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9/24/19: Roundup Lawsuits; Bahamas Doc; North Florida TPO; Daily's Foundation

Terrell Hogan Lawfirm
Roundup Weed Killer

More First Coast residents are filing lawsuits against Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer. They claim it caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

At issue: Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer. Attorney Chris Shakib of the Terrell Hogan Law Firm, says the company knew glyphosate was likely carcinogenic for decades, but it deceived scientists and the public into believing it’s safe. He’s representing eight consumers who say Roundup gave them cancer.

Bahamas Documentary

WJCT partner News 4 Jax, WJXT,will air a special presentation Tuesday at 8 p.m. Titled “96 Hours of Anguish,” the news documentary is a graphic look at the destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian, which struck the islands starting Sept. 1. 

North Florida Transportation Planning Organization

The North Florida TPO is in the final stages of updating a long-range transportation plan called Path Forward 2045. The public is invited to learn more about it at an open house on Thursday, Sept. 26, at WJCT. Marci Larson of North Florida TPO and project manager Wiley Page of Atkins Global joined us with more information.

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Chad Johnson, Aubrey Edge, Melissa Ross and Caleb Musselwhite (counterclockwise from left to right) in Studio 5.

Daily’s Foundation

Country music star Brantley Gilbert will perform at Daily’s Place on Friday, Sept. 27. It’s the first concert that’s partnering up with the Daily’s Foundation to benefit local charities, including local children’s hospitals.

Aubrey Edge, president and CEO of Daily’s; Chad JohnsonJacksonville Jaguars chief content officer and senior vice president for sales and service; and 3-year-old Caleb Musselwhite of Callahan, who was successfully treated at St. Vincent’s for neuroblastoma, joined us with a preview.

Contact Heather Schatz 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?