Monthly Archives: July 2015 (page 14)

Closing The Loop: Kathryn Bain

Kathryn Bain was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.

“I grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. I moved to Boise, but that evidently wasn’t far enough! I had a father who was an alcoholic, and a mother who does anything to avoid confrontation,” Bain said.

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First Read: Friday, July 10, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court has declared that the congressional district represented by Corrine Brown, along with seven other districts in the state, will have to be redrawn, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has proposed using leftover money from last year’s school budget to help kids that are behind in reading, and Northeast Florida residents with special needs are being encouraged to join a registry in case of emergency situations.

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Superintendent Vitti Talks Spending Rollover Money

The Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti discussed the upcoming school year’s budget Thursday.

There’s a $9.5 million surplus rolling over from last year. Vitti says a big portion of the extra money is due to salary lapses at a school-level. He says the district normally has leftover funds.

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First Read: Thursday, July 9, 2015

An appeals court is looking at whether or not students in university housing have the right to possess firearms in their dorms, some Duval County students are recognized for contributing outstanding essays to a recent contest, and the Jacksonville Spor…

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Navy, Notre Dame To Face-Off At EverBank Field In 2016

  Mayor Lenny Curry and the Jacksonville Sports Council announced Wednesday afternoon the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2016 home game against Notre Dame will take place next year at EverBank Field.

In even years, when the Navy is the home team, the Notre Dame football game is moved to a neutral site due to large crowds. Next year, the Navy will host the Fighting Irish at EverBank Field.

As thunder boomed in the stadium, Chairman of the Jacksonville Sports Council Carl Cannon made the announcement.

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First Read: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Andrew Jackson statue in Downtown Jacksonville has been vandalized more than once in the last week, the FBI is looking for extortion victims of a Northeast Florida man that targeted young girls from all over the world, and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office reports eight guns were stolen out of six unlocked cars on the Southside over the holiday weekend.

Welcome to WJCT First Read, your daily weekday morning round-up of stories from the First Coast, around Florida and across the country.

Here are 7 stories you don’t want to miss.

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Duval Shifting Literacy Focus To Younger Kids; School Board To Take More Public Comment

The Duval County School Board has approved a grant to pay teachers who help with literacy.

Also at its Tuesday night meeting, the board decided it’s open to hearing public comments at more of its meetings.

The grant of just over $2 million is from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund. The money will be used to pay reading interventionists, teachers who work in small groups with kids who are behind in literacy.

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