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Preparedness For COVID-19; Renewing Dignity; PS 27 Ventures; Monster Jam

Manuel Balce Ceneta
Associated Press
President Donald Trump with Vice President Mike Pence, left, and members of the president's coronavirus task force are pictured during a news conference at the White House Wednesday.

Hours after the White House rejected the idea of appointing a coronavirus czar, President Donald Trump on Wednesday put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration's response to the disease during a news conference. 

The president's remarks came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed a new case of the COVID-19 disease in California that could represent the first U.S. case of the virus spreading within the general population. 

Preparedness for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community. But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don't panic but do prepare. Maria Godoy is a senior editor at NPR and she joined us with more, along with Dr. Pritish K. Tosh, an Infectious Disease Expert with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Renewing Dignity

Menstrual products are not eligible for purchase with food stamps and other federal assistance programs, which leads some women to use unsanitary substitute products.

This problem faces an estimated 100,000 women and girls in Northeast Florida alone. That’s why Renewing Dignity, a local nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself over the last year to providing essential products to thousands of women and girls, locally and abroad, who can’t afford them.

We welcomed Jan Healy, Renewing Dignity founder and Susan King of Feeding Northeast Florida.

PS 27 Ventures

The PS27 Ventures Female Founders Forum is an event for women entrepreneurs who want to become better leaders and learn from successful women who have started their own companies.

More than 200 women will attend the March 6 event at the University of North Florida. Christine Caven is a media advisor for PS 27 Ventures and joined us with more.

Monster Jam

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Ryan Anderson and Melissa Ross

Monster Jam is back! 

The action-packed motorsports experience for families  returns to Jacksonville this weekend featuring a mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Ryan Anderson is the driver of Son-uva Digger out of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

His father is four-time Monster Jam World Champion Dennis Anderson. His brother is five-time Monster Jam World Champion Adam Anderson, and his sister is Grave Digger driver Krysten Anderson. 

This is Dennis' first time back in Jacksonville to compete in four years.

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Peter was an intern with WJCT during the 2020 spring semester from the University of North Florida, where he is majoring in communications.