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As Intuition readies its downtown spot, Parsons Seafood closes after 50 years

Jacksonville’s restaurant scene continues changing with two popular spots closing and a new one moving downtown. World of Beer closed its Southside restaurant on Wednesday, the last of its locations in Jacksonville. The one in Jacksonville Beach closed less than a year after it opened. Intuition Ale works will close ...

Early voting gets underway in Northeast Florida

Early voting in Clay County is off to a good start on its first day, according to the Elections Supervisor. Chris Chambless tells WOKV News on Thursday all early voting sites were reporting wait times of fifteen minutes or less. “You know what?  I am looking for a strong turnout ...

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donal Trump in these 2016 file photos. Clinton and Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign. But decisions to be made by President Trump or President Clinton are going to matter to home and hearth. (AP Photo)

President of elections supervisors denies likelihood of 'rigged election'

The man who leads all of Florida’s elections supervisors assures the security of the voting systems have “never been better.” Clay County Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless – also President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections – says people are concerned about voting machines because of a ...

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18-year-old charged in death of 'father figure' JTA bus driver

An 18 year-old Jacksonville man is charged with murdering a JTA bus driver whom he considered a father figure. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Kenneth Hawkins, 61, was found dead on July 12 in his driveway on Biscayne Lake Drive on the Northside. Police searched his cell phone and noticed ...

Fabiola Montoya, 11, and her mother, Maria, take advantage of tax-free weekend last year.

Florida tax free weekend back to three days

This year’s back-to-school sales tax holiday in Florida goes back to the regular three days and includes less items than last year. The holiday starts Friday and lasts the entire weekend, unlike last year which lasted ten days.  Computers are not on the list of tax-free items either. Shoppers this ...

As Zika concerns grown, OneBlood will test all donations

The not-for-profit group OneBlood announced they’re going to test 100 percent of their blood collections for the Zika virus starting on Friday. The group originally planned to start the testing Aug. 1, but they decided to move ahead of schedule after a federal order. On Thursday, the U.S. Food and ...

Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues Chairman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, during the subcommittee’s hearing about Zika. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Rubio makes last-minute push for Zika funding, gets hit by rivals

Senator Marco Rubio chaired his first Capitol hearing on the Zika virus Wednesday, drawing rebuke from some of his rivals. On Friday, Congress goes on break for most of the summer.  At the same time, the number of Zika cases diagnosed in Florida has increased to 293 – six in ...

The MOL Majesty arrives at JaxPort on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

JaxPort: New 'Panama Canal era' of shipping is here

JaxPort says we are entering a new era of shipping after a historic arrival on Tuesday. The MOL Majesty became the first container ship to arrival at JaxPort through the new, expanded locks of the Panama Canal.  The ship docked at TraPac Container Terminal at Dames Point. JaxPort calls this ...

JSO investigates after a man and woman were found dead at the Parkside Mobile Home Park on Ascot Court on Thursday.

Man, woman found dead at Southside mobile home park

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says foul play is suspected in the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found on the Southside. Police were called to the Portside Mobile Home Park on Ascot Court near Beach and Hodges Blvd. at 3:25 p.m. Four to six people live in ...

Beat the heat: Don't let it beat you

As the unrelenting Florida heat stretches through the weekend, the name of the game is “beat the heat.” Though young children and the elderly are predisposed to having heat-related issues, Dr. Laurie Bryant at St. Vincent’s HealthCare says the heat can affect any age group. Bryant is an emergency physician ...