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Jacksonville Mental Health Advocates Brace For Legislative Session

Duval County mental health advocates are celebrating the state Legislature’s moderate progress this year toward reforming Florida’s mental-health system.

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From Immigration To Infrastructure, Big-City Mayors Draw Up Wish List For Trump

With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban agenda Trump's administration may be shaping. Some big-city mayors say they're worried about potential cuts in federal funding that candidate Trump warned about on the stump, and they are reaching out to the president-elect. They say they have plenty of ideas they want to share about the country's cities. Chicago...

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Are We Conscious During Dreamless Sleep?

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In a photo for GQ earlier this year, Melania Trump sat in a white dress at a white table posed with a fork and spoon, twirling a thick platinum rope necklace in a bowl like a piece of bucatini. While we know the future first lady subsists on more than precious metals, we know little about her food preferences – except that she eats seven pieces of fruit a day. Given this, it's impossible to discern how or if she will affect the culinary tone of the White House and the country at large—a role...

Leon Panetta Weighs In On The Shaping Of Trump's Security Team

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With Donald Trump's choices for secretaries of transportation and of housing and urban development — Elaine Chao and Dr. Ben Carson, respectively — there may be hints about the urban agenda Trump's administration may be shaping. Some big-city mayors say they're worried about potential cuts in federal funding that candidate Trump warned about on the stump, and they are reaching out to the president-elect. They say they have plenty of ideas they want to share about the country's cities. Chicago...

A Canadian Singer Looks To America

Dec 8, 2016

Many in the U.S. are looking toward Canada right now as the Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver. But one Canadian there is looking longingly toward America. Like many artists, singer-songwriter Joanna Chapman-Smith has discovered that if you want to make it in music, you need to tour the U.S. And if you're Canadian, that can be a problem. Chapman-Smith seems like she's on her way from one stage of her life to another. At 26, she lives in a group house that makes it look like she's still in...

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A state plan is in the works to make New Kings Road more safe. Five pedestrians have been hit and killed on the Northside roadway over the last couple of months News4Jax reported .

Friday on First Coast Connect, our media roundtable included Sebastian Kitchen from the Florida Times-Union, Timothy Gibbons from the Jacksonville Business Journal, A.G. Gancarski from Florida Politics and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. Host Melissa Ross spoke by phone with former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor and former Cummer Museum executive director Hope McMath spoke about Saturday’s commemoration of International Human Rights Day.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sat in a circle with about 20 Reynolds Lane Elementary teachers Thursday afternoon. Scott’s question to the educators: How does Florida attract people to teach and keep them in the field?

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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the news podcast of the First Coast. On this episode of Redux, we look at surviving the holidays. Literally. From toy safety for the kids to keeping your identity clear of thieves and more. We also look at an internal investigation from JEA about racist emails circulating among staffers. as well an update of our continuing coverage of food on the First Coast.

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The owners of the former Kmart shopping center in Neptune Beach are asking the Beaches community for input as they redevelop the site.

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Duval County mental health advocates are celebrating the state Legislature’s moderate progress this year toward reforming Florida’s mental-health system.

Thursday on First Coast Connect, WJCT reporter Ryan Benk discussed his investigative report on emails discovered on servers that violate JEA rules. Florida author Larry Baker joined us by phone to talk about his the challenge a white male faces in creating compelling minority characters. The 20th edition of “An Evening in December” is set for Friday on Amelia Island. We spoke with Director Pam Helton and Producer Sharon Lennon.

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JEA is launching an internal investigation into inappropriate emails circulated by its employees. The emails surfaced at the same time the federal government is looking into Jacksonville’s public utility for alleged racial discrimination in its hiring practices.

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Duval County high-school students are reporting higher-than-average rates of suicide attempts and feelings of hopelessness. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti addressed the report at Tuesday’s board meeting in a presentation. He said the district will be advocating for more mental health funding, and plans to expand services.

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Oliver Formato , sales director for Humana Marketpoint , on the deadline for seniors to file for any changes in their Medicare coverage. We also spoke with artist Kedgar Volta and Denise Reagan of Brunet-Garcia about Volta’s display being unveiled during Art Walk bringing awareness of hunger on the First Coast. The Girl Scouts of Gateway Council CEO Mary Anne Jacobs told us about Sunday’s cookie selling kickoff with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and iHeartMedia Regional Event Director Candace Price joined us by phone to talk about Saturday’s inaugural Wine on the River event to benefit Hands on Jacksonville.

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