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Teacher unions are being targeted in the battle over public education in Florida. That’s among the stories you’ll hear in this week’s Roundup.

Ability Housing

The Jacksonville nonprofit Ability Housing is getting $150,000 in extra help from a charitable fund to hire new staff and house more people.

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Science fiction is meeting science fact in a new exhibit at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is inviting the public to come out Saturday to meet Rocky and Jaggar in person for the first time.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines is starting three non-stop destinations from the Jacksonville International airport with introductory prices as low as $39

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Dave Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record (01:13).

We heard about this weekend’s STEM and Health Expo and River City Science Academy with coordinator Sarah Niss (46:00).

Orange Park train conductor's widow sues CSX, Amtrak over S.C. crash

Feb 9, 2018

The widow of an Amtrak train conductor and Orange Park man who was killed in a weekend collision with a CSX freight train in South Carolina is suing Amtrak and CSX, court records show.


Jacksonville Councilman Matt Schellenberg has filed a bill that would put strict controls on how proceeds from a potential sale of JEA could be spent.

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A Jacksonville City Councilman wants to change the rules about who can serve on the School Board. This comes after a University of North Florida professor found out it’s illegal for him to hold both positions.

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If you were planning to use the Mathews or Hart Bridges this weekend, you may want to reconsider your travel plan.


Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Mike Binder, the head of the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab, about the university’ latest polling numbers regarding a potential race between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott and other issues (01:14).  

We heard about the upcoming production of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Jacksonville University with actresses Deborah Jordan, who also heads the acting department, and sophomore Sarah Stepp (32:37).     

We learned about the upcoming fundraiser for Friday Musicale with Executive Director Naomi Sheridan and venue director Jeff Tawny (46:00). 

'Hope Scholarships' Move Ahead In House

Feb 8, 2018
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The Florida House has moved forward with two heavily debated bills that would create the “Hope Scholarship” program, which would provide voucher-like scholarships to thousands of students who are bullied or suffer other abuses in public schools.

Gov. Rick Scott and the state tourism-marketing agency continue to push lawmakers to boost marketing dollars to $100 million next year, a figure well above what the House and Senate have budgeted for Visit Florida.

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Thousands of sailors and Marines based in Jacksonville are looking at months ahead without their families after they shipped out from the Mayport Navy base aboard the U.S.S. Iwo Jima Wednesday.

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Visit Jacksonville

Tourism marketing agency Visit Jacksonville has unveiled its newest advertising campaign, titled “Jax. It’s Easier Here.”