First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9:00AM

Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Coming up on Wednesday's show:

  • The Governor's Race One Month from Election Day
  • Fonkoze
  • HEAL Foundation Chopper Ball Drop, Dash & Charity Golf Classic
  • New Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Conductor Courtney Lewis

 

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First Coast Connect
4:57 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Coastal Building Continues Unabated Despite Concerns

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The United States has added over two million housings units to the nation's coast in the last 20 years, and construction is not slowing down, according to a new report from Reuters.

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First Coast Connect
3:10 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Media Roundtable: Retrial Of Michael Dunn Begins

Michael Dunn on the first day of his retrial, September 24, 2014.
Credit News4Jax

Michael Dunn, Mayor Alvin Brown and Senator John Thrasher are making headlines this week.

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First Coast Connect
4:41 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Laura Street Trio Developer Eyeing 2015 Renovation Date

The Laura Street Trio is made up of the Marble Bank, Bisbee and Florida Life buildings.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A group of downtown Jacksonville's most iconic buildings could be getting a facelift very soon. 

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First Coast Connect
3:17 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Mayor Brown, City Council Claim Politics Playing Role In Budget Battle

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown presenting his 2015 budget proposal to City Council in July 2014.
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The City Council will take a final vote Tuesday night on next year’s city budget following months of back-and-forth between the group and Mayor Alvin Brown's office.

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First Coast Connect
3:06 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

New UNF Survey Finds Domestic Violence Issues Could Be Costly For NFL

Ray Rice
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr

A new survey from the University of North Florida finds that problems with domestic abuse among the NFL's players could begin affecting the league where it hurts the most - in the wallet.

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First Coast Connect
3:06 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Media Roundtable: Obama Rules Out Ground Troops Against ISIS In Tampa Speech

President Barack Obama speaking at MacDill Air Force Base on September 17, 2014.
Credit WhiteHouse.gov

President Obama, Jameis Winston and Jacksonville's quality of life are making headlines this week.

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First Coast Connect
8:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Medical Marijuana Advocate John Morgan Speaks In Jacksonville

John Morgan
Credit Norma Lopez Molina/Orlando Magazine

The public face of the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is currently traveling across the state to urge voters to pass Amendment 2 in November.

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First Coast Connect
4:08 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Local Clinic Offers Health Services For Uninsured Employed

Credit Volunteers in Medicine

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen, but millions of working people around the country still do not have health coverage. 

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First Coast Connect
4:48 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The State Of Jacksonville's 'Zombie' Foreclosures

A foreclosure case for this property in Jacksonville that began in 2009 was dismissed in 2013, then reinstated earlier this year.
Credit Alison Fitzgerald / Center for Public Integrity

According to a recent report, Jacksonville is one of the hardest-hit cities when it comes to "zombie homes" - abandoned properties stuck in foreclosure legal limbo. 

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First Coast Connect
11:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Florida Ranked Low In New AARP Scorecard On Support For Seniors

Credit AARP

Despite having the highest number of residents aged 65 and older of any state, Florida is near the bottom of a new AARP survey on the state of U.S. senior citizens.

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