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US stocks edge higher in early trading; Deere gains on earns
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:27:50 +0000

NEW YORK |Stocks are drifting higher in early trading Wednesday, building on their small gains from the previous day, as markets start to wind down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S.

EARLY GAINS: The Dow Jones industrial average added 26 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,838 as of 10:02 a.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose two points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,090. The Nasdaq composite index gained 11 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,114.

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Business calendar
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:25:54 +0000


Beaches Business Association, noon Mondays, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Representatives from Seachasers Restaurant, the newest Jacksonville Beach oceanfront dining. $8, lunch. (904) 834-1268 or

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Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to 260,000
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:39:09 +0000

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the latest sign that businesses are cutting few jobs.

The Labor Department says weekly applications for jobless benefits fell 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 260,000, not far from the lowest levels in four decades.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. The four week average, a less volatile measure, was unchanged at 271,000.

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Work Wanted: Job-seekers can be targeted by con artists
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:25:29 +0000

Recently, I visited a local coffee shop where what looked like job interviews were taking place. The person I met with that day runs a job club, so he stayed behind to speak to the people conducting interviews. He later reported to me that what we saw were actually scammers in the process of stealing personal identification. (The police are pursuing the matter.)

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Retired JCPenney executive David Miller: 1929-2015
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:11:55 +0000

From childhood, David Miller had an entrepreneurial spirit that took him from raising chickens and selling eggs, grapefruit and figs to the head of the JCPenney Co. The Jacksonville native retired in 1990 as chief operating officer and vice chairman.

Even so, he became involved in other business ventures and continued going to his Fernandina Beach office until earlier this year when his health began to fail. He died Thursday, Nov. 19. Mr. Miller was 86.

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JAX Chamber names 63 members for 2016 board of directors
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:27:03 +0000

JAX Chamber has announced members of the upcoming board of directors for 2016 with Audrey Moran serving as chairwoman of that board.

Moran also serves as senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy for Baptist Health.

Taking the Jax Chamber helm as chairman-elect for the board of governors will be Darnell Smith, market president of North Florida for Florida Blue, a JAX Chamber news release said Tuesday.

There were 61 other people named to the 2016 board of directors for the JAX Chamber and they include:

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Innovative delivery idea puts entrepreneur in an expanding business
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 21:12:55 +0000

If you need something at the grocery store, Savita Jones will go get it for you. Same with a restaurant that doesn’t deliver.

She’ll pick up the food and deliver it to your tailgate party outside the stadium. And, this is important, if you run out of beer, she’ll go get more of that, too.

Jones started her small company, GoKart Shopping (, last year. She’d been working at a call center doing collections, a job she called “definitely not fun” and left it at that.

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Florida Health Department names 5 companies to grow medicinal low-THC marijuana
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:56:59 +0000

The list of companies approved to grow low-THC marijuana for medical use in Florida was released Monday, about a year behind schedule.

The Florida Department of Health announced the five dispensing organizations which will each be assigned to a region of the state to provide the marijuana. They are:

■ Chestnut Hill Tree Farm for the Northeast Region.

■ Costa Nursery Farms for the Southeast Region.

■ Knox Nursery for the Central Region.

■ Hackney Nursery Co. for the Northwest Region.

■ Alpha Foliage Inc. for the Southwest Region.

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Career Track: News briefs on Jacksonville professionals
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:31:09 +0000

Hugh Greene, president and CEO of Baptist Health, will join the board of directors of Citra Health Solutions.


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty named Realtor Debbie da Silva broker/manager of the company’s satellite branch office at Villages of Seloy, a ‘55 and up’ community in St. Augustine.


Dawn Crosby joined the Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners Market Center as a real estate professional.


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Jacksonville's Drone Aviation completes $3.7 million stock offering
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:26:22 +0000

Jacksonville’s Drone Aviation Holding Corp. announced Monday it completed a $3.7 million stock offering.

As a result, the company said in a prepared statement that it sold an aggregate of 745,000 shares of its common stock to investors in the business that develops drones, but the vehicles are “tethered” unmanned aircraft. They’re virtually identical to other drones with a propeller setup similar to small helicopters. But the aircraft are connected to a cable — or tether — that sends data and gets power from the ground.

