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Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

Local Coalition Targets Crime, Homelessness & Education

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than 2,000 leaders from 25 churches met in downtown Jacksonville Monday night with a message: "We want to do our part to make the city better."
    
They're asking our elected officials to do the same.
    
It's a program called I-CARE, the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment, which represents 21 congregations from 11 denominations in Jacksonville, Florida.

This year it voted to focus on homelessness, education and neighborhood crime.

They invited both mayoral candidates as well as someone from the state attorney's office, mayor's office, and public defender's office to discuss issues like homelessness and neighborhood crime.

Alvin Brown was there to answer questions, but Mike Hogan's campaign said he couldn't make it.

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.

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Attorney General Pam Bondi passed an emergency measure on January 25, 2011, banning the sale or use of “bath salts” in the State of Florida. The new ruling labels MDPV a Schedule I controlled substance. This allows law enforcement to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell or possess this dangerous drug. The emergency ruling is set to last for 90 days, during which Florida legislators will be working to pass a bill making the ban permanent.