Posts Tagged as syndicated

Business Brief: JEA Coal Plant Closure Part Of National Trend

JEA recently announced it will close a coal-fired power plant on Jacksonville’s Northside, which came online in the late 1980s. With the complex’s closure, about 200 people will lose their jobs. The plant’s closure after nearly 30 years of service is not surprising in today’s energy climate. If you’ve been paying attention to the electric power generation business, coal fired power plants are closing all across the country.

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Jacksonville Representative Pushes For Bill To Bolster Religious Freedom In Florida Schools

A bill seeking to protect the freedom of religious expression in public schools cleared Florida Senate on Thursday in a vote that largely cleaved along party lines. The bill, aiming to create the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” passed by 23-13 vote on the floor. It intends to unify existing religious rights in a single legislation that would be simple to implement and heed.

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Jacksonville Zoo Officials Helping Deaf Gorilla Become A Mom

The Jacksonville Zoo hopes its gorilla Kambuka will soon become a first-time mom. But Kambuka’s journey to motherhood has been complicated by the recent discovery that she’s deaf. Jacksonville Zoo veterinarian Dr. Yousuf Jafarey said there is often tension between Kambuka and the other gorillas because she doesn’t hear social cues. He said helping Kambuka overcome socialization problems within her gorilla family is an important step to having a baby. “The challenge arises in that other females, they view Kambuka differently. We are concerned about if she does have a baby, how will the troupe handle that baby? How will she handle that baby?” he said. Zoo official JJ Vitale recounted a recent scenario that helped keepers realize Kambuka had a hearing problem. She said the zoo staff gave all the gorillas whole coconuts. The other gorillas took their coconuts and banged them on the wall to get them open, but Kambuka did not hear the banging noise, so she did not understand the need for a

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3/24/2017: Media Roundtable; Generation W: Johnson; James Astill; ‘Fences’

Friday on “First Coast Connect” was are weekly Media Roundtable with Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, blogger Fred Matthews and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and U.S. Naval War College professor of strategic leadership and leader development Olenda Johnson about next week’s conference. We spoke with Washington correspondent for The Economist James Astill about the rise of modern India, and we spoke with the star of the play “Fences” Shauntel Robinson and director Jereme Raickett.

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Division In Tallahassee Sows Anxiety In St. Johns County Over Pot Laws

At least six competing plans ranging from the most restrictive to the most permissive expansions of medical marijuana in Florida are working their way through the state Legislature. And the division is wearing down the patience of state residents, who overwhelmingly supported the measure. Six marijuana bills being debated in Tallahassee diverge on a number of issues, including which diseases should qualify for marijuana treatment, who should be able to grow and sell the drug and where they can set up shop. Five are in the Senate and one was filed in the House by Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, wants to start a new, more liberal, regulatory framework from scratch, while his Senate colleague, Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park, wants to use the existing, more restrictive apparatus. Shortly after the election, Bradley told WJCT he foresaw a smooth implementation of the new amendment. “We are not getting caught flat-footed. There is infrastructure already in

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