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    Today will be hot and humid with highs in the lower to mid 90’s inland and near 90 at the coast. There will be scattered afternoon thunderstorms today. Feels-like temps will once again be 100-103 inland and 100+ at the coast.  Showers and storms may dampen some early tailgaters for The Rolling Stones concert (2-5 pm).  Showers and any thunderstorms should either be out of Duval County or loosing steam by 6 pm.  CONTEST:  Pick what song you want to hear The Stones play This weekend the heat and humidity stick around with highs in the mid 90’s with only a few widely scattered showers and storms. The mid 90’s hang around on Monday.  INDEPTH:  What you need to know if you are going to the concert
  • Today will be hot and humid with highs in the mid to upper 90’s inland and lower 90’s at the coast. There will be scattered afternoon inland thunderstorms today. Feels-like temps will once again be 105+ inland and 100-103 at the coast. Friday looks like more widespread rain and storm coverage, possibly all the way to the beaches. Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says storms may threaten the pre-show festivities at TIAA Bank Field ahead of The Rolling Stones concert.  ‘Prime-time’ for storms will be between 1 and 5pm.  The concert starts at 7:30pm and it will be really muggy with temps falling through the 80’s.  This weekend the heat and humidity stick around with highs in the mid 90’s with only a few widely scattered showers and storms. The mid 90’s hang around on Monday. By Tuesday and Wednesday more folks at the beaches should see rain/storms.
  • Today will be another hot and humid day with afternoon temps expected near or above 97 degrees.  Tuesday was the 20th day at or above 97 at Jacksonville International Airport, the second most on record behind 1998.  That’s five-time the average number of days at/above 97.  Feels-like temps will once again be 105+ inland, and 100-103 at the coast. There will be scattered afternoon inland thunderstorms today, and a gradual increase in rain and storm coverage through the end of the week.  Friday’s Rolling Stones concert at TIAA Bank Field will be hot and humid, but storms should be inland by the evening. 
  • A fire to a vacant home on Jacksonville’s westside is under investigation by the fire marshal.  Firefighters were called to a home on Sonora Drive West and then encountered heavy fire when they arrived.   A fire chief told Action News Jax Reporter Brittany Donovan that the house appeared to be vacant. 
  • NE Florida is arguably feeling the hottest temps of the year with ‘feels-like’ temps up to 108 degrees. Today’s record high temp is 102 and the forecast high is for 98.   Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says we’ll only see widely scattered afternoon storms, primarily inland, with coverage less than one-third of the area.  Mike says afternoon storms will increase by Wednesday and through the end of the week.  That could mean storms threaten tailgating at The Rolling Stones concert Friday at TIAA Bank Field. The concert will be hot as temps fall through the 80’s after sunset. 
  • Today will be hot and humid with highs in the mid to upper 90’s inland and lower 90’s at the coast. There will only be a few inland isolated afternoon thunderstorms today. Highs in the mid 90’s will be a staple this week with feels like temps 100-105. Expect to see a bit more coverage of showers and storms by the middle of the week. These storms will slowly drift back east and northeast to the coastal areas after initiating inland.
  • The calls started early at 5am with generous donations from Interlachen, Ocala, St. Augustine, Bryceville, and as far away as Arizona. By the time the 2019 Careathon to benefit the Child Cancer Fund ended well past 6pm, at least $230,000 had been raised for local pediatric patients and their families.  The Child Cancer Fund is a partner to the approximately 130 families who receive a pediatric cancer diagnosis every year in our community. They provide financial support to ‘fill the void’ as families balance the costs and rigors of treatment.  From bill payment assistance to tutoring to family weekends at Camp Boggy Creek, Child Cancer Fund donors envelop local families with support during treatment and even after treatment ends.  GALLERY:  2019 Careathon memorable moments 100% of the proceeds from Careathon directly fund these CCF programs.  $750 pays for a family weekend at Camp Boggy Creek. $500 pays for tutoring one child. $200 pays for gift cards for food. $25 pays for a notebook detailing the treatment that the child will have.  $10 buys snacks for the kids while they are going through hours of chemotherapy and scans.  INDEPTH:  History of Careathon, Child Cancer Fund Since its founding 25 years ago, the Child Cancer fund has paid for a Child Life Specialist at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care. Joli (pronounced Jolly) Craver helps to distract kids during some of the more painful procedures and keeps their spirits up during the darkest moments.  She is an ally to the kids and their families throughout their cancer journey.  Joli’s salary and benefits are funded through a restricted fund that the Child Cancer Fund manages. In 2019 a major milestone was reached when the restricted fund target was achieved.  Throughout five years of Careathon, the northeast Florida community has donated more than $900,000 to the Child Cancer Fund.  From all of us at WOKV and the Cox Media Group Jacksonville Team, thank you for your generosity. 
  • Northeast Florida will feel tropical downpours at times today but there will be no local impacts from the system in the Gulf of Mexico.  Action News Jax Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh says tropical storm Barry will continue moving generally away from Florida and will likely impact the central Gulf coast as we head into the weekend.  This system could intensify into a hurricane by the weekend.  The current forecast has Barry making landfall along the coast of Louisiana as a hurricane.  There will be no local impacts from this system for northeast Florida and SE Georgia.
