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Clay County Family Waits for Chinese Drywall Settlement

Clay County Family Waits for Chinese Drywall Settlement

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Every night when the Stricklands go home, they're reminded of the bane of their complaint and their stress: defective Chinese drywall.

"You can smell it when you walk in the door, you can smell it when you step in the garage... it hits you," said Melissa Strickland. 

In June, imported drywall suppliers reached reached a $55 million settlement with Florida homeowners who used boards from Banner Supply.  The Stricklands were hoping they were included, but they're not.

In February, James and Melissa Strickland showed us the damage to their Clay County home; damage they say was caused by Chinese drywall.

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”

FC JAX Destroyers and Children’s Miracle Network to Host “A Night to Remember”
The FC JAX Destroyers and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are pleased to announce a joint effort in hosting a community event on July 21 that is sure to be a night to remember.

The FC JAX Destroyers’ July 21st match against the Central Florida Kraze will feature Jacksonville local Haley Richardson, the 2011 Florida Champion representative for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the coin toss to begin the game. Richardson was treated at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for Osteosercoma and was selected as the state representative for her bravery battling and overcoming the cancer. Miracle Children will also be present and sing the national anthem as well as serve as the ball boys and girls during the game.

New Healthcare Provider Opens in Jacksonville

A new corporate healthcare provider with a national focus has opened its headquarters in Jacksonville. U.S. Mobile Health Exams, Inc., which provides mobile health testing and wellness services to corporations and government entities helps client organizations meet all Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other requirements for employees.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.

Innovative Internships Open Job Opportunities For Floridians Overcoming Mental Illness

Floridians who have been treated for mental illnesses will have the opportunity to be employed by private businesses under a new partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).


Twenty-five paid internships will be available within the next few months for persons who are ready to go to work as part of their treatment and recovery from serious mental illnesses. Typically the unemployment rate of adults with significant mental health issues is extremely high – around 80 percent.

Humana Medicare HMO Patients Losing Shands Doctors

Humana Medicare HMO Patients Losing Shands Doctors

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nearly 7,200 Humana Medicare  Advantage HMO customers are getting a surprise letter in the mail.

Starting today, June 29, Humana is telling its members that it has terminated services with the UF Shands physician group.

The Humana/UF Shands agreement ends Aug. 31 and they want to give members sufficient notice, said Mitch Lubitz, a spokesperson for Humana. "The patients are not losing coverage or benefits." said Lubitz.

He said it is a business decision and declined to discuss the terms of the contract between Humana and UF Shands.

Richard Travers, a UF/ Shands patient, said he is not happy about the change. "They're breaking their contract with me, denying me that choice."

Travers said he will not give up his doctors and would like out of his current Humana contract. "I'll come here and I'll pay out of my pocket if I have to," said Travers.

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.