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    Online sellers would have to automatically collect sales tax from Floridians and submit it to the state under a bill moving in the Florida Senate. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday.   Republican Sen. Joe Gruters said Florida consumers are required to pay the sales tax, but rarely do so if online sellers don't collect it. He said the state would collect about $700 million in revenue if the bill becomes law. He added it would make Florida's brick and mortar stores more competitive with online retailers.   Florida's sales tax is 6 percent. The state doesn't have an income tax.
  • Plan to drive through times of scattered showers today ahead of a cool front that will bring drier, more refreshing air to end the week.  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says some rain may be heavy at times with a few rumbles of thunder.  Overall rainfall totals are not expected to be great, but the rainfall is needed.  By Thursday morning you’ll begin to feel a change with drier air and high temperatures only in the upper 70’s.  Friday morning lows may fall into the upper 50’s in some neighborhoods, and high temperatures will only be in the upper 70’s.  The weekend is looking a little warmer and wetter at times with a few showers on Saturday and scattered showers on Sunday. 
  • Four separate shootings over a 24-hour period in Jacksonville has left at least six people wounded and, so far, no arrests have been announced by police.  Early this morning a man was shot on W. 17th Street, near RV Daniels Elementary School.  He was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. JSO had no suspect description and was asking for tips to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot while sitting in a vehicle on Timmerman Lane. Both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries. JSO had no evidence to confirm if this was a drive-by shooting.  Around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, police were called to a shooting on Orton Street, where two men were treated and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspect information was given at the scene by detectives.  On Miss Muffet Lane on the westside just after 6 pm on Tuesday, police responded to reports of shots fired. An off-duty officer was called about a gunshot wound victim at Park West ER. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.  According to JSO, two groups of people in two separate cars that left the area were being questioned by detectives.  
  • Clay County deputies said a Jacksonville couple was using the mail service to bring meth across the country and into local neighborhoods. The Sheriff's Office shared a picture of a priority mail express box deputies said Marty Povilitzi used to bring meth into Jacksonville. They said it originated in Arizona, and Povlitzki shipped it about 17-hundred miles through the mail to his home a couple miles from Argyle Forest Self-Storage, where they said he stored drugs. 'I have a toddler,' said neighbor Rachel Neeld.  'That's just blowing my mind right now. That is pretty unsettling news.' Neeld lives in that neighborhood near Andes Drive. 'It's very shocking to know that's in our neighborhood, that's pretty scary to know,' Neeld said. Deputies said multiple agencies were watching Povlitzki as he brought in the packages to his home and storage unit, then delivered the drugs into Clay County neighborhoods. He's charged with three drug-related felonies, while his girlfriend, Jessica Henke, faces one. The Sheriff's Office said in all, one pound of meth was seized from the operation, along with other drugs and items. 'They caught the people so hopefully that's the end of it,' Neeld said.
  • The Los Angeles Rams acquired Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars on Tuesday night, ending the star cornerback's tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville with a trade to the defending NFC champions. Jacksonville got first-round picks from the Rams in 2020 and 2021, along with a fourth-round pick in 2021. Ramsey is one of the NFL's elite defensive backs, earning two Pro Bowl selections and one first-team All-Pro nod in three seasons with Jaguars. The fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft has nine career interceptions along with innumerable conflicts with his coaches, the front office and the Jags' opponents. One month after he requested a trade, Ramsey is off to the West Coast to join Aaron Donald on the Rams' defense. Ramsey has missed the Jaguars' last three games with an apparent back injury, but he returned to practice last week. He'll probably need to play immediately with the Rams (3-3), who are without both of their usual starting cornerbacks as they head to Atlanta this weekend. The defending NFC champions traded cornerback Marcus Peters to Baltimore earlier in the day, getting depth linebacker Kenny Young for a two-time Pro Bowl selection who will be a free agent next year. Los Angeles also put cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve Monday after he missed last weekend's loss to San Francisco with a rib injury. Ramsey had never missed a start in his professional career before his current injury, but that was about the only certainty around the Tennessee native who once committed to USC, only to end up at Florida State. Ramsey's relationship with the Jaguars frayed in recent months. He had a public spat on the sideline with coach Doug Marrone in Week 2 at Houston, and he clashed with personnel chief Tom Coughlin after the game. The Jags made their move five days after owner Shad Khan said he had a 'heart to heart' with Ramsey and expected him to play against New Orleans last weekend. Ramsey