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Urban Food Park Drives More Mobile Eats Downtown

Hungry downtown workers have a new place to grab a bite after Thursday’s opening of Jacksonville’s first “Urban Food Park.” Every weekday, a rotation of four trucks will set up at lunch time for The Court: An Urban Food Park.

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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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Alberita Johnson grew up in Queens, New York where she was bussed to white schools and says she experienced racial violence in the 1970’s. At the Story Corps mobile booth in Fort Myers, Johnson speaks with her friend Genelle Grant about that time, as well as what it was like moving to a still segregated Fort Myers in 2002.

Larry Aguilar / Patricia Sala

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Patricia Sala and Larry Aguilar have been together eight years. They are working on growing past the death of her 27-year-old son Evan Shepherd, who was killed in a hit-and-run accident two years ago. They talked about their struggle while remembering Evan at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Fort Myers.

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

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12:39 pm: 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.

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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 Myra 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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Jacksonville’s Planning Commission unanimously approved zoning changes Thursday for Springfield that pave the way for an apartment complex for the disabled and chronically homeless.

The approval is the first step in a settlement agreement between the city, two disability-rights nonprofits and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Disability Rights Florida and Jacksonville-based Ability Housing sued after Ability Housing’s permit request to build the complex in Springfield was rejected.

Hungry downtown workers have a new place to grab a bite after Thursday’s opening of Jacksonville’s first “Urban Food Park.”

Every weekday, a rotation of four trucks will set up at lunch time for The Court: An Urban Food Park.


Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with former State Senator Tony Hill about an event Friday to honor Jacksonville native and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. We also heard about the tragedy of babies being born to opioid addicted mothers and the treatments available, and University of North Florida assistant professor of physics Jack Hewitt told us about NASA’s announcement Wednesday. 


       

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is planning six town hall meetings to gather input on a body camera pilot program, which is scheduled to roll out by this summer.

Some local civil rights leaders were upset JSO hadn’t been holding public input meetings all along.


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Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is dialing back his bill aimed at getting more city contractors to hire ex-offenders.

He’s said he’s received pushback from construction contractors.


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