Heard On WJCT News

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A lack of employment opportunity, an excess of generational poverty and lack of access to financial institutions  — and the fiscal literacy they provide — makes it difficult for many families to see their way out of hardship.

VR DREAMZ

The Timucuan Parks Foundation is teaming up with virtual-reality company VR DREAMZ to bring Jacksonville’s parks to hospital-bound children.

The pair will launch the plan with a demonstration of the technology next Tuesday evening at the Museum of Science and History.

JTA

JTA has announced the next phase of its vision to eventually replace and expand the existing Skyway with autonomous electric vehicles.

Duval superintendent finalist Erick Pruitt says although he’s the only finalist who isn’t a sitting superintendent, he has the right experience in large, urban districts to lead Duval.

Friday on First Coast Connect our Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter David Bauerlein, WJCT contributor Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan.

Issues discussed included

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The Florida State Board of Education approved tougher requirements for students who use alternative tests to meet graduation requirements at its meeting Wednesday.

Clay County

An access-to-justice initiative tested in Clay County will soon be available to Floridians statewide.

Duval Superintendent finalist Diana Greene said already being a Florida superintendent, she’d have a minimal learning curve coming to Duval where she would work to make the district financially solvent and eliminate D and F school grades.

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke to Eastside Environmental Council founder and CEO Wynetta Wright and development manager Teena Anderson about their work to cleanup their neighborhood from contaminants and prevent discharge of pollutants into the St. Johns River (01:06).

Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Two days after Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officer Lance C. Whitaker was killed in a single-vehicle crash near I-295 and Alta Drive, a procession of police officers and firefighters escorted his body from the morgue downtown to a funeral home in Riverside. Community members, colleagues, friends and family lined the route to honor the 17-year-veteran of the force.

FDOT

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has a plan in place to fix the big hole that opened Wednesday on Beach Boulevard near Hodges Boulevard.

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There’s no widespread system of care for mental health patients in Florida.

Duval Superintendent finalist Michael Dunsmore says he’d be a coach to the Duval County school district, surrounding himself with smart people to help fix what’s broken and stabilize what’s working.

Bonnie Zerr / WJCT

The smooth sounds of jazz are filling the HD Radio airwaves in Jacksonville with the launch of a new “pop-up” radio station on 89.9 FM HD4.

“We thought we do our part in getting people in the mood for this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival by creating a pop-up jazz station. Over 1000 songs are in rotation celebrating America’s original art form, jazz,” said WJCT Station Manager David Luckin.

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Partnership for Child Health

Wednesday on First Coast Connect as part of Mental Health Awareness Month we heard about what’s being done to help children with mental disorders on the First Coast from Vicki Waytowich with the Partnership for Child Health (01:28).

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