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    Even more development is on the way for St. Johns County, as county commissioners have now approved a development expected to bring 1,000 new homes to the area. The development called 'Entrada' will be built near the intersection of Wildwood Drive at State Road 207. Our partner Action News Jax says it combines land previously approved for three other subdivisions, dating back to 2006.  Neighbors tell Action News Jax, they're worried homes are popping up faster than the county can actually handle.  'I only work 10 miles away from here and it takes me 30 minutes to get home,' says St. Johns County resident Corey Colee.  But we're learned the approved development does include adjustments for the intersection of Wildwood Drive and 207 to help accommodate the new families that will be moving in.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for any information, as part of a death investigation off Mayport Road. According to JSO, they responded to a home just after noon on Friday, where a man was found dead inside. Police say they do believe foul play is involved, but haven't any further details.  If you have any tips, you're urged to call JSO at (904) 630-0500
  • Friday was a messy day on the roads in Jacksonville, as WOKV followed multiple, major crashes on the Southside. One of the problems was a crash involving an RV and at least one other vehicle at I-95 northbound and JTB, Friday afternoon. This crash caused several lanes of the highway to be closed in both directions. Drivers were stuck in the back-ups for well over an hour.  First responders say they had to take one person to the hospital, with serious injuries.  One of the other major problem spots was around the same time, at I-295 heading northbound around Baymeadows. At one point, all lanes were blocked in this area. The Florida Highway Patrol says there was a crash involving multiple vehicles. Injuries were reported.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help finding a 28-year-old man. Police say they want to verify his safety, but didn't say what was prompting the concern.  We're told Jack Wynn was last seen in the downtown area on March 3rd.  If you're hear or seen him since that date, you're asked to call police immediately at (904) 630-0500.
  • Following an auto burglary at a St. Johns County area park last month, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is now working to identify a woman connected to the case. Deputies tell us during the February 16th auto burglary, a victim's purse was stolen. Sometime later, deputies say a woman was caught on surveillance video cashing one of the victim's personal checks at a bank in Yulee.  Deputies further say the vehicle this woman was in, was actually reported stolen out of Jacksonville.  If you know who she is, you're urged to contact the sheriff's office. Deputies say suspects in many of these cases do wear wigs, so they advise looking closely.  If you have any information about who this woman is, contact the northwest district's detectives office at (904) 209-3440 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-277-8477 (TIPS).
  • UPDATE: Henneberry has been found safe according to St. Augustine Police. =======ORIGINAL STORY: The St. Augustine Police Department is asking for the community's help finding an 18-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since she left for a date.  According to police, Madeline Henneberry was last seen at Flagler College at about 4:00 PM, Tuesday. That's when police say she was picked up by an unknown person named “Joshua”, whom she met on a dating app.  Henneberry's roommate says she last received a text from her at 8:26 PM that same night.  If you have any information on where Henneberry may be, you're urged to contact the police department at (904) 825-1070 or Detective P. Harvey at (904) 209-3486.
  • As we get ready to 'spring forward' this weekend for Daylight Saving Time, Florida lawmakers are pushing to make it the last time. Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, as well as Florida Representative Vern Buchanan, have introduced what they're calling the Sunshine Protection Act.  The legislation is designed to make Daylight Saving Time permanent across not only Florida, but the entire nation.  “Studies have shown many benefits of a year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is why Florida’s legislature overwhelmingly voted to make it permanent last year. Reflecting the will of the State of Florida, I’m proud to reintroduce this bill to also make Daylight Saving Time permanent nationally,” says Rubio in a statement. WOKV told you when Rubio introduced a similar measure last year, though, Congress never took action on it. Rubio introduced the measure after the Florida legislature approved making Daylight Saving Time permanent. Then-Governor Rick Scott signed off, but it requires a change in federal statute before it can go into effect.  This new bill would not alter or change time zones; it would also not mandate US states and territories who do not currently observe Daylight Saving Time to do so. This means most of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and other areas would not be included in this change. According to a press release from Rubio's office, making Daylight Saving Time permanent for the nation comes with a number of potential benefits, including the following:  • Reduces car crashes and car accidents involving pedestrians • Reduces risk for cardiac issues, stroke and seasonal depression.  • Reduces the number of robberies by 27 percent • Benefits the economy • Reduces childhood obesity and increases physical fitness • Benefits the agricultural economy • Reduces energy usage Read more about how these benefits would be possible under permanent Daylight Saving Time, by clicking HERE. You can read the one-page bill, by clicking HERE.
