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12/15/15: Eureka Garden Updates; Brain Cancer Treatment; First Coast Connect Book Club; Toy Safety

Federal authorities are warning the owner of Jacksonville’s Eureka Garden subsidized-housing complex that it is in default of a key funding contract because of deplorable conditions at the apartments.

A Notice of Default from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Global Ministries Foundation has failed “to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing.”

HUD has set a February 4 deadline for the Reverend Richard Hamlet to fix the problems at the troubled site.

Meanwhile, Wayman Ministries and the Wayman Community Development Corporation are working to improve the lives of the residents of Eureka Garden. We speak with Pastor Mark L. Griffin about their efforts.

A new treatment option at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center could help extend the life of newly diagnosed brain tumor patients. Dr. Robert Cavaliere, neuro-oncologist with Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, joins us now with more about this cutting-edge tool.

In this month's edition of our First Coast Connect Book Club, book blogger Stacey Goldring shares ideas for giving the gift of reading this holiday season. She'll be hosting the inaugural Blix movie event at the San Marco Bookstore in January, featuring a screening of The Princess Bride.

And attorney Wayne Hogan of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm joins us to discuss toy safety during the holidays, including a look at the some most potentially dangerous toys available this year.

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