JEA Investigates 'Racist' Emails & Surviving The Holidays — #14

Dec 8, 2016

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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.

One of the emails that prompted a JEA investigation.

JEA Employee Emails Containing Racial Stereotypes Violate Company Policies

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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USDA Recognizes Jacksonville’s Community Gardens As National Model

Thirty three community gardens stretch from western Duval County to the beaches. The University of Florida Duval County Extension Office either manages gardens or helps community organizations, including churches and nonprofits, with planting, training and outreach. It directly oversees the operations of eight larger gardens throughout Jacksonville.

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Single-Gender Charter Schools Closing This Month

Parents of children attending two single-gender charter schools were told they will close over the December break due to lack of enrollment and funding.

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Holiday Shopping Prediction: Retail Sales Up 4 Percent In Florida

Florida retail sales are projected to be 4 percent higher this holiday season than last, which is expected to outpace the national average of between 3.3 percent and 3.5 percent growth.

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How To Stay Safe While Holiday Shopping Online

During this holiday season, internet hackers and scammers are expected to be busy, too.

Digital Content Editor Vince Kong can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter @teamvincek