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    The 2017 Jaguars schedule starts on the road against the Texans and ends on the road against another AFC South rival, Tennessee.  This marks the first time in franchise history the Jaguars will face back-to-back AFC South opponents to begin the season.  In 2016 the Jaguars were 2-4 against divisional opponents.   Week 3 will be played in London against the Ravens.  And unlike prior seasons, the Jaguars will play the following week, in New York.  The Bye Week is scheduled for Week 8.  All of the games can be seen on WJAX CBS 47 or WFOX Fox 30.  Here is the full schedule:  9/10 at Houston Texans 1pm 9/17 vs. Tennessee Titans 1pm 9/24 vs. Baltimore Ravens (London) 9:30am ET 10/1 at New York Jets 1pm 10/8 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1pm 10/15 vs. Los Angeles Rams 4:05pm 10/22 at Indianapolis Colts 1pm 11/5 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1pm 11/12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 1pm 11/19 at Cleveland Brown 1pm 11/26 at Arizona Cardinals 4:05pm 12/3 vs. Indianapolis Colts 1pm 12/10 vs. Seattle Seahawks 1pm 12/17 vs. Houston Texans 1pm 12/24 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05pm 12/31 at Tennessee Titans 1pm
  • It appeared they were targeting a business.  Two people were taken into custody late Wednesday near the Family Dollar on Monument Road in Arlington.  Due to a rash of robberies at dollar stores in the area, JSO says it increased presence around the stores.  Around 9:45pm, officers observed the possible suspects approaching the business with hoodies, gloves, and ‘masked up’.  As officers approached, the suspects fled on foot.  After a brief foot chase, the suspects were taken into custody.  JSO would not say if the suspects were armed, citing an active investigation by detectives.  The store had locked its doors early due to recent robberies in the area.  
  • A Public Service Assistant with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after being hit by a vehicle.  The PSA was working as a crossing guard at Patriot Oaks Academy on Longleaf Pine Parkway near St. Johns Parkway.  “Those are individuals who are not sworn law enforcement officers, but who have marked patrol cars and assist us with many non-sworn duties like traffic patrol”, said Commander Chuck Mulligan with SJSO.   According to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the PSA was taken by ground transport to Baptist South with non-life threatening injuries.  “The female PSA stepped into traffic when a white Jeep struck her. She was thrown a couple of feet and dis sustain some injuries.  She was conscious and alert”, said Mulligan.  An investigation is ongoing. 
  • Negotiations could begin as early as today as Florida lawmakers have just under three weeks to agree on a new state budget. Right now, the Florida House, Senate, and the Governor all have different ideas.   The House plan has a big focus on budget cuts and funding for charter schools.  The Senate plan wants to increase funding for public schools, hospitals, and state universities.  The Florida House on Thursday voted 89-26 for an $81 billion budget. The Senate unanimously approved its budget one day earlier.  The Senate budget is $4 billion higher. Legislators have less than three weeks left in their annual session to reach a budget deal. State law requires a final version of the budget to be finished 72 hours before it can be voted on.
  • A 17-year-old from St. Johns was killed in a single-car crash Wednesday night.  According to FHP, Michael Sonognini was traveling north on Longleaf Pine Pkwy south of Greenbriar Road around 8:30pm.  For an unknown reason, the driver lost control of the 2001 Lexus as it entered into the center median and southbound lanes before it overturned.  Investigators say Sonognini was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle.   According to the St. Johns County School district, Sonognini was a senior at Creekside High School.  Crisis counselors will be on hand Thursday.  
  • Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida as the number of wildfires grows, and due to the high potential for increased wildfires the remainder of the spring.  Scott’s office says forecasts predict hotter and drier conditions than normal during the coming months.  According to the Florida Forest  Service, wildfires have already burned 250% more acreage during the first three months of this year than during the same time period in 2016.  There are currently  more than 100 active wildfires in Florida.   “Much of Central and South Florida are approaching drought-like conditions and the chances for wildfires are continuing to increase with hotter temperatures and low rainfall. This may only get worse as we enter the hotter summer months and it is crucial that we take every action right now to be prepared”, said Governor Scott. Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner says the state hasn’t seen this active of a season since 2011.   “From St. George Island in the Panhandle to a wildfire just north of one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions in Orlando, we’re seeing that every area of our state is susceptible to wildfire”, said Adam Putnam.  The most recent data from the Florida Forest Service shows 10 active wildfires in Northeast Florida, burning 4,881 acres.  The largest is in the Osceola National Forest, at more than 3,000 acres.  US Forest Service Crews were mopping up and monitoring the fire.  The cause is still under investigation.  “We know it’s going to be a long spring fire season and we’ve got a lot of work left to do.  These little fires that we’re dealing with up here are just a sign of more to come I think”,  said Annaleasa Winter, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist with the Florida Forest Service. 
  • Jacksonville Fire Rescue crews worked early Thursday to put out a fire at Caroline Square Apartments on Fort Caroline Road.  According to JFRD, flames were showing through the roof when they arrived.  It took approximately 25 minutes to get the fire under control.  We’re told eight families are displaced because of fire and water damage.  The Red Cross is assisting those families.  The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. 
  • A squall line that had a history of producing severe storms swept through NE Florida early Thursday morning with heavy downpours, excessive lightning, and isolated severe weather.  Storm reports continue to come in.  A tree was reported down on State Road 200 in Callahan.  And a possible lightning strike started a fire at a home in Mandarin.  The homeowner was able to safely evacuate when a neighbor threw a brick through the window.  “That smoke was very very pungent, you could just taste it, all over your body and in your mouth”, said neighbor Victor Bernardi.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says a strong cold front rolling through the area Thursday will set the stage for gorgeous weather through the weekend.  Following a record-setting hot Wednesday, our first 90+ degree day officially at Jacksonville International Airport, temps will feel dramatically cooler.  “In fact, downright chilly at times.  Today will become quite windy, we’ll get into plenty of sun, temperatures will recover into the 70’s this afternoon but it will be far more comfortable.  All the way down into the 40’s tonight”, said Buresh.  Baker and Nassau County had severe thunderstorm warnings between 1 and 3am, and there was a tornado warning in NE Nassau County including Fernandina Beach, which lasted approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Police, firefighters, and the bomb squad responded to a Riverside neighborhood late Tuesday for a narcotics investigation.  According to the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office, a possible narcotics lab was discovered around 7:15pm.  JFRD, JSO Bomb Squad, and the JSO Narcotics Unit was on scene through the night, an investigation is ongoing.  So far, JSO has not reported any arrests.  
  • A windy and hot day is on tap, setting up another potentially storm night.   Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says a severe weather outbreak is possible across the southeast United States today. “And then we get in on at least some of that late tonight and early Thursday morning. We will be concerned about the threat for severe weather and that will include hail, especially high winds, and an isolated tornado threat, very heavy rainfall as the storms move through”, said Buresh.  The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says an outbreak of severe thunderstorms is likely Wednesday across much of the Southeast, continuing northward along and west of the Appalachians into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. “The fact that the timing (for local impact) is after Midnight helps a little bit, but this is a very vigorous spring storm system”, said Buresh.  WOKV will keep you updated on the changing conditions throughout the day and night on 104.5 FM and 690 AM.  If the power goes out, be sure to have a battery powered radio nearby for instant updates on severe weather through the night and Thursday morning. 
  • Rich Jones

