JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JEA Paid More Than $12 Million in Overtime in 2010

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bob Cole is out on the banks of the St. Johns River every chance he can get.

Cole said fishing is pretty much like paying his electric bill: he never knows what he will get.

"The month before last it was $303, but this time I got it yesterday, Saturday it was $160.

Cole said his JEA bills on average have gone up $100 a month.

While he is paying more, the electric authority has paid out $12.4 million in overtime in just the last year.

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JEA said overtime makes up less than 8 percent of the salary base, which is $158 million.

Looking for a Job? Virtual Fair Continues Through Friday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Looking for a job? 

Starting a new career could be as easy as logging on and uploading your resume. 

First Coast Workforce Development is holding a "virtual job fair" this week. 

It began at midnight Monday and runs through midnight Friday. The job fair features more than 50 employers and over 300 job opportunities on their website.

Once you go to the site, create a user name and password.  Then you can upload your resume and start applying.

Virtual job fairs have become more popular for both companies and their potential employees.

Buca di Beppo Celebrates World Pasta Day

Buca di Beppo Celebrates World Pasta Day




Family Style Italian Restaurant Buca di Beppo knows a thing or two about big celebrations. To mark World Pasta Day on Tuesday October 25, Buca di Beppo has partnered with Rummo Pasta. Dine in guests will receive a Pasta-rific gift, a complimentary 1 pound bag of Rummo dry spaghetti to take and prepare at home and a special Buca di Beppo offer.

Bank of America Website Down, Again

Bank of America Website Down, Again


Some users trying to access get a message that the home page is temporarily unavailable.

Spokeswoman Tara Burke says customers experiencing slowness or who can't get through should keep trying. She says the access problems are a result of the bank managing traffic volume during peak use. She declined to say whether volume has surged in recent days.

Problems began on Friday, a day after the bank said it would start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers using debit cards. Burke insists there's no connection. Burke says there's been no hacking and no customer information was compromised.

Bank of America, based in Charlotte, N.C., is the biggest U.S. bank by deposits.


JEA Announces Home Energy Makeover Contest

JEA is sponsoring a Home Energy Makeover Contest to demonstrate how whole house energy efficiency improvements can increase the overall comfort of a home and reduce energy bills.

Florida Legislators Want to Reform Personal Injury Protection Insurance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you drive a car in Florida you are required to have personal injury protection, PIP, this mandatory insurance has been required since 1972.

But now there's a move to change it. The state's insurance commissioner says the no fault insurance is riddled with fraud and bogus claims.

"It's like whack a mole. You close it down one place and it pops up somewhere else. They're very proficient at finding those weaknesses."

Kevin McCarthy said the system is costing Floridians hundreds of millions of dollars on their car insurance premiums. The Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater agrees and says it's time to fix it or flush it.

"You can't keep throwing consumers to the wolves"

Atwater said the frequency of crashes is down in Florida, but PIP payments are up 70 percent in just the last two years. Change is necessary.

"It is a very bad thing for consumers"