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03/09/16: Republican Primary Poll; Generation W; World Affairs Council Speakers; Autism Symposium


  A new UNF poll finds that if the Republican primary were held today, Donald Trump would garner 35 percent of the votes here in Florida.

Marco Rubio comes in second in UNF’s new poll- at 28 percent, and Ted Cruz is a distant third.

We speak with Mike Binder, professor of political science at UNF and head of the school's Public Opinion Research Laboratory, about the results.

The Generation W women's leadership conference will hold its fifth annual event this year. We preview it with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Audrey Moran.

We discuss the current political climate in Iran with U.S. Ambassador Marilyn McAfee and Buster Hagenbeck, retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They both spoke on the topic at a recent event presented by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville.

Wolfson Children's Hospital will hold its eighth annual Autism Symposium today on the UNF campus. We preview the event with Jackie Bargas, program coordinator; Dr. Catherine Rice, development psychologist at Emory University in Atlanta; and symposium speaker, Dr. Nathan Call, director of the Severe Behavior Program at Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

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