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Reveal In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis in France, which like the U.S. is closing its borders to refugees. 

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WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Betz-Tiger Point Preserve, 13900 Pumpkin Hill Road

  Monday on “First Coast Connect” guest host Ryan Benk spoke with Friends of Hemming Park interim director Bill Prescott, Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails co-owner Jen Earnest and Wolf and Cub Boutique co-owner Emily Moody about the future of Hemming Park. Local musician Desean Kirkland performed live in studio and Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news. 


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Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is a finalist for Detroit Public Schools Community District's superintendent position.

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A proposal submitted to the city of Jacksonville would turn downtown’s shipyards and  Metropolitan Park into what developers are calling an “innovation district.”

Spokespeople for companies behind the proposal said their vision includes green park space in front of the river, lots of walkability and what’s called a “jobs factory,” which is a central place for people to develop their ideas into businesses, said Jason Walker of Chattanooga’s EMJ Corporation, which is partnering on the proposal.


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Jacksonville’s community-owned utility company is shutting down a large coal-fired power plant that’s served the area for 30 years.


  Friday on “First Coast Connect” it was our weekly Media Roundtable with Florida Time-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Ryan Benk. We spoke with Dee Quaranta, president of Northeast Florida Women Veterans and singer-songwriter Kim Paige performed live in our studio.   

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Updated March 17 1:10 p.m.

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at a dispute between one historic Jacksonville community, two non-profits and the Department of Justice that already will cost taxpayers millions of dollars — and possibly much more when the issue is settled.

Then, in collaboration with public radio stations throughout the state, we bring you our contribution to Decision Florida, which is a look at the issues during this legislative session. And finally, who says it’s a bad idea to play video games in class? Certainly not this Jacksonville middle school.

But first, one developer wants to make Jacksonville the home of the tallest structure in Florida.


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Auditors said Duval’s new elementary English Language Arts curriculum is highly aligned with state standards. But while school principals are feeling good about its implementation, teachers aren’t necessarily sold.

School board members heard the results of the second phase and final recommendations of the curriculum audit by the company Educational Directions Thursday afternoon. Results from the first phase which focused on the curriculum's alignment, were presented in December.


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A new commission convened Thursday to begin measuring how well the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is implementing task force recommendations from last year.

Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams asked the four taskforces to write a strategic plan.

Now, the Commission on Progress will study how well police are doing at increasing transparency, community engagement, training and resources.


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The Duval County School District is launching a safety hotline for students and parents. The email and phone system is for reporting threats.

Thursday on “First Coast Connect” Florida State College Jacksonville President Cynthia Bioteau talked about a new program that will pay for the tuition of some local students. We also spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Web.com Senior Vice President Mary Kellmanson about their upcoming conference. We were joined by artist Lauren Fenterstock, whose work will be on display beginning Saturday at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Project Atrium. We spoke with Erin Thursby about Saturday’s GastroJax in Hemming Park and Kerry Speckman told us about this weekend’s events.  


       

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The nonprofit that manages downtown Jacksonville’s Hemming Park is getting another chance to prove it can handle the responsibility.

Mayor Lenny Curry originally planned for the city to take back control of the park after the Friends of Hemming Park misspent public funds. But Curry last week announced he’d extend Friends’ lease another six months.

Business owners around Hemming want city government to know the park’s condition directly affects their livelihoods.


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The St. Johns Riverkeeper is hosting a two-week event to acquaint Northeast Florida residents with the river.

Riverkeeper spokeswoman Shannon Blankinship said many people see the river when driving over a bridge, but not many actually get up close and personal with the water.

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The Jacksonville City Council approved a bill Tuesday that encourages city contractors to consider hiring felons.

The bill, 2017-35, sponsored by councilman Garrett Dennis requires businesses contracting with the city for at least $200,000 complete an extra step toward considering  ex-offenders to fill job openings.


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