Pop Warner changes rules in effort to prevent concussions

ATLANTA -- Pop Warner football, the most widely known youth football program across the nation, announced late Tuesday a set of rule changes in light of new research data regarding concussions among football players.

The changes will eliminate head-on blocking and tackling drills when players are lined up more than three yards apart. The move emphasizes no head-to-head contact between players.

The new rules, as posted on the Pop Warner website include:   

Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over

Community First Credit Union Gives Human Trafficking Victims Support to Start Over


JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Community First Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Investing in You grant to Rethreaded, a nonprofit agency dedicated to helping women victims of the sex trade industry restart their lives economically and emotionally. The grant will be used to support the agency’s T-shirt recycling business, which employs women who are emerging from lives of addiction, violence, human trafficking and prostitution.

Rethreaded collects donated T-shirts and teaches women to recycle them into new products, including handbags, scarves, and rugs. The agency sells these items, along with other products made by women all over the world, through home parties that not only raise money to reinvest in the project, but also help educate others on the horrors of human trafficking. The $1,000 grant will help the organization purchase a new sewing machine and sewing supplies.

Floodwaters all over the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Heavy rains left high water in many areas around the First Coast, blanketing the area.

It seemed like water was everywhere. Viewers sent us pictures of high water in Lake Asbury, Fleming Island, and Yulee. 

The southside of Jacksonville got large amounts of rain. More than 8 inches of rain in 24 hours left Bahia Drive near Craig Field under more than 2 foot of water, and left drivers Steven Whitkop having to call a  tow truck.

"I thought I could make it," said Whitkop. "It was about 3 feet deep. That wasn't the case unfortunately. I had another car in front of me, it stopped and I didn't make it."

For some young people in the neighborhood, it was a chance to splash around in the deep stuff and have a little fun.

"I haven't been able to get anywhere all day long," said Barbara Duncan who lives near McCoys Creek.  

MOSH hosting Transit of Venus observation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Museum of Science and History will give visitors the opportunity to watch the Transit of Venus from their rooftop Tuesday afternoon.

The Transit of Venus occurs when Venus passes directly between the earth and sun.  Since the invention of the telescope, there have been only seven transits of Venus.  The next one will not occur until 2117.

MORE: Tuesday is last chance to see Transit of Venus

MOSH will have solar viewers on their rooftop and will also be selling solar viewers for $1.

In addition to the rooftop viewing, the museum will also stream the transit in the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium.

Access to both the rooftop viewing and the planetarium are included in museum admission, but space is limited.

What to do in Jacksonville this weekend

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Events on the First Coast were washed out last weekend because of Tropical Storm Beryl, so this weekend it's time to get out and enjoy the sunshine!

First Coast News' Amanda Zitzman takes you on the town in the video above. A complete list of events is below.

SATURDAY June 2, 2012

HALE & HEARTY 7K: Saturday, June 2 8:00 a.m. at Riverside Arts Market, the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida presents the Hale & Hearty 7K run through the Riverside and Avondale areas, celebrating healthy communities and happy and healthy places. Race begins and ends at the Riverside Arts Market.

Mayor: About 20,000 residents without power

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In an 8:30 a.m. Monday update Mayor Alvin Brown said more than 50 JEA crews are out working to restore power around Jacksonville.

Residents can dial 665-6000 to report outages, and Mayor Brown urged residents to call 911 if they see downed power lines.

The mayor said about 20,000 residents were without power in Jacksonville Monday morning.

He also said the Wonderwood and Mathews Bridges remained closed. Garbage pick-up for today has been rescheduled for Saturday.

The mayor stated that he's been in contact with Gov. Rick Scott. The city website reports the following road closures at 8:50 a.m.:

- Riverside Avenue from Copeland to Barrs due to flooding.

- 5744 Salerno Road West due to downed power lines.

- Wilson Blvd. by Firestone Rd. due to a large pole in the middle of the roadway.

Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns schools scheduled to be open today

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students throughout the First Coast will return to school today.

Baker, Duval, Clay, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns County schools will be in session, unless conditions worsen throughout the day. 

Calls to Bradford, Columbia, and Union County school districts have not been returned.