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07/07/16: Medicaid Expansion; Summer Reading; Hispanic Chamber; 'Constellation'; Kerry Speckman

Medicaid Expansion

A new survey shows where Florida voters stand on the issue of expanding the Medicaid pool to the state’s low-income residents.

The Texas Medical Center’s Health Policy Institute poll finds 68 percent of Florida voters are in favor of Medicaid expansion and 71 percent would vote for a candidate in favor of Medicaid expansion.

We discuss the results with Dr. Arthur (Tim) Garson, director of the TMC Health Policy Institute.

Summer Reading

Kids can lose up to two months of academic progress if they don’t stay mentally engaged mentally over their summer break.

The Jacksonville Public Library is working to keep children's minds stimulated with its "EPIC Summer" reading program.

Chris Boivin, assistant director marking and communications with the Jacksonville Public Library, and Amber Holley, youth services programming manager, join us with more about the program.

First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's works to enrich the community by encouraging the succes of Hispanic-owned businesses.

The group's inaugural Excellence in Business Awards ceremony takes place next week.

We preview the event with Maribel Hernandez, president and CEO of the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.


Lee Hamby, managing director of the 5 & Dime Theatre, joins us to discuss their production of "Constellations," debuting this week at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

Kerry Speckman

And we look at this weekend's events around town with blogger Kerry Speckman.

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