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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

10/22/18: Gun Violence, Political Action App, Flowers & Stress Relief

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Six people were shot near a launderomat half-mile from stadium,

With another mass shooting in Jacksonville - this time near TIAA Bank Field on Sunday - we took at gun  violence and opinions on what can be done to combat it on Monday’s First Coast Connect.

Parvez Ahmed, Director of Graduate Programs and Professor of Finance at the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida, joined us with some perspective on gun violence, in regards to Jacksonville, the U.S. and the world.

Gubernatorial Debate

We also broke down the first debate between Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

Political Action Via Your Smartphone

With early voting now underway for the November 6 election we looked at a political action app that’s been making inroads. Called Capitol Call, the app helps voters get in touch with everyone from Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry to members of Congress and more.

The app was named one of Apple’s top 20 influencers of App Culture in 2017. Matt White from Capitol Call took us through why the app has become so relevant.

Relieving Stress

A local researcher says there’s a surprising way to relieve stress: flowers.

Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, a University of North Florida associate professor of public health, showed us a study that demonstrated how that living with flowers significantly alleviates daily stress.

Another Ugly Loss

The Jaguars benched quarterback Blake Bortles as they suffered their third straight loss, this time 20-7 to the Houston Texans.

The loss followed a week when Head Coach Doug Marrone ramped up the intensity of practice and focused on a return to the basics. WJCT Sports Analyst Cole Pepper broke down what went wrong along with a look ahead to Georgia-Florida week.

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Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.