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First Read: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Public access to the St. Johns River, food deserts in Northeast Florida and more options for police dealing with juvenile offenders are all in the headlines this morning.

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 six stories you don’t want to miss.

City Council Weighs Public Access To St. Johns River In Avondale

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Teacher Residency Program Holds First Signing Day

While Duval County Public School students are preparing for summer vacation, nine teacher-residents are getting ready for their first year of school.

The Jacksonville Teacher Residency program held its first-ever Signing Day ceremony Tuesday.

The intensive, one-year residency will allow new math and science teachers like Tiffany Allen to co-teach in urban classrooms across the district. Allen says because of the program, she’s not worried about starting in August.

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Gibson: New Florida Law Gives Police Flexibility For Juvenile Offenders

A new Florida law is aimed at keeping young people out of jail.

Jacksonville Democratic State Senator Audrey Gibson sponsored the Juvenile Justice legislation.

She says it allows police to issue more civil citations for juvenile offenders instead of locking them up. Gibson also says police will have more latitude dealing with minors who’ve committed nonviolent misdemeanors.

“The bill says that an officer can simply call a parent if they think that would be beneficial to that young person,” she said.  

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Florida Supreme Court To Decide Property Rights Fight Over Fire Station

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in after Jacksonville property owners sued the city for building a fire station next door.

The case will settle the question of how much local governments should held responsible when property values plummet.

Jacksonville property owners, R. Lee and Christy Smith, sued the city after it built a fire station on a riverfront lot on Hecksher Drive across from Mayport — and right next to the Smiths’ undeveloped lot.

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Wildfire Threatens To Close I-95

Fog and heavy smoke from a wildfire on Pecan Park Road at Interstate-95 on Jacksonville’s Northside could continue to reduce drivers’ visibility for a few more nights.

A lightning strike started the fire four days ago.

Annaleasa Winter with the Florida Forest Service says although the fire has been contained to 86-acres of swampland, there’s still plenty of fuel left for it to burn.

Winter says the fire will continue until there is enough rain to saturate the entire fire or the pine straw and leaves have been completely consumed by the fire.

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Brawl Breaks Out At Conch House

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Video of Conch House security personnel breaking up a brawl during a Reggae Sunday party on Sunday has gone viral. There was no information about any injuries or arrests, but 911 calls released Tuesday morning reported people were …

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