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When will gas prices stop climbing in Florida?


Created: Wed, 20 Oct 2021 04:18:53 GMT

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Economy and finance expert Mickey Cargile says crude oil currently trades at almost $83 a barrel – up 98% over the last year, which is forcing gas prices to spike.

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On Your Side: How to stay competitive against big business when buying a home


Created: Thu, 07 Oct 2021 05:09:21 GMT

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Some buyers say they’re losing to big, cash offers from local institutions that are investing in properties.

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New Northeast Florida task force to help Afghan evacuees with free legal service


Created: Thu, 30 Sep 2021 11:21:59 GMT

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Dozens of local attorneys will be volunteering at a clinic on Oct. 9 and 10 to help complete humanitarian petitions.

Read more: New Northeast Florida task force to help Afghan evacuees with free legal service


City of Jacksonville looking to use $4M in federal funding to help with yard waste collection


Created: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 04:50:04 GMT

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Yard waste accounted for 62% of the thousands of formal complaints of missed collections over the past six months, according to city records.

Read more: City of Jacksonville looking to use $4M in federal funding to help with yard waste collection


Dinsmore residents blame new development for flooding concerns


Created: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 21:39:21 GMT

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"A few days ago it flooded from the street all the way up to this power pole, about 200 feet," resident Bob Terrell said.

Read more: Dinsmore residents blame new development for flooding concerns


Jacksonville city councilmember proposes opening more landfills, partnering with tree recycler amid waste collection delays


Created: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:24:02 GMT

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According to city records, yard waste has accounted for 62% of the formal complaints of missed collections over the past six months.

Read more: Jacksonville city councilmember proposes opening more landfills, partnering with tree recycler amid waste collection delays


Neighbors vent frustration on trash pickup, city promises work is being done to solve delays


Created: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 23:22:06 GMT

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Neighbors in Duval County are still seeing a delay in their trash being picked up. This is including recyclables and yard waste.

Read more: Neighbors vent frustration on trash pickup, city promises work is being done to solve delays


On Your Side: Clay County veteran fights to have home renovation completed


Created: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 21:47:48 GMT

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Earl Hall, 74, signed the purchase agreement in April. Five months later, the house has a number of problems, including some that are a safety concern.

Read more: On Your Side: Clay County veteran fights to have home renovation completed


People struggle to claim last weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, possible coding issue


Created: Tue, 14 Sep 2021 11:28:17 GMT

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Community activist Vanessa Brito has been helping hundreds of Floridians get their unemployment benefits. She says in the last week, there has been a major issue.

Read more: People struggle to claim last weeks of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, possible coding issue


How to talk about the vaccine without it becoming a fight


Created: Thu, 02 Sep 2021 14:07:56 GMT

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Discussing the COVID-19 vaccine can be a contentious topic with family and friends. Here are five pieces of advice from a psychologist on how to broach the issue.

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Scenic lake to muck: Neighborhood lake drained in Baymeadows, maintenance company raises safety concerns


Created: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 09:55:42 GMT

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When Randy Fridkis moved into the new Meadow Walk neighborhood, he was sold a "lake front" property. However, just mother later, his view looks a lot different now.

Read more: Scenic lake to muck: Neighborhood lake drained in Baymeadows, maintenance company raises safety concerns


Lawsuit filed against Jacksonville hospital over handling of stillborn baby's death certificate


Created: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 03:55:25 GMT

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Felicity King had to wait almost three weeks for her stillborn baby's remains to be cremated because a physician hadn't signed his death certificate.

Read more: Lawsuit filed against Jacksonville hospital over handling of stillborn baby's death certificate


'We have to grieve all over again' | Jacksonville family waits weeks for physician's signature to cremate stillborn baby


Created: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 04:58:50 GMT

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A funeral home owner says there had to be "continuous follow-ups" with Baptist Medical Center to get his death certificate signed.

