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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

07/16/15: Iran Nuclear Deal; Schultz Center; Robert Earl Keen

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First Coast residents with connections to Iran are expressing optimism about this week’s announcement of a nuclear deal with the Persian state. 
 
The agreement, which was years in the making, was struck to keep Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years. It also imposes new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. 
 
And the deal is seen as giving an economic boost to Iran, which stands to finally rid itself of internationally-imposed sanctions and receive more than $100 billion in assets frozen overseas. 
 
Reaction to the deal has been mixed though, with many Republicans denouncing the agreement.
 
We discussed the deal with Marilyn McAfee, retired Ambassador and career foreign service officer who spent more than four years in Iran.

Schultz Center CEO Deborah Gianoulis joins us with news about how the Jacksonville-based leader in high quality professional development for educators is expanding statewide.

And we speak with celebrated country and Americana artist Robert Earl Keen about his new album and his show at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall this weekend.

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