  • Clay Electric Cooperative members are about to get some good news on their March bill. Clay Electric Cooperative’s trustees have approved a $12 million Capital Credits refund for members who received service from 1989 through 2017. That means current customers will receive a credit on their March bills, with the average amount coming in at $37.70.  For those individuals are eligible for a refund, but are no longer current customers, Clay Electric says a refund check will be mailed around March 21st. For this group, the minimum amount refunded will be $10, but will average around $67.32.  Clay Electric says this year’s refund will be the 45th consecutive time that the cooperative has voted to refund Capital Credits.  If you have a question about this refund, Clay Electric says you should call your district office. Find that information, by clicking HERE.
  • If you drive on State Road 9B on Jacksonville's Southside, odds are you've noticed construction off the eTown exit. Now, we're getting new insight into what's planned for the area ahead of its official debut this summer. The PARC Group, which was the master developer behind Nocatee, unveiled its plans for eTown on Monday.  The group describes eTown as a 'smart-living' community that will ultimately feature single-family homes, apartments, retail, as well as amenities.  At the heart of eTown, will be what the PARC Group calls the Village Center. This is described as a walkable area home to retail shops and restaurants. This will also include 'the Hub', which will serve as the eTown Welcome Center.  The eTown Hub is scheduled to open this summer. The Village Center, itself, will have its opening at a later date.  The PARC Group says eTown will also feature a five-acre amenity center. The center will have a resort-style pool, a three-lane lap pool, a fitness center with an outdoor yoga lawn, a Bier Garden, a playground, an event lawn, and a lake-side dog park. This is scheduled to open in spring 2020.  eTown will also be home to several neighborhoods, featuring different builders and designs.  The first neighborhood to open will be Marconi. Marconi will feature homes by David Weekly Homes and ICI Homes. The grand opening is currently scheduled for May. The map pictured below shows the planned neighborhoods: According to the PARC Group, the vision behind eTown is built upon four core principles: community, technology, convenience, and sustainability. The PARC Group says those principles include striking a balance between natural outdoor spaces and convenient development, which means leaving 50% of the community’s acreage undeveloped. Prospective buyers can contact builders directly to learn about home-building opportunities. You can also learn more, by clicking HERE. To view an interactive map of what’s planned for the eTown Community, click HERE.