  • Lucy Sembach had been a late walker and experienced problems with her balance.  The family pediatrician recommended an MRI.  In November 2016 during the MRI, a mass was discovered.  It was a brain tumor.  Ten days later, Lucy underwent a 10-hour surgery.  She wasn’t even 2-years-old at the time. Her parents, Melanie and Casey, had to explain to their other two children what Lucy would be facing ahead.  After surgery, Lucy had to re-learn how to walk. In March of 2017 she began chemotherapy. She completed 45 rounds of chemo, and now she is in monitoring status.  Every four months Lucy needs an MRI to make sure there is no regrowth.  The Sembachs credit Miss Joli, the Child Life Specialist, with helping make each visit to Nemours fun for Lucy.  “She treats it like she gets to go and play with kids”, Casey said.  “They always made it fun. Someone was always there to greet you, and she would light up the room when the port was being accessed”, Melanie said.  Lucy used to sing a song in the car on the way to get her chemotherapy: Time to get my chemo on.  Today, Lucy is healthy and she loves playing with her sister, Kate and her brother, Ben.   Melanie credits the Mothers for Hope, a group that the Child Cancer Fund sponsors, for helping process her emotions during Lucy’s treatments.   “You’re worried about the same things and you can cry together and have those types of talks that you wouldn’t normally have with your best friend or your spouse”, Melanie said.  “This has been the best worse experience of our lives”. 
  • Deep tropical air sits over NE Florida this week, with steamy morning temps in the upper 70’s and afternoon ‘feel-like’ temps around 100.  Showers and storms are expected to form near I-75 late this morning into early afternoon and then move toward I-95 by mid to late afternoon. Heavy downpours and lightning is possible through the evening commute. Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh is tracking an area of low pressure over the Gulf that is producing disorganized showers and storms.  This system is expected to become a depression later today or Thursday as it moves west in the Gulf away from NE Florida. There will be no significant local impacts, as the threat for rain may increase at times.  If the system strengthens it would become ‘Barry’. 
  • 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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  • Today will be hot and humid with highs in the lower to mid 90’s inland and near 90 at the coast. There will be scattered afternoon thunderstorms today. Feels-like temps will once again be 100-103 inland and 100+ at the coast.  Showers and storms may dampen some early tailgaters for The Rolling Stones concert (2-5 pm).  Showers and any thunderstorms should either be out of Duval County or loosing steam by 6 pm.  CONTEST:  Pick what song you want to hear The Stones play This weekend the heat and humidity stick around with highs in the mid 90’s with only a few widely scattered showers and storms. The mid 90’s hang around on Monday.  INDEPTH:  What you need to know if you are going to the concert
  • An airman was reportedly shot in the leg Thursday night at Nellis Air Force Base. >>Read more trending news The airman was taken to a hospital with survivable injuries, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Adrian Beas told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. Police were called shortly after 9:30 p.m. and found the injured airman near the O’Callaghan Federal Hospital, Beas said. Police and base personnel are investigating how the shooting happened, KVVU-TV reported.
  • UPDATE:  Jacksonville Police has found the missing girls who were the center of a Missing Child Alert activated late Thursday night. Police say the two girls were found safe together in Clay County. According to JSO, the case is being worked as a recovery of runaways. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says both girls are being spoken with.    ===ORIGINAL STORY:  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a Missing Child Alert 11-year-old  Addison Terry.  JSO had reported the young girl was missing on Thursday after she ran away from the Youth Crisis Center on Parental Road on the Southside Wednesday night. YCC is not commenting on the specifics on how the child ran off or why she was with them, to begin with. According to the FDLE, Terry maybe with 16-year-old Jade Seidel. JSO says Seidel is another missing teen. The two were last seen in the area of Argyle Forest Boulevard but added they could be headed to Clay County. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the FDLE, JSO, or dial 911.
  • The uncle of missing 16-year-old Iyana Sawyer has now been indicted for two counts of first degree murder, and our partner Action News Jax reports the counts relate to Sawyer and her unborn baby. 16-year-old Sawyer was last seen leaving Terry Parker High School in December. Since that time, her uncle, Johnathan Quiles, has been identified as a suspect in her disappearance. Quiles has been in jail since January, on a separate sexual battery charge. Now, the State Attorney’s Office confirms Quiles has been indicted for two counts of first degree murder and one count of sexual battery. Our partner Action News Jax reports Sawyer’s family’s attorney tells them the murder charges are for the teen and her unborn baby. WOKV is working to get court and police records to confirm and learn more about what led to these charges being filed.
  • A toddler has drowned in a pool, in a residential area of Lakeshore South on Jacksonville’s Westside. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on San Juan Avenue around 2:20PM. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue was also dispatched, and when emergency responders got on scene, they found witnesses performing CPR on the toddler. Rescue personnel took over CPR and transported the toddler to the hospital, where it died. At this time, JSO is not saying if anyone else was in the pool at the time, but foul play is not suspected in the drowning. They’re also not releasing any additional information about the victim, including the age and gender, but police confirmed in a tweet that this involved a toddler. Police are currently speaking with witnesses at the home, as their investigation continues. The Florida Department of Children and Families is also investigating.

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