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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

11/18/15: Syrian Refugees; Heather Quick; Naz And Court; 'How To Succeed In Business...'


  Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has joined Gov. Rick Scott and other governors around the country who’ve said they do not want refugees from Syria in their states. In a letter Tuesday, Curry asked Jacksonville’s congressional delegation to stop a plan to accept Syrian refugees.

Jacksonville has the fifth largest Syrian population in America, and one of the largest Arab-American populations overall.

The terrorist attacks in Paris have raised concerns about refugee resettlements from the region. The leaders of World Relief Jacksonville, which works to resettle refugees from all over the world, say those concerns are misplaced.

We speak with Michelle Clowe, Refugee Services Coordinator, Travis Trice, Church Mobilizer, and Katie Sullivan, Volunteer Coordinator with World Relief Jacksonville.

Heather Quick, CEO and Founder of the Quick Law Group, joins us to discuss her recent recognition from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, a worldwide honor for female executives and entrepreneurs. Quick won in the Women Helping Women and Female Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

Local designer Courtney Barringer and her business partner Naz Harounian have just been named “the future of fashion” by the United Nations Fashion Fights Poverty for their work promoting sustainable and ethical practices in the fashion industry. We speak with them about the award and their line, Naz & Court.

And we preview the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts' production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with a special in-studio performance by cast members Logan Smith, Ana Puig and Geena Haylock.

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