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June 20, 2024

Jacksonville police union reaches contract agreement

Police officers would receive a 13% salary increase in fiscal 2024-2025. Corrections officers would get 15%.…

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June 20, 2024

Permit issued for Cooper’s Hawk in Mandarin

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant will have inside and patio dining, bars and a retail area.…

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June 20, 2024

Citizens Insurance seeks 14% rate hike in 2025

Although Florida’s property insurance market is improving, Citizens still hopes to reduce its number of policies.…

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June 20, 2024

Sheriff’s Office cracks down on street racers

“Operation Decelerate” ended with five arrests and more than 70 citations after meet-ups at several locations.…

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June 19, 2024

Duval is not alone in closing schools

A consultant suggests closing more than 30 Duval schools. Many of Florida’s large, urban districts are looking at the same…

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June 18, 2024

Wildfire dangers rising in parched Northeast Florida

Northeast Florida is experiencing some of the driest conditions in the state, and the threat of wildfires could become serious…

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June 18, 2024

Historic St. Augustine rectory to get refresh

Housing for clergymen of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine will receive a much-needed renovation.…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville expedition will study white sharks in Europe

The nonprofit research group Ocearch is leaving Mayport to study white sharks in the waters off western Europe and the…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville honors 159th anniversary of Juneteenth

Community leaders gathered Tuesday to commemorate Juneteenth as Mayor Donna Deegan named her inaugural Mayoral Advisory Board for African Americans.…

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June 18, 2024

Former cop sentenced for giving information to criminals

Christopher Barr was accused of accessing police databases to share information with criminals.…

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June 18, 2024

Jacksonville labeled Florida’s eviction capital

Duval County has a higher rate of eviction filings than other metro areas in Florida.…

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June 18, 2024

Dangerous heat in cars can be lethal to people and pets

So far this year, 18 children have died nationwide after being found in a hot car.…

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June 17, 2024

Residents urge City Council to approve stadium deal with community benefits agreement 

Dozens of Jacksonville residents spoke in support of a proposed stadium deal between the city and the Jacksonville Jaguars.…

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June 17, 2024

Federal St. Augustine flooding study expected to yield solutions in 4 years

How do you keep St. Augustine from flooding? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to give answers, eventually.…

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June 17, 2024

Fresh-Mex & Co. signs lease in St. Johns County

The Tex-Mex Cantina was founded in 2017 in the Southpoint area before moving to St. Johns Town Center.…

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June 17, 2024

UNF announces doctoral program in computing

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

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June 17, 2024

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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June 17, 2024

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…

Featured image for “Duval teacher wins fight over Black Lives Matter flag”
June 17, 2024

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.…