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    Another frosty morning with temps stuck in the 30's and low 40’s.   But Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we'll be a good 8 degrees warmer than yesterday with lots of sun and calm winds. “And then a breezy and rather mild day tomorrow. We’ll approach 70 degrees but that wind is going to make it feel cooler than it actually is, and that wind will be ahead of the next cold front”.  Expect that front to roll across the area Tuesday night, it will be dry, but will usher in another shot at chilly temperatures on Wednesday and early Thursday.  Mike is tracking a possible storm system to end the week and for your upcoming weekend.  LISTEN:  Mike Buresh Podcast
  • Prepare for another wet, cold day with periods of light to heavy downpours .  And when it's not raining heavily it's going to be a light drizzle.  Temps will be stuck in the 50’s.  PODCAST:  Mike Buresh tracks harsh taste of winter weather  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says everybody gets rain by tonight and overnight, with half an inch or an inch expected for much of the area.  Localized, the amounts could be as much as 2’’.   Mike says it’s a harsh taste of early winter weather that will last through the weekend.   “I really don’t see temperatures getting back to above average anytime soon. Probably for the next 10-14 days. This is a long stretch of a major pattern change now. It will be the longest stretch of below average temperatures arguably since 2016”.  Expect a widespread inland freeze for Sunday and Monday morning with temps in the low 30's nearly everywhere except near the St. Johns River, Intracoastal, and the beaches.  At least we won’t see snow.  A wintry mix of precipitation is threatening several Deep South states. Meteorologist David Nadler, at the National Weather Service's office near Atlanta, says it would be the season's first snow. His agency issued winter weather advisories for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Affected areas include such cities as Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Get ready for a big change in our weather.  Showers will gradually work their way across our area today, ahead of a cold front. LISTEN:  Mike Buresh Weather Podcast  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says temps will be in the upper 70's again today, before a noticeable drop.  “Cooler air will arrive overnight tonight and into the day tomorrow and we will not likely see temperatures reaching average again for at least the next five to six days and maybe longer.  This will easily be the longest stretch of below average temps that we’ve had in many, many months”, said Buresh.   Rain is also expected tomorrow and Friday. Expect a few showers for Thursday, and longer periods of rain on Friday.  By the weekend we’ll see skies clear and the sun return.  Temps will not rebound much, however. 
  • If you are a regular listener you have noticed the absence of Jamie Dupree, our long-serving Washington correspondent.  Jamie lost his ability to communicate on the radio, and more importantly with his family, in the middle of 2016.   Jamie has a rare condition, Tongue Protrusion Dystonia, which prevents him from stringing together sentences, let alone multiple words.  Despite losing his ability to speak on the radio, Jamie continues to grind away every single day and many weekends to keep his audience up to date on the big issues in Washington.   And at the station level, Jamie continues to write stories, send audio from local Representatives and Senators, and help provide clarity to stories given his more than 30-years of experience.    Jamie’s professionalism helps our news team deliver factual stories on multiple platforms:  radio, web, and social.   On Monday, Jamie was recognized on the House Floor by Florida Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  See video of the honor here:  
  • The long Atlantic Hurricane Season is finally coming to a close.  This was the most active season for US landfall since 2005.   Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says it was the most expensive season on record, at more than $202 billion in damage. There were 17 named storms, 10 hurricanes, 6 major hurricanes (Cat. 3 or higher).  PODCAST:  Mike Buresh recaps the 2017 hurricane season and the record that were broken BLOG:  Mike Buresh daily updates during the Atlantic Hurricane Season Northeast Florida will remember Hurricane Irma’s impact for years.  The hurricane began as a strong tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa Aug. 27th and was upgraded to a tropical storm on the 30th, then to a hurricane on Aug. 31st. Irma plowed into the Northern Lesser Antilles as a Cat. 5 hurricane - the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Windward Islands. From there the storm gained just enough latitude while moving west/northwest to keep the eye north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola before bending a little southwest and plowing across the north coast of Cuba. The landfall weakened the hurricane for a while but the warm water of the Florida Straits helped to restrengthen Irma to a Cat. 4 before the first U.S. landfall in the Keys on Sun., Sept. 10th. The next landfall was on the Florida mainland at Marco Island as a Cat. 3, then a move north up the spine of Florida before bending more northwest and finally become a remnant low Mon., Sept. 11th.
  • JEA is going to begin a review of privatization. The push is being led by JEA board member Tom Petway, who issued a challenge to explore privatization during a meeting Tuesday, according to the Florida Times-Union.   Mayor Lenny Curry says it's a simple request that citizens and city leaders explore the value of their public assets, and how utility customers can be best served.   Curry says he welcomes the challenge and will work with City Council leadership to answer these questions. “Tom Petway is a respected business and civic leader. He’s spent decades working to make our city better. At JEA he’s made the board stronger and helped the organization grow. I appreciate his service. With his challenge to explore privatization, he has made a simple request that citizens and city leaders explore the value of their public assets and how utility customers in our city can be best served. As a reform-minded mayor, I welcome this challenge and will work with City Council leadership to answer these questions.” – Mayor Lenny Curry
  • The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of an active meth lab investigation in Orange Park.  Deputies were alerted around 8:30am about activity at InTown Suites on Blanding, near the Orange Park High School.  At least half of the InTown Suites has been evacuated, according to Public Information Officer Keith Smith.   This is a developing story.  Keep checking back for updates.
  • One of the Navy Sailors believed to have died in a crash of a C-2A Greyhound has ties to Jacksonville.  The Navy identified Lt. Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Matthew Chialastri and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso as the three Sailors lost in a C-2A Greyhound crash.  The C-2A Greyhound, assigned to VRC 30, crashed en route to Ronald Reagan November 22nd while operating in the Philippine Sea. The aircraft was carrying 11 crew and passengers at the time. Eight personnel were recovered on scene after the crash by U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC 12).  Chialastri, a native of Louisiana, was assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan. His previous duty stations include USS America (LHA 6), Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30), the 'Pro's Nest,' in Jacksonville, and the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point, in Portsmouth, N.H.  'Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these Sailors,' said Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet. 'Their service and sacrifice will be lasting in Seventh Fleet and we will continue to stand the watch for them, as they did bravely for all of us.'  Lt. Combs was a native of Florida, and was assigned to the 'Providers' of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30.  His previous duty assignments include the 'Greyhawks' of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point, in Portsmouth, N.H., and Training Wing 4, in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Grosso, a native of Florida was assigned to Ronald Reagan. His previous duty stations include the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Fla., and the Naval Recruit Training Center in Great Lakes, Ill.  An investigation into the crash is ongoing.  
  • We're still damp this morning, with some mist and fog early.  Gradually the rain is expected to end and CBS 47/Fox 30 Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says skies will clear.   Thursday saw a tremendous amount of rain.  “Unofficial reports of as much as 6’’ in the St. Augustine area, pretty widespread rainfall of 2-5’’ for parts of Clay and St. Johns County and even into southeastern Duval County”, Buresh said.  Mike says we'll gradually see skies clear through the day and by tonight.   That sets up a really nice, dry weekend with temps in the low 70's. LISTEN:  Mike Buresh Weather Podcast
  • A 20-year-old man is dead following an overnight shooting at a nightclub south of downtown Jacksonville.   JSO says the man was with several friends at the Vibe Night Club on Philips near University, and as they were leaving an unknown person pulled up and shot him.  Police say there were several fights inside the club last night, but it's not clear if the victim was involved in any of those.
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    Rich Jones has been News Director of WOKV AM/FM since October 2006. Since joining the team, WOKV News has been recognized by the Associated Press as the most awarded radio news team in the state of Florida including awards for Best Newscast, Best Reporting, Best Public Affairs Coverage, and Best News Series, among others.

