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US Supreme Court To Consider Florida Death Penalty Sentencing

The U.S. Supreme Court this fall will hear arguments in a challenge to the way Florida sentences people to death — a challenge backed by three former Florida Supreme Court justices and the American Bar Association.

The case, which stems from the 1998 murder of an Escambia County fast-food worker, focuses on the role that juries play in recommending death sentences, which ultimately are imposed by judges.

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First Read: JSO Asks, Have You Seen This Car?

Police ask people from the Southside through the Northside to check their surveillance video to help them figure out where William Ruben Ebron last Thursday night until early Friday morning. Jacksonville’s biggest data center gets acquired, and Windows 10 rolls out to skeptical fanfare.

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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JSO: Check Surveillance Tapes For Ebron’s Car

Jacksonville police are asking people to check their surveillance footage that could contain clues in the disappearance of 1-year-old Lonzie Barton.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the public can help provide clues to piece a case together.

Investigation Chief Tom Hackney says if someone provides JSO with information leading to the baby’s body, Crime Stoppers will give them a $4,000 reward.

Hackney said, “Honestly at this point in time to put this at a resolution, that piece of this puzzle, I just need to find Lonzie’s body.”

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Florida Environmental Groups Say Amendment 1 Funds Being Misused

Environmental groups in Northeast Florida are criticizing state legislators on how they are shifting funds for an amendment passed last November.

The groups say Amendment 1’s original purpose was to fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund which would then acquire, restore and manage conservation lands.

But now representatives from groups like the North Florida Land Trust are concerned legislators are using funds from Amendment for things other than land purchases.

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Jacksonville Data Center Acquired For $11M By St. Louis’ TierPoint

The largest colocation data center in Jacksonville has been acquired.

St. Louis-based TierPoint has bought CxP Datacenters in Jacksonville for $11 million. Part of the reason for the acquisition is the 121,000 square foot facility CxP has in the area.

That building is hurricane resistant and includes space for cloud computer hosting and support service. It’s one of several such centers in Jacksonville, which has become a player in the data center business in recent yeas.

The acquisition is the eighth made by TierPoint, which now owns more than 365,000 square feet of data center space.

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First Read: A Fix Up For The Hemming Park Mixup

Confusion over what constitutes “private contributions” in the agreement between the city of Jacksonville and the nonprofit Friends of Hemming Park may be cleared up with a bill being considered by City Council. JSO Chief Tom Hackney says the search for missing Jacksonville toddler Lonzie Barton has turned into a homicide investigation.

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City Council Bill Would Clear Up Hemming Park Funding Confusion

On Tuesday night the Jacksonville City Council began considering a bill to clear up funding issues surrounding Hemming Park.  

It’s one of the first items before the new City Council, which is back in session with 11 newly elected members.

New Council President Greg Anderson says the year is off to a good start.

“I think we got the job done tonight,” he said.

And he says things will be getting more interesting.  

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Mayor Curry Talks City Needs Over Lunch With State Lawmakers

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told state lawmakers Tuesday afternoon the city needs more money for public safety, infrastructure, and health care, among other things.

Curry invited the Duval Legislative Delegation, a group of Northeast Florida state lawmakers, to lunch at City Hall. Curry and the delegates dined and talked Jacksonville priorities without a formal agenda.

Jacksonville Democratic Senator Audrey Gibson says she’s glad to see the meetings starting early ahead of next year’s legislative session.

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Anti-Abortion Advocates Call On Investigation, Defunding Of Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion activists held a rally next door to a Planned Parenthood in Jacksonville on Tuesday as part of a national movement to defund the health centers.

The Women Betrayed movement started in response to a video posted by the conservative group Center for Medical Progress.

More than 200 anti-abortion activists met in the parking lot of a Mandarin Woody’s Bar-B-Q, lining the sidewalks next to the only Planned Parenthood in Northeast Florida.

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