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St. Johns Riverkeeper Organizes Rally to Stop the Pipeline

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The St. Johns Riverkeeper organization has concerns over Georgia-Pacific's planned 4-mile pipeline that would pour waste from the Palatka paper mill directly into the St. Johns River.

Currently, the plant's waste flows into Rice Creek, which extends west from the St. Johns River in Palatka.

To comply with government regulations regarding the health of the creek, Georgia-Pacific has planned the pipeline to bypass the creek.

Today, Riverkeeper held a protest at the district office in Jacksonville.

"Georgia-Pacific and the DEP have not done a thorough analysis of Georgia-Pacific's pollution problems or of the available alternatives to the pipeline," said Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon. "They don't have all the facts and they have not resolved critical questions about dioxin, chronic toxicity, and other pollution problems that still remain."

Concussion Summit Educates Local Medical Community

This past weekend, June 4th, Brooks Rehabilitation hosted the 2011 Jacksonville Concussion Summit.  The event featured lectures by Robert Cantu, MD and Kevin Guskeiwicz, Ph.D., ATC on cutting edge knowledge and research on this most relevant topic.  Over 140 medical professionals were in attendance and participated in this summit.  The mission of the Jacksonville Sports Medicne Program who helped to produce this event is to make Jacksonville a safer place to play.  Sports concussions remain a hot topic and this event offered the latest research and insights into concussions for Physicians, Athletic Trainers and medical providers.  A special guest speaker was Florida Representative Ron Renuart, DO who sponsored recent concussion legislation in this past session.  This bill will help to educate parents and supporting youth in the safety of sports and will be re-introduced in the 2012 Legislative Session.

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

Two Men Hailed as Heroes after Baby-On-Board Carjacking

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It was a terrifying five minutes for one First Coast family after being carjacked in a Krystal drive-thru.

"I thought 'he's going to kill me. This is really happening. He's going to kill me,'" said Kelli Broadfoot.

Just after placing her order at the drive-thru, police said James Johnson forced his way into Kelli Broadfoot's truck- and she didn't waste any time fighting back.

"I'm hitting him and kicking him, and he's hitting and kicking and pushing," she said.

Johnson said Broadfoot hit her in the face several times, before forcing her out of the car, and speeding off with 13-month-old Lindsey still in the truck.

"When she hit the ground, she bounced right back up (and screamed) 'My baby!' It was not good," said witness Ben Kelly.

He was in the drive-thru line right behind Broadfoot and witnessed the whole thing.

Summer BBQs Take Bite Out of Your Wallet

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "What we're doing is enjoying Memorial Day weekend, we've been out here since Friday night," said camper Joe Carmon.

Spending the weekend camping with friends and family should be an inexpensive way to unwind.

"We've been out here every day, fishing, camping, cooking out," said camper Tracy Smith.

But it's the cooking out part of the trip that's really starting to bite into people's wallets.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the price of beef has gone up 27% since last summer. The price of pork: 32%. And if you want an ear of sweet corn to go with it, well, that's gone up 87%.

And while the Department of Agriculture is expecting overall grocery costs in the US to rise 4% this year, Americans still feel the burn the most at the pump.

"The gas to get out here was the most expensive," said Smith.

School Board Eyes More Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- The Duval County School Board is tackling another round of budget cuts on Friday trying to find at least $14 million more in savings.

The district is facing a projected $91 million shortfall as funding from the state has been cut.

On the eve of the school board workshop, runners took to the streets of downtown Jacksonville to draw attention to the board's decision to axe 10 varsity sports programs to save money.

 Doug Alred of 1st Place Sports has been in the running business since 1978 and is now spearheading an effort to raise $70,000 to keep running in Duval high schools.

Cross country is on the chopping block in the Duval County Public Schools system as it cuts sports to close the budget deficit, but Alred said it needs to stay.

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Jacksonville Loses Counter-Terrorism Grant

Jacksonville Loses Counter-Terrorism Grant

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "There's still a lot of angry people out there, and they want to send a message. And we need to be prepared for it," said Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt.

He says terrorism is still a real threat in Jacksonville, and losing the federal Urban Area Security Initiative grant increases the risk of an attack.

"By cutting our funding, that makes us the largest communities that aren't funded. And so that's our concern. We really believe the dollars are important," said Senterfitt.

Over the past six years, the grant has been worth more than $40 million dollars to Jacksonville. But this year's federal budget cut $780 million dollars to security grants across the country, so the bigger cities with a perceived bigger threat got the leftover money.