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 We broadcast live from the 2015 Generation W Women's Leadership Conference. Generation W founder Donna Orender joins us to discuss how the conference began and some of its noteworthy guest speakers.

We also look at the week's biggest news stories with our media roundtable. Topics include the mayoral and sheriff's elections, and the Jacksonville City Council rejecting a pension reform deal seven years in the making.

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We speak with independent Jacksonville mayoral candidate Omega Allen.

WJCT President and CEO Michael Boylan joins us with news about everything going on at this station, including a new Ken Burns documentary airing on WJCT TV.

We also speak with Generation W founder Donna Orender and Rebecca Sinclair, senior vice president and chief human resources officer with Bi-Lo Holdings, about next week's Generation W women's leadership conference.

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A town hall meeting on the UNF campus next week with discuss the pros and cons of deepening the St. Johns River. Dredging the channel down to a depth of 47 feet is a major priority for JAXPORT and this area’s business and civic leadership so that the port can attract bigger cargo ships and theoretically create more jobs. But opponents cite issues like environmental concerns and the potential cost of the dredging project, which is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions. We speak with Dr. David Jaffee of UNF's Ports Project, and Dr.

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Jacksonville mayoral candidate Omega Allen joins us to discuss her platform. Allen, Jacksonville native and a certified general contractor, is the only woman running in the mayor's race.

The Financial News & Daily Record's Karen Brune Mathis speaks with Generation W founder Donna Orender is this month's edition of our First Coast Success segment.

And sports contributor Cole Pepper joins us with the outcome of the Daytona 500, Jacksonville Armada soccer news and more.

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According to a new Duke University study, children who participate in early learning programs are less likely to be placed in special education. The researchers also found that pre-K programs benefit kids with attention disorders and learning disabilities. Proponents of early learning here in Florida say these findings illustrate how high quality early education can alter the course of a person’s life dramatically. We speak Padma Rajan, vice president of programs and research with Guiding Stars of Duval.

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Generation W is returning to Jacksonville next month for another day of education, inspiration, and connection.