  • With the Duval County elections quickly approaching on March 19th, the candidates trying to unseat Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry faced off in a debate hosted by WOKV and Action News Jax. All non-write in candidates took part, including Omega Allen, NPA, Anna Lopez Brosche, REP, and Jimmy Hill, REP. Curry and his campaign declined an invitation to the debate.  During opening statements, Hill, framed himself as a businessman and a family man.  'My background is very eclectic and that's going be my strong suit in this election and that's what's gonna kind of help me stand out, hopefully, at this point in the game, get attention and help people realize there's an option, there's a choice in this election,' says Hill.  As for Allen she emphasized her no-party affiliation.  'As a no-party affiliated candidate and a no-party affiliated mayor, I will have the freedom to do what's right and what's best for all of Jacksonville, without the undue influence of special interest agendas and political party agendas,' says Allen.  As for Brosche, she started off her opening statements, saying it was important for voters to see the 'real' Anna Lopez Brosche, as she pushed back on ads that have been appearing on TV.  DUVAL COUNTY VOTER GUIDE: GET TO KNOW YOUR MAYORAL CANDIDATES 'I'm a Jacksonville-native and I love my hometown. I'm running for mayor of Jacksonville, because the City of Jacksonville is not safer than it was four years ago, and that's hurting our community, from an economic development and job creation perspective,' says Brosche.  During the debate, candidates were pressed on their thoughts on a variety of issues from transparency, to fiscal waste, as well as crime.  One of several questions related to crime, centered on what the candidates believe is the biggest contributor to violent crime in Jacksonville.  Allen says she believes the lack of economic development is the driving factor in Jacksonville's crime areas.  'I believe if we would infuse the areas that have been neglected and have been under-served with economic development, we could indeed drive out the crime issues. I believe that if we get with children early in life, teaching them self-respect, including in their curriculum artistic features, like music and art, I believe that will help them to curtail the desire or be enticed into crime,' explains Allen.  Brosche, meanwhile, says the biggest contributor says is the fact we're failing our children and neighborhoods.  'We are lacking investments in prevention and intervention. The amount that we have invested in prevention and intervention has not increased in 10 years,' says Brosche.  As for Hill, he believes the problem is lack of mentorship, whether that's the failure of the family or the failure of society.  'As teenagers get a little older, get into the 12, 13, 14-years-old, there's nothing for these kids to do, but go out and get into trouble. But then immediately, the biggest piece of that puzzle that's not talked about is the drug trade,' Hill says.   Watch the candidates tackle other questions relating to crime and development in Jacksonville below: To get a deep dive into each candidate, including why they decided to run, visit the WOKV Duval County Voter Guide to see questionnaires from the mayoral hopefuls, by clicking HERE.
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  • A Jacksonville truck driver is being held in connection to the abduction of two children from Texas. The Winslow, Arizona Police Department says, on Saturday, they were contacted by police in Belton, Texas about two children who had been reported missing on Friday. Belton Police say the children were initially reported as runaways. Winslow Police say the information from Belton Police led them to a semi-truck in their jurisdiction, where they found a 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl in the sleeper cab. The siblings were being held against their will by 47-year-old Marshall Pendergrass, of Jacksonville, according to Winslow Police. Police say the children are both in good physical condition. Winslow Police and the FBI are jointly investigating what happened, and Pendergrass is being held pending federal charges. The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office also aided the investigation. 
  • New guidelines from the American Heart Association are recommending most older adults no longer take a low-dose aspirin every day to prevent a heart attack or stroke. >> Read more trending news Following years of suggesting adults could benefit from a daily 75- to 100-milligram dose of aspirin to help fight cardiovascular problems, the AHA along with the America College of Cardiology released the findings of a clinical trial that found aspirin did not prolong life in elderly adults who do not have the highest risks of heart disease. The findings suggest not only was aspirin not as effective as thought but that it could possibly lead to major bleeding in the elderly. 'Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,' according to a statement from Dr. Roger Blumenthal, co-chair of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and professor of cardiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 'It's much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin,' Blumenthal said. Blumenthal said that 'Aspirin should be limited to people at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and a very low risk of bleeding.'  The guidelines also pointed out that those who have had a heart attack or stroke could still use aspirin to prevent another cardiovascular event. 'Ultimately, we must individualize treatment for each patient, based on their individual situation,' North Carolina cardiologist Dr. Kevin Campbell, told CNN. Campbell wasn't involved in the new guidelines.   
