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3 days ago

UNF announces doctoral program in computing

UNF’s first doctor of philosophy program will focus on intelligent systems and cybersecurity.…

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Supreme Court turns down Florida sports betting challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to upend a multibillion-dollar deal giving the Seminole Tribe control of sports betting throughout Florida.…

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Tropical disturbance could affect Jacksonville

The National Hurricane Center is tracking an area just northeast of the Bahamas where a tropical depression may develop later…

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3 days ago

Duval teacher wins fight over Black Lives Matter flag

Amy Donofrio will be allowed to keep her teaching license despite the state’s efforts to revoke it.…

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June 16, 2024

MLK’s nephew preaches at St. Augustine church where King delivered sermon 60 years ago

The younger King started his remarks by referencing his uncle’s most famous words.…

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June 14, 2024

Former Douglas Anderson teacher sentenced to 10 years

Jeffery Clayton, a former vocal teacher, was convicted of lewd behavior with a student.…

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June 14, 2024

Baptist opening emergency room in St. Augustine

Baptist Health officials say the new ER will bring emergency care closer to home in St. Johns County.…

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June 14, 2024

Shorebird nests delay Amelia Island dredging

A project to dredge the Nassau River and nearby waterways has been delayed until early October.…

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June 13, 2024

Public hearing scheduled on stadium renovation

The hearing will take place Monday as a debate continues over the community benefits segment of the stadium agreement.…

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June 13, 2024

Pass Go and buy a bridge? Jax Monopoly is on the way

The game’s manufacturer, Top Trumps USA, is asking people to suggest landmarks and businesses to appear on the board.…

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June 13, 2024

Fraud suspect stole more than $59,000 from mailboxes

Frank Anthony Acanda pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud after hitting mailboxes in Fleming Island, Jacksonville and St.…

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June 13, 2024

Here’s how Jacksonville fared in the new state budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis cut funding for at least 70 projects or programs in the Jacksonville area, but other organizations won…

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June 13, 2024

Gateway Jax expands its holdings Downtown

Gateway Jax bought a 2.76-acre site from Florida State College at Jacksonville that lies next to the Pearl Street District…

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June 13, 2024

Thousands expected at Melanin Market for Juneteenth festival

The Eastside-based nonprofit will award 15 $1,000 microgrants to businesses that participate.…

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June 13, 2024

Pizza and self-serve beer on tap for Downtown Jacksonville

The city is reviewing a building permit for Pour Taproom and Pizza Jeans in the VyStar Credit Union garage at…

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June 13, 2024

There’s a new way to get a hazardous weather forecast

The National Weather Service is experimenting with a graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook to see how users like the feature.…

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June 12, 2024

Bernier hired as Duval superintendent at $320,000 per year

The School Board voted 6-1 to hire Christopher Bernier as superintendent. Board member Warren Jones voted no because he thought…

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June 12, 2024

Autonomous vehicle plant gets $7.7 million in incentives

A company identified as Holon would build a $100 million plant on about 40 acres in Northwest Jacksonville.…

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June 12, 2024

Mangroves creep north due to lack of ‘lethal freeze’ in Florida

Researchers found mangroves at Cumberland Island in southeast Georgia, another indication of a warming climate.…

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June 12, 2024

Chick-fil-A approved over neighbors’ objections

Jacksonville City Council voted 12-7 to approve rezoning for the fast-food restaurant in Oceanway.…

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June 12, 2024

Former St. Johns County sheriff runs for state Senate

David Shoar has opened a campaign account to run for a seat that will be vacated by Sen. Travis Hutson,…

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June 12, 2024

Federal judge blocks law restricting transgender care

A federal court blocked Florida from enforcing a law that bans gender-affirming care for minors and restricts it for adults.…

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June 12, 2024

Duval School Board chair: ‘We’ve done our due diligence’ on Bernier amid accusations

Bernier is the subject of a whistleblower complaint accusing him of “bullying” of a subordinate — with similar behavior mentioned…

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June 11, 2024

Loan scam targets sailors along the First Coast

About 20 sailors in Northeast Florida have fallen victim to the scammers, who ask to use their phones and then…

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June 11, 2024

St. Johns moms speak about their lawsuit over schoolbooks

The two parents are suing for equal rights when the public challenges books in Florida’s schools.…

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June 11, 2024

8 arrested in Hastings drug and gambling bust

Investigators seized gambling machines, drug paraphernalia and $400,000 cash in a raid at the 207 Express store.…

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June 11, 2024

ARTS PICKS | June 14-16

A Father’s Day jazz concert, hip-hop and art fest in Riverside, Digital Art Fest and birthday party for James Weldon…

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June 11, 2024

Home prices hit a record high in Northeast Florida

For the first time ever, the typical home in Northeast Florida costs more than $400,000.…

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June 11, 2024

Jax River Jams could be coming to an end

Downtown Vision Inc. is evaluating the future of the free concert series because of declining sponsorship and rising costs.…

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June 11, 2024

Teacher unions say pay raise isn’t enough

Florida ranks near the bottom nationwide in average teacher salaries, according to the Florida Education Association.…

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June 10, 2024

Honoring female veterans in Northeast Florida

Events are planned all week for Women Veterans Recognition Week, which honors female vets and highlights their daily challenges.…

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June 10, 2024

#AskJAXTDY l What’s the plan for fenced-off lot in Jax Beach?

A Jacksonville Today reader wants to know when Jacksonville Beach will do something about a fenced-off lot near the beach.…

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June 10, 2024

Judge allows lawsuit alleging rental discrimination

The suit accuses JWB Property Management of using faulty algorithms to discriminate against Black renters.…