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Upperclassmen anxious as UNF restructures on-campus dorms

Freshmen and rising sophomores have a month’s head start on upperclassmen when it comes to applying for limited housing.…

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2 days ago

Florida House passes bill to allow bear killings

Supporters say the bill is needed because more bears are venturing into residential areas in North Florida.…

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2 days ago

Florida kids speak out against social media restrictions

Facebook, Instagram and TikTok would likely become off-limits under a proposed ban on social media accounts for anyone under 16.…

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February 16, 2024

Duval wants to consolidate two gifted schools

School district staff will recommend consolidating R.V. Daniels Elementary School with R.L. Brown Gifted and Talented Academy.…

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February 16, 2024

Two swastikas found on UNF bathroom stalls

The Chabad of Southside fosters peace after the first antisemetic display on campus since 2021.…

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February 16, 2024

Rising costs sinking big projects in Downtown Jax

The city may seek new proposals for the American Lions tower at Riverfront Plaza and for Hardwick at Ford on…

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February 16, 2024

Nassau County Schools sued over curriculum materials

The group Citizens Defending Freedom has sued Nassau County Schools to get access to materials in a behavioral health curriculum.…

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February 16, 2024

Florida House passes Buffet Highway bill

The bill would designate State Road A1A, from the Florida Keys to Nassau County, as “Jimmy Buffett Memorial Highway.”…

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February 16, 2024

Tens of thousands of workers in Florida have just lost their labor unions. More is coming.

A sweeping anti-union bill signed last year has destroyed collective bargaining rights across the state — rights protected by the…

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February 16, 2024

Jacksonville University honors former Sheriff Nat Glover

Jacksonville University’s Public Policy Institute will name its Master in Public Policy Minority Fellowship Program in honor of former Sheriff…

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February 15, 2024

Jury selection begins in JEA conspiracy trial

The trial of JEA executives Aaron Zahn and Ryan Wannemacher is expected to last about four weeks.…

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February 15, 2024

Drug verdict overturned after prosecutors overstep

Prosecutors Richard Giglio and Joseph Licandro distored evidence by repeatedly referring to the defendant’s previous arrest, an appellate court ruled.…

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February 15, 2024

Investigation into stepbrothers’ murders revived after 12 years

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is trying to solve the murders of John Franklin Ragin Jr. and Eric Dwayne Stubbs in…

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February 15, 2024

Why movies set in Florida aren’t filmed here anymore

Jacksonville was once known as the “Winter Film Capital of the World.” Now movies set in Florida are actually filmed…

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February 14, 2024

PHOTO ESSAY | Like Jax, unbeaten Mandarin soccer team is a blend of cultures

The unbeaten Mandarin High Mustangs have players from three continents who speak 10 different languages.…

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February 14, 2024

Eastside children open their hearts through podcasting

A new podcast at Richard Lewis Brown Academy has given children a chance to express themselves to a wide audience…

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February 14, 2024

Should schools teach the history of communism?

Rep. Robert Charles Brannan III of Maccleny proposes that schools teach the history of communism in grades as low as…

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February 14, 2024

City Council gives officeholders power over lawsuits

Legislation approved Tuesday will make it harder for the city of Jacksonville to settle lawsuits without approval of the office…

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February 14, 2024

More drink choices coming at Clay County Fairgrounds

County commissioners voted to allow the sale of canned cocktails during events with 500 or more people — including the…

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February 14, 2024

UF Health included in plan to boost behavioral health care

UF Health Jacksonville would become a teaching hospital in behavioral health under two bills in the Florida Legislature.…

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February 14, 2024

The flamingo may finally take its place as Florida’s state bird

Two bills in the Legislature would dethrone the noisy and occasionally combative mockingbird as the reigning state bird after nearly…

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February 14, 2024

Pro basketball will return to Jax on Sunday

The Jacksonville 95ers, the city’s new pro basketball team, will play its first exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Jacksonville University’s…

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February 13, 2024

DeSantis wants to ‘drop the hammer’ on retail thieves

Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed legislation to increase the penalties on retail thieves and porch pirates.…

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February 13, 2024

Nonprofit merger helps fill need for menstrual products

Feeding Northeast Florida has merged with longtime partner Renewing Dignity, which works to eliminate “period poverty.”…

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February 13, 2024

Duval hopes to hire schools superintendent by July

The Duval School Board suspended its search for a superintendent in October due to a shortage of qualified applicants. The…

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February 13, 2024

Jacksonville International Auto Show rumbles into town

The 38th annual Jacksonville International Auto Show will take place Friday through Sunday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.…

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February 13, 2024

#AskJAXTDY | What are road crews doing along Arlington Expressway?

A Jacksonville Today reader wonders why a service road along the Arlington Expressway has been closed.…

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February 13, 2024

ARTS PICKS | Feb. 16-18

Romantic symphony music, a quietly moving play and blues music in St. Augustine are this week’s Arts Picks.…

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February 13, 2024

Jacksonville Zoo’s geriatric giraffe has died

Spock was one of two animals to die at the zoo this week of age-related issues. The other was a…

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February 12, 2024

Former Jacksonville teacher could lose license over Black Lives Matter flag

Amy Donofrio displayed a Black Lives Matter flag at Riverside High School and anti-Confederacy face masks.…

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February 12, 2024

Utility lineworkers will test their skills at Metro Park

The public is invited to set up lawn chairs and munch on food truck fare as lineworkers demonstrate their skill…

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February 12, 2024

Nonprofit recognized for sustainable housing efforts

The Northeast Florida Builders Association recognized Ability Housing for its sustainable housing efforts.…

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February 12, 2024

Law could make it easier to remove squatters from homes

After hearing horror stories of property being taken over by squatters, the Florida Legislature is taking action.…