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06/27/16: Chasing The Dream; First Coast Success; Taylor Richardson; Cole Pepper

Chasing the Dream

The deplorable conditions at the local low-income housing project Eureka Gardens captured national headlines when it came to light residents were living with dangerous mold, leaky gas pipes, and dilapidated stairs. But those conditions aren’t unique to that complex. 

Many local, low-income residents deal with these conditions every day.

For poor people in Jacksonville, finding housing that’s both affordable and livable can be hard to come by. Finding shelter often means settling for dangerously run-down apartments and dealing with the constant threat of eviction.

WJCT’s "Chasing the Dream" series, launching this week on 89.9 FM, examines what housing is available when you’re poor and what’s being done to help against a public housing system that’s underfunded nationwide.

We discuss the issue with WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo, and attorneys Katherine Hanson and Jeff Haynie of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.

First Coast Success

In this month's edition of our First Coast Success segment, Karen Mathis of the Daily Record speaks with JAX Chamber chairperson Audrey Moran.

Taylor Richardson

NASA says the first intrepid explorers who’ll make the 139- million-mile journey to Mars are already alive.

Some independent nonprofits are working to train prospective Martian transplants how to survive the journey and thrive on the red planet.

One local girl, Taylor Richardson, is already prepping for the journey and she’s only 12 years old.

We speak with Richardson about her goal and her passion for science.

Cole Pepper

WJCT News sports analyst Cole Pepper joins us to discuss the progress of the Jacksonville Jaguars' new indoor practice field, and other local sports news.

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