Read more: 'We have to grieve all over again' | Jacksonville family waits weeks for physician's signature to cremate stillborn baby


On Your Side: Air Force Veteran fights to get military memorabilia, other belongings back from movers


Created: Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:31:57 GMT

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If you're looking to make a move soon, the BBB also offers some tips on how to avoid scams and hire trusted movers.

Read more: On Your Side: Air Force Veteran fights to get military memorabilia, other belongings back from movers


'I gave them several chances': Jacksonville family struggles with Medicaid-paid transportation


Created: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 03:57:34 GMT

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Alicia Lipscomb is a single mother who doesn’t have a car. She and her daughter rely on free transportation provided by Staywell to get to health appointments.

Read more: 'I gave them several chances': Jacksonville family struggles with Medicaid-paid transportation


On Your Side: How to spot a potentially dangerous tree


Created: Sat, 10 Jul 2021 11:23:26 GMT

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Before someone gets hurt or property gets damaged, local tree trimmer Jeff Mobley says you should monitor trees in your yard and neighborhood.

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On Your Side: How to protect yourself from hurricane, tropical storm-related scams


Created: Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:03:14 GMT

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In the wake of Tropical Storm Elsa, the Better Business Bureau encouraging people impacted by storms to do their homework before hiring a contractor.

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Fake online fundraisers stealing from Surfside relief efforts, Florida CFO warns


Created: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 21:45:54 GMT

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"Bad actors will look to set up false charity sites in the hopes of using this tragedy for their own personal gain," CFO Jimmy Patronis said.

Read more: Fake online fundraisers stealing from Surfside relief efforts, Florida CFO warns


Eviction filings consistent despite new moratorium on evictions


Created: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 22:24:24 GMT

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"There are resources for people who are behind on their rent, so I encourage anyone to reach out, and landlords can look into it as well to help their tenants."

Read more: Eviction filings consistent despite new moratorium on evictions


Getting around glitches in Florida's CONNECT system


Created: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 21:53:33 GMT

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Unemployed Floridians are claiming the computer system is riddled with glitches as they try and prove to DEO they are looking for work.

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How to Donate to Miami families displaced when condo collapsed


Created: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 19:41:11 GMT

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Support Surfside And The Miami Tragedy Central Emergency Fund

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On Your Side: What families need to know before monthly Child Tax Credit payments start going out


Created: Fri, 25 Jun 2021 03:53:05 GMT

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The credit will be available periodically throughout the year, rather than as a lump sum at tax time. However, there is an option to opt-out of monthly payments.

Read more: On Your Side: What families need to know before monthly Child Tax Credit payments start going out


Jacksonville family moves into vacant home after con artist poses as owner


Created: Sat, 19 Jun 2021 12:01:30 GMT

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"We just moved in here, got everything unpacked and then not even three days later cops knocking on the door," Jonathan Padgett said.

Read more: Jacksonville family moves into vacant home after con artist poses as owner


On Your Side: A disabled veteran's fight to renew his Florida ID


Created: Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:15:31 GMT

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Robert Jones, a military brat born in Puerto Rico, can't meet the new, stricter Real ID document requirements.

Read more: On Your Side: A disabled veteran's fight to renew his Florida ID


CDC eviction moratorium ends June 30: Here's where to get help


Created: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 10:48:57 GMT

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According to the Duval County Clerk of Courts Office, more than 450 evictions were filed in May, which is down from 940 in January.

Read more: CDC eviction moratorium ends June 30: Here's where to get help


Waycross movie workers receive pay after venting about the wait


Created: Mon, 26 Apr 2021 22:24:22 GMT

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The production created jobs for hundreds and excitement for the small rural town. But it also created disappointment for a few workers whose pay was delayed.

Read more: Waycross movie workers receive pay after venting about the wait


Don't be fooled by fake ticket sales for New Found Glory at Jax River Jams


Created: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:11:05 GMT

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The Jax River Jams concert series in Downtown Jacksonville is a free event and does not require tickets, but some are posting "tickets" for sale on social media.

