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Jacksonville Receives Nearly Half A Million Dollars For Navy Projects

Jacksonville has received nearly half a million dollars in state grants to go toward military base projects.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in a press release the grants will help toward the city’s goal of playing a larger role in the nation’s defense.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott  announced one grant will go toward an ongoing project to create a buffer at the Westside’s Whitehouse Naval Airfield.

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Florida Legislature Special Session Over, Spotlight On Hospitals Continues

A panel formed by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the finances of hospitals and other parts of the health-care industry held its first meeting Wednesday since the end of two legislative sessions dominated by those issues, as Scott signaled he would continue pushing for changes.

The governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Jacksonville to hear from local hospitals — and particularly UF Health Jacksonville — and to consider data on executive compensation and the quality of care around the state.

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UF Health Jacksonville Is ‘Good To Go’

The UF Health hospital in downtown Jacksonville is no longer in immediate danger of closing. That’s what CEO Russ Armistead told the Governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding at its stop in Jacksonville on Wednesday morning.

Armistead said, “Thanks to the Legislature and the governor, the LIP funding, which was 95 million dollars, we essentially got all of that for the current year. So we are funded. We’re good to go.”

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Nelson On SpaceX: ‘When We Have A Mishap, We Learn From It’

Investigators continue looking into what caused a SpaceX rocket to explode after takeoff from Cape Canaveral on Sunday. In Jacksonville Wednesday, Florida Senator Bill Nelson said he’s confident in the investigation.

On Monday, Nelson called for a thorough review of the incident and warned the gravity of the investigation should not be underestimated. He then met with officials from NASA and SpaceX.

At his Jacksonville office, Nelson said he’s sure the results will improve space travel.

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Curry, Williams Sworn Into Office As Jacksonville’s New Mayor, Sheriff

Lenny Curry and Mike Williams are officially Jacksonville’s mayor and sheriff after being sworn in Wednesday morning.

After Curry took the oath of office, he addressed an audience of community members at the Times-Union Center downtown. Curry says the safety of Jacksonville’s children is one of his top priorities.

“I met a 10-year-old kid months ago that after he told me a story about baseball, told me he saw his friend get shot in the chest,” Curry said. “That should not happen to our kids in this city.“

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