    Host of Jacksonville's Morning News

    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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  • North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around the east coast city of Wonsan. South Korea's defense ministry could not immediately confirm the report, according to Reuters. North Korea warned that the United States will have to choose between political and military surrender, according to the Yonhap report. 'If the U.S. and warmongers run amok with a reckless preemptive strike, we will stage the most brutal punishment of a preemptive attack in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice,' according to Rodong Sinmun, spokesman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
  • A Brunswick man is under fire after neighbors say his dog attacked a little boy Monday afternoon.It happened in Brunswick off Ogg Avenue.According to the Brunswick News, the pit bull mix dog was chained in the backyard of a duplex home on Ogg Avenue, where the 4-year-old was being watched by a babysitter. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says The child was playing in the front yard, when the babysitter went inside briefly, according to published reports. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering told the Brunswick News that the child walked to the backyard, where he was attacked by the dog.Action News Jax asked a neighbor if the dog has ever attacked before.“No, no, he always keeps his dog tied up, always. His dog never runs,” neighbor Derrick Preston said.The child was taken to Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, according to the Brunswick News.The dog is with Animal Services, which will monitor the dog for 10 days before taking any action.  LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says
  • Nearly seven months ago Hurricane Matthew gutted Donna Wright’s Davis Shores house in St. Augustine, she’s still rebuilding so she has a place to call home again.“I didn’t have any insurance, flood insurance,” Wright said. “I’m staying with friends and living in my car.”Mom Kira Anderson and her family spent the last six months living in a fifth-wheel camper in their own driveway. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says They’re slowly moving back into their Davis Shores home as they rebuild.“Living in a camper with your husband, kids and 110 pound dog (for six months) is awful,” Anderson said.Monday, the St. Augustine City Commission approved the first steps to change a city ordinance to allow hurricane victims to temporarily live on their private property while repairing their home.Neighbors would have until the city issues them a certificate of completion, or their building permit expires to stay. The city’s current ordinance does not allow this.“We are not doing anything to move people or displace people,” St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver said.St. Augustine leaders say 12 families still live in RVs and campers in their own driveways in Davis Shores, nearly seven months after Hurricane Matthew. LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says The city does not have a hard count of how many victims left after the storm, or are rebuilding. Now the city is working with different organizations to get an official head count.Neighbors say at least 50 individual hurricane victims total in Davis Shores are still living in their driveways.“We will do everything in our power to identify them and get them on the right road,” Shaver said.City leaders say the proposed change to the RV and camper ordinance for Hurricane Matthew victims must to go through a few more steps before coming official.
  • A 59-year-old woman is dead after she tried crossing the street on I-95 North near Forsyth Street.  According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Courtney Lynn Richard was driving in the outside lane of I-95 Northbound and her Toyota Corolla hit Deborah Tompkins on her left side.   Richard continued to drive on I-95 to her home where he car was later found. Charges are currently pending. 
  • On Monday, six law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty were recognized in Tallahassee. One of those six was Deputy Eric Oliver. Deputy Oliver, who worked for the Nassau County Sheriff's Office, died in November 2016 while chasing a suspect. TRENDING: 'Firefighters saved my life,' Florida rattlesnake victim says Oliver's supervisor Sgt. Charles Lucas said he met Oliver when they both went from the detention center to the sheriff's office. 'We would chit chat on a regular basis and we both have little girls and that was a big topic,' Sgt. Lucas said. Lucas said Oliver was great at his job and deserved to be honored in Tallahassee. 'He always did his job and provided the community with the best service he could,' Lucas said. LOCAL NEWS: Brawl at Orange Park Mall involved up to 60 people, Clay County Sheriff's Office says Nassau Sheriff Bill Leeper and members of Oliver's family were at the ceremony as he was remembered. 'Him being honored today is the ultimate sacrifice,' Lucas said.

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