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9/11/19: Crime Cases & Fairness; Building Resiliency; Fall At The Farm; The Ritz

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Melissa Nelson, Melissa Ross and Besiki Kutateladze outside of Studio 5.

A new study found race and ethnicity aren’t a big factor in cases handled by State Attorney Melissa Nelson’s office.

It was conducted by Florida International University and Loyola University, and looked at this region’s prosecutorial effectiveness and fairness. State Attorney Melissa Nelson; and Besiki Kutateladze, an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida International University joined us for a closer look. Kutateladze is also one of the study's authors. 

Recovering from a Disaster

Dorian may have spared the First Coast, but hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30. So, we still need to be vigilant and prepare for the possibility of another one – and how to recover from it. Chris Ryan, Project Manager; and Pauline Gerry, Director of Marketing and Business Development for ServPro of Jax, joined us with more information.

Environmental Symposium

On September 13, the city of Jacksonville will hold its annual Environmental Symposium in collaboration with the University of North Florida. This year’s theme is "Building Resiliency." James Richardson, who heads up the city’s Environmental Protection Board, joined us with a preview.

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Last year's pumpkin patch at Congaree and Penn

Fall At The Farm

Even though it might not feel like it, it’s almost fall, y’all. And, that means there’s lots going on at Congaree and Penn.  Founder and farmer Scott Meyer joined us with details.

The Ritz Theatre And Museum

LaVilla's jewel, the Ritz Theatre and Museum, is celebrating 20 years of entertainment and education this season. Stacy Aubrey of SMG and Vanessa Davis of the Ritz joined us with a preview.

Archived WJCT Video Coverage About Congaree And Penn

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?