  • A shooting on a Dutch tram left at least three people dead and five others injured in Utrecht, according to authorities. >> Read more trending news  The city’s mayor, Jan van Zanen, said three people were killed in the attack, according to The Associated Press. Police said five people were injured in the shooting. Authorities have classed the incident as a possible terror attack. Update 11:45 a.m. EDT March 18: van Zanen withdrew advice for Utrecht residents to stay indoors  Monday, saying the recommendation was made on the suspicion that shots had been fired at another location in the city. However, he said, “That is not the case, as far as we know,” according to The Independent. van Zanen said earlier Monday that at least three people died in Monday’s shooting and nine others were injured. Police said in a statement that the actual number of injured people was five. Authorities have identified a man wanted in connection to the shooting as Gokmen Tanis, 37. Police continue to investigate the case. Update 10:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three of the nine people wounded in Monday’s shooting were seriously injured, according to The Associated Press. “We cannot exclude, even stronger, we assume a terror motive,” van Zanen said Monday. “Likely there is one attacker, but there could be more.” Police have identified a man wanted in connection to the shooting as Gokmen Tanis, 37. Update 10:10 a.m. EDT March 18: Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen said three people were killed and nine people were injured Monday in the Utrecht shooting, according to CNN and The Independent. Update 9:55 a.m. EDT March 18: Dutch police issued a correction Monday on the name of the man wanted in connection with the Utrecht shooting. Authorities said his name was spelled Gokmen Tanis. Officials initially identified the 37-year-old as Gokman Tanis. The Independent reported trains were not being allowed into Utrecht’s central train station in the wake of the shooting. Update 9:25 a.m. EDT March 18: Police in the Netherlands asked for the public’s help Monday locating a man wanted in connection to Monday’s shooting. Authorities warned against approaching the man, identified as Gokman Tanis, 37. Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 18: The shooter behind Monday’s attack remained at large after the incident, according to Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, the Dutch anti-terror coordinator. “In Utrecht there was a shooting at several locations,' he said Monday at a news conference, according to The Independent. 'A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts. What we already know is that a culprit is at large.' Authorities continue to investigate the shooting. Original report: Utrecht police wrote Monday in a tweet that a “possible terrorist (motive) is part of the investigation” into the shooting, which occurred about 10:45 a.m. local time, according to CNN. >> See the tweet here The gunman remained at large Monday and may have fled the scene in a car, according to BBC News.  After the attack the country’s anti-terror coordinator, Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg, raised the terror threat level in Utrecht to 5, its highest level. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, left at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured Friday. >> Read more trending news  White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder in the slayings and a judge said Saturday that it was reasonable to assume more charges would follow. >> Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 10:50 a.m. EDT March 18: President Donald Trump said Monday that the media was “working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand.” “They will have to work very hard to prove that one,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “So Ridiculous!” The gunman in last week’s attacks left a document in which he called himself a white nationalist and referred to Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity.” In the past, Trump has drawn criticism for saying “both sides” were to blame for violence at a deadly white supremacist demonstration. >> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville Update 11:50 p.m. EDT March 17: Leaders of New Zealand’s Muslim community are planning a national memorial burial for all the victims of Friday’s deadly shooting rampages at two mosques in Christchurch, according to media outlets. The New Zealand Herald is also reporting that despite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s expectations that the bodies of all the victims would be released to family members by Monday, that  isn’t expected to happen now, instead authorities believe it might be Wednesday before all the victims have been released. While Islamic leaders have said they are planning for a mass burial, the families will ultimately decide how they’ll proceed, the Herald reported. Not to far from the scene of the Linwood Mosque shooting, burial preparations are underway at Memorial Park Cemetery where workers are digging graves for the shooting victims behind a large temporary fence. Update 10:15 p.m. EDT March 17: The owner of a Christchurch gun store confirmed Sunday that he sold four guns and ammunition to alleged mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant in a “police-verified” online purchase, according to the New Zealand Herald. But the owner of the retail chain Gun City, David Tipple, said his store did not sell Tarrant any semi-automatic weapons. Tipple said he and staff are 'dismayed and disgusted' by Friday's shootings, The Associated Press reported. Tipple said the store did not notice any red flags in Tarrant’s gun purchases.  “We detected nothing extraordinary about this (gun) license holder,” he said. Meantime, counter-terrorism police executed search warrants on two homes in New South Wales, Australia, believed to be connected to the alleged shooter. Authorities searched a house in Sandy Beach near Coffs Harbor that is believed to belong to Tarrant’s sister, according to Australia’s News 9. They also raided a home in Lawrence that is believe to be connected to Tarrant’s mother. Authorities said they’re searching for anything that might help New Zealand investigators. “The community can be assured that there is no information to suggest a current or impending threat related to this search warrants,”the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police said in a joint statement, News 9 reported. Update 12:30 p.m. EDT March 17: Pakistan will observe a day of mourning for the victims of the shootings, The AP reported.  Vatican News reported Pope Francis offered prayers for those killed in the attacks.  “In these days, in addition to the pain of wars and conflicts that do not cease to afflict humanity, there have been the victims of the horrible attack against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. I pray for the dead and injured and their families. I am close to our Muslim brothers and all that community. I renew my invitation for prayer and gestures of peace to combat hatred and violence.” Related: Photos: Mass casualties reported in New Zealand mosque shooting Update 7:41 a.m. EDT March 17: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday that members of her Cabinet will work to change the nation’s gun laws in the wake of Friday’s deadly mosque attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. In a news conference, Ardern added that officials will release the victims’ bodies to their families starting Sunday evening and should finish by Wednesday, the AP reported. Pope Francis on Sunday also prayed “for our Muslim brothers who were killed,” the report said.  Meanwhile, an online campaign has raised more than $3 million U.S. for the victims and their families. Learn more here. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 16: The death toll in the New Zealand mosque attacks has risen to 50. Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 50 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, RNZ reported.  He also said that 36 are in the hospital with two in critical condition. Update 6:30 p.m. EDT March 15: The man suspected in at least one of the shootings that killed at least 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand has appeared briefly in court. Two armed guards brought Brenton Tarrant into court Friday. He showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him. The court appearance lasted only about a minute and he was led back out in handcuffs. He was ordered to return to court again April 5. After Tarrant left, the judge said that while “there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others.” The gunman posted a 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as Tarrant and said he was a 28-year-old Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Update 5 p.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand’s prime minister said the “primary perpetrator” in the mosque shootings was a licensed gun owner and legally acquired the five guns used in the shootings. Jacinda Ardern said the country’s national gun laws will change after at least 49 worshippers were shot dead in the two mosques in Christchurch. Update 3:25 p.m. EDT March 15: President Donald Trump said he spoke Friday with Ardern and offered “any assistance the U.S.A. can give.” “We stand by ready to help,” Trump wrote. “We love you New Zealand!” Update 11:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New York police said the department is ramping up patrols around the city Friday and keeping in contact with officials at area mosques in the wake of the deadly shootings in Christchurch. 'To the Muslim community here in New York: We stand with you always, and we will remain vigilant in keeping you safe -- and making sure you feel safe, too,' Police Commissioner James O'Neill said Friday in a statement. 'The people we serve, in every neighborhood, must always be free from fear and have the immutable right to worship and live in peace.' Update 10:20 a.m. EDT March 15: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, said Friday in a statement that their “hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.” “No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship,” the statement said. “This senseless attack is an affront to the people of Christchurch and New Zealand, and the broader Muslim community. It is a horrifying assault on a way of life that embodies decency, community, and friendship.” Update 9:35 a.m. EDT March 15: Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama shared condolences for the people of New Zealand in a message posted Friday to social media. “We grieve  with you and the Muslim community,” said the message shared by President Obama. “All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.” Update 8:55 a.m. EDT March 15: Pope Francis was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by the senseless acts of violence” in New Zealand, his cardinal secretary of state said Friday in a telegram. “He assures all New Zealanders, and in particular the Muslim community, of his