First Coast Connect

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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 Thursday's show:

  • The Latest on the Lawsuit Over Florida's Congressional District Maps
  • Generation W and the Alhambra Theatre Present The Circle with NBC's Tina Lifford
  • Bike MS
  • Around Town with Kerry Speckman


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First Coast Connect
3:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

City Council To Vote On Food Truck Ordinance

Food trucks at the 2013 Fall Food Festival in the downtown Jacksonville.
Credit Jax Truckies / Facebook

In a closely watched issue for local food truck owners and fans, drafted legislation for Jacksonville’s food truck ordinance will go before City Council committees this week.

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First Coast Connect
2:54 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Local, State Organizations Partner To Address School To Prison Pipeline

Credit Steven Depolo / Flickr

The Jacksonville-based Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center is working with the state's Department of Juvenile Justice to prevent Florida girls from falling into the juvenile justice system.

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First Coast Connect
1:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Depression And Mental Health Awareness In The Wake Of Robin Williams's Death

Robin Williams
Credit Eva Rinaldi / Wikimedia Commons

The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has unleashed a tide of emotion and discussion about how we deal with issues of mental illness in this country.

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First Coast Connect
12:46 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Jacksonville Business Journal Reporter On Local Businesses 'Under The Gun'

Holley’s Bar BQ, one of the small businesses in the area of Northwest Jacksonville known as the "Ceasefire Zone."
Credit James Crichlow / Jacksonville Business Journa

Dealing with crime in Jacksonville has become an issue for business owners in the city’s so-called "Ceasefire Zone."

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First Coast Connect
2:51 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Rich Touts Record Heading Into Primary

Nan Rich
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Florida Democrats have until August 26 to decide who they will support in the state's governor's race: Charlie Crist or Nan Rich.

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First Coast Connect
2:31 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Media Roundtable: Fuller Warren Bike Path, Uber Ridesharing And Water Taxis

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From ridesharing to water taxis to bike paths, transportation is big news in Jacksonville this week.

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First Coast Connect
9:42 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Deemable Tech: What To Do About The Scary "CyberVor" Data Breach

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An astounding and scary cyber-security breach is rocking the Internet.

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First Coast Connect
11:22 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Krista Tippett 'On Being' A National Humanities Medal Winner

President Barack Obama awards "On Being" host Krista Tippett the National Humanities Medal.
Credit National Endowment for the Humanities

President Obama recently awarded Krista Tippett, host of the public radio program "On Being," with the National Humanities Medal.

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First Coast Connect
9:55 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Can There Be Lasting Peace In Gaza?

The IDF Artillery Corps fires 155 mm M-109 howitzer gun during Operation Protective Edge, July 24, 2014.
Credit IDF Spokesperson Unit / Wikimedia Commons

After weeks of violence, a three-day cease-fire between the Israeli Defense Forces and the Hamas militants seems to be holding this morning in the ravaged Gaza strip.

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12:13 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

With All Due Respect: The Cruelty Of Animal Abuse And Offshore Drilling

Credit Alexander Vasenin / Wikimedia Commons

I get it. I truly understand and empathize with the uproar and outrage concerning the two teenaged girls who tortured and stomped to death a gopher tortoise on July 16 in Clay County.

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