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    A crash involving an overturned truck hauling debris closed all southbound lanes of I-95 for hours today.  All lanes have since reopened. The Florida Department of Transportation says a bridge inspection team has found there was minor damage to the overpass, and it is safe for travel.   Florida Highway Patrol says a portion of the scrap metal inside the truck hit the underside of the overpass, causing debris to fall on the road. At least one car hit the debris.  FHP says the driver of the truck failed to safely negotiate a curve onto the on ramp to SB I-95, causing the truck to overturn and spill debris all over southbound lanes of the highway.  Two additional vehicles were unable to avoid hitting the debris.  The drivers of those vehicles were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.  The truck driver, who is from Lake City was cited for careless driving.  
  • Friday - The Jacksonville Icemen have a home-stand against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Fridays attendees will be treated to a performance by American Idol Finalist Colton Dixson after the game. - Jeff Dye, from the ‘Better Late than Never’ show, performing two stand up shows at Comedy Zone. 7:30pm and 9:45pm. SATURDAY - Meet some adorable and very adoptable dogs from Swamp Haven Rescue between 1-4pm at Engine 15 Brewing Downtown. There will be free coffee and live music from Black Martini. - Learn to make your own gummies at Sweet Petes at 4pm! Participants will make a wide variety of fun shapes and, if you’re inclined, even make sower gummies. Ages 4+ and tickets are $16. - Miss basketball? The Jacksonville Giants take on the Columbus Blackhawks at 7pm at Edward Waters College. The Giants are 11-1 on the season. Tickets are $10.   SUNDAY  - Hang out at the Landing on Saturday from 4-8pm and enjoy live music by Stevie “Fingers” and Dusty Trio. It’s a free show too! - Pickup curling games at the Jacksonville Ice and Sports Complex! It’s aimed for curlers to practice and get a bit of coaching too along the way. The fun starts at 3:15pm. All skill levels are welcome to join. Tickets are $25
  • Friday- Marvel Universe LIVE- This is perfect for the family! Over 25 Marvel Super Heroes and Villains performing high-energy stunts, tricks and manuevers. Multiple showings starting on Friday and running through Sunday! Jake Owen at The Florida Theatre- Doors open at 8pm and tickets start at $87. Saturday- Jax Health and Wellness Expo- free event at Morocco Shrine Auditorium between 10am and 2pm keeping those resolutions going strong! Mac and Cheese cook off at Bartram park Brewz- from 2-5pm, you can’t go wrong with craft beer and Mac and Cheese. Everyone’s a winner! Jacksonville Giants vs Fayetteville Flight- Miss basketball? The Giants play at UNF arena at 7pm. This family friendly game starts at 7pm. Morning Fatty at Surfer Bar- In the mood for some dub/reggae? 21+ and it’s FREE Sunday- Women’s Day of Action at the Landing between and 11am and 3pm- Marking the one year-anniversary of the largest political protest in rcent history, Women’s March Florida is leading a statewide day of action to bring awareness and support to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys. Jags Watch Party at Mellow Mushroom in Avondale starting at 3pm- CBS 47 Action News Jax will be there filming “Jags All Access” show too!
  • Painting with a Twist- Studio #86 in San Marco is hosting Painting with a Twist at 7pm where you’ll paint a midnight moon! The class lasts roughly two hours. Tickets and information found at www.PaintingWithATwist.com   SATURDAY Harry Potter Yule Ball at the Jax Beach Public Library- Ring in the New Year Harry Potter Style at the Yule Ball with crafts, butterbeer, dancing, music and even a costume contest for the kids. This is a free event starting at 2:30pm. The Jacksonville Icemen take on their division rivals the Orlando Solar Bears at 7:30pm at Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets start around $10.  Below Zero- a free theathrical production for the entire family with over 60,000 watts of sound, lighting and choreography. This must see event is free at 7:30pm at The Arena on Normandy Blvd.    SUNDAY The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills for our first playoff game of the season. If you can’t make the game at 1pm at Everbank Field, tune into CBS 47 to watch it and listen to FM 104.5 WOKV News for extended traffic reports before and after the game.  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend Jackson Browne returns to the Florida Theatre at 7:30pm. You know him from such hits as ‘Running on Empty’
