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DIRECT FILE TAXES - There’s a new option to file your taxes this year. The IRS announced it will begin rollout of the new "Direct File" website to those who qualify. The free program will open on a limited basis. However, there has already been some pushback to the new service. Nicole D'Antonio joins us live in Washington with details of who qualif…
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Rich and Logan discuss closing the pedestrian bridge crossing St. Johns Parkway near Liberty Pines Academy. This closure follows a car collision with the bridge earlier this week. While inspectors are checking to see if the wreck damaged the bridge's structural security, the closure cuts off a safe path to get kids to and from the nearby school.…
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Your chance to bid and win the Kaye's Kicks custom shoes is coming up, as Mark and company follow the example of Trump's Sneakercon fundraiser. Besides the shoes, you've got seasonal allergies, Nikki Haley's "state of the race" follow-up, and anything else you want to talk about on today's edition of "Whatever You Want Wednesday" on the Mark Kaye S…
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COST OF LABOR - Bringing a child into the world is a major milestone that can also be extremely expensive. A new Bankrate report shows it can cost more than $27,500 to have a baby, depending on the hospital and where you live. Nicole D'Antonio spoke with a financial advisor to understand how much parents spend before leaving the hospital. She joins…
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Alexus reports on the trial for Aaron Zahn and Ryan Wannamecher for charges related to their scheme to sell the Jacksonville Electric Authority. Two juries have been set (1 for each defendant), and over 80 witnesses are scheduled to testify, with the notable absence of former mayor Lenny Curry on that list.…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as the South Carolina primary looms this weekend. Trump and Haley both have campaign stops leading up to Saturday's primary. Despite her allegations that more than 50% of voters don't want either Trump OR Biden for President, South Carolina polls show Trump with a 2-to-1 crushing lead., meaning "the math isn't ma…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as the White House looks at possible sanctions against Russia following the death of Putin antagonist Alexie Navalny last weekend. Additionally, President Biden is using the bully pulpit to apply pressure on Congress to pass foreign aid funding for Ukraine et.al., while Congress is on hiatus until February 28. An…
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Alexus reports on a Neptune Beach proposal to introduce school zone safety cameras with an automated speed enforcement system. The new camera systems would issue ticketed fines in the event of speed violations in the safety zones, and it's meeting with mixed responses. The proposal will get a "first read" at a NB Council meeting tonight.…
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CLEAN DRINKING WATER - Today the White House will announce nearly 6 billion dollars to upgrade America's water infrastructure and provide clean, safe drinking water. The new allocations will go to projects in all 50 states, bringing the total awarded to states for water infrastructure projects to $22 billion. Over two million people in America live…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues as Congressional GOP legislators are pushing to have President Biden take a cognitive/competency test, after statements from the Robert Hur report related to his classified documents possession investigation. Bluster aside, Congress lacks the authority to force an exam. Meanwhile, the White House promoted a microc…
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Teens Mental Health - A recent CDC report addresses the growing mental health crisis among teens in the US and what can be done to address it. The report found almost 60% of high school girls reported feeling persistently sad or hopeless in 2021, the highest level reported in the last decade. The data also pointed to some progress, including a decr…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as a ruling is expected in former President Trump's trial for business fraud in New York. Trump's criminal trial over 2016 "hush money" allegations starts in March. Trump still faces election-related charges in DC and Georgia too; all these court dates will impact Trump's time available for campaigning during the…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as President Biden goes to East Palestine, OH today, a year+ after the toxic chemicals spilled in a train derailment there. Biden says he waited until he would be out of the way, and plans to meet with emergency management folks and area residents to discuss how the federal response protocols succeeded and failed…
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KOSA UPDATE - There is growing momentum on Capitol Hill for legislation to protect kids online. With more than 60 senate cosponsors, both Republicans and Democrats, the Kids Online Safety Act now has enough supporters to pass the Senate. This is a major milestone for the legislation which was first introduced in 2022. It comes nearly 2 weeks after …
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as getting the stamp of approval from eminent world leaders is usually a big boost for political candidates. But for President Joe Biden, who just got a stamp of approval from Russian President Vladimir Putin, it's a different story.
