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First Coast Connect: Jacksonville Grocery Chain Ends Use Of Plastic Shopping Bags

Jacksonville’s Native Sun Food Markets has eliminated the use of plastic grocery bags in all three area stores, opting instead to use paper bags made from recycled materials. While the Jacksonville Beach location never provided plastic bags due to its proximity to the ocean, the other two stores now offers a “Take a Bag, Leave a Bog” program in which shoppers can donate reusable bags, borrow a big or use a recycled cardboard box to take groceries home. Reusable bags are also for sale....

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Trump Administration Vows 'Biggest Tax Cut,' 'Largest' Overhaul In History

Updated 9:45 a.m. ET The White House is banging the drums that President Trump is doing something big again ahead of his 100th day in office — unveiling a tax "plan." "This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country," Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at a panel Wednesday morning. But what's coming out later Wednesday afternoon are guidelines, not legislation, akin to what would be revealed in a campaign. Though there's no sign...

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Reporters and on-air personalities are among the roughly 100 ESPN employees who are expected to lose their jobs this week, in a cost-cutting move at the network that has lost millions of subscribers in recent years.

Updated 9:45 a.m. ET

The White House is banging the drums that President Trump is doing something big again ahead of his 100th day in office — unveiling a tax "plan."

"This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country," Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said at a panel Wednesday morning.

Andrew Gill

The average Chicago high school has significantly fewer counselors than experts recommend, a WBEZ analysis has found, raising questions about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new plan to require every student to graduate with firm post-high school plans. 

There’s one counselor on average for every 296 high school students, according to records from Chicago Public Schools. That figure excludes the city’s public charter schools. 

Updated 3:40 p.m. ET

Senior lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee say Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, appears to have violated the law when he took payments from groups associated with foreign governments.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., spoke at a news conference Tuesday, after they received a classified briefing.

"I see no data to support the notion that Gen. Flynn complied with the law," Chaffetz said.

Updated 11:45 p.m. ET

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration cannot withhold federal funds from jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with immigration authorities, commonly known as sanctuary cities.

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Jacksonville’s Native Sun Food Markets has eliminated the use of plastic grocery bags in all three area stores, opting instead to use paper bags made from recycled materials.

While the Jacksonville Beach location never provided plastic bags due to its proximity to the ocean, the other two stores now offers a “Take a Bag, Leave a Bog” program in which shoppers can donate reusable bags, borrow a big or use a recycled cardboard box to take groceries home. Reusable bags are also for sale.   

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect, Virginia Hall, senior director for Advocacy and Community Engagement at St. Vincent’s HealthCare told us about Saturday’s Medical Mission at Home. Megan Fiveash, the community relations manager for Native Sun Food Market, discussed the company’s new policy to stop offering plastic grocery bags. Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s president Sylvia Wren and board member Margaret Smith told us about the upcoming book sale, and travel blogger Judy Wells talked about her recent trip to Hawaii.  


    

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After it passed the Jacksonville City Council unanimously, Mayor Lenny Curry signed into law Tuesday the biggest policy priority of his administration: pension reform.


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Jacksonville businesses are being targeted by scammers pretending to employees of the JEA public utility.

Stacey Goldberg, owner of downtown’s  Urban Grind Coffee Company, said scammers targeted her about a month ago.


  Tuesday on “First Coast Connect, Florida Times-Union reporter talked about what is expected at the trial of former U.S. Representative Corrine Brown for federal mail and wire fraud. Jacksonville field coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons Justine Conley discussed some concerns seniors have over proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act. Shay Hill and Theresa Bennett Hill from the Downtown Ecumenical Services Council told us about The Great Electric Emergency and we heard from Don’t Miss a Beat artistic director Ulysses Owens Jr. about an album recorded last week in New York City. 


            

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Updated 04/25 at 10:30 a.m.

While public schools across the country are struggling to find enough qualified teachers to fill classroom vacancies, Duval County is actively recruiting non-educators and promising to help them become elementary school teachers through a new initiative called “Ready, Set, Teach!”

VIDEO: Exploring NE Florida's Dutton Island Park & Preserve

Apr 24, 2017
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WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

National Fair Housing Alliance

Jacksonville city attorneys have been granted a deadline extension as they grapple with the details of a settlement allowing for a Springfield apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The U.S. Justice Department found the city violated disability and fair housing laws when it rejected the permit for the complex sought by nonprofit Ability Housing.

A new national survey finds disability prejudice is the most common form of housing discrimination.


City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council passed Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension-reform plan Monday.

Though some members admit it isn't a silver bullet for all of the city’s funding problems, all agree it is the best plan they’ve seen because it includes a dedicated funding source — a half-cent sales tax that will cover pension costs after it was set to end in 2030.

In Curry’s closing remarks at the special council meeting, he issued a warning.

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Rep. Tracie Davis, D-Jacksonville, once ran against Mike Hogan for Duval Elections Supervisor. While Hogan won, the two are at odds over Davis’ bill offering voters an additional option for early voting.

Davis is Duval’s former Deputy Supervisor of Elections and worked for the office in varying roles for 14 years. Her bill would allow voters to drop off mail-in ballots at any early voting site in their county. Currently, Duval voters can only mail them in or take them to the elections office downtown.


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