Hole in road closes 2 lanes of I-95 south

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has blocked off two lanes of Interstate 95 southbound before Hendricks Avenue, due to a hole in the road.

JSO responded to the scene around 8 a.m. Wednesday. It's not yet clear what caused the hole in the roadway or how wide it is.

Mike Goldman with the Florida Department of Transportation said crews are working to repair the hole. Work is expected to last through rush hour on Wednesday. They hope to have work done by the end of the day.

Drivers are encouraged to use caution in the area.


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First Coast Tea Party and The Heritage Foundation team up at rally

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Leading up to the November election, the local Tea Party movement is trying to build momentum.

About 60 people attended a Your Vote event at River City Brewing Company on Tuesday.

The Vice President of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank based in Washington D.C., says the Tea Party movement has been instrumental in raising awareness.

"We saw what the Tea Party movement was able to accomplish back in 2010. We saw their passion and we said, you know what, we want to be out with these folks and help them educate other people as well."

This event is part of a series of events, led by the Tea Party, The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council.

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Chamber Ranks Bedell Firm Among Top Litigation Firms

Chambers and Partners, based in London, has recently released its 2012 Chamber USA Guide “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” ranking the leading firms and lawyers throughout America.  For the tenth consecutive year, the Bedell Firm is ranked among the top litigation firms in the country, among the top fifteen firms in Florida, and the only listed litigation firm based in Jacksonville.

According to Chambers, the rankings identify the leading lawyers and law firms “through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients.”  Chambers provides the following information concerning the Bedell Firm:

Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe

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Free health screening for local student-athletes

Editor's Note: This news release was provied by Nemours.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- On Saturday, August 4, 2012, and Saturday, August 11, 2012, nearly 500 volunteers, including 85 volunteer physicians, will provide free health screenings for approximately 1,500 local middle school and high school student-athletes in preparation for the school year.

High school and middle school girls will be screened on August 4 at Wolfson Children's Hospital. High school boys will be screened on August 4 and middle school boys on August 11, both at Nemours Children's Clinic.

August Calendar of Events Now Available

The August 2012 calendar of downtown events is a helpful listing of fun and educational events happening in downtown Jacksonville. Print your copy today!

August 2012 Downtown Events Calendar (PDF)

Olympic fans say coverage not affecting productivity

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you're feeling tired, watching the Olympics might be to blame. If so,
you're not alone. A lot of people on the First Coast are watching the
coverage. Jacksonville was the 16th highest rated TV market in the
country for viewership.

At 1st Place Sports in San Marco, just about everyone was feeling a little sleep deprived Monday morning because they've been staying up late to catch all the Olympic action.

Brian Doyle works as a manager at the store and says, "Being a running specialist store, obviously our big claim to fame is track and field, but it's still great to see swimming and everything else that goes along with it."

Doyle says they never watch while at work, so his productivity remains the same. He says he does try to catch as much of the competition as he can at home and that can make for some late nights.