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Veterans of high-profile La. Senate race join Curry campaign

jacksonville.com — Staffers who helped propel Louisiana Republican Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy to a high-profile victory over an entrenched Democratic incumbent are joining Lenny Curry's campaign to defeat Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown next year.Brian Swensen, who was Cassidy's political director, will be Curry's campaign manager. Swensen was also the political director for the Republican Party of Florida.

New destroyer heading to Mayport in 2016 could protect littoral combat ships in dangerous waters

jacksonville.com — The First Coast will be an unlikely beneficiary of rising tensions in the waters between China and Japan.In a high-profile move to add more American Navy muscle to the Western Pacific, the Navy announced it is sending two more destroyers capable of defending against possible Chinese ballistic missile attacks to its 7th Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan.In a multi-ship swap, the Aegis missile-equipped destroyer USS Lassen, with its crew of more than 300 sailors, will leave its forward-deployed base in Japan and keep the total number of Mayport destroyers at four.
Dec 18, 2014

New destroyer heading to Mayport in 2016 could protect littoral combat ships in dangerous waters jaxne.ws/1uWunn0

Titans vs. Jaguars: Who's in better shape for the future?

jacksonville.com — Let's put the jokes aside. Yes, it would be easy to rip apart Thursday's prime-time matchup between the 2-12 Jaguars and 2-12 Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Since the Titans beat the Jaguars on Oct. 12, the matchup features two teams that have won three games against the rest of the league.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @HaysCarlyon #Jaguars vs. Titans: Five factors determining which team is in better shape to rebound in 2015. ow.ly/G58vO

Jaguars GameDay: Four keys against Tennessee

jacksonville.com — Kickoff: 8:25 p.m., Thursday. Where: EverBank Field. Line: Jaguars by 3 1/2. TV: CBS-47, NFL Network. Radio: 1010AM/92.5FM/99.1FM. FOUR DOWNS 1. LESS THAN FOUR SACKS ALLOWED The Jaguars lead the NFL in sacks allowed (62), one shy of the team record set 13 years ago.
Dec 18, 2014

#Jaguars GameDay -- four things to watch against Titans (and you know you'll be watching). bit.ly/1w2cm70

Jaguars notebook: Team to test Blake Bortles' right foot before Thursday's game

jacksonville.com — The Jaguars will put quarterback Blake Bortles through a workout three hours before Thursday night's game against Tennessee to make sure his right foot injury will allow him to start.Because of the short work week, the Jaguars have had only walk-throughs so Bortles - and the other injured players - haven't tested themselves physically.
Dec 18, 2014

#Jaguars notebook -- Bortles to test foot pre-game, other injury stuff, etc. bit.ly/1w2bsaI

Jaguars Insider: Team leads NFL in starts by rookies by large margin

jacksonville.com — Cleaning out the notebook heading into the Jaguars' home finale Thursday against the Tennessee Titans:LAPPING THE LEAGUE The Jaguars lead the NFL in starts made by rookies and it's not even close.Entering the Titans game, the Jaguars' rookie class has combined for 70 starts, 17 more than Oakland.The top 10: Jaguars 70, Oakland 53, Cleveland 50, Buffalo 44, St.

Gene Frenette: Jaguars lose game to get No. 1 draft pick? No tanks

jacksonville.com — No NFL subject matter is more irritating around the Christmas holidays than hearing discussion about whether a contender for the No. 1 draft pick should purposely lose games.Thankfully, the 2-12 Jaguars - no matter how much people think they need a top pick as leverage to trade down and acquire better players around quarterback Blake Bortles - aren't going there.
Dec 18, 2014

Tanking for high NFL draft pick? That stuff is for losers. Have pride to compete at ur best every day. #Jaguars will. jacksonville.com/sports/columni…

Dec 17, 2014

My column on why tanking NFL games for a high draft pick is for losers, and #Jaguars won't have any part of it. jacksonville.com/sports/columni…

Oregon's loss of CB Ifo Ekpre-Olumu might be the biggest of any CFP final four team

jacksonville.com — Short of one of the College Football Playoff teams losing their starting quarterback (which would put Ohio State on its fourth), the knee injury to Oregon senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu earlier in practice this week that knocks him out of the CFP semifinal against Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan.

