Jacksonville Wednesday, supporters of Democrat Hillary Clinton took to the streets of Five Points to denounce her rival Wednesday morning.


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Jacksonville police officers are on board with body cameras — that’s what Sheriff Mike Williams told a City Council committee Tuesday morning. A program requiring police to wear them is in the making.


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