didn't, prompting Khan's decision to move on from the disgruntled defender. Ramsey is under contract through the 2020 season after the Jaguars exercised his fifth-year, $13.7 million option in April — at the same time Ramsey apparently was upsetting Coughlin by skipping the Jags' voluntary offseason workouts. Coach Sean McVay's Rams have had few problems molding together plenty of strong personalities in recent years, and Ramsey's upside is tremendous — even at the heavy cost of two first-round picks. Ramsey will join two prominent ex-Jaguars in Los Angeles, all three of whom were top-5 draft picks by Jacksonville. Pass rusher Dante Fowler re-signed with the Rams after he was traded from Jacksonville at last season's deadline, while quarterback Blake Bortles is Jared Goff's backup after five years with the Jags. The Rams are on their first three-game losing streak of McVay's tenure, although their sputtering offense likely deserves more blame than the defense. Los Angeles hasn't made a first-round pick since 2016, when Jared Goff was the first overall selection. The Rams began their busy day by acquiring offensive lineman Austin Corbett from the Cleveland Browns. Los Angeles needs a new left guard after Joe Noteboom's season-ending knee injury. ___ AP Sports Writer Mark Long in Jacksonville contributed. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
  • Authorities in Duval County are working to make sure schools are safe for students and teachers. A grant worth $4.4 million dollars was used to tackle some of the biggest issues in schools following the most recent Security Risk Assessment that covered all 156 schools in the district. “Security begins and ends with people, so everyone must be involved in making our schools safe and secure,” says Michael Edwards, director of the Duval County Schools Police Department. Edwards tells us they chose to focus on six areas of concern following the assessment, and most of the work has already been done. They’ve increased lighting, added fencing, created a visitor management system, a student ID badge system and added walk-through metal detectors. The final step is to continue adding more security cameras throughout the county, but Edwards says the ones in place right now are already serving a purpose. He points to a shooting earlier this year near a spring football game at Terry Parker High School where the cameras played a big part in figuring out what happened. “It was a part of the new camera system where we have deployed cameras not only to the inside, but the outside of the school,” Edwards says. “It helped capture that event.” But he says the work won’t be done until there are even more cameras in place.
  • A Ponte Vedra woman is now the face of hope for breast cancer patients after a new clinical trial vaccines gives groundbreaking results.  Lee Mercker is the first patient of this clinical trial that administers a specific vaccine to patients with Stage 0 breast cancer.  Content Continues Below TRENDING:   Joleen Cummings case: Murder suspect Kimberly Kessler is competent, treatment staff says Jacksonville star high school basketball player shot on walk home, source says Submit your photos: Action Sports Jax Gardner Minshew Lookalike Contest Changes are coming to this year's Sea and Sky Air Show at Jax Beach Florida Department of Health confirms measles case in Duval County Florida toddler dies after being left in hot Jeep outside Tampa home, police say​​​​​​​ LIST: Halloween events in the Jacksonville area “We actually have multiple clinical trials with the cancer vaccine here at Mayo Clinic,” Dr. Saranya Chumsri said. “This particular one is designed to attack specific protein in the cancer cells.” Chumsri said they are only trying this specific formula of vaccine on Stage 0 breast cancer patients. However, they have other clinical trials with Stage 4 patients that are also showing positive results.  Mercker was diagnosed with cancer during a routine mammogram. She said her physician later referred her to the Mayo Clinic, where the cancer cells were found in both breasts.  “I always considered myself very healthy, active lifestyle, eating right, keeping up on all of my checks,” Mercker said. “In a routine mammogram, they found DCIS, Stage 0. No big tumors or masses but contained in the ducts.” Since she fit all of the criteria for the trial, she was offered the vaccine. She agreed to be the first patient in this trial.  “I had a lot of cancer in my family,” Mercker said. “Not necessarily breast, but it spread like crazy. With this vaccine, it was to prevent recurrence and other cancers from forming. So I thought it was my best shot.” STAY UPDATED: Download the Action News Jax app for live updates on breaking stories Chumsri said the vaccine acted as a stimuli for T-cells to then target and eliminate cancer cells in the duct before it could spread.  Mercker had 12 weeks of treatment. The vaccines would take up to six hours per session, with two-week breaks in between. After her final session, she said she had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. The lab results on her breast tissue showed no cancer cells.  “You get your diagnosis and it’s devastating for all family members,” Mercker said. “You go through your treatments and you may be doing great and what’s worse you get a call one day and it’s returned. So this vaccine helps with that.” Chumsri said they are now trying the vaccine on two new patients with Stage 0 breast cancer. However, they are hoping to test it on more to get more accurate results.  “We need more participants to know for sure whether the vaccine will be working for sure,” Chumsri ​​​​​​​ said. “The patients still need to have the surgery done because that’s how we learn how the vaccine is working.”
