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02/03/16: HRO Latest; Wear Red Day; Sisters Of St. Joseph; Friends Of The Fernandina Library

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced in a memo last week that he is changing city employment policy to prohibit discrimination of any kind.

Curry also said that he does not support any further anti-discrimination legislation, including the two competing human rights ordinance bills currently before the Jacksonville City Council. 

One of them, sponsored by Councilman Tommy Hazouri, would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment or public areas based sexual orientation, gender identity or expression by amending the city’s existing HRO.

The other bill before the Council, introduced by Councilman Bill Gulliford would let voters decide on those protections instead of the Council.

In Florida more than a dozen cities have adopted a human rights ordinance that includes non-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. However, Jacksonville remains the largest American city that has yet to do so.

We discuss the latest the two bills before City Council with Florida Politics writer A.G. Gancarski, who has been following the story.

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. This Friday marks National Wear Red Day, part of the Go Red for Women movement helping all of us live healthier lives. Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty and Mayo Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Amy Pollak join us with details about the importance of heart health for women, and a preview of a big event in downtown Jacksonville as Jax Goes Red.

The Sisters of St. Joseph, a St. Augustine congregation of Catholic women that have continuously served the Northeast Florida community since 1866, are the subject of the new documentary, "A Legacy of Faith." A premiere of the film this weekend will kick off a year of events celebrating the group's 150th anniversary. We discuss their work and history with Sisters of St. Joseph General Superior Sister Jane Stoeker and Father Tom Willis, committee chair leading the year-long celebration.

And former Fernandina Beach mayor and city commissioner Arlene Flikoff joins us with a preview of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library's "Food for Thought" event happening this week to commemorate the opening of the city's newly renovated library.

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