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 ten stories you might have missed.Scott Signs Bill Lifting Trade Restrictions On Northern IrelandThis past …
Being a military veteran is one of the factors that make it more likely a person will become homeless.
In Jacksonville, it’s estimated one-in-10 homeless people are vets. That’s fewer than five years ago, thanks to local groups using federal grants to get veterans under roofs.
Now, one of those groups is embarking on an ambitious goal of sheltering more than one homeless veteran every day this year.
Lou Dougherty works for Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed nearly 50 bills into law this week. One of them lifted decades-old restrictions on doing business with Northern Ireland.The move has raised the ire of Irish Catholics.
The City of Jacksonville has been selected as one of the first 25 communities by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in a new program called the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative.The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative is…
HINESVILLE, Ga. – A 16-year-old wanted in a school bus shooting on Jacksonville’s Westside last week was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop in Liberty County, Georgia. Authorities said he was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, then …
Anyone who’s flown on an airplane in the past decade has the airport security rules memorized: Don’t leave your bag unattended. Take off your shoes when you pass through metal detectors. And leave weapons at home.
But what about rules for furry travel companions?
The Transportation Security Administration has special rules for flyers with small pets.
Jeb Bush is keeping Sunshine State governors in the global-warming crosshairs with comments this week in which he called the science surrounding the issue “convoluted.”On the campaign trail last year, Gov. Rick Scott demurred when asked about climate c…
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, the Coast Guard is advising all boaters to stay safe.
Donna writes, “I share a data plan with my family. I’m the biggest user of data, but I’m also the least tech savvy. I do very little downloading! I mostly just check emails. If someone sends me a link and I open it, am I downloading? Sometimes I use my…
In addition to electing a new mayor, sheriff and several city council members, Duval County voters also approved two referenda amending Jacksonville’s charter.
The first affects the city’s attorney or general counsel.
Not only does it list specific qualifications for the position, it also dilutes the mayor’s control of the office by giving the City Council the power to fire an attorney.
Rick Mullaney, Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University, says the change could help eliminate the perception of favoritism.