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for your help identifying a robbery suspect accused of targeting a Westside business. Police say the suspect walked into a business on Wilson Boulevard near Lane Avenue, displayed a gun, and demanded money from an employee. After that, police say he then fled the area.  Investigators say the suspect has a distinctive limp show in the video below that could help identify him.  If you have any information about who this individual is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office at (904) 630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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  • In a shocking video that may be difficult for some to watch, a WSOC-TV viewer captured footage of hundreds of birds scattered across the ground near the entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, after flying into the side of the building. >> Read more trending news  Hollie Cameron's disturbing cellphone video shows dozens of birds lying on the ground outside the building and captures other birds crashing into the large windows. WSOC reporter Gina Esposito spoke with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, who said their rehab team responded to the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. and treated hundreds of birds. They said a total of 310 birds hit the windows of the building. Roughly one-third of those birds were dead when they arrived, and another third was seriously injured. The rest appeared to be stunned but will be OK, the organization said. >> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.) In the video, Cameron watched as a bird crashed into the window and then fell to the ground, joining dozens of others. Cameron told WSOC that she was working in the area when she started recording on her phone around 9 p.m. You can hear her talking with a security guard who claims the phenomenon had been going on for about an hour. 'Oh my God, look at them all,' Cameron says in the video. 'There's something wrong with them. This is not OK.' Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted more video on Facebook of the birds at their facility. About 100 of the surviving birds are being treated for broken wings and fractures. The rescue group said the birds are chimney swifts and that the colony lives in a roost. They think something disturbed the colony Tuesday night, causing the birds to fly into the windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue officials told WSOC that this was not a naturally occurring event and the birds' migration could not have been a factor because the swifts only migrate during the day. They plan to investigate more on Wednesday. CMPD reportedly responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the birds. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said rehabbing the injured birds is expensive, and they desperately need volunteers since the birds will need to be hand-fed. Visit their Facebook page for more details on how you can help.
  • Plan to drive through times of scattered showers today ahead of a cool front that will bring drier, more refreshing air to end the week.  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says some rain may be heavy at times with a few rumbles of thunder.  Overall rainfall totals are not expected to be great, but the rainfall is needed.  By Thursday morning you’ll begin to feel a change with drier air and high temperatures only in the upper 70’s.  Friday morning lows may fall into the upper 50’s in some neighborhoods, and high temperatures will only be in the upper 70’s.  The weekend is looking a little warmer and wetter at times with a few showers on Saturday and scattered showers on Sunday. 
  • Four separate shootings over a 24-hour period in Jacksonville has left at least six people wounded and, so far, no arrests have been announced by police.  Early this morning a man was shot on W. 17th Street, near RV Daniels Elementary School.  He was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. JSO had no suspect description and was asking for tips to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot while sitting in a vehicle on Timmerman Lane. Both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries. JSO had no evidence to confirm if this was a drive-by shooting.  Around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, police were called to a shooting on Orton Street, where two men were treated and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspect information was given at the scene by detectives.  On Miss Muffet Lane on the westside just after 6 pm on Tuesday, police responded to reports of shots fired. An off-duty officer was called about a gunshot wound victim at Park West ER. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.  According to JSO, two groups of people in two separate cars that left the area were being questioned by detectives.  
  • A Pennsylvania mom is in critical condition after police said she killed her children and husband, then shot herself, Philadelphia police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:49 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Authorities have identified the woman accused of killing her children and husband late Monday in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WPVI-TV, Damyrra Jones Alcindor, 28, also shot herself, police said. As she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she reportedly told officials she did not want to be resuscitated. Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said Alcindor admitted to fatally shooting her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their father, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon. Although police did not release the victims' names, a family member identified them as Max Alcindor, 38; Maxilla, 4; and Damaya, 10 months, WCAU-TV reported. Investigators said Alcindor, who legally bought the handgun earlier Monday, is facing murder charges in the case, according to WCAU. Original report: According to KYW-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deadly shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at a home in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Police said the 29-year-old woman fatally shot her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their 35-year-old father. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said. When police arrived at the Hegerman Street home, they discovered the woman outside 'lying on top of a gun,' the Inquirer reported. Authorities said the woman, who apparently shot herself, was taken to a nearby hospital. Philadelphia police have not released the names of the woman or the victims, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities in Indiana said a baby is alive and well after someone discovered the child inside a plastic bag near a fence in Seymour. >> Read more trending news  According to the Tribune and WAVE-TV, police responded to a call about the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. A resident, who had been walking a dog off South Jackson Park Drive, found the child about 60 feet away from the street, investigators said. Crews rushed the baby to a nearby hospital, the news outlets reported. Doctors said the child is healthy, according to WAVE. Seymour police said they made contact Wednesday with a person of interest in the case. They emphasized the person was not a suspect in the investigation. Authorities have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.

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