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Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority Approves 2 More Development Proposals

The Downtown Investment Authority Wednesday approved two downtown development proposals — the renovation of the old Jones Brothers Furniture building and the Jacksonville University film school’s move to WJCT Studios. The Jones building project stirred up the most debate.

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Developer Mike Balanky is proposing a 28-story tower on the Southbank and a gondola lift transit system that would connect the Southbank and Northbank across the St. Johns River.

Former Nassau County Principal Hired, Fired, Hired In 1-Month Span

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A former Nassau County principal who resigned last month after officials said he admitted to taking money from Fernandina Beach High School and who recently got fired from Duval County Public Schools has been hired by a private school in Clay County.

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A special committee of JEA’s board that’s exploring privatization met for the first time Tuesday.

Exterior of Jacksonville City Hall.
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Council members and their constituents are becoming frustrated with the lack of visible progress being made clean-up of toxic ash in the soil in Jacksonville’s northwest side.

Jacksonville Jaguars Release Long Time Tight End Marcedes Lewis

Mar 20, 2018
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The Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday released tight end Marcedes Lewis in a surprise move made less than a month after his 2018 contract option was picked up.

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Frustration is growing among Florida citrus farmers awaiting the distribution of $2.36 billion in federal disaster-relief money for agriculture losses sustained in Hurricane Irma.

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Florida’s nearshore waters would be off limits to future oil and gas drilling under a measure that is moving closer to appearing before voters in November.

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed 30 bills into law, including a measure that could make more permanent a controversial pregnancy “support services” program and a bill that calls for placing a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol.

Gov. Scott Faces Decisions on 14 Bills This Week

Mar 19, 2018
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Brittany Clark / Flgov.com

Gov. Rick Scott will act on at least 14 bills this week, including a proposal (HB 67) to create a slavery memorial at the Capitol and a measure (HB 41) dealing with “pregnancy support” services.

Gov. Scott Signs $89 Billion Budget, Vetoes $64 Million

Mar 16, 2018
Brittany Clark / flgov.com

Moving quickly, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a nearly $89 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and issued $64 million in vetoes.

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The National Library of Congress has shared its latest batch of musical inductees to the National Recording Registry. The 25 works — a mix of singles, field recordings, albums and soundtracks — represent myriad genres and time periods, and bring the Registry's overall catalog up to 500 entries.

The winners of the 2018 Whiting Awards don't have much of a track record. None on this list has the laundry list of accolades you may be accustomed to seeing for literary prize winners. Several don't even have a second book to their names.

But that's the idea here.

The Lee County School District and the Lee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that schools in the county will have bolstered security by the time students return from Spring Break. This comes less than two weeks after Gov. Rick Scott signed the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act”  and a day after a Maryland school shooting. 

The Record: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Have you read the NYTimes’ Dear Sugar column? Seen the movie “Wild”? The woman behind those projects is Cheryl Strayed. She found herself on a through hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, and now she’s giving advice on vulnerability and authentic.

In a case with potentially broad implication, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for the federal government to prosecute people for obstructing IRS enforcement of the tax code.

Federal prosecutors have for decades used a broadly written provision of the tax code to prosecute a wide variety of offenders, from those involved in major financial scams to more mundane criminals who hide their profits from tax collectors.

The provision makes it a felony to "corruptly...endeavor to obstruct or impede the due administration" of the tax code.

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