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University of Florida is bullish on Northeast Florida

UF Health broke ground Wednesday on a Durbin Park hospital that it expects to open in late 2025.…

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Firehouse Subs works to speed up service time

Firehouse’s restaurants in the Jacksonville area are testing a toaster that cuts preparation times in half.…

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New group helps women in tech and entrepreneurship

An organization called Women in Tech & Entrepreneurship has created a Jacksonville chapter to support women in those fields.…

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Waterfront restaurant approved over objections

Some residents fear the restaurant at the new Riverfront Plaza could be susceptible to flooding.…

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February 21, 2024

#AskJAXTDY | Why are trucks making Jacksonville Beach’s 3rd Street into a truck stop?

A reader wonders why so many semis park along 3rd Street in Jacksonville Beach. Police and a former trucker respond.…

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February 21, 2024

Touch-screen machines and more changes to know about before voting in Duval in 2024

What’s different about voting in Duval County this year? Here’s what we learned at Jacksonville Today’s event, How Voting Works.…

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February 21, 2024

Apartment complex sued after 2-year-old dies in pond

The family of Musiq Jordan-Dye is suing the Paradise Island complex off Southside Boulevard, claiming management should have fenced off…

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February 21, 2024

First Coast kids join chorus against social media ban

A young entrepreneur from Green Cove Springs says Instagram helped him start his business. He opposes a proposal to ban…

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February 21, 2024

The sad death of a manatee nursed to health in Jacksonville

Asha was released into the wild after nearly two years at the Jacksonville Zoo. Then someone, for some reason, removed…

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February 21, 2024

Opposition grows to climate bill from Palatka lawmaker

A bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Bobby Payne of Palatka would eliminate references to climate change in state statutes.…

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February 20, 2024

Autonomous vehicles hit the road at FSCJ

Two driverless vehicles at Florida State College at Jacksonville will help guide plans for the Ultimate Urban Circulator around Downtown.…

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February 20, 2024

Billie Jean King Cup is coming to Amelia Island

Top female tennis players from the Ukraine and Romania will play in Northeast Florida because of the war in Ukraine.…

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February 20, 2024

Athletics coaches may be required to take CPR training

Pending legislation would require all coaches in Florida to be CPR certified and trained to use an automated external defibrillator.…

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February 20, 2024

Concerns arise over pension funding for Jaguars’ stadium

Public officials are getting a stream of questions about a proposal to borrow from pension fund assets to help pay…

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February 20, 2024

Neptune Beach considers speed cams in school zones

Drivers could get a $100 ticket if they are caught going 10 mph over the speed limit.…

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February 20, 2024

Florida gambling money may pay for environmental projects

Legislators have agreed to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling money to expand a state wildlife corridor and…

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February 20, 2024

Democrats believe DeSantis is losing grip on Legislature

They point out that Republican leadership has refused to pursue certain culture war issues since Gov. Ron DeSantis failed in…

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February 19, 2024

Amid turmoil, Jax Housing Authority making moves

Before three high-profile departures, the agency’s former board chair decried “lack of direction” and “clarity about responsibilities.” …

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February 19, 2024

New trolley stop called a ‘game changer’ for Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

Old Town Trolley Tours and Attractions will add a stop at the museum to help St. Augustine promote its historic…

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February 19, 2024

Curbside recycling is ending in parts of Clay County

Curbside recycling will end Oct. 1 when Clay County switches to a new waste hauler. But waste collection fees will…

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February 19, 2024

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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February 19, 2024

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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February 19, 2024

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…