  • Friday- The Jacksonville Symphony presents the classic film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ with the entire score perfectly performed by the Symphony. 7pm at the Times Union Center.  Spanky Brown peforms at the Comedy Zone at 8:30pm. You’ve seen him on Comedy Central and the former host of Barbershop Critics.  Saturday- Candy Cain making class where you will watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. All the guests will shape their own candy canes and take them home. Children must be 4+ and the class is $15 Looking for the some of the best Christmas lights in town? Check out the Morocco Shrine Center starting at 6pm because they have over a half million lights that dance to the music. The 1 mile drive also offers free hot chocolate and candy canes. The Christmas lights on Girvin Rd and Deck the Chairs by the Beaches are both great options too.  Sunday- The 7th Annual Winterfest at Adventure Landing features an outdoor Ice Skating Rink, Ice Slide and a transformed water-park into a cozy alpine experience with a Blizzard Bluff Village, Crystal Creek Lodge and Mistletoe Marketplace. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN FRIDAY Synchronized light show at the Jacksonville Landing. The 56 foot Christmas tree boasts over 75,000 lights that go to the sounds of the Holiday favorites.  On your way to the landing tune into the New Easy 102.9 for all your Holiday Favorites through Christmas day.  4X ABA Champions the Jacksonville Giants home opener against Mobile Bay Tornadoes at Veterans Memorial Arena. Championship banner hanging and ring ceremony. Giants are 6-0 on the season, all road wins. Information on JacksonvilleGiants.com   SATURDAY Florida Ballet’s ‘Nut Cracker’ with a world of snowflakes, waltzing flowers and dancing bontons. Tickets start around $23. Can’t make the Saturday show at 2pm? Not to worry, it also runs on Friday and Sunday. Star Wars night for the Jacksonville Icemen as they take on Greenville Swamp Rabbits with a Star Wars night theme. Tickets start at $10 bucks. More details on JacksonvilleIcemen.com SUNDAY Your weekend ‘nightcap’- The Jags take on the Texans. Kick off at 1:05pm. The Jags are 9-4 with the number one rated defense, 1st in the AFC South. There’s also a 4-hour tailgate in Lot X of Everbank beforehand with an all you can eat buffet. Just make sure to schedule a ride home! If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it on Fox 30. I’d be remiss to not mention Star Wars the Last Jeddi opening up this week. It’s playing literally every where. 
  • PODCAST- LISTEN! FRIDAY 7:30pm- Hourglass Pub- Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Shows. $5 bucks at the door. 21+ 7:30pm- Nathan Wilson Center for the Arts- FSCJ Jazz Concert. toe-tapping musical selections that will please jazz enthusiasts and those that are not that jazzy.   SATURDAY 10am- Riverside Arts Market on Riverside Avenue- Enjoy Arts and crafts, live music and food vendors with fresh produce! This is perfect for the family or a fun solo trip. Plus, the weekend weather is looking great! 7pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The Jacksonville Icemen vs Norfolk Admirels. Before their Thursday game, the Icemen are 4 and 11 on the season, last in their division. Tickets start at 15 bucks SUNDAY 1pm- Everbank Field- The Jags take on the Colts at home. The Jags are 7-4 on the season and tied for first in the AFC south. If the Jags season were to end today, they’d be seeded 5th in the playoffs. 
  •  PODCAST: Listen FRIDAY -The Jacksonville Icemen vs Florida Everblades at the Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15 bucks -Carlos Menzia at Comedy Zone at 9:45pm. Whether it is man-on-the-street interviews, studio comedy, commercial parodies, or nationwide sold-out tours, Mencia demonstrates an extraordinary ability to connect with a diverse audience. Mind of Mencia on Comedy Central $25   SATURDAY -The Florida Tiny House Festival at the St. Johns Fairgrounds at 9am. Many dozens of tiny houses and micro homes, TV Celebs, national leaders from the tiny house community, fire performers and free movie showings. There are dozens of workshops and presentations. Tickets start at $20, kids are free.  -Candy Cain making class at Sweet Petes at 4pm. Watch the age-old tradition of creating hand-made candy canes. You’ll shape canes to take home. $15 per person and ages 4+ recommended. - Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Show at Hourglass Pub. 21 and up! Comedy and arcade games. The show is entirely improvised and based on your suggestions. Only $5 at the door.   SUNDAY -5th Annual Fall Craft & Vendor Event at Renaissance Resort World Golf Village at 10am featuring ~139 vendors. Kid friendly. Star Wars Characters will be onsite all day with fun games! Completely free! -Load up the family and listen to your favorite holiday tunes as you drive through over a half million lights that twinkle and dance to the music at the Morocco Shine Center at 6pm. The one mile drive has two Mega Trees, a 300 Foot tunnel of lights and custom Holiday scenes. Free hot chocolate and candy canes for all!
