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Bill would boost computer coding in schools

A state senator who is a former Yahoo executive proposed a measure Thursday that would require high schools to offer computer-coding courses -- and would allow students to use the courses for foreign-language credits.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:39:52 GMT

FHP: Man hit, killed by car on Beach Blvd.

A 62-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle when he stepped onto Beach Boulevard just west of San Pablo Road Wednesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:35:24 GMT

911 hang up leads to meth lab bust

Three Hollister men were arrested Wednesday evening after a 911 hang up led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab in a Hollister home, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:31:45 GMT

Woman caught using drugs at courthouse

A 29-year-old woman was caught injecting herself with drugs Wednesday in the Putnam County Courthouse parking lot, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:22:06 GMT

Police: SWAT responding to Westside home

A SWAT team has been called to a home on the Westside, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:59:20 GMT

Attack on woman at church disturbs pastor

The pastor of a Lakewood church where police said a woman fought off an attacker Wednesday night said nothing like that has happened at the church before.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:30:05 GMT

Convicted felon arrested in burglary attempt

A convicted felon was arrested in Gainesville after trying to break into a home and looking in windows in the area, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:11:52 GMT

Senate panel wants answers from DOH on children's health programs

A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system -- and why.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:26:47 GMT

House looks at swapping property taxes, sales taxes

A House committee is looking at ways to replace property taxes with a higher state sales tax.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:21:41 GMT

Complaints continue about unemployment website

Lawmakers said Wednesday that Floridians continue to report problems with the state's 2-year-old unemployment benefits website, which Gov. Rick Scott's jobs chief maintains is threatened by fraud.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:17:16 GMT

Escaped king cobra captured behind dryer

A venomous king cobra that escaped from its Orlando home is found and captured behind a dryer inside a woman's garage.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:54:22 GMT

Chris Bosh, wife expecting baby next spring

The Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and his wife Adrienne are expecting their third child together next spring, the NBA player's wife announced Thursday morning on Twitter.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:51:32 GMT

State wants Barton, Ebron tried together

The mother of missing toddler Lonzie Barton and her boyfriend, the police's prime suspect in the boy's disappearance, should be tried together on their charges in the case, the State Attorney's Office argues.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:42:19 GMT

Police ID man struck, killed on Northside

A 65-year-old man was killed Wednesday evening after being struck by a vehicle on the Northside.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:01:47 GMT

Protection for clergy to preserve faith?

Amid signs of distrust on both sides of the emotionally charged issue, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted along party lines Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow pastors to refuse to officiate at weddings that violate their religious beliefs.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:50:57 GMT

NTSB begins 2nd full day of investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board is now two full days into the El Faro investigation. A spokesperson says right now their biggest challenge is locating the ship itself.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:24:55 GMT

Woman accused of beating child over grades

Police arrested a South Florida woman accused of beating her 12-year-old son over bad grades on his report card.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:03:12 GMT

Police: Woman fights off attacker

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that a woman taking out the trash at a local church fought off an attacker and managed to lock herself in a storage closet while she called police. 

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:46:19 GMT

IKEA to open Jax store on Southside

Furniture giant IKEA plans to open a store in the Jacksonville area off Interstate 295 and Gate Parkway.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:38:27 GMT

House fire displaces NW Jax family

An overnight house fire early Thursday morning has a family of five looking for a new place to live.

Published: Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:28:09 GMT