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Crash with injuries closes intersection

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An intersection downtown is closed while police investigate an early morning crash.

The crash with injuries occurred at the intersection of West Beaver Street at Broad Street. Traffic is being diverted Westbound to Ashley Street from Broad Street.

"It is absolutely not true"; Goodwill defends name

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the past several years, around the holidays, an email surfaces and questions the quality of the program at Goodwill Industries and the level of salaries.

"Our mission is to employ people," said Tracy Collins.

Collins is Vice President of Public Affairs for Goodwill industries of North Florida.

"Eighty-eight cents of every dollar that is raised through donations and sold in thrift stores goes to our community," she said.

But if you did an internet search on Goodwill you may find an email critical of the nonprofit and how its money is spent.

"These emails have been circulating since 2005," said Collins.

It claims Goodwill's CEO makes $2.3 million a year, Collins says not true.

"The person mentioned in the email does not exist in the Goodwill industries,"she said,"secondly the CEO salary is nowhere near 2.3 million dollars."

Black Friday shoppers found more than a bargain at Target

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Black Friday shoppers who went to Target stores looking for a sale found more than a bargain.

Pamela Bunker is among the forty million customers whose credit and debit card accounts may have been compromised. Bunker was in the store between November 27 and December 15.

"You can see the dates at the top of these receipts," she said. "I was there."

Bunker, wife of a First Coast News employee, and now the victim of fraud.

"I called the bank this morning to verify my direct deposit had gone in," she said. 

It did but not for long, her Vystar account was drained by two unauthorized transactions.

"There was a withdrawal today for $522 and yesterday for $544 dollars and I'm not in London," she said.

She filed a fraud report with Vystar and an official complaint with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Media wins court battle to keep Dunn-related documents public

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida's 1st District Court of Appeals unanimously granted a request by Jacksonville media outlets and overturned a local judge's decision to delay the release of public records in the trial of Michael Dunn.

The three-judge panel determined Duval County Court Judge Russell Healey "acted with proper intent" when he ordered the delay, but nonetheless vacated his October decision to delay the release of Dunn discovery until he could personally review them.

Dunn is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old
Jordan Davis. Dunn, who is white,
is accused of shooting Davis, who is African-American, in a dispute
over loud music. Dunn has pleaded not guilty.

Local high schools receive their new grades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Nearly half of Florida's high schools are getting an A grade for the 2012-13 school year.

The grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education show a slight increase in the number of A graded schools.

But the number of D and F rated schools also went up. There were eight high schools that received F grades as opposed to just three in 2012.

Suspicious package deemed safe at CSX Building

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- UPDATE: The package was deemed safe by JSO officers. Roads were reopened. 

Officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are investigating a suspicious package at the CSX Building downtown. 

First Coast News has a crew headed to the scene. 

JSO is set to address the media around 6:40 p.m.

A drone filled future?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The JAX Chamber hosted a public forum to discuss drones Tuesday.

Business leaders from around the First Coast attended the event discussing integrating 'unmanned systems' or drones into Jacksonville routine day operations and nationwide.

Unmanned systems can be used for natural disaster assessments, surveying nuclear sites without risk,  and even search and rescue missions.