  • Downtown drivers- the I-95 SB ramp to Stockton Street has closed and will remain so for at least a year as part of the I-10/95 Improvement project. This is part of a larger $126 million project intended to improve the I-10, I-95 interchange and a install new dedicated Stockton ramp is being constructed.  Odette Struys, FDOT Spokesperson, tells us the ramp could remain closed even longer if there are unforeseen weather incidents.  As an alternate to Stockton Street for Riverside drivers- you can take the Forest Street exit to Margaret Street to access Stockton on continue on I-10 Westbound over to McDuff. 
  • PODCAST- Listen Here FRIDAY 4pm- Sweet Petes Downtown- Fall Apple Classes. Great for the kiddos. You’ll dip the apples in their selection of chocolate, and toppings and customize the apples. Ages 4+. $16. About an hour long.  8pm- Veterans Memorial Arena- The blues is alright tour- ft Sir Charles Jones, Tucka, Pokey Bear, T.K. Soul, Jeff Floyd and Bishop Bullwinkle. 10pm- Paint Studio 86 in San Marco- Sip, paint, relax. Painting a star gazing set. $30 each. They suggest arriving 15-30 minutes early to get situated. More at Painting with a twist dot com SATURDAY 11am- Downtown- Veterans Day parade- The parade route starts at EverBank Field and continues down Bay Street and ends at the Prime Osborn Center. Free! 1:30pm- Park & King St in Riverside- JaxbyJax Literary Arts Fesitival- 28 local writers will feature their work across 14 venues featuring everything from poetry to novel excerpts. A new writer takes the stage every half hour and after party at Jacksonville’s CoRK Arts District. 7pm- Veterans Arena- Chris Stapleton   SUNDAY 2pm- Anheuser-Busch Brewery – Plant Nite- Drink, Plant and Party! Build a terrarium, herb garden or flower arrangement. They provide all the supplies: a solid container, soil, plants, rocks, decorative elements, smock, music, and a good time. So come out and have an evening of relaxation, fun and gardening! Gather your family and friends and create your very own mini garden. More info at Plant NITE dot com 1pm- Everbank field- Jags take on the LA Chargers. Jags are tied for first in the division and look to improve upon their 5 and 3 record. Special Salute to Service and they’re giving out 6,000 tickets to active and retired military. Extended traffic reports on News 104-5 WOKV from 11am through 5pm  
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  • A woman is recovering, after being shot during an attempted home invasion on the Westside. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says four or five men tried to force their way in to a home on Melvin Road, when the man inside opened the door to let his girlfriend in. That man says the suspects fled when they were not able to get inside, according to JSO. During this incident, JSO says the woman was shot in the back and arm, although it’s unclear from the information that’s been released so far where in the  process shots were fired. The woman’s injuries are not considered life threatening. There is no description of the suspects available at this time. JSO is investigating.
  • The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is investigating the  death of a 2-month-old in the San Jose Forest area. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department called JSO to San Sabastian Avenue- off St. Augustine Road- early Sunday morning, after JFRD responded to a report of an unresponsive two-month-old. The infant was taken to the hospital, but JSO says it could not be revived. The circumstances around the baby’s death are under investigation by Homicide and Crime Scene detectives at this time.
  • President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Sunday morning that he would be reviewing the case of a former special forces officer and Afghanistan war veteran who is facing a murder charge. He said the review is being done “at the request of many.” >> Read more trending news  The Washington Post reported that the Army notified former Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn Thursday that he will face one murder charge. He is accused of killing a suspected Taliban bomb maker without permission in 2010, while in Afghanistan. The military has been investigating him since 2011, when officials said he confessed to the killing during a polygraph test that was part of a CIA job interview. Phillip Stackhouse, Golsteyn’s attorney, disputed the characterization of his client’s comments during the interview. “At the request of many, I will be reviewing the case of a ‘U.S. Military hero,’ Major Matt Golsteyn, who is charged with murder,” Trump tweeted. “He could face the death penalty from our own government after he admitted to killing a Terrorist bomb maker while overseas.” Golsteyn told Fox News in 2016 he killed the suspected bomb maker. “There’s limits on how long you can hold guys,” he said at the time. “You realize quickly that you make things worse. It is an inevitable outcome that people who are cooperating with coalition forces, when identified, will suffer some terrible torture or be killed.” That interview led the investigation to be reopened after a series of on-and-off investigations, Fox News reported. It had previously been dropped in 2014. The Washington Post reported that Trump’s tweeted statement could impact Golsteyn’s military prosecution. It is expected that the commander chief does not make statements that would influence an open case.
