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JACKSONVILLE, FLA-- We want you to get the new year started off safely so put this number in your phone, 885-286-9246.

855-286-9246 is the phone number to AAA's Tow-To-Go program.  You don't have to be a AAA member to use the service, it just gets you a safe, free ride home and saves you from driving intoxicated.

"New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year for the Tow to Go program because so many motorists seem to be more inclined to use a designated driver but don't always have someone willing to be one in their own party during the biggest celebration of the year," said Gerry Gutowski, Sr. Vice President, Automotive Services, AAA–The Auto Club Group. "We prepare our call center teams and tow truck service providers for weeks in advance, so we can manage the increased call volume that's typical of this time of year."

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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.

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%. 

Iraq War veteran frustrated by VA bureaucracy

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Josh Mitchell served in the U.S. Marine Corps five years and did two tours in Iraq.

"It has been a little stressful trying to find a job and get in to the VA here," said Mitchell. 

Two months ago, he returned home to Jacksonville after making stops in California and Tennessee.

He is a veteran that needs help.

"I gotten blown up once in my first tour and that gave me TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury," he said. 

Mitchell, 27, said he has been trying to get help from the VA here in Jacksonville for his TBI, post traumatic stress disorder and physical injury.

"I just kind of gave up the last couple of weeks," he said. 

Mitchell said he used the VA service while in California and that was great, but that hasn't been his experience here at home.

He said just trying to get an appointment to evaluate his needs has been difficult.

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JSO investigating SunTrust Bank robbery

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a robbery at a SunTrust in Mandarin.

According to JSO Lt. Brian Richardson, a white male in his 40s-50s wearing dark pants, eye glasses and a baseball cap entered the bank at 11567 San Jose Boulevard and told the clerk he was robbing the bank.

The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money and the man left the bank, fleeing on foot.

Richardson said the man did not display a weapon, but would not say whether the man had one on his person.

JSO was able to obtain a picture of the man and will share it as soon as it becomes available.

Man in stable condition after being hit in Mandarin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man is in stable condition after being hit by a SUV while crossing San Jose Boulevard at an area with no crosswalk.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the 35-year-old man's injuries were initially believed to be life-threatening, but he has since been upgraded to stable.

The driver of the SUV stayed at the scene after the man was hit. Charges are not expected to be filed.

'It looks like a moat' -- but it should be a ditch

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Miruelo Drainage project promises improvement, but now that it is near completion, the project is creating a storm of controversy.

"When we moved here in 1983 we had a little bit of a slope," said Betty Berrey.

Butch and Betty Berrey live at the corner of Manata Street and Miruelo Circle and noticed that the ditch in front of their property kept getting wider and deeper.

"It looks like a moat," said Betty.

The project is a combination of buried pipes and open ditches.

"This is not what I thought it would be," said Betty. "My daughter said lets fill it with water and and some alligators."

Adding to their frustration is the project required more of their front yard, and it removed whatever parking space there was on the shoulder of the street.

"It is really frustrating. If we have guests, everybody will have to park in the backyard I guess," said Betty.