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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

5/8/19: Tariffs; 'Disposable;' Cultural Council

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President Donald Trump

For months, investors and companies had been lulled into a sense of security that the world’s two largest economies appeared to be getting closer to a deal to resolve their battle over trade. 

That calm was shattered this week when the Trump administration threatened to impose a new round of tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese products.

Tariffs are having a real impact on locally owned businesses here in Florida. Two First Coast CEO’s,  David Williams, Owner and President, Power & Pumps and All Prime Pumps; and Bob Grubba, President and CEO of Broadway Limited Imports, Inc., joined us for a closer look.

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Nicole Saunders in front of Studio 5.

Author of 'Disposable'

Nicole Saunders is a local prosecutor who balances life in the legal field with a budding career as an author. We spoke to her about her book Disposable, which looks at the lengths parents will go to in order to create the perfect family.

Melissa Ross and Joy Young outside Studio 5.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville

Joy Young, the new head of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, joined us to discuss the organization’s plans to grow arts and culture here on the First Coast.

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?