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05/09/16: UNF Poll On Pension, HRO; Better Speech And Hearing Month; Calli Marie BAKES; Cole Pepper

UNF Poll on Pension, HRO

A new poll shows Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has some work to do to build support for the pension tax referendum Duval County voters will decide this summer.

The new poll from UNF's Public Opinion Research Laboratory says 36 percent of local residents support the idea, with 24 percent opposed. Forty percent of respondents said they have no opinion on the matter.

At the same time, a big plurality supports HRO expansion in the city on the grounds of “sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression," with 64 percent of voters in favor and  26 percent opposed.

We discuss the results of this poll with UNF professor of political science Dr. Michael Binder, director of the school's Public Opinion Research Laboratory.

Better Speech and Hearing Month

A recent study by John Hopkins University shows that treating hearing loss aggressively may help stave off cognitive decline and dementia.

Two thirds of Americans suffering from hearing loss by the time they reach age 70, so hearing services are crucial to lowering the incidence of dementia.

At the same time, treating children who have speech or language disorders has been show to have a positive impact on society. For every dollar spent on treatment, schools save nearly $10 on remedial education.

Michael Howland, CEO of the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, joins us as the nation marks Better Speech and Hearing Month.

'Calli Marie BAKES'

It’s a delicious way to support a local business and neighborhood and learn some great new recipes at the same time.

Calli Marie Webb and Jack Twachtman with BREW 5 Points are working to make "Calli Marie BAKES," a locally-produced coffee table cookbook, a reality through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

We speak with Webb and Twachtman about the book and Jacksonville's local cafe scene.

Cole Pepper

WJCT News sports analyst Cole Pepper joins us with a look at the upcoming THE PLAYERS Championship, Jacksonville Jaguars news, and more.

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