heartfelt solidarity in the wake of these attacks,” Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said. “Mindful of the efforts of the security and emergency personnel in this difficult situation, His Holiness prays for the healing of the injured, the consolation of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.” Officials in New Zealand said 49 people were killed in a pair of attacks on mosques in Christchurch. Health officials said 48 patients were being treated for injuries ranging from minor to critical after the shootings. Update 7:49 a.m. EDT March 15: In a tweet early Friday, President Donald Trump sent “warm sympathy and best wishes” to the people of New Zealand after “the horrible massacre.” “Forty-nine innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured,” Trump said. “The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!” In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the attack “a vicious act of hate.”  “We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government,” Sanders said. Queen Elizabeth II, who is head of the Commonwealth and New Zealand's monarch, said she was “deeply saddened” by the shootings, CNN reported. “I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today,” the queen said. “Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.” Update 5:01 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police said a man in his late 20s has been charged with murder, TVNZ reported. The man was expected to appear in court Saturday morning, The Washington Post reported. Officials have not named the suspect. Police clarified that while four people were detained, only three were thought to have been involved in the shootings, the newspaper reported. Update 4:20 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed in a news conference that 49 people died in the shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, TVNZ reported. The attack at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch left 41 people dead, and seven people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Another person died at a hospital, Bush said. Update 3:14 a.m. EDT March 15: Forty-eight patients are being treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital, CNN reported. David Meates, chief executive of the Canterbury District Health Board, said the patients’ conditions ranged from critical to minor. One of four people taken into custody after the mass shooting attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, said he was a 28-year-old Australian, according to The Associated Press. Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the shooter was Australian-born. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack. From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” 'We were chosen (because) we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,' Ardern said. 'We utterly condemn and reject you.' Update 2:37 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that 40 people died in the mosque attacks. Arden said 30 people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque near Hagley Park in central Christchurch, and that 10 people were killed at the Linwood Avenue mosque, TVNZ reported. Twenty more people have been seriously injured, TVNZ reported. Update 2:24 a.m. EDT March 15: In a news conference Friday, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel expressed shock and anger after the mass shooting at the mosques. “I never could believe anything like this could ever happen in Christchurch,” she said. “I never thought anything like this could happen in New Zealand.” Dalziel told TVNZ, 'We need to come together and care for each other, we need to make this unite us, not divide us.' Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the shootings “a vicious attack.” 'We grieve. We are shocked, appalled and outraged as we stand here and condemn the attack that occurred today by an extremist right wing violent terrorist,” Morrison said. Update 1:43 a.m. EDT March 15: St. John Ambulance has transferred multiple patients to Christchurch Hospital and other local medical facilities, TVNZ reported. The news agency reported that injuries of the patients ranged from minor to critical. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to address the country at 7 p.m. local time. Update 1:30 a.m. EDT March 15: New Zealand police tweeted Friday that while they cannot confirm the number of fatalities, “it is significant.” Police have asked all mosques throughout New Zealand to close, and advised people to stay away from them “until further notice.” Update 1:04 a.m. EDT March 15: Police confirmed Friday afternoon that the lockdown of schools in Christchurch has been lifted, TVNZ reported. Update 12:33 a.m. EDT March 15: At a news conference, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said four people were in custody. Three are men and one is a woman, “as I understand it,” Bush said. There were improvised explosive devices found in vehicles after the shootings, Bush said. Update 12:16 a.m. EDT March 15:  “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a news conference Friday afternoon. “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.” A cricket match between Bangladesh and the New Zealand national team was canceled. The Bangladesh team was arriving for prayers at a mosque when the shooting occurred, but all members of the squad were safe, a team coach told Reuters. Update 11:15 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand authorities have confirmed that there have been multiple fatalities and one person is in custody: “Police is responding to a very serious and tragic incident involving an active shooter in central Christchurch.  