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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT. 

This week, after the Obama administration announced it's asking Congress to pass $1.1 billion to support initiatives to help treat the nation's prescription opioid and heroin epidemic,  we look at the problem in Northeast Florida and the hurdles users face when they try to get clean. Also on the program, the Jacksonville City Council passes its annual budget, the future of Barnett Tower and the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney.

Also, learn more about WJCT's After Hours programming, including the expansion of Relax Radio. 

The podcast is hosted by Vince Kong.

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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

5 Points Pride Block Party 2016

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Students and teachers at First Coast High School won’t have to go far to manage their money.

They now have a bank right on campus — and it’s run by high schoolers.

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State Rep. Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville) is pleading guilty to two federal charges against him at a Thursday afternoon hearing, as our partner News4Jax reported.

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Classic novels including “Catch-22,” “A Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”’ and the Bible have all faced the wrath of individuals or groups seeking to ban from school and public libraries.

The trend continues today with books like “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

This is Banned Books Week and libraries across the country and in Jacksonville are commemorating books that are regularly challenged.

It’s Banned Books Week across the country. On Thursday’s First Coast Connect, host Melissa Ross spoke with our Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring, Jacksonville University professor Courtney Barclay and Jacksonville librarian Lisa Taylor about some the events being held to commemorate the week. We also heard from bestselling author and columnist Dave Barry about his latest book about life in Florida: “Best. State. Ever.” HandsOn Jacksonville CEO LeAnn Daddario joined the show to talk about The Human Race 5K fundraiser Saturday and HGTV’s Matt Blashaw phoned in to talk about his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show.    


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Jacksonville is the primary hub for refugees entering Florida through the U.S. Department of State program.

Many River City natives aren’t aware how hard it can be for their new neighbors to adapt to life on the First Coast.

A University of North Florida professor is aiming to change that by getting her students to walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes.


The Environmental Protection Agency is holding a community meeting Wednesday for input on clean-up plans for a contaminated site on the eastside of springfield.

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The Monique Burr Foundation for Children announced a new program Wednesday to teach students in grades six through eight how to identify and prevent sexual abuse.


A law named after a St. Augustine murder victim will go into effect Saturday. Carl’s Law increases penalties when crime victims have disabilities. It’s named for Carl Starke, who had autism. 

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Civil unrest over the shootings of unarmed black men by police has resulted in violent protests in places like Charlotte and Baltimore.

Jacksonville University sociology professor Nathan Rousseau spoke with host Melissa Ross about race relations in Jacksonville. We also heard from Adam Jorgensen, president of Pragmatic Works Client Solutions, and Brian Bush from Tom Bush auto dealers about the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research. Ross spoke with Jacksonville Symphony conductor Courtney Lewis about the upcoming season and Mary Harvey and Kristi Leonard told us about therapy animal training on the First Coast. 

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The Jacksonville City Council approved a budget of more than a billion dollars Tuesday evening.

The spending plan focuses on public safety and paying off pension debt.

Orange Park Medical Center

Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.

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The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a request to investigate allegations of racism involving a Duval County circuit judge who sentenced an African-American man to death.