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8/7/19: Congressman Al Lawson; City Year; Caribbean Carnival

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Melissa Ross with Congressman Al Lawson outside Studio 5.

A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives now favor impeaching President Donald Trump, according to NPR's Impeachment Tracker

They’re also pushing hard for the Senate to take up gun safety legislation in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

U.S. Congressman Al Lawson, a Democrat representing Florida’s 5th Congressional District, joined us with his thoughts on those issues and more. 

Related: Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., talks about why she favors impeaching the president

City Year

As students head back to school next week, some will work with the AmeriCorps members of City Year. Dan Foley, Executive Director of City Year, joined us with more information, along with Milena Gil, a second year City Year AmeriCorps member at Andrew Robinson Elementary School.

Caribbean Carnival

The Caribbean is coming to the First Coast this weekend. Theo Jack, Jr., President of the Jacksonville Caribbean Festival, joined us to explain how.

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?