  • Facing a Friday night funding deadline for dozens of federal agencies, the Congress has no obvious solution for how lawmakers will handle President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion to fund construction of his wall along the border with Mexico, as Republicans don’t seem to have enough votes in the House or Senate to back up the President’s call for action on border wall money. “They do not have the votes to pass the President’s proposal,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the $5 billion wall plan. Instead of scheduling a vote on the President’s $5 billion in funding for the wall, GOP leaders last Thursday sent the House home for six days, telling lawmakers not to return until Wednesday evening – about 54 hours before funding runs out for about a quarter of the federal government. “Our schedule for next week remains fluid and subject to change,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), offering no clues as to how the GOP will deal with the possible partial shutdown. The political battle over a shutdown became more heated last week, after President Trump sparred with top Democrats in an Oval Office meeting, as the President said he would be fine with a shutdown. Oval Office: Here are the fiery exchanges you missed from Tuesday's meeting between Trump, Pelosi and Schumer pic.twitter.com/pQkz6e8fcu — TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) December 12, 2018 “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” the President said, making clear he was happy to be blamed for any lapse in funding. But if there is a shutdown, it would be much more limited than usual, because funding bills have already been approved for about 75 percent of the federal budget, including the military, Congress, energy and water programs, the VA, military construction, and more. There are seven funding bills still to be dealt with by Congress and the President, they cover the following areas: + Agriculture – deals with farm programs, Food and Drug Administration, food safety and inspection services, WIC, and SNAP (food stamps) + Commerce, Justice, Science – funds the Justice Department, FBI, Commerce Department, National Weather Service, NASA, and other agencies. + Financial Services – This bill funds the IRS, Treasury Department, FCC, Small Business Administration, the federal courts, the government of the District of Columbia, and more. + Homeland Security – This is the bill which would contain money for the President’s border wall. The House never voted on it, because the GOP didn’t have the votes for the $5 billion in wall funding. The bill funds the Border Patrol, immigration and customs operations, Coast Guard, TSA, FEMA, and other agencies. + Interior – This bill has money for Wildfire prevention, the EPA, BLM (Bureau of Land Management), the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife, Smithsonian museums and more. + State & Foreign Operations – This bill funds the State Department, and foreign aid programs. Quick, guess how much money the feds spend on this funding bill, as part of an over $4 trillion budget. Time’s up. If you said $47 billion, you win. + Transportation and Housing – This bill funds the Department of Transportation, FAA, Amtrak, and federal housing programs at HUD. For some like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), it’s no big deal if those agencies go unfunded, and into shutdown status. If Congress doesn’t pass an Omnibus by Dec. 21st, we won’t have a government #shutdown. It’d be hard to even characterize it as a government slowdown! I made this graphic to show what shuts down (less than 10%) and what keeps going (over 90%!). The media isn’t telling you this! pic.twitter.com/LlB8KeoD74 — Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 14, 2018 There would seem to be several options for lawmakers at this point: + Ignore the President’s border wall demands, approve the final seven spending bills, and adjourn the 116th Congress. + Ignore the President’s border wall demands, and just punt the whole battle into the new year with a temporary funding plan for a few weeks, kicking it into 2019. + Approve six of the seven spending bills, and keep the Homeland Security Department on a short term, temporary funding plan, delaying a showdown over border wall money into 2019. + Gridlock – bringing about a partial shutdown involving the bills listed above. The President is reportedly scheduled to spend 16 days at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat in Palm Beach – it’s not clear if he would change his plans if there is a partial shutdown. The Senate returns to session on Monday afternoon; the House is not back until Wednesday evening.
  • A Texas judge has sentenced a mom to 40 years in prison for the hot car deaths of her two toddler daughters. According to the Kerrville Daily Times, Amanda Hawkins, 20, was sentenced Wednesday, about three months after she pleaded guilty to child abandonment and endangerment charges in the June 2017 deaths of her daughters, Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, in Kerrville. >> Texas mother charged, accused of intentionally leaving toddlers in hot car to die Authorities said Hawkins left the girls in the car outside a Kerrville home overnight as she socialized and smoked marijuana with friends June 6 to 7, 2017, The Associated Press reported. Outdoor temperatures hit 85 degrees, according to the Daily Times. Prosecutors said the girls had been in the car about 15 hours when Hawkins retrieved them, bathing them and Googling heat stroke treatments before taking them to a hospital, the Daily Times reported. Hawkins initially told hospital workers that the girls had collapsed while smelling flowers, but her story 'wasn't quite adding up,' physician Daniel Gebhard said.  >> Read more trending news  Doctors pronounced the girls dead June 8. “There’s not a day that goes by that I think about what I should have done,” Hawkins said before she was sentenced. “It’s heartbreaking, and it will affect me for the rest of my life.” Read more here or here. – The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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