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Jacksonville International Airport offers special parking for Thanksgiving holiday travel
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:34:24 +0000

Officials at Jacksonville International Airport are bracing for what’s expected to be a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority in a prepared statement Monday said they’ll be opening an extra lot to handle parking for those parting ways from JIA. Economy Lot 3 will be available from Wednesday through Dec. 2 for overflow parking. Entry into the lot is a flat rate of $20 and there will be a free shuttle service. The lot, usually used for special events, will be open to travelers on a first come, first serve basis.

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Gas prices down for holiday travel
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:21:07 +0000

Just in time for the busiest travel days of the year, gas prices took a major tumble during the past week.

The national average for a gallon of regular gas fell 9 cents to $2.07, according to AAA. The average fell 8 cents to $2.10 in Florida and 8 cents to $2.01 in Georgia.

Related: Constantly updated list and map of the cheapest gas prices in Jacksonville

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Stuck waiting: Ground delays at airports on the rise
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:03:10 +0000

NEW YORK — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip.

Then they waited. And waited.

Still within sight of the gate, their jet sat motionless due to airport congestion. It wasn't until 30 minutes after passengers buckled in that they were finally in the sky.

Travel resources

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Sunday Business Notebook: Hobby Lobby planning store in The Strand
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:24:33 +0000

Hobby Lobby plans to open a store in the new development that’s going in across the street from the St. Johns Town Center. A company spokesman said it wouldn’t open until 2017 and that’s all he could tell me about the store.

The 61-acre development is called The Strand and it’s being done by Preferred Growth Properties, which isn’t scheduled to close on the property until January. But it’s already starting to fill up.

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Good News: Teen with Down syndrome believed to be first in Jacksonville to be bat mitzvah'd
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:42:55 +0000

Most of the 400 people in the audience had tears in their eyes, but it was a joyous occasion. Sydney Leach, 14, studied for years for her big day — her bat mitzvah.

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Last updated at: 11/25/2015 11:17:09 AM ET

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Jacksonville's Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 10: Recording artist Darius Rucker arrives at the American Country Awards 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Darius Rucker returns to St. Augustine Amphitheatre

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AFC Championship: Patriots vs Broncos

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 	Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate in the streets after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

NFC Championship: 49ers vs Seahawks

 	Civil rights demonstrators, led by Dr Martin Luther King (5th R), civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy (5th L), John Lewis (3rd L) and other civil and religious leaders, make their way from Selma to Montgomery on March 22, 1965 in Alabama, on the third leg of the Selma to Montgomery marches. The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks and represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. The first march took place on March 07, 1965 (Blood

Reflections of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Soledad OBrien, Key Speaker, at the 27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast that took place January 17, 2014 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Duckworth)

27th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama's iconic looks

First Coast feasting with Circus elephants

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Riverside, San Marco street art done by 'Keith Haring's Ghost'

Jacksonville Landing, present-day

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Courthouse preparations underway for Dunn trial

"Danny Bradford. He wont go out in the rain unless he has his raincoat on. Our little Gortons fisherman. He is a rescue and the best dog ever!" Photo courtesy of June Bradford

It's National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Storm leaves major damage at North Main Baptist Church

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 15: Audi shows off their RS6 during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show on January 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The auto show will be open to the public January 19-27. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

'New and cool': 2014 North American Auto Show

Have you seen this strong armed robbery suspect?

Police seeking two suspects, person of interest in armed robbery investigation

Lupita Nyong'o L-U-P-I-T-A. Learn this name fast, because the supporting-actress nominee is headed straight for the A-list. She ruled the red carpet in a caped Ralph Lauren dress and Fred Leighton ring. “So far I've only worn things that I feel speak to me,” she told E! of her newly minted fashionista status.  Dan MacMedan, USA TODAY

Photos from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

TV personality Maria Menounos attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Stars on Red Carpet at Golden Globes 2014

 A view of houses and an area covered by ash after the village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung on January 12, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the

Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia

Bayan Bay apartments off San Pablo Road near Atlantic Blvd. Photo courtesy Donna McCrum

Viewer submitted weather photos from stormy Saturday

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (C) talks with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) as they look out over the wreckage of the World Trade Center terrorist attack site 30 November 2001, in New York. (Photo credit should read BETH A. KEISER/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mandarin Middle School at about 10:45am. Brrrr..... Submitted By:Janet from: Jacksonville, FL

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SJSO seeks to identify TV theft suspect

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