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ATV Accident Leaves Jacksonville Family Concerned

ATV Accident Leaves Jacksonville Family Concerned

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Victoria Hobbs and her husband decided to invest $14,000 in two ATVs, they believed the return would be hours of family fun.

But now they're concerned. "It is not worth your kid's life. It may be fun, but it is not worth your kid's life," said Hobbs.

Hobbs said they bought the smaller ATV for their 12-year-old daughter and the bigger one so her husband could ride along. But they did not do their homework beforehand, and Hobbs said the retailer did not explain age restrictions.

"No one at either dealership made us aware that a child has to be 16-years-old to drive an type of ATV," she said.

Florida law says no one under 16 can operate, ride or be otherwise propelled on an all-terrain vehicle unless the person wears a safety helmet and eye protection.

"People don't sit down and read Florida Law," she said.

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

New Records Released in Case of Foster Parent Licensed Despite Abusive Past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --  A background check the Department of Children and Families did on one Jacksonville woman before it issued her licenses to operate a day care and be a foster parent did not reveal her abusive past, according to new DCF records.

DCF gave Annette Smith a license to operate a day care in 2001 and one to be a foster parent in 2004. But Smith was convicted of child abuse in 1991, which according to DCF's foster care checklist is a disqualifier.

According to DCF, it did a background check on Smith. Documents  just released from the agency are partially redacted, but a check done by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement only shows Smith's 1992 and 1993 DUI arrests and convictions. DUI is not a disqualifier.

Rabies Alert for North Jacksonville

Duval County’s second rabies alert of the year has been issued for the north Jacksonville area. The alert is in effect through September 3, 2011.

Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Smoky Conditions Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke lingered in downtown Jacksonville Sunday and all around the First Coast.

According to the Division of Forestry, 200,000 acres were burning within a 50 mile radius of Jacksonville.

First Coast News has received reports of heavy smoke in Mandarin, on the Southside, in St. Augustine, and throughout St. Johns County.

Some medical experts say breathing the smoke from brush fires can cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, runny nose and watery eyes.

Dr. Andrew Schare of St. Vincent's Medical Center said the smoke should not  "have too much impact on healthy people, but people with chronic lung disease like asthma and COPD certainly can get a flare up of the disease from his smoke."

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

Jacksonville Stop Bullying

 
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
http://mhajax.org/newsandevents.html

The mission to Stop Bullying has expanded beyond dialogue and discussion,
actions are in place. Schools have embraced professional development for
their teachers to address how to deal with bullying in school and the classroom.
Parents Involvement Centers at schools as the PIC at Andrew Robinson Elementary
have offered parenting classes that assists parents detect if their child(ren) are
engaged, subjected or influenced by bullying.  Businesses are establishing
standards that address bullying, cyberbullying and sexual harassment at the
workplace.

This is no longer an acceptable and playful practice. Bullying is Serious…..
In March of this year the Whitehouse held a Bullying Conference attended by
hundreds (White House Conference On Bullying Prevention).

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk Show Airing

Straight Talk, a unique partnership of the Jaguars Foundation with local media, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy to help prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections among teens is airing its 2011 show from June 2 through June 9, 2011.   This year’s show is co-hosted by Samantha “Sam,” cheerleader from The ROAR of the Jaguars, Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox and Jaguars running back Rashad Jennings.