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06/18/15: Charleston Chuch Shooting; Travel Expert Judy Wells; Musician Jenni Reid; Kerry Speckman

Police and federal law enforcement agencies were in the midst a manhunt this morning for the gunman they say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina church Wednesday night in what police described as a hate crime. The suspect opened fire on a bible study group at the historic black Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun street, the oldest AME Church in the South, killing eight people. Two other people were rushed to the hospital where one died. This tragedy once again puts race issues in the national spotlight. We speak with Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, UNF assistant professor of sociology specializing in diversity, race relations and gender issues.

Travel expert Judy Wells joins us with suggestions for vacationing on Virginia's eastern coast.

We preview Jacksonville singer/songwriter Jenni Reid's album release concert this weekend.

And our contributor Kerry Speckman joins us with a look at the biggest events happening around town this weekend.

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