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JEA electric crews and teams from other Florida utility providers will meet on February 24 at Metropolitan Park for a friendly skills competition. Families are invited to enjoy the competitive events, skill displays, and to learn about the challenges linemen face during and after severe weather. Visit JEA.COM for more information.…
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Evelyn Cardenas, Director of the Jacksonville International Auto Show, shares details of this years' event, featured vehicle brands, test drive opportunities, and more. Tickets are available at THEJAXAUTOSHOW.COM or at the door, Friday through Sunday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.
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Lots of fun things going on this weekend! Good times start with the Sip & Stroll downtown this evening, and the reopening of the Friendship Fountain. If the concrete jungle isn't your thing, then a family fun adventure waits for you with the Jacksonville Zoo's "Colors of the Wild" event. At Jacoby Hall, the Jacksonville Symphony presents Rachmanino…
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DEPRESSION STUDY - A new report by the CDC is raising awareness about depression levels among those who live alone. It comes as the number of adults living alone in the U.S. spiked from almost 5 million to nearly 38 million in nearly a decade, according to the same report. Nicole D'Antonio spoke with the researcher behind the new study and joins us…
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as the Nikki Haley campaign is the center of some recent controversies. A Hailey Super PAC is funding an anti-Trump ad featuring clips of his rhetoric criticizing military servicemen, veterans, and POW's, including remarks recently made about Haley's husband, Maj. Michael Haley of the Army National Guard, who is …
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as President Biden is forming a task force to oversee handling classified documents during Presidential transitions. While this is very much a horse-is-already-out-of-the-stable problem, the goal is to identify past vulnerabilities as to who might have access and handle documents, and establishing a secure chain …
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CHANGES TO COLLEGE TESTING - There are big changes coming to the SAT when students take the test next month. In addition to changes with the test itself, the exam will also be completely digital for the first time. This comes as more colleges and universities are requiring test results for entrance into the school. The deadline to register for the …
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as former President Trump is pressuring for changes in leadership of the Republican National Committee, endorsing Lara Trump (his daughter-in-law) as the new chair. Current chair Ronna McDaniel is expected to vacate her position after the South Carolina primary. Meanwhile, after much bipartisan rhetoric, posturin…
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Amanda Videll, Public Affairs Officer for FBI Jacksonville, talks about thus week's 'Be Smart with Your Kid’s Smartphone' event Thursday evening at Creekside High School in SJC. Learn about the risks and protections available for kids who use smartphones, social media, and/or games with messaging platforms. Real case information will be discussed, …
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FAFSA SUPPORT - After months of delays and technology glitches, the Department of Education announces new steps to help simplify the application process for students seeking financial aid and help colleges process records faster. This comes after colleges and universities were told they would likely not receive the FAFSA information until "the firs…
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Alexus reports on a City Council proposal to allow the sheriff and other city officials to have a say on lawsuit settlements involving their respective agencies. This follows on the heels of a recent settlement vs. JSO that Sheriff Waters claimed to have no involvement with nor approval of.
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YOU DECIDE 2024 coverage continues, as polls indicate many voters have concerns about President Biden's age and mental competency. Meanwhile, former President Trump has stirred up some controversy with recent comments about abandoning NATO allies if they didn't meet spending obligations, and with critical comments about the absence of Nikki Haley's…
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Car Insurance Cost - The national average cost for car insurance skyrocketed 26% in 2024, to $2,543 a year according to a new report by Bankrate. The report shows inflation, extreme weather and high repair costs have all had an impact on rates. Unfortunately, analysts say it’s unlikely rates will dip again for the remainder of the year. Nicole D'An…
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Alexus reports on a special meeting of the Jacksonville Ethics Commission this afternoon, in response to proposed legislation that impact how the Commission operates. Mayor Deegan and Councilman Carlucci have both expressed concerns about the legislative adjustments.
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