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4/30/2018: World Relief Jax; FCS- Mallott; John Bachman; Space 42; Cole Pepper

Travis Trice (far right), pictured with Elaine Carson (left) and World Relief Jacksonville CEO Jose Vega, compares the refugee vetting process to "torture."
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A meeting last year with World Relief of Jacksonville

Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Travis Trice with World Relief Jacksonvilleabout the work the organization does to help refugees who relocate to the First Coast and some upcoming fundraisers to benefit the group’s efforts (01:09).

This month’s edition of First Coast Success with the Daily Record’s Karen Brune Mathis featured retiring JAXUSA president Jerry Mallot (28:10).       

Action News Jacksonville anchor John Bachman talked about thestation’s initiative with WOKV to help local veterans pay off their medical debt (33:50).

We spoke with Space 42 co-founder Michelle Calloway and the group’s first-ever artist in residence Luisa Posada Bleier. Space 42 has launched a new artist in residency program and continues to offer studio space for artists around Jacksonville (38:48).    

Cole Pepper talked about the seven players the Jaguarsselected in the NFL Draft plus the latest news regarding the Armada, the Sharks and the Jumbo Shrimp (46:00).

Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.