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First Coast Connect: Riverkeeper Slams JAXPORT Over Dredge Plans

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says JAXPORT is trying to pull an end-around regarding its new proposal to dredge the river channel. She said there has not been enough public scrutiny of the plan.

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After Georgia Win, A Triumphant Trump Returns To Campaign Trail In Iowa

Still basking in the glow of a big Georgia special election victory for the GOP, President Trump pushed aside the controversies that have hamstrung his administration in the past month and returned to the stage most comfortable to him — the campaign trail. "All we do is win, win, win!" he told the crowd gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday night. It was classic campaign Trump throughout his hour-plus stemwinder, decrying the "phony witch hunts going against me," hitting the "dishonest...

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On this episode of Redux, where should our money go?

This is the question we are posing to anyone within earshot of this podcast — it’s also the topic of our upcoming live show, "Community Thread," which is a discussion on how your tax dollars are being spent, including a look at all the money going into Everbank Stadium.

Then, with the revival of downtown Jacksonville already underway, some folks are hoping the River City doesn’t neglect its past. And we’ll bring you two stories on the latest city project that could transform the area’s urban core, and what it possibly means to Jacksonville’s first suburb, LaVilla.

We also bring you an update on the One Spark crowdfunding festival.


Amazon’s decision to open two fulfillment centers, a delivery station and a warehouse in Jacksonville means 4,000 jobs need to be filled.

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Next month, Atlantic Beach city commissioners will decide whether to create an environmental committee after public outcry over tree removals.


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St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman says JAXPORT is trying to pull an end-around regarding its new proposal to dredge the river channel.

She said there has not been enough public scrutiny of the plan.

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Jacksonville police are looking for witnesses who may have information about two shootings at city parks Tuesday evening.

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On the next American Black Journal: The new superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, Dr. Nikolai Vitti, talks with Stephen Henderson about his priorities for the district, teachers, academics and student enrollment. Plus, the long-awaited "Detroit 1967: Perspectives" exhibition opens at the Detroit Historical Museum. Stephen talks with the project's director, Marlowe Stoudamire, about what museum visitors will experience at the exhibit.   Detroit 67: Perspectives opens to the public on June 24th.

Jill Tarter On A Life Spent Searching For Extraterrestrials

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Astronomer and former SETI director Jill Tarter talks about the future of our planet and why she ate so many ice cream cones when she worked at NASA. Tarter’s career was the basis for Carl Sagan’s 1985 science-fiction novel, Contact, which was later made into a film starring Jodie Foster. She talks about what it’s like to have Carl Sagan fictionalize her life, why we need to listen more than we talk, and why it’s important for us to think of ourselves as Earthlings.

Throngs of mourners paid their final respects to Otto Warmbier Thursday at a public funeral at the high school he attended near Cincinnati. Just four years ago, Warmbier graduated from the school as the salutatorian.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was detained in North Korea for 17 months and died on Monday, shortly after he returned to the United States in a coma.

A naturalized U.S. citizen should not have been stripped of her citizenship for the sole reason that she lied to U.S. officials, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, vacating a lower court's decision. The plaintiff, an ethnic Serb who entered the U.S. as a refugee, had argued that false answers she gave to immigration officials were immaterial to procuring citizenship.

"We have never read a statute to strip citizenship from someone who met the legal criteria for acquiring it," Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the court's opinion. "We will not start now."

If you're standing in the blazing sun struggling to read this on your cellphone, there may be some relief in sight.

And you'll have a moth to thank.

The reason you have to find shade to read your phone is the way the light reflects off the screen. The reflection reduces contrast, washing out images.

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Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Jacksonville Historical Society board members Ed Booth and Wayne Wood (01:02) about its list annual list of the most endangered buildings in Jacksonville. President of One Spark Ventures Chris Carter (26:58) told us about the changes announced this week for the festival. City of Jacksonville Disabled Services Director Kevin McDaniel and Brooks Rehabilitation Director of Adaptive Recreation Alice Krauss (37:33) talked about the upcoming “Brooks Adaptive Recreation Olympic Day,” and 1010-XL radio host and voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars Frank Frangie (43:58) told us about his “First Pitch” fundraising event at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.  


             

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Jacksonville has been awarded $225,000 to help homeless veterans get jobs.

Military Affairs and Veterans Department Director Bill Spann said the city has received the federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for at least five years.

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Newly named Tropical Storm Cindy is churning in the central Gulf of Mexico.

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There are mixed feelings when it comes to the reputation of downtown Jacksonville.

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Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law Senate Bill 118, prohibiting websites that publish criminal mugshots from charging to remove the photos.

Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, said websites are charging high prices to take down mugshots even if the person pictured has had the conviction sealed, or expunged.


On the most recent “Faith Matters” hosts Nancy Broner, Executive Director of the OneJax Institute at the University of North Florida and Kyle Reese, board member of OneJax and senior pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church how the interaction with natural resources can be discussed as a matter of faith. They said most people of faith have an appreciation for interacting with nature.         

They were joined by Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, author of the book ”Lassoing the Sun; A year in America’s National Parks,” and Quinton White, Executive Director of the Marine Science Research Institute and Professor of Biology and Marine Science at Jacksonville University.

A group of local faith leaders also joined the conversation; Rev. Tom Walker Pastor and Head of Staff at Palms Presbyterian Church at Jacksonville Beach; Pastor Phillip Baber with the Unitarian Universalist Church and Adah Shair, Structural Engineer for HDR Inc. and former Interfaith Youth Core Coach at the University of North Florida. 


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Jacksonville transportation officials and politicians at all levels of government Tuesday broke ground on the area’s Regional Transportation Center in the historic LaVilla neighborhood.


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Dawn Gilman (01:07), CEO of Changing Homelessness about a battling homelessness in the Northeast Florida. Our latest segment of “Moveable Feast” with Leigh Court of the Women’s Food Alliance featured Destination Planning owner Anne Urban (23:40). We remembered long-time Jacksonville attorney and environmental activist Bill Burton (37:16), who passed away Monday, and this month’s Women with Heart honoree is Nicole Thomas (45:16), CEO of Baptist Medical Center South. 


     

The navy ball cap Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp players wear on their home field beat out 32 other minor league baseball teams to make it into the final four of a best cap-logo contest put on by the website Baseball America.

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A Duval County Boy Scouts' after school program is in jeopardy after losing state funding.

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