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Tornado damages homes in St. Johns County

An apparent tornado damaged fences, windows and playground equipment Thursday morning near World Golf Village.…

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Autonomous EV maker may be eyeing Jacksonville

Jacksonville is recruiting an unidentified company code-named Project Link. The description matches Holon, a spinoff of Benteler Automotive in Germany.…

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2 days ago

Former Latitude 360 owner sent to prison over taxes

Brent Brown was sentenced to 30 months for failing to send the IRS money withheld from employees’ paychecks.…

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2 days ago

Questions raised in Florida immigration fight

A federal appeals court is looking at whether Florida can legally challenge Biden administration immigration policies.…

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2 days ago

Residents call for more green space at Riverfront Plaza

Participants at a community discussion urged the city to reconsider plans for residences and a restaurant at the new riverfront…

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2 days ago

Embattled Laura Street Trio may have hit a dead end

City Council member Jimmy Peluso says it is time to explore taking the buildings by eminent domain.…

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Severe storms and flash flooding possible on Thursday

As storms track across the state, the squall line will be capable of generating damaging wind gusts or 60 mph…

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2 days ago

Muslims in Jacksonville celebrate end of Ramadan

More than 7,000 people gathered inside the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place for an Eid al-Fitr celebration.…

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2 days ago

Jacksonville pledges $10M for affordable housing

The city says the money would jump-start a loan fund for developers that could lead to more than 1,000 new…

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3 days ago

Federal judge blocks restriction on teacher pronoun use

Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said Florida violates a teacher’s First Amendment rights by restricting which pronouns she can…

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3 days ago

Judge refuses to halt FSU’s lawsuit against ACC

Florida State University contends it would owe $500 million in penalties to exit the Atlantic Coast Conference.…

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3 days ago

Review board backs mixed-use storage project on Southbank

The Downtown Development Review Board recommended approval of a controversial development that includes housing and self-storage.…

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April 9, 2024

First new hotels in years open near Jacksonville airport

Tru by Hilton opened in February, and TownePlace Suites by Marriott plans to debut in May.…

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April 9, 2024

Jacksonville among hottest labor markets in US

A monthly survey of Jacksonville area manufacturers indicates that businesses expect to expand their payrolls.…

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April 9, 2024

Leaders fight possible closure of Atlantic Beach Elementary

Duval County Public Schools is considering a recommendation to close 37 schools across the county.…

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April 9, 2024

Former Jax residents get 10-15 years for son’s school shooting

James and Jennifer Crumbley are believed to be the first parents of a mass school shooter to have been charged…

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April 9, 2024

Abortion ballot issue might not end legal fights

Three Supreme Court justices warned about legal fights if the abortion rights amendment passes in Florida.…

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April 9, 2024

Assessing Jacksonville’s health insurance campaign

The Get Covered Jax program signed up nearly 41,000 people for health insurance, but it trailed other large metro areas…

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April 8, 2024

ICARE lays murder toll at sheriff’s doorstep

ICARE again implored Sheriff T.K. Waters to adopt the Group Violence Intervention program to stem murders in Jacksonville.…

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April 8, 2024

Ex-trooper faces prison for drugs, firearms and fraud

Joshua Grady Earrey pleaded guilty to federal drug and fraud charges. A related investigation of former Nassau County Sgt. James…

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April 8, 2024

JTA proving to be an alternative to school buses

The My Ride to School program has exceeded expections as Duval Schools wrestles with transportation costs.…

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April 8, 2024

Public parking reopens at Mickler’s Landing

Beach restoration is expected to be completed by early August in Ponte Vedra Beach.…

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April 8, 2024

Jacksonville police officers disciplined for strip search

An internal investigation concluded that two officers violated policy when they pulled down a man’s pants on a public road…

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April 5, 2024

State Attorney Melissa Nelson files for reelection

Nelson filed for election to a third term in the 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties.…

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April 5, 2024

Food and drink businesses seek incentives Downtown

Three dining and drinking establishments are on the agenda for a Downtown Investment Authority committee.…

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April 5, 2024

The solar eclipse: Here’s what we’ll see in Jacksonville

People in Northeast Florida will see about 70% of the sun’s disc missing — like a bite out of a…

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April 5, 2024

Forecasters predict ‘very, very busy’ hurricane season

Researchers at Colorado State University are projecting 23 named storms and 11 hurricanes, including five major hurricanes.…

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April 5, 2024

DeSantis: ‘This state will start to smell like marijuana’

Gov. Ron DeSantis lashed out Thursday at proposed constitutional amendments that would protect abortion rights and legalize recreational marijuana.…

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April 5, 2024

What’s going on at Riverfront Plaza? 

Park plans include two different businesses that will both serve food: a “cafe” and a “restaurant.”…

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April 4, 2024

Live in St. Johns? Your kids may be Terrapins or Sasquatches

Two new K-8 academies are opening in St. Johns County next school year, and the schools finally have mascots.…

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April 4, 2024

A.L. Lewis fund sparks Black philanthropy with first grants

The A.L. Lewis Black Opportunity & Impact fund announced grants toward health, education and economic development in predominantly Black neighborhoods.…

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April 4, 2024

Wheel-to-wheel go-kart racing helps longtime charity

The annual Jacksonville Grand Prix, featuring professional and amateur drivers, raises money for Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.…

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April 4, 2024

Staff turns thumbs down on Southbank storage facility

A staff report for the Downtown Development Review Board recommends that a rezoning request be denied.…