Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the city council to approve emergency funding for new gun identification technology. The Integrated Ballistic Identification System uses a shell casing’s “fingerprint” to track down a shooter faster than ever. The new tech is expected to cost the city $250,000.
Jacksonville’s Grammy-winning R&B band Tedeschi Trucks, led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi , will be the opening act to debut Daily’s Place, the new 5,500 seat amphitheater at EverBank Field scheduled to open this summer.
Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke by phone with OCEARCH founder and expedition leader Chris Fischer along with Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute Executive Director Quint White, who was in studio, about a collaboration to study sharks on campus. We also spoke with Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping , who gave us an update on the Daily’s Place Amphitheater being built next to Everbank Field. Erin Mangan of Communities in Schools of Jacksonville talked about programs implemented to help the school district’s graduation rate, and the Cultural Council of Jacksonville’s Ryan Ali told us about some the winners of this year’s Arts Awards with honorary chair Heather Moore.
In 1988, six firefighters in Kansas City, Missouri, were killed in a blast at a highway construction site. Nine years later, five people were convicted of setting the fires that led to the deaths. And now, almost 30 years later, Reveal investigates problems in the case: There was no physical evidence linking the five to the crime, and their convictions were based on witness testimony – a lot of it conflicting.
President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today at noon for a joint press conference at the White House.
“We have rights, let’s party” was shouted over an intercom in Hemming Park Tuesday evening right outside Jacksonville’s city hall. The City Council had just amended the city’s human rights ordinances to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination.
The Jacksonville City Council has passed a law requiring more demographic reporting from city agencies. It also recommends funding the position of equal opportunity manager to ensure city entities are doing everything they can to broaden their workforces. Councilman Garrett Dennis, the bill’s sponsor, told his colleagues the law affirms Jacksonville’s commitment to diversity. “We have an opportunity to affirm what is already stated in our ordinance code — ‘a diverse public workforce that is representative of our community is desirable and can be achieved through equal opportunity, equal access and aggressive recruiting,’ ” he said. Dennis filed the bill in response to an ongoing federal investigation into complaints of racial discrimination at JEA . The bill now goes to Mayor Lenny Curry’s desk for his signature. Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org , 904-358-6319 or on Twitter @RyanMichaelBenk .
The Jacksonville City Council confirmed the appointment of a new member of the city’s Human Rights Commission. Peret Pass is a Republican political consultant who worked for Congressman John Rutherford’s campaign.
The Florida State Beekeepers Association has successfully raised $200,000 to fund an international bee research lab at the University of Florida.