With across-the-board spending cuts all but certain, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are staging a politically charged showdown designed to avoid public blame for any public inconvenience or disruption in government services.
Two days until the big federal cuts and no sign of a deal. As WOKV's Jamie Dupree reports, Senate Democrats have rolled out a plan that includes a "Fair Share Tax" for those making over $1 million a year. Senate Republicans may offer their own proposal today. Neither proposal is expected to pass.
We're expecting strong storms late this morning and an isolated tornado. Damaging winds, heavy downpours, and dangerous lightning are also threats today and another inch or more of rain.
Rain is going to be around much of this Monday, which could lead to a slow ride to and from work today. Heather Zehr says most of us will see an inch of rain, and some areas could see more. We have a possibility of strong thunderstorms late tonight and into Tuesday morning.
A warm, windy day and start to the weekend will bring a very high fire danger. The Florida Forest Service and local firefighters are ready to quickly respond to any new brush fires. We have low humidity, and gusty winds at times. Since November, we've only had about one-third of the rainfall that we should have had.
A St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy opened fire on a man who was in a stolen vehicle early this morning. It happened at the Quality Inn and Suites near the St. Augustine Outlets at SR 16 and I-95. We're told the suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Mayor Brown wants to invest $11 million from a refinancing of bonds back into the city, but he's facing some push back. City auditors want him to hold off on spending the money until after we see how funding shapes up for the rest of the fiscal year.
We're told no officers were injured in this morning's shooting at 300 Arlington Place, at Arlington Road. An armed suspect was shot dead by police during a confrontation with officers. The suspect was a passenger in a vehicle that was being pursued by police. We're told the driver has not been charged as of yet.
We're under a hard freeze warning this morning with temps in the mid to upper 20's early. It's going to rebound pretty quickly with afternoon temps near 60 and mostly sunny. By Tuesday we're in the mid-70's with a chance of a shower or thunderstorm.
A thick white contrail, an intense flash and sharp explosions marked the passage today of a meteor across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains, where more than 400 people have reported injuries, many from broken glass. The Emergency Ministry says fragments of the meteorite fell.
State Attorney Angela Corey transferred $340,000 for her and another prosecutor's retirement. She says it's the entitlement for career prosecutors. It's legal under Florida law.
A change to the status quo that could save taxpayers. Jacksonville city council passes a new plan to require vacant, city-owned properties be given a first look before constructing a new building. WOKV has been investigating for six months the taxpayer impact of vacant city-owned buildings. The city still does not have an accurate count of both the number, and cost, of the properties it owns.
The annual performance at the Jacksonville air show could be eliminated if the automatic budget cuts, known as the sequester, take effect March 1st. The Navy says it could save up to $20 million by not flying the Blue Angels in Jacksonville and 29 other shows.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.
The family of a Yulee handyman say the person who killed him will have to answer to God and the JSO. 46 year-old Thom Schadowski was shot Wednesday night while driving his truck on Dunn Avenue near I-295. Police believe it was a road rage incident which started with an argument at the Gate gas station near FSCJ's north campus.
We'll see Florida Senator Marco Rubio deliver the Republican Party response to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday. Hear both messages live on WOKV beginning at 9pm next Tuesday.
We've learned Jimmy Lee Dykes used to live in Jacksonville. The dead hostage taker and killer from Alabama lived on Jacksonville's westside in an RV park in the mid-2000's, where the manager tells the Times Union Dykes was not a trouble maker.
Those who police criminals with guns are now speaking out for the right to carry them. The Florida Sheriff's Association is declaring its support for the 2nd amendment and a refusal to "assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement of that right". Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford says he will continue to support, protect and defend the liberties and rights of people in Duval County.
Just after halftime of the Super Bowl the lights went out inside the Superdome. The utility company says Sunday's 30+ minute outage occurred when sensing equipment detected an abnormality in the system.
It's a cold start to the morning with temps falling to near freezing inland. We'll have another frigid morning Saturday. But the afternoons will be sunny and seasonable with temps in the mid 60's. By Tuesday we're back to 70.