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Impeachment Update; Mental Health Care For Kids; Blood Donations; Catty Claws Christmas


The House Intelligence Committee released the results of its investigation into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The committee claims the evidence shows Trump placed his political interests above the national interest in his conduct toward Ukraine.

Daniel Cronrath, Professor of Political Science at Florida State College at Jacksonville, joined us now for a closer look.

Cronrath also offered analysis on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Phyical and Behavioral Health Care for Kids

The Jacksonville agency for children, the Kids Hope Alliance, has received a 4 million dollar grant to provide physical and behavioral health services for children in the city. This grant will be administered by the Partnership for Child Health. Vicky Waytowich, who leads the Partnership for Child Health; and Saralyn Grass, Chief Programs Officer with the Kids Hope Alliance, joined us with details.

Blood Donations

During this season of giving, LifeSouth is asking the Northeast Florida community to give the gift of life — especially because blood donations often decline during this important time of year. Karen Patterson with LifeSouth joined us with some info on how you can help.

Catty Claws Christmas

Jacksonville's Catty Shack Ranch is getting into the holiday spirit, with a number of seasonal events. Curt LoGiudice, Catty Shack Ranch's Executive Director; A.J. Neher, Robert E. Lee High School Chorus Director; and some members of the Lee Chorus joined us with a preview – and a live performance.

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