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08/03/16: Trump Stops In Jax; Creating A Local Tech Hub; Kindergarten Speech And Hearing Checklist

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits Jacksonville Wednesday night for a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Trump’s return to the First Coast comes on the heels of a series of controversies and withering scrutiny over his comments about the family of a slain soldier, the issue of workplace harassment, and more.

We examine these controversies and the current state of the election with two representatives from the Jax Young Voters Coalition, Walker Ellison and Meredith O’Malley Johnson.

Creating a Local Tech Hub

Part of Jacksonville's technology ecosystem has been shut down, with 40 workers being laid off recently.

The local firm Adecco has let go 26 of its corporate employees, and is also shutting down its downtown Ignite lab.

This has been seen as a setback for a city trying to generate private sector growth in digital technology and innovation.

Don Capener, dean of the Jacksonville University Davis College of Business, joins us to discuss efforts to grow technology startups in the city.

Kindergarten Speech and Hearing Checklist

We speak with Dorothy Bourgeois, MA, CCC-SLP, with the the nonprofit Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center about important language skills children should have as they enter kindergarten.

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