Read more: Don't be fooled by fake ticket sales for New Found Glory at Jax River Jams


$1.7 million returned to rightful Jacksonville owners in March; how to check if you're owed money


Created: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:38:54 GMT

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There's a one in five chance you have unclaimed money! More than $30 million was returned last month, including $1.7 million for people in the Jacksonville area.

Read more: $1.7 million returned to rightful Jacksonville owners in March; how to check if you're owed money


New unemployment program may give people an extra $100 per week


Created: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 16:44:44 GMT

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State unemployment benefits only take W-2 earnings into consideration and doesn’t recognize 1099 wages, so those with mixed earnings can now receive compensation.

Read more: New unemployment program may give people an extra $100 per week


Dying Georgia man fighting for Social Security disability benefits


Created: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 22:22:21 GMT

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In November, 34-year-old Aaron Conner he entered hospice for a terminal illness; he is battling congestive heart failure, liver failure and other diseases.

Read more: Dying Georgia man fighting for Social Security disability benefits


Many credit scores plunge during COVID-19 pandemic


Created: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 23:46:58 GMT

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Months of debt is leading to foreclosures and car repossessions, something that will be a blemish on credit reports for years to come.

Read more: Many credit scores plunge during COVID-19 pandemic


Don't fall victim to IRS scams this tax filing season


Created: Tue, 02 Mar 2021 23:27:43 GMT

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These are called crimes of opportunity, and the burden is on you to not give them the opportunity. You can begin by guarding your personal information.

Read more: Don't fall victim to IRS scams this tax filing season


City Council investigative report links Mayor Lenny Curry to failed JEA sale


Created: Mon, 04 Jan 2021 23:25:46 GMT

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The report, which is a culmination of a nearly year-long investigation, is the most definitive account linking Curry to the 2019 privatization effort.

Read more: City Council investigative report links Mayor Lenny Curry to failed JEA sale


Home for the holidays: Jacksonville's eviction relief money could start rolling out before Christmas


Created: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 17:35:40 GMT

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President of the Jacksonville Bar Association says they've hired about 20 people to help review and approve applications as quickly as they can.

Read more: Home for the holidays: Jacksonville's eviction relief money could start rolling out before Christmas


Unemployed Floridians preparing for different holiday season than years past


Created: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 23:36:56 GMT

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As many Floridians are losing their cars and can't pay their bills, gifts are taking the back seat, and quality time with family is cherished.

Read more: Unemployed Floridians preparing for different holiday season than years past


Business owners to pay a higher reemployment tax in 2021


Created: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 23:54:40 GMT

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce said business owners should be notified of their new rates in December.

Read more: Business owners to pay a higher reemployment tax in 2021


Family awaits headstone for closure in death of loved one, business says it's out of their control


Created: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:20 GMT

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The $1,175 headstone was ordered from Southern Monument Co. Inc., a 100-year-old Jacksonville company that maintains an A+ rating with BBB.

Read more: Family awaits headstone for closure in death of loved one, business says it's out of their control


FREE | Check out these fun activities families in Jacksonville can enjoy all month during 'Kids Free November'


Created: Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:04:05 GMT

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The whole month of November, various Jacksonville attractions are offering free admission for kids with a paying adult.

Read more: FREE | Check out these fun activities families in Jacksonville can enjoy all month during 'Kids Free November'


First Coast News helps raise more than $500,000 for K9s For Warriors


Created: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:07:20 GMT

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K9s For Warriors' goal is to empower veterans to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Read more: First Coast News helps raise more than $500,000 for K9s For Warriors


Facebook groups helping unemployed Floridians through daily struggles


Created: Fri, 06 Nov 2020 23:03:03 GMT

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First Coast News made a private Facebook group to be a safe space to talk about your struggles and ask experts for help.

Read more: Facebook groups helping unemployed Floridians through daily struggles

 
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