One person is in custody, however Police believe there may be other offenders. This is an evolving incident and we are working to confirm the facts, however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities.  Police is currently at a number of scenes. We understand that there will be many anxious people but I can assure New Zealanders that Police is doing all it can to resolve this incident. We urge New Zealanders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.  We are mobilising resources nationally and support is being brought into the District. We are still working to resolve this incident and we continue to urge Christchurch residents to stay inside. We ask all mosques nationally to shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice.” Update 10:55 p.m. EDT March 14: New Zealand media said an additional shooting has occurred in a second mosque in the city of Christchurch. Original report: As many as 30 people have been injured or killed, a child care center manager told Radio New Zealand. Witness Len Peneha told The Associated Press he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror. Peneha, who has lived next door to the mosque for about five years, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in Peneha’s driveway and fled. Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help, “I saw dead people everywhere,” he said. Police are urging people in the area to stay indoors and schools in the area have been placed on lockdown. About 300 people were inside the mosque, according to RNZ. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The teams have been chosen and brackets set up for the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. >> Read more trending news  The tournament begins Tuesday when the first of the “First Four” games are played, and gets into full swing on Thursday as the first round begins.  Here’s a look at the schedule for the 68-team field, tip-off times, channels and how to watch. How to watch: The games will be televised on four networks, CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Check your TV provider for channel information. If you have CBS via a TV service provider, you can see all the games broadcast on CBS there. The CBS Sports App will not be showing the games for free. The CBS All-Access TV app will have the games available via a paid subscription.  TNT, TBS and truTV are available via streaming once you authenticate your tv provider subscriptions. The games are available on an NCAA March Madness Live TV app available via Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV set-top boxes. You can also get the games on Microsoft's Xbox videogame console and on the Android TV platform.  Below is the schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday’s “First Four” games and the schedule or the first round of the tournament which begins on Thursday. Check back here for an updated schedule of games as the tournament continues. All times are Eastern time. March Madness games schedule: Tuesday, March 19 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: Prairie View A&M vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – truTV After the conclusion: Temple vs. Belmont – truTV Wednesday, March 20 – First Four 6:40 p.m.: NC Central vs North Dakota State – truTV After the conclusion: St. John’s vs. Arizona State – truTV Thursday, March 21 – First Round 3:10 p.m.: Maryland vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Belmont/Temple game – truTV  12:40 p.m.: LSU vs. Yale – truTV  12:15 p.m.: Louisville vs. Minnesota – CBS  2:45 p.m.: Michigan State vs. Bradley – CBS 7:20 p.m.: Villanova vs. St. Mary’s – TBS  9:50 p.m.: Purdue vs. Old Dominion – CBS  1:30 p.m. Auburn vs. New Mexico State – TNT  4 p.m.: Kansas vs. Northeastern – TNT 9:40 p.m.: Wofford vs. Seton Hall – CBS  7:10 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Abilene Christian – CBS  7:27 p.m.: Gonzaga vs. the winner of Tuesday’s Farleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M game – truTV  9:57 p.m.: Syracuse vs. Baylor – truTV  4:30 p.m.: Marquette vs. Murray State – TBS  2 p.m.: Florida State vs. Vermont – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Nevada vs. Florida – TNT  9:20 p.m.: Michigan vs. Montana – TNT Friday, March 22 12:15 p.m.: Cincinnati vs. Iowa – CBS  12:40 p.m.: Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma – truTV  1:30 p.m.: Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky – TNT 2 p.m.: Kansas State vs. UC Irvine – TBS  2:45 p.m.: Tennessee vs. Colgate – CBS  3:10 p.m.: Virginia vs. Gardner Webb – truTV  4 p.m.: Buffalo vs. the winner of Wednesday’s Arizona State/St. John’s game – TNT  4:30 p.m.: Wisconsin vs. Oregon – TBS  6:50 p.m.: Utah State vs. Washington – TNT 7:10 p.m.: Duke vs. the winner of Wednesday’s North Carolina Central/North Dakota State game – CBS  7:20 p.m.: Houston vs. Georgia State – TBS  7:27 p.m.: Mississippi State vs. Liberty – truTV  9:20 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Iona – TNT 9:40 p.m.: VCU vs. UCF – CBS  9:50 p.m.: Iowa State vs. Ohio State – TBS  9:57 p.m.: Virginia Tech vs. St. Louis – truTV   The second round begins Saturday, March 23. The Sweet 16 round begins Thursday, March 28. The Elite Eight round begins Saturday, March 30. The final four play on Saturday, April 6. The National Championship game, held in Minneapolis, will be played Monday, April 8.     

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