A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died. The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated. According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party. Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest. Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting. Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
A Texas teen who went missing last week while visiting Colorado with her family was found about 300 miles away after she hopped on a coal train bound for the Lone Star State, Colorado Springs police said Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Adalie Rivera, of Lubbock, Texas, vanished on the morning of March 17 after leaving the Quality Inn Colorado Springs Airport hotel room that she was sharing with her family. Police said she got onto a coal train in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area and traveled to a farm community near Dumas, Texas, about two hours north of Lubbock. “She actually got out of the coal car because she ran out of Skittles and she was hungry, so bless her heart,” Colorado Springs police Lt. Howard Black told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. A farmer on Tuesday found Adalie covered in coal dust and notified the Moore County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies took custody of Adalie until her family could get her. She was found safe, despite being missing for about four days, police said. Authorities don’t expect to file any charges in the disappearance.
The man accused of killing a woman whose body was found at his Southside home waived his right to a speedy trial. Russell Tillis is charged with the murder of 31-year-old Joni Gunter. Police found her dismembered body on his property, known as a 'house of horrors.' The property has been sold, but neighbors say there are still problems there. “We got people that come by just to pick some things for souvenirs because it’s the 'house of horrors,'” David Eichenlaub said. >> Read more trending news Eichenlaub said neighbors called the mayor’s office and Gov. Rick Scott. On Wednesday, they finally started to see some action taken. “We’re just glad it’s getting cleaned up. It needs to be cleaned up,” Eichenlaub said. He said the worst part was that people would party in a trailer on the property at night and it smells like chemicals. We reached out to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, where a spokesperson said there have been six calls for service to the address since the first of this year, four calls for property checks and two for suspicious people. “I have to run them off all the time,” Eichenlaub said. We also reached out to the city, which said the current owner was cited by code enforcement on Feb. 8 for garbage and debris on the property. The city said since the owner didn’t follow through with the cleanup, the city stepped in to clean it, and the owner is responsible for the cost. We called the owner of the property, who said she did hire someone to clean up the property but they didn’t realize just how big a project this was. She said she has been in contact with the city and agreed to them cleaning it up.
Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported. >> Read more trending news By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership. 'Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet,' GAP said in a joint statement. 'They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste.' Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported. According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.
A 696-acre wildfire in Nassau County is 65 percent contained, according to the Florida Forest Service on Thursday. >> Read more trending news Firefighters have been working since Wednesday on a wildfire in Bryceville, Florida, that was accidentally started by someone illegally burning paperback books, officials said. Officials said two homes were destroyed as well as sheds and vehicles. Ten homes were reported as having some damage. The Florida Forest Service said they identified the person who started the fire and that person will be financially responsible for damages. There might be some challenges in extinguishing the fire since strong winds are expected Thursday afternoon, officials said. Firefighters said that 150 people are displaced and an evacuation order is still in place. A shelter is open at Bryceville Baptist Church for anyone who was displaced by the fire. The Florida Forest Service said this is the worst massive wildfire for the county since 1998. Firefighters were working early Thursday morning to contain the fire along the eastern edges of the fire line. The fire department has been putting out hot spots around houses. Officials said the area is not safe for residents since a lot of power lines have been damaged during the fire. Road closures are in effect at several locations. Crews from Georgia arrived to assist local firefighters on Thursday. The fairgrounds are open for residents who need to shelter livestock and animals.
The easy part was Tuesday night in a speech before Congress, as President Donald Trump earned thunderous applause from Republicans, as he urged lawmakers to work together and act on his legislative agenda, with his first address to Congress getting good reviews in the polls from the voters.
But now, GOP lawmakers admit, all of that talk needs to be turned into action.
“Let’s get on offense and start keeping the promises that we have made to the public,” said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH).
“I think there is a lot riding on us over the next two, three months,” said Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL), as he said fixing the Obama health law “will be hard.”
“Now it’s time to get to work,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). “We’ve got a lot of things to work on.”
The most details offered up last night by President Trump came on health care, as he handed out five general guidelines for what he wants as Republicans move to repeal and replace the Obama health law.
“The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do,” the President vowed.
That push came as GOP lawmakers have been working behind the scenes on a plan.
“My understand is that it is still a work in progress,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), one of many lawmakers waiting to see what Republican leaders can bring forward on health reform.
“We don’t want to make mistakes like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and President Obama did,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).
Rep Walter Jones R-NC today on GOP health care effort: "This is a hell of a lot more complex than I thought"
“This is an ongoing process behind the scenes,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), one of many Senators pursued by reporters on the morning after the Trump speech for clues on health care.
“We’re going to have a position the White House will sign,” said Perdue. “And when the White House weighs in on that, I think you’ll see us all line up.”
The stumbling blocks for Republicans are many, like how to deal with the expanded Medicaid program under the Obama health law, whether employer provided health benefits should be taxed for the first time, and a GOP idea for refundable tax credits to help people pay for the cost of health coverage – an idea that some Republicans just don’t like.
“A tax credit is just a subsidy in another form,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I’m looking for a more free market system,” as he name-checked a plan from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that has gained some currency with more conservative Republicans.
One fear is – will the GOP just replace a cumbersome system designed by Democrats – with a cumbersome system designed by Republicans, as the GOP talks up state flexibility.
Republicans must also decide what to do on big issues like tax reform, and how best to fund a $1 trillion infrastructure plan from the President.
Democrats tried to turn up the heat as well.
“He still hasn’t given us anything specific,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as he knocked Mr. Trump for giving a lot of speeches and goals, but not making any detailed proposals.
“He still hasn’t put any legislative proposals forward,” Brown said on the Senate floor.
Into that vacuum go Republicans, who must take the lead on details.
“We gotta go to work. We gotta deliver,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).
Those results will probably mean a lot more to the GOP than just one speech from President Trump.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.