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Food trucks battle in cook-off

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Art Institute of Jacksonville was the site for a cuisine battle Thursday evening.

Four teams comprised of chefs and students from the International Culinary School, the Sulzbacher Center, Clara White Mission, and others competed in the "Ultimate Battle of Food Truck Cuisine."

The teams were given one hour and one basket of mystery ingredients to make a winning, tasty dish.

Those students that participated are also featured in the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race. They were called upon to assist the competitors in their race to win $50,000 and their own food truck.

That episode airs this Sunday, September 16th, at 9 p.m.

2 weeks until T. rex named Sue exhibit goes extinct

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People wanting to see the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered only have two weeks left to visit the exhibit before it goes extinct.

The exhibit "A T. rex Named Sue" at the Museum of Science and History will close September 23 at 5 p.m.

Sue the T. rex has been on display at the museum since Memorial Day weekend. Sue is 42 feet long, weighs 3,500 pounds and is 12-feet tall.

The replica cast is the main piece of a traveling collection on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago.

Guests of the exhibit are able to get hands-on with several different displays. There is a dig pit and touchable casts of Sue's arm, rib, tail bone and teeth.

Sue was unearthed in 1990 by Sue Hendrickson near Faith, South Dakota.

San Marco construction nears the end of "phase 9"


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Construction on the northbound lanes of San Marco Boulevard is set to be done next month, but the end of the project isn't near.

The San Marco Streetscape project began in September 2010.  The City of Jacksonville says the project is on budget and on schedule.

The construction on the northbound lanes of San Marco Boulevard is scheduled to be done Oct. 31.

COJ says there will be no construction from November 1 through January 1st in order to make the area accessible for holiday shoppers.

The final phase of construction will begin on January 2.  It is a roundabout at Naldo Avenue.

For detour information and scheduled construction you can visit this website:  www.sanmarcoconstruction.com

JSO-involved crash near San Marco bar

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A JSO patrol car was involved in a crash Monday evening.

This happened near a San Marco bar called "Locals" on King Street.

The Police car sustained evident damage.

First Coast News has contacted the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for more information about the wreck. We're still waiting to hear back.

Record Labor Day Weekend gas prices

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- You may have already noticed, gas prices are up this weekend.  According to AAA, prices at the pump are higher than any other Labor Day Weekend.  It's partly because problems at some refineries, Hurricane Isaac and demand

Monday's national average was $3.83.  Here in Jacksonville, the average was $3.73.

Gas prices have become such a pain for Daniel Green, he's created a new slogan for them. "I think the price is driven by greed, more than need," Green said. Now he said he's stuck between a truck and a hard place. "That thing (truck) is sending me to the poor house."

He said he can't afford to buy a new car, and he can't afford these gas prices.  He said, "And it keeps me pretty much broke."

JSO SWAT incident ends peacefully

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An incident involving the JSO SWAT team has ended peacefully Monday evening.

After more than 4 hours, a man holed-up inside his home surrendered to police. He has now been taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

JSO was called to the 2100 block of Kingswood Road near San Marco around 5:30 this afternoon.

Neighbors have begun to re-enter their homes after being told to evacuate.

Police have not released the man's name.

The SWAT team is now leaving the scene.

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.