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02/03/15: Infrastructure Issues; Go Red For Women; 'Stetson Kennedy Legacy' Series


The collapse of a section of Liberty Street in downtown this weekend is brining renewed concern about Jacksonville's roads and bridges. The state of the nation's infrastructure is also an issue in the proposed budget announced by President Obama this week, with the president calling for nearly half  a trillion dollars in transportation construction spending. We look at infrastructure concerns and possible solutions with Rick Mullaney, director of Jacksonville University's Public Policy Institute, and A.G. Gancarski, columnist for Folio Weekly and Florida Politics.

Dr. Pamela Rama, Baptist Health cardiologist and president of the local chapter of the American Heart Association, joins us to discuss the Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

We also look at the life of famed author, folklorist and civil rights icon Stetson Kennedy with his widow, Sandra Parks Kennedy, Darryl Willie of Teach For America, and Tangela Floyd of Young Minds Building Success Charities. Willie and Floyd will be performing excerpts from Kennedy's works as part of the "Stetson Kennedy Legacy" Reader's Theater series at Ritz Theatre.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.