    Rich has been involved in many organizations and causes on the First Coast. He has twice been captain of WOKV's team at the Heart Walk, and has raised funds for the American Heart Association. 

    Rich is “the face” of WOKV in the community and is the Master of Ceremonies for many philanthropic causes such as the Annual WOKV Careathon, a day-long benefit for the Child Cancer Fund of NE Florida, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

    Rich enjoys spending his time away from the studio with his wife, daughters and son as well as watching sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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  • An explosion has been reported near the Port Authority in New York, police said Monday morning. >> Read more trending news  >> Click here or scroll down for more
  • Another frosty morning with temps stuck in the 30's and low 40’s.   But Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we'll be a good 8 degrees warmer than yesterday with lots of sun and calm winds. “And then a breezy and rather mild day tomorrow. We’ll approach 70 degrees but that wind is going to make it feel cooler than it actually is, and that wind will be ahead of the next cold front”.  Expect that front to roll across the area Tuesday night, it will be dry, but will usher in another shot at chilly temperatures on Wednesday and early Thursday.  Mike is tracking a possible storm system to end the week and for your upcoming weekend.  LISTEN:  Mike Buresh Podcast
  • A Texas neighborhood is shaken by the deaths of two young children, which authorities believe came at the hand of their father. According to the Star-Telegram, police responded to a North Richland Hills home over the weekend after a mother called 911. The mother was uninjured, but two children and an adult man, later found to be their father, were found dead at the residence. >> Read more trending news “Upon arrival, officers found a 5-year-old female, 9-year-old male and adult male all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds. Initial investigation revealed the father shot the children and then shot himself,” North Richland Hills police said in a statement. The department went on to explain a search into the home’s records “revealed no prior history between [the] department and the family or address.” The names of those involved have not yet been released. “There’s no history here,” said police spokesperson Carissa Katekaru. “We’re still trying to figure out why. I grew up in North Richland Hills, and I would call this a pretty quiet neighborhood.” Neighbor Denise Albino, 57, has lived in the area for about 20 years. “Oh my God, those poor babies,” she said. “I just can’t understand why people do this kind of thing.” Albino said her son told her about the news. “I didn’t know them,” she added. “I would see the kids playing basketball all the time, but I never really got a chance to speak with them.” Another neighbor, Rosa Nichols, told KTVT: “You can drive by, and they can have a perfect house, but you don’t know what’s going on inside the house. It’s so sad.” “We lived there for several years and had some happy memories and sure hate to have sad memories made there for these families. For this family, we don’t know you, but we sure feel for you,” said Mike Bentley, who once lived in the home.
  •  21-year-old Korey Richardson is in police custody after a four-hour long standoff at Southside apartment complex.  Witnesses told police they heard what sounded like a man beating a woman inside of the units. They also said they saw the woman run away from the apartment, but the man chased after her, grabbed her and dragged her back into the apartment.  A small child was also with the man and woman.  Responding officers tried to contact the two inside but they were unable to. A SWAT callout was initiated after there was a concern it was a hostage situation, and Richardson was not letting the woman leave.  The woman was eventually released along with the child. Police reported she had minor injuries but the child was okay.  Shortly after the woman and child were released, Richardson surrendered and was taken into custody.  He’s facing a Battery and False Imprisonment charge.
  • Wildfires are raging through parts of Southern California, burning thousands of acres, destroying homes and businesses and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate. >> PHOTOS: California wildfires burn thousands of acres, force evacuations >> Click here or scroll down for more >> Read more trending news 

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