Redux: Weekly Newsmagazine From WJCT

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Redux is a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT featuring stories from the First Coast, as well as music from WJCT After Hours programming.

Redux: Where Should Our Money Go? — #42

Jun 22, 2017
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On this episode of Redux, we explore the question: Where should our money go?

This is also the topic of our upcoming live show, "Community Thread," which is a discussion on how your tax dollars are being spent, including a look at all the money going into Everbank Stadium.

Then, with the revival of downtown Jacksonville already underway, some folks are hoping the River City doesn’t neglect its past. And we’ll bring you two stories on the latest city project that could transform the area’s urban core, and what it possibly means to Jacksonville’s first suburb, LaVilla.

We also bring you an update on the One Spark crowdfunding festival.


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On this episode of Redux, we’re going to revisit a continuing conversation in Jacksonville: to dredge or not. The debate over deepening the St. Johns River continues.

Then, what do Montreal and Jacksonville have in common? Well, they are both port cities and if this whole shipping thing doesn’t work out, maybe we can learn a thing or two from our neighbors to the north.

Also on this episode, now that Florida has legalized some forms of medical marijuana, its list of potential uses might begin to grow. And finally, looking for things to do on the First Coast? We've got you covered with the new app from Visit Jacksonville, intoGo.


On this episode of Redux, members of the "Hemming Park 5" — now known as the "Jax 5" — speak publicly for the first time since a violent protest this past April.

Then, with a special legislative session currently underway as folks in Tallahassee continue work on finalizing the state budget, Duval County schools are wrestling with putting together its own budget. We’ll bring you the challenges ahead for Duval schools.

And if you’re a dog owner, there’s something you need to know to keep your dog safe from the H3N2 canine influenza virus.

We’ll also have a story on a Jacksonville children’s Hospital’s fight to open a pediatric trauma center, as well a piece on an area called the Rail Yard District.


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The future of Duval County is our focus.

Coming up, reading test scores for our area’s third-graders are in, and the results are — well, mixed.

While schools in more affluent neighborhoods posted reading scores above grade level, schools in low-income areas continue to struggle. Now one group is trying to change all that.

Then, the opioid crisis is now affecting every corner of every hospital in this country. Find out what one state politician is trying to do ensure funds are available to treat our youngest victims.

Also, plans to deepen a portion of the St. John’s River have been approved, but critics contend: Will it be enough? We’ll bring you both sides of the debate. Then, Jacksonville is a big city, but a recent study shows it’s also not a very developed city. And finally, we have dinosaurs and more on this episode of Redux.


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On this episode of Redux, we look at the infrastructure of Jacksonville.

We first hear from Fiorentino Group’s Marty Fiorentino, who was recently in Washington working with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on infrastructure spending.

Then, what do if you’re a senior citizen and the only bus stop is across eight lanes of traffic? And once you get to get a stop, depending on where you live, lies another set of obstacles.

One Jacksonville city councilman is hoping to make sure all bus stops — at least according to ridership — are created equal.

Then, we have an update on our continuing coverage of the opioid epidemic. And finally, the renaissance of Historic Springfield continues — one beer at a time. But first, here’s an update about potential budget cuts at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


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Governor Rick Scott is feeling the heat from school boards and superintendents across Florida to veto a massive package of education bills, which center around the issue of school choice. We’ll talk to folks on both sides of the debate. 

And, Duval County Schools has identified an interim superintendent even though it’s current superintendent hasn’t left just yet. We have the latest.

Then, we’ll visit one Jacksonville school teacher who, through sharing her love of reading with her students, is inspiring the next generation of literary artists. Also, a settlement is in sight after years of litigation in a housing discrimination against the city.

And finally, commercial space travel might soon be just an hour away for Jacksonville residents. But first, freshman Congressman John Rutherford is back in the spotlight. Find out why on Redux.

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Earlier this year, Jacksonville unveiled its urban food park concept, prompting the start of yet another food truck debate between these mobile establishments and its brick-and-mortar counterparts.

Also, the Legislative session has ended and the passing of a mammoth education bill might be bad news for some of Duval County's poorest students.

Then, dryer than normal weather is causing drought conditions and, yes, wildfires throughout Northeast Florida. We’ll bring you a story on what you need to do to help stave off a water shortage, and how some folks are banding together on social media to help save their animals as they head for shelter from the West Mims Fire.

But first, a verdict in the trial of Corrine Brown.


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Florida is in the grip of an epidemic.

Deaths from opioid overdose and murders associated with the drugs have increased exponentially in recent years.

Governor Rick Scott has declared the state’s opioid problem a public health emergency. 

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at what state officials are doing to help lower the body count, as well what’s being done locally to treat addicts and prevent addiction.

Then, we have an update on the "Hemming Park 5," as well as a couple of stories honoring military and police officers killed in the line of duty.

But first, we get you up to speed with the trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.


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On this episode of Redux, two topics that have drifted in and out of headlines consistently in recent years — ride-sharing apps and, of course, pensions — have been settled. We bring you up to date on what local and state politicians have decided.

But while these issues are wrapping up, one major issue is just beginning — the fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Then, Duval County Schools is cleaning house and some programs facing the chopping block might surprise you. We’ll also let you know about a program from the school district to help non-educators get certified as teachers. And finally, the use of tobacco has gone down in each age group — that is, except for millennials. Find out why.


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On this episode of Redux, downtown investment is back in the spotlight. This time, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is at the helm.

Then, Earth Day is this weekend and its purpose is to demonstrate support for environmental protection. But no matter where you stand on the issue, residents of St. Augustine have a very practical reason to care — especially if you live anywhere near the shore.

We also bring you an update on the medical marijuana policy debate going on right now in Tallahassee, as well as a piece about ballet in Lavilla and one about what’s coming soon to Springfield.  


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