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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants to divert emergency funds from the crime-prevention Jacksonville Journey program to beef up police presence in areas with high violent crime rates.
On Thursday, at the Journey committee’s first meeting since Curry took office, the mayor expressed sorrow at the increasing murder rate in some of the city’s neighborhoods.
A new book by a local author and professor looks at the understudied issue of colorism and its impact on young black women.Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder’s “Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century” examines …
Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration says there’ll be no new investments in downtown development until Jacksonville can achieve pension reform.
The JAX Chamber says it’s all hands on deck to make sure state lawmakers pass the pension bill.
The U.S. Coast Guard will hold hearings in Jacksonville next month to try to find out what caused the El Faro cargo ship to sink last October. The hearings are open to the public.
The testimony is part of the Coast Guard’s investigation into what led to the loss of 33 crewmembers’ lives in Hurricane Joaquin.
“It’s one of the worst marine casualties in the last 35 years. That’s the reason we’re holding these hearings,” says Coast Guard Capt. Jason Neubauer.
A local favorite farm is hooking up with one of the biggest distributors in the world.
Black Hog Farm in Palatka has signed a contract with Sysco, which will ship the farm’s produce to local restaurants.
The deal is expected to widen the reach of Black Hog. Its meats and vegetables can now be found in about a half dozen local restaurants, but could soon be delivered as far south as St. Augustine and as far north as Savannah.
Jacksonville’s One Spark crowd-funding festival is scaling back from a week-long event to possibly one day in April.
One Spark spokesman Michael Munz says the atmosphere will still be festive.
“We are looking at how we can maintain that in a full day of activities for people,” he says.
The festival’s big winner last year was the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change.
Executive Director Kathryn Thomas says shortening the festival from five days will help attendees focus more on creators.
Duval County health officials are launching a campaign aimed at stemming childhood obesity.
The county has had mild success reducing the rate among young kids, but the number of overweight teens — especially in the urban core — continues to climb.
The Jacksonville City Council heard three hours of public comment Tuesday night on whether to update the city’s human rights ordinance to cover LGBT citizens from discrimination.
City Councilmen Bill Gulliford and Tommy Hazouri are both sponsoring bills that could expand the city’s human rights ordinance to protect people in the areas of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. The Council is expected to start deliberation on the bills soon.
We discuss the latest on Jacksonville’s HRO with WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride.