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Judge rules gay couples can't marry in Florida yet; they will need to wait for appeals court decisions
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:40:54 -0700

Gay couples can’t get married in the Florida Keys, at least not yet. Florida Keys Judge Luis Garcia ruled last week gay couples should be allowed to marry legally by Tuesday in Monroe County. Immediately, Attorney General Pam Bondi appealed. That appeal stayed the decision. In cases like these, oftentimes the decision is halted until it’s been heard by an appeals court. The appeals court ...

Florida woman denied 'stand your ground' defense
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:25:11 -0700

A judge has denied a Florida woman's request to use the so-called "stand your ground" law as a defense for attempted murder charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband.

Florida mom denied 'stand your ground' defense
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:14:17 -0700

A Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law as a defense for charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband has been denied by a judge.

DOH kicks off campaign to get students immunized for school
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 02:59:02 -0700

Florida Department of Health in Duval County has launched its “Go to the Head of the Class: Back-to-School Immunizations and Physicals,” campaign to assist parents and families with preparing for the upcoming school year.

Florida mom denied 'stand your ground' defense in warning shot case
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:42:47 -0700

A judge has denied a Jacksonville woman's request to use Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law as a defense for attempted murder charges that arose after she fired a gun at her husband. In an order dated earlier this month, Duval County Circuit Court Judge James Daniel rejected 33-year-old Marissa Alexander's request to use the defense at her retrial. Alexander was previously denied ...

Career Track: Who's on the move in First Coast business
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:25:29 -0700

Angela Brown of Principal Financial, Jessica Dreicer of Ullmann Financial, Jeremy Pratchard of New York Life, Nathan Rogero of MassMutual and Philip Rogero of MassMutual were the Jacksonville area selectees of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Florida's 2014 40 Under 40 Top Advisors.

Mia Jones to be named Jacksonville's first health commissioner
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:42:29 -0700

State Rep. Mia Jones will be the city's first health commissioner and lead a new campaign to help enroll the more than 25,000 uninsured Duval County children in Medicaid or Florida Healthy Kids.

Unemployment rate rises in Duval County
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:41:50 -0700

Jacksonville’s unemployment rate edged up in June for the second straight month, due likely to the normal influx of graduating students entering the workforce, according to data from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Alachua County SWAT team fatally shoots man in Gilchrist
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:50:05 -0700

Members of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office SWAT team shot and killed an armed man Monday night after being called to assist in a standoff in Gilchrist County.

Florida Keys judge declares gay marriage legal; Key West celebrating
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:53:34 -0700

A judge legalized gay marriage Thursday in Florida's most gay-friendly county, siding with same-sex couples in the Florida Keys who said the state's ban discriminates and makes them second-class citizens.