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06/08/15: Medicaid Expansion; Groundwork Jax; Hurricane Preparedness; Marcedes Lewis; Cole Pepper

The Florida House voted down an expansion of Medicaid on Friday. Lawmakers were called back into special session this month to try to come to an agreement on health care spending. The Florida Coastal School of Law’s Disability and Public Benefits Clinic has several clients affected by the “no” vote on Medicaid expansion. We speak with Clinic director Sarah Sullivan and law student Jenny Rose.

The US Environmental Protection Agency just awarded the city of Jacksonville $400 thousand dollars in federal grants to study sites polluted by hazardous materials or oil and develop long-term cleanup plans for a chunk of the city’s core. At the same time, the new nonprofit Groundwork Jacksonville is literally on the ground working to eliminate brownfields, toxic sites and polluted water from key neighborhoods in the city. Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Dawn Emerick joins us to discuss the nonprofit's work.

As hurricane season begins, we look at what First Coast residents need to know to be prepared with Steven Woodard, Director of Emergency Preparedness with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, and Megan Graham, Emergency Preparedness Planner with the City of Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Jaguar Marcedes Lewis joins us with a preview of the he Marcedes Lewis Foundation’s 2nd annual Jacksonville Football Camp at Lee High School. This is a free opportunity for children to learn about football and the benefits of exercise and healthy living from Lewis and other former and current players.

And we speak with our sports contributor Cole Pepper about American Pharaoh's Triple Crown win, the Jacksonville Sharks' victor over the Orlando Predators and more.

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