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Defending Champion Mo Trafeh Wins 34th Gate River Run

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla - Mo Trafeh won the Gate River Run for the second straight year with a time of 42 minutes and 58 seconds. Jen Rhines won the women's division in 49:30.

Despite the six-minute head start for the women elite runners, the 31-year-old Trafeh caught Rhines shortly after the crest of the Hart Bridge.

Trafeh recently won the U.S. Half Marathon championship in Houston as did Rhines.

Rhines, 36,  also won the Gate River Run in 1998. She was the runnerup last year.

More than 17,000 participated this year in the 15K and the 5K races.

Fifteen seconds of silence was observed before the start of the race in honor of Sally Meyerhoff, an elite women's runner who was killed riding her bicycle this week in Arizona.

FCN Investigates: $1.9 Million Paid to Attys Challenging Workers' Comp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More heart-related workers' compensation claims filed with the city are denied than accepted, the city says, and records show taxpayers have at times footed thousands for the ensuing court cases.

The city was unable to provide answers concerning specific cases because of HIPAA regulations.

Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton's Chief of Staff Adam Hollingsworth said the 441 claims filed under the Heart/Lung bill, in the last five years, were all carefully reviewed. 

The claims are protected by the Heart/Lung Bill. If a police officer or firefighter is diagnosed with heart disease or high blood pressure, the law says it is presumed the condition is related to their stressful job, unless the city can provide evidence to show it is not work related.

One thing the city says it knows for sure is, "More heart claims are denied than accepted."

Coast Guard Searching for Overdue Boater on St. Johns River

The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue boater aboard an 18-foot aluminum bass boat on the St. Johns River Thursday.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Cracks Down on Telemarketing Scams

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continued his crackdown against unlicensed telemarketers last week, shutting down firms in several southwest Florida counties.

Investigators from the Department’s Division of Consumer Services, in partnership with the Department’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, conducted inspections in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

FCN Investigates: Still No Answers as Peyton Questioned about Workers' Compensation Probe

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A decorated firefighter, Rusty Butler spent more than two decades running into burning buildings for the city of Jacksonville.

In 1996, he had to retire. He was diagnosed with heart disease and high blood pressure.

He retired qualifying for Florida's Heart/Lung bill, which mandates that police and firefighters' medical bills related to heart disease and high blood pressure be paid for because the conditions are presumed connected with their jobs.

For seven years, Butler said he had no problems getting heart-related medical bills paid, but something changed in 2003:

The city stopped paying and started denying.

FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke

FHP: Spring Break Drunk Drivers Will End up Spring Broke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As spring  - and spring break -  approaches, the Florida Highway Patrol urges revelers to party smart to avoid becoming "spring broke."

The FHP said March 2009 had the most crashes of any month of the last five years, with 224 fatal crashes reported, and to prevent a recurrence they will be out in force throughout the state this month.

"The Florida Highway Patrol isn't against having a good time," said Chief of Public Affairs Capt. Mark Welch. "We just want spring breakers to celebrate safely so nobody has to go home in a body bag."

The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Florida is .08, and for those under 21, anyone with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher will receive an automatic six-month license suspension.

Refusal to submit to testing carries a 12-month suspension for the first offense, and 18 months for the second offense.

2011 Jacksonville Arthritis Walk

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- She whimpers and starts to cry as her father sits her down and holds her still.

She knows what's coming.

Once a week, 4-year-old Abby Crawford's parents give her a shot in the arm; medicine to help control her rheumatoid arthritis.

The disease really had a hold on Abby; specifically her ankle which started hurting her when she was just 2.

The pain started as just an ache every morning but grew so severely, Abby would be in pain all day, dragging her foot behind her.

After months of trial and error, new medicine has Abby enjoying life once again though there's no promise her condition will subside.