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RNC Lawsuit; Battle Over Back-To-School; JEA Shutoffs; Gamble Rogers' Legacy

Charlie Neibergall
Associated Press
Des Moines Public Schools custodian Tracy Harris cleans chairs in a classroom at Brubaker Elementary School, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.



A lawsuit has been filed in Jacksonville seeking to scale back the Republican National Convention next month at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. The complaint calls the event a public nuisance.

Attorney Tad Delegal, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit joined us with more.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage


We also discussed the latest on plans to send children in Florida back to school in August with Emily Bloch, Education Reporter for The Florida Times-Union; and Justin Vogel, chief negotiator for the St. Johns Education Association and high school classroom teacher.

JEA Cutoffs

JEA customers who are out of work right now due to the pandemic are worried about having their electricity cut off because they can’t pay their bills right now.

Related: JEA Will Start Disconnecting Delinquent Accounts Friday


So what’s going on with this? Sheila Pressley,  Director of Customer Revenue Services for JEA, joined us with some answers.

Gamble Rogers

WJCT will air the local Florida-centric music documentary Gamble Rogers: Down at the Terminal Tavern tonight at 8pm on WJCT TV 7.1.. We got a preview from  Producer William Sykes; and Bruce Horovitz, Author of the award-winning biography, Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour's Life.


Heather Schatz can be reached at 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?