First phase of UF Health North, bringing medical facility to Jacksonville's Northside, nears completion

jacksonville.com — For more than six years, officials at UF Health Jacksonville (formerly Shands Jacksonville) have wanted to build a hospital on the Northside near the Jacksonville International Airport. Their contention has been that the Northside is a rapidly growing area that is medically under-served.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @UFHealthJax: True story: North Jax is so ready for our soon-to-open ED, a patient showed up when we were testing out the lights! bit.ly/1GQBGmO

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles to test foot several hours before Thursday's game

jacksonville.com — The Jaguars haven't officially declared quarterback Blake Bortles the starter for Thursday night's game against Tennessee, but coach Gus Bradley said No. 5's right foot injury is making progress.Bradley said Bortles will be worked out several hours before kickoff. He is listed as questionable on the injury report but remains likely to start."He's really progressed," Bradley said after today's walk-through.
Dec 17, 2014

#Jaguars blog -- Gus says Bortles has "progressed much faster than anticipated," but one step remains. bit.ly/1AHSUAG

Hagel orders changes to littoral ships to increase armor, weapons systems

jacksonville.com — Workers are still building Mayport's first expected littoral combat ship, the future USS Little Rock, but Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered large-scale changes to the program Thursday.Hagel announced in February that the government would freeze the last 20 of the 52 planned ships while the Navy searched for answers to questions about the ship's firepower and survivability.
Dec 17, 2014

Changes for Mayport? #Hagel orders changes to littoral ships to increase armor, weapons systems #SecDef #LCS jaxne.ws/1J2E2To

Jaguars Notebook: Walkthrough-only practices this week

jacksonville.com — Walkthrough-only practices for JagsJaguars coach Gus Bradley called Tuesday's practice "another hats and cleats" workout, meaning that definitely the shoulder pads and even the helmets remained in the locker room.The shortened week leading into Thursday night's game against Tennessee means only walkthrough "practices," for the Jaguars - Monday night and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Dec 17, 2014

Roy Miller signs extension -- bit.ly/1BXvFUo #Jaguars notebook (walk-throughs only, Denard update, etc) -- bit.ly/1GPwAqU

Jaguars re-sign defensive tackle Roy Miller, still need to make decisions on potential free agents

jacksonville.com — Like they did last December with fellow defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, the Jaguars rewarded Roy Miller with a four-year contract extension Tuesday that will prevent him from hitting the free agent market.Miller signed the contract, worth $16.2 million according to a source, after practice and was justifiably beaming in the locker room about his long-term security."These things change your life and change your family's life and you can't ask for anything better than that," said Miller, 27.
Dec 17, 2014

Roy Miller signs extension -- bit.ly/1BXvFUo #Jaguars notebook (walk-throughs only, Denard update, etc) -- bit.ly/1GPwAqU

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Dec 17, 2014

Grand jury investigating PD Matt Shirk releases report of findings, recommendations but no indictments jacksonville.com/news/metro/201…

Florida's business groups take lead in latest push for Medicaid expansion

jacksonville.com — The number of Republican-controlled states deciding to reverse course and expand Medicaid continues to grow, with Tennessee joining the list Monday.A coalition of Florida businesses and health care organizations is urging Florida to join that list during the 2015 legislative session.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @SoStrategyFL: Times-Union: Florida's business groups take lead in latest push for Medicaid expansion bit.ly/1AlwDc1 #TmrwTnite

T-U Exclusive: Matt Shirk grand jury issues report of findings, recommendations but no indictments

jacksonville.com — The Duval County grand jury investigating Public Defender Matt Shirk issued a sealed presentment Tuesday, according to the prosecutor assigned to the case.A presentment is a report of findings and recommendations by the grand jury. State Attorney William Cervone said he could not speak about the subject or contents of the presentment.
Dec 16, 2014

Grand jury investigating PD Matt Shirk issues report of findings, recommendations but no indictments jacksonville.com/news/metro/201…

JEA board members unanimously agree to give $44,464 bonus check to CEO Paul McElroy

jacksonville.com — JEA board members unanimously agreed Tuesday to send CEO Paul McElroy home with a $44,464 bonus check this year based in part on McElroy's own self evaluation of his job performance in 2014.Board members approved the bonus - which amounts to 11 percent of his $404,227 salary - with no discussion.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @NateMonroeTU: JEA board members agree to give CEO $44k bonus check, no public notice of vote ahead of time | m.jacksonville.com/news/metro/201…

Blake Bortles moving around well on sprained foot at Tuesday's practice

jacksonville.com — Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles was jogging, throwing on the move and looking like a player that will be available for Thursday.The Jaguars host Tennessee on Thursday night at EverBank Field in a matchup of 2-12 teams.The Jaguars conducted a walkthrough Tuesday afternoon.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @HaysCarlyon Updated #Jaguars blog: Bradley, Bortles talk about rookie's progress in recovering from foot sprain. ow.ly/G0aNp

Dec 16, 2014

RT @jax_just_in: Blake Bortles moving around well on sprained foot at Tuesday's practice dlvr.it/7rBk7f

Dec 16, 2014

RT @HaysCarlyon #Jaguars blog: Bortles moving around well on sprained foot at Tuesday's practice. ow.ly/FZKYo

Latest push for Medicaid expansion in Florida lets business groups take lead

jacksonville.com — TALLAHASSEE | The number of Republican-controlled states deciding to reverse course and expand Medicaid continues to grow, with Tennessee joining the list Monday.A coalition of Florida businesses and health care organizations is urging Florida to join that list during the 2015 legislative session.