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2/26/19: Mayoral Ad Wars; Moveable Feast; America Saves Week; Therapy Animals

WJCT will carry a mayoral debate between Omega Allen, Anna Brosche, Lenny Curry and Jimmy Hill on Wednesday, March 6, from 8 to 9 p.m. It will air on channel 7.1 and 89.9 FM. It will also be streamed on

Daniel Cronrath, Professor of Political Science at FSCJ, joined us for a closer look at the ad wars – and other issues – in Jacksonville’s mayoral race, which is less than a month away.

Related: Voters' Guide

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Mezza Restaurant & Bar

Moveable Feast

In this morning’s Moveable FeastLeigh Cort spoke with Beth Ann Encinosa, the General Manager of Mezza Restaurant & Bar on Neptune Beach.

America Saves Week

A 2018 report by theBoard of Governors of the Federal Reserve System found that four out of 10 American adults would either not be able to cover a $400 emergency expense, or they would cover it by selling something or borrowing money. Jax Federal Credit Union says it’s committed to improving that number here on the First Coast. So, this week, it’s participating inAmerica Saves Week - a national campaign to encourage Americans to set a savings goal, make a plan, and save automatically to achieve long-term financial wellness. Angie Coleman, Jax Federal Credit Union’s Chief Marketing Office, joined us with all the details.

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Eli and Taylor in Studio 5

Therapy Animal Expo & Symposium

The Third Annual Therapy Animal Expo & Symposium, which will focus on the life-changing power of pets, is scheduled to take place at UNF this Saturday. Carlene Taylor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Counselor Supervisor in Florida, and Visiting UNF Professor; and Reverend Elizabeth Teal, Minister, Ministry of Animals, joined us with more– along with Taylor’s K-9 partner, Eli.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?