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Library's new reading challenge boosts youngsters' literacy
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:19:34 -0700

Last summer, 16 Duval County public school students who were behind their peers in reading took a challenge - they were going to work with tutors at two Jacksonville public library branches to boost their reading by at least one grade level.

Many parents unaware of Florida's Healthy Kids (KidCare) program
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:03:24 -0700

More than 16,000 uninsured children in Duval County alone currently qualify for insurance through the state of Florida's Healthy Kids (KidCare) program. Many parents, however, are not aware that their children are eligible, or don't know where to go to get their children health coverage.

Voters Guide: Early voting begins
Sun, 26 Oct 2014 03:12:27 -0700

Your votes in the Nov. 4 general election will determine the balance of power locally, statewide and in Washington, D.C. To help you decide which candidates are best for you, the Times-Union offers this Voters Guide to candidates and ballot questions. Study it and take it to your voting place to vote confidently.   Early Voting Early voting in most counties ends Nov. 1. Duval County early voting ...

Fla. man gets life in prison in loud music killing
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:06:47 -0700

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Michael Dunn looks towards the legal representative sitting with his parents as his murder trial ends for the day in the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn, convicted of first-degree murder in a retrial in September for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012 in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience ...

FDOT’s 511 tailgating, traffic information
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:54:12 -0700

The Florida Department of Transportation’s 511 Traveler Information System provides traffic information for the Georgia-Florida game Saturday.

Case marks first in Florida since 2003
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:07:45 -0700

A human case of St. Louis Encephalitis has been confirmed in Duval County, and there is a heightened concern additional residents will become ill, according to the Florida Department of Health in Duval County.

Waiting for justice: Jacksonville children are in detention longer than Florida law intends
Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:11:42 -0700

H undreds of juveniles accused of crimes in the Jacksonville area in recent years have been locked up in detention for longer than Florida law intends and longer than children in any other part of the state, a Times-Union investigation has found. And some of the children are serving these unofficial jail sentences — in a facility filled over capacity more often and with more reported fights than ...

Notice under fictitious name law pursuant to section 865
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:16:17 -0700

Notice under fictitious name law pursuant to section 865.09, Florida statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of Twisted Palms Transfer at 4090 Hodges Blvd., Apt. 2804 in the County of Duval, in the City of Jacksonville, Florida 32224 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department ...

Jacksonville Beach amendent linked to municipal elections
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:56:46 -0700

Referendum question: Do you approve amending Chapter III, “Elections” Section 16, of the Jacksonville Beach City Charter to delegate canvassing duties related to city elections to the Duval County Canvassing Board so that city elections may be consistent with state of Florida election laws?

Scott, Crist Push Turnout In Key Areas
Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:32:25 -0700

Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist spent Friday scrambling to persuade voters besieged by negative ads to head to the polls as the final full week of campaigning came to a close.