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06/21/16: Senate Votes On Gun Control; Formosan Termites; Green Film Series; 'The Committee'

Gun Control

Monday night, the U.S. Senate rejected four measures to enact tighter control on firearms in the United States.

The amendments were proposed following the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last week.

Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties introduced measures they said would have strengthened background checks and prevented suspected terrorists from obtaining weapons.

We discuss last night's vote with Josh Gellers, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida.

Formosan Termites

Formosan termites have caused quite a bit of concern in Jacksonville recently.

An infestation of the stubborn pests is leading to the demolition of the city’s old Woman’s Club next to the Cummer Museum.

The issue has actually led to the formation of a new task force to fight the problem.

We speak with Erin Harlow, commercial horticulture agent with the Duval County Extension Office, and director of the Formosan Subterranean Termite Task Force. 

Green Film Series

We learn about upcoming Green Film Series at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, a collaboration between the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, Edible Northeast Florida and the U.S. Green Building Council to highlight sustainability efforts in Northeast Florida.

Amy Robb, publisher of Edible Northeast Florida, and Ryan Murphy, director of the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, join us with a preview

'The Committee'

The documentary "The Committee" tells the story of the Florida Legislative Investigative Committee of the State Legislature from 1956-1965, led by Senator Charley Johns and better known as Johns Committe.

The Johns Committee aimed to remove homosexual students and employees from state universities.

"The Committee" will air this week on public television stations around the country, including WJCT-TV.

We speak with co-director Lisa Mills, associate professor of film at the University of Central Florida, about the history behind the film.

You can watch this segment, courtesy of our partner


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