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Duval GOP On RNC Cancellation; Rent Difficulties; EWC's #WeGotYou

Andrew Harnik
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Now that Jacksonville’s portion of the Republican National Convention has been canceled, the party is looking at what’s next.

Duval GOP Chairman Dean Black joined us with his reaction to the cancellation and how he and the GOP are pivoting on the First Coast toward the Florida Primary and General Election.

If Federal Benefits Expire More Evictions Are Expected

More than 32 million people have been collecting an extra $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits thanks to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ) Act.

But with that funding currently scheduled to expire at the end of the month, concerns about potential evictions are rising.

Zillow Economist Jeff Tucker said more than half of Jacksonville’s renters would face a severe housing burden if the additional unemployment benefit expired. He joined us with a look at the numbers.

Home Health Care

Home Health care agencies are feeling the stress of the pandemic as they are forced to deal with more sick patients and staffers.

Related: Local, State, And National Coronavirus Coverage

Charlene Austin, owner of AHP Home Health Care in Jacksonville, has five employees out sick with COVID-19. She shared her company's story.

Edward Waters College Offers Students Help With Tuition

Edward Waters College is helping eligible returning students right now by paying their tuition. The college is also helping with other fees.

The campaign is called #WeGotYou. EWC President Zachary Faison Jr. joined us with the details.

Native Sun Natural Foods Market Helps Local Restaurants

Local Grocery store Native Sun Natural Foods Market reopened its Jacksonville Beach location earlier this year, after shutting down last summer.

Now the grocer is doing its part to support local food producers and restaurants during the pandemic.

Native Sun Owner Aaron Gottlieb joined us to explain how.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

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