One in four Floridians without health insurance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Duval County 145,000 people have no health insurance, Karen Hanna is one of them.

"I tried to blame my situation on the government or the place I retired from," said Hanna.

Hanna, a retired teacher, said even with a part time job, the cost of insurance is too much.

"When you're only getting one thousand dollars and 800 goes to insurance," she said. "I'm just living for Medicare."

Hanna, 63, is among the working and uninsured and turned to Volunteer in Medicine, a non profit, for her health care needs.

"If they weren't here I would be devastated," she said.

As long as you are working and meet VIM's income guidelines, the service is free. Mike Weinstein is CEO of Volunteer in Medicine.

"We see about 500 patients a month, 6000 a year," said Weinstein. "It has been like that for ten years." 

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Dead city tree left to block homeowner's driveway

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the Dinsmore community, it is natural to find a canopy of trees on every street.

"You see what I'm saying. They just threw stuff everywhere," said Sonya Crawford.

Crawford said in late August, a tree contractor cut big branches from a nearby oak because the limbs were leaning on the primary power lines.

In fact, Crawford's family notified the JEA of the potential danger, but when she came home, what she saw left her very upset.

"I was livid," said Crawford, "This is really unacceptable."

The JEA tree contractor hired to remove the limbs from the power line left the debris in her driveway. She has not been able to use it.

"There's nowhere to park," said Crawford, "All week. This  unacceptable isn't it?"

Crawford said her calls to (904) 630-CITY and JEA have ended with finger pointing as to who is responsible.

"They just scattered it all over the yard," she said.

Beating the heat at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For many of us who have lived here for years, we are used to the sweltering days, but for non-natives the hot weather can be tough. On top of that, just imagine being stuck wearing a fur jacket when the heat index hits 100.

At the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, staff work hard through the summer heat to make sure the animals are staying cool.

The warthogs take a good roll in the mud to cool down on a hot day. Not only does the cool mud help keep them from overheating, it also helps protect them from any sunburn.

"I think like us they just want to chill out and stay cool," says senior mammal keeper Melanie Young with a smile.

Rayne Perrywinkle tries to regain custody of daughters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rayne Perrywinkle sat nervously in a Duval County courtroom waiting; she's trying to regain custody of her two daughters, ages six and four.

Perrywinkle, 45, dressed in black, remained stoic as the judge asked questions about the welfare of the children.

"Are the children set for school?" asked Judge Gooding. 

At one point, the judge expressed condolences, but there was no reunification. Instead, Perrywinkle was ordered to drug court under heavy security for screening.

"We'll see what that reveals," said the judge.

The screen was ordered after an attorney told the court that it has been reported that Perrywinkle had used prescription medication that was not hers.

Attorney Patty Parker was at the hearing. Parker represents the children.

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Jacksonville Zoo trying to kill off invasive ant

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is home to an array of animals from all around the world.

But there is one insect in particular the zoo is currently trying to get rid of once and for all.

"We've had them crawling up people's shoes and all over fences and things," said Dan Maloney, the zoo's deputy director of conservation and education.

Maloney is referring to an invasive species of ant known as the crazy ant, which gets its name from its erratic and sudden movements.

The ant is native to Brazil and Columbia, but researchers believe it migrated to the United States in the '90s through cargo transportation.

Dr. Faith Oi from the University of Florida is an expert entomologist in the field and has studied the crazy ant extensively.

She told First Coast News the Jacksonville area is one of the first places the crazy ant started to reproduce.

Baker's Sports High School Football Media Day: First Coast Preview

The First Coast Buccaneers haven't lost a regular season game since 2009. 

Last year with a talented team that featured current Florida Gators linebacker Daniel McMillian, the Bucs suffered a surprising loss in the first round of the playoffs.

This year, the Bucs have a challenging schedule that features games against Ribault, Fletcher, Raines, Atlantic Coast, and Sandalwood.

The video clip above features interviews with Kam Lott (Rutgers commit), Spencer Williams (Cincinnati commit), Reggan Northrup (Iowa State commit), and Raashed Kennion (Auburn commit).

Park problems leave residents looking for answers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Willowbranch Park is small and nestled between tall trees and residential properties near Cherry and Park streets. Apparently, the park is well used.

So why were the basketball nets and hoops removed? The park is in Jacksonville Councilman Jim Love's Riverside district.

"There were a lot of folks being noisy playing basketball, cuss words," said Love, "Also, they had loud music playing."

And that generated complaints from some who live near the park and when the councilman asked parks and recreation to review the situation, they had a solution.

"The parks department came up with the idea to take down some of the nets and hoops," said Love.

Love said it was a compromise to keep the park functional and control the crowd thus addressing complaints from residents.