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02/01/16: Aiden Michael McClendon Shooting; Downtown Development; Atrial Fibrillation; Cole Pepper

The local activist group Families of Slain Children held a conference Monday about the ongoing issue of gun violence in Jacksonville following the shooting death of a 22-month-old boy on the city's Eastside.

There’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest in the murder of Aiden Michael McClendon.

We speak with Families of Slain Children founder and CEO Beverly McClain.

We then discuss the new momentum to revitalize Jacksonville's urban core with Aundra Wallace, CEO of the Downtown Investment Authority; Jim Bailey, chair of the Downtown Investment Authority and owner of Bailey Publishing; and Kimberly Waterhouse, director of programs with CREW Jacksonville.

February 1 kicks of American Heart Awareness Month, a national heart attack and stroke awareness and prevention campaign. Dr. Neil Sanghvi of the First Coast Heart & Vascular Center joins us to discuss atrial fibrillation, the number one heart rhythm disorder in the world.

And we discuss the Jacksonville Jaguars' recent "State of the Franchise" address and other sports news with contributor Cole Pepper.

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