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Business Brief: As Tourists Flock To Cuba, Local Business Leaders Still Cool To Idea

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation. Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church.

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Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Sized Planets Around A Nearby Star

A small, faint star relatively close by is home to seven Earth-size planets with conditions that could be right for liquid water and maybe even life. The discovery sets a record for both the most Earth-size planets and the most potentially habitable planets ever discovered around a single star. The strange planetary system is quite compact, with all of these worlds orbiting their star closer than Mercury orbits the sun, according to a newly published report in Nature . "If you were on the...

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Oscars 2017: Follow Our Live Coverage With Pop Culture Happy Hour

16 hours ago

12:39 a.m.: Next up on Pop Culture Happy Hour's end, we'll record a late-night Small Batch, which ought to be up in your feeds overnight. Too bad there won't be much to discuss...

WATCH LIVE: Voting Begins For Democratic Chairman

Feb 25, 2017

3:23 p.m. ET: Perez wins DNC chairmanship, names Ellison deputy

Former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez won the DNC chairmanship on second round.

It was met by protest from about a dozen Keith Ellison supporters, who chanted, repeatedly, "Not big money, party for the people."

They were shushed and overshouted.

"Shut up," one man eventually yelled from the Perez side.

Here's the final tally, 218 needed. 435 total voted:

Perez 235
Ellison 200

A Film Editor In The Land Of Astrophysicists

Feb 25, 2017

Lawrence Weschler's new book Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists is part scientific detective story and part reflection on science and its relation to its own history and social reality.

It's also a celebration of the life and personality of its central character, the acclaimed 73-year-old sound and film editor — and polymath-extraordinaire — Walter Murch.

President Trump has promised to build a wall along the 2,000 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

A third of that border already has a barrier, thanks to the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was signed by then-President George W. Bush. That initiative ran into issues with landowners near the Rio Grande. If the wall goes forward as Trump promises, more lawsuits may be coming.

Your Guide To NPR At SXSW2017

Feb 24, 2017

Public radio fans, lend us your ears. NPR staff and journalists are once again journeying to Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest 2017 Conference and Festival. Here's your one-stop guide to connecting with us at panels, meet-ups and our annual NPR Music showcase.

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Jacksonville LGBT advocates are concerned about a bill making its way through the Florida House.

Florida House Bill 17, sponsored by Palm Bay Republican Randy Fine, would repeal local business regulations not specifically authorized by state law.


Monday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Enterprise Florida with JAX Chamber President and CEO Daniel Davis. This month’s edition of First Coast Success with Karen Brune Mathis featured Hardage-Giddens Funeral Homes & Cemeteries president Jody Brandenburg. We also heard about a new video series through the Environmental Leadership Program at the University of North Florida. We were joined by Sean Lahav, the project leader and producer of the videos, John November from the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida and Maria Mark, program coordinator. 


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PBS NewsHour in partnership with Twitter will live stream special coverage of President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday.

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University of North Florida President John Delaney announced in a press release Monday he’s retiring from his position at the end of 2018.

The UNF Board of Trustees selected Delaney in the summer of 2003 and is the longest serving president in UNF history.

John Burr

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


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A Jacksonville homeless woman is speaking out about the city’s treatment of those who live without shelter. She recently wrote to Mayor Lenny Curry and the City Council.

Wendy Jenkins was spending Thursday morning at Hemming Park. It’s where she normally goes after waking up and then again after breakfast at Clara White Mission. She used to stay in shelters but said they feel like prison.


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Northeast Florida residents are asked to help remove an invasive plant species Saturday.

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding  “air potato roundups” in various parks and gardens to kick off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, beginning March 3.


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Florida patients could soon have access to more information about the average costs of their prescription drugs.


Our weekly Media Roundtable on Friday featured Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride. We also spoke by phone with award winning movie director Mira Nair and CEO of Volunteers in Medicine Mary Pat Corrigan and Lisa Weatherby from Wells Fargo joined us to talk about the Women with Heart fundraising campaign. 

    

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Drive around Jacksonville and you'll eventually see the Confederate Monument at Hemming Park or maybe the Women of the Southern Confederacy Monument.

While some view these sites simply as a reminder of the city’s past, others see these displays as a nod to a darker side of the River City.

On this episode of Redux, we'll hear from the experts as well as our listeners.

Then we’ll fill you in on mental health first aid on the First Coast, as well as bringing you a story about Jacksonville’s first streetcar suburb. And finally, we’ll have a tale about everyone’s favorite lumbering marine mammal. Here’s a hint, it has an egg-shaped head, flippers and a flat tail.


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