Duval Schools fall short in meeting class size

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County schools made progress this year, but once again fell short of complying with mandated class size limits.

According to a head count conducted in October and analyzed by the Florida Department of Education, nearly 900 Duval County students are impacted by overcrowding.

The Florida Department of Education reported in Duval 1,075 classrooms, out of 21,000, exceed the class limit size.

In Florida, voters approved a class size amendment which states a maximum of 18 kids per pre-k classroom through the third grade, 22 students per class in grades four through eight and 25 students in grades nine through 12.

Duval County School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says a year ago the district had 20% of classrooms out of compliance and now it is down to 5%. 

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Andrew Jackson student speaks about her attack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shantricia, 18, was attacked by two men on her way to school, Andrew Jackson High Tuesday.

"My purse was wrapped around me, my phone was in my pocket," she said. "He asked me what was in my purse."

Shantricia said what happened next was scary. 

"Having a gun to your head is like is the worst feeling you can ever have because you don't know what's going to happen," she said.

The high school student was attacked at the intersection of 27th and Main streets, a block from the school.

"I caught chills, I didn't know what to do," said Shantricia.

She said they forced her into the back seat of a Chevrolet Impala and she began tussling with the person in the back seat.

"How am I going to get away," she said. "That's what I was thinking about."

Shantricia said she's a good student, A/B/C, who dreams of going into the military.

Jacksonville woman questions costly prescription

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tonight the On Your Side team has a cautionary tale for anyone who gets prescriptions filled.

She said her insurer was billed more than $10,000 and she wants to know why. She turned to the On Your Side team to get answers.

Annie Walton said she lives with pain, so she uses a prescription cream.

"It eases the pain some," Walton said. "But not that much."

Walton was prescribed a compound cream. The prescription included twelve bottles for a 90-day supply. She then saw the cost breakdown of the prescription on her explanation of benefits.

The form shows that Wellhealth Pharmacy, which made her prescription to order, submitted $15,924.57 to Tricare, her government healthcare plan.

Tricare paid $12,827.07.

"I couldn't believe it," she said

Annie's copay? Just $17.

New numbers show crime is down in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New numbers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show crime is going down in Duval County.

The Uniform Crime Report looked at crime in the first 6 months of 2013, and compared to the first 6 months of 2012.

In Jacksonville, the report showed a 15 percent decrease in murders, and a little more than a 6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults. 

Overall, violent crimes are down 1 percent. The number of rape victims are up, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that's in part because of a re-classification.

Business owners in Jacksonville are hoping the general downward trend in crime could change the way some think about the city when it comes to crime.

"Every little bit helps," said Pat Middleton. He's been selling houses in Jacksonville for more than 30 years.

Middleton said his clients ask him about being safe in Jacksonville.

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Toxic site clean up at Bethune Cookman Elementary

JACKSONVILLE,Fla. -- Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary was a stronghold in Jacksonville's black community but for the past 12 years it has sat empty, falling apart, and sitting on a toxic site. 

Finally it is being transformed.

"I can say it," said Rhonda Addo. "At last it has been a long time coming."

Three weeks ago the dump trucks and other heavy equipment rolled onto the campus of the aging school to begin removing the toxic soil.

"The city has made good on the remediation they're cleaning up the land," said Addo.

Like several other locations on the Northwest quadrant of Jacksonville, the Bethune site was a dumping ground for contaminated incinerator ash from the 40s to the 60s.

The clean up is simple the crews are excavating and replacing two feet of dirt from affected areas.

JSO: Suspicious package near Zoo Road

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad has determined a suspicious package found Wednesday night in the 3800 block of Zoo Road is luggage.

According to JSO Sgt. York, someone's suitcase toppled out or off of their car on the road near the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. As a precaution, the road was closed to traffic.

JSO Bomb Squad carried out "rendered safe procedures" and determined the package was not a threat.

The investigation is ongoing, York said.

FCN Investigates: What exactly are you paying for at the pump?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We are just weeks from the busy Thanksgiving travel season.

But, before you fill up for your trip the On Your Side team has three things you'll want to know before you hit the road. It's part of a First Coast News investigation.

At the gas station, every cent counts.

"I get pretty much what my car gives me," said Michael Bryce, as he filled up the car. "I get around $20 half a tank, $40 for a full tank, $5 for an eighth of a tank."

If you feel like something just isn't right, you might be on to something.

It is Anthony Davis' job to find out

He's one of the petroleum inspectors with the Florida Department of Agriculture.

"We want to make sure that consumers are getting what they're paying for," Davis said.

FCN's David Williams joined him at the Chevron station on New Kings Road for an inspection. Inspections are done at least every 12-14 months, says Davis.