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Public Health Cuts; Eviction Worries; Local Landmarks; What's Good Wednesdays

Charles Sykes
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Balloon vendors wear required face masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic on Main Street, U.S.A. in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

While Duval County has seen more than 25,000 coronavirus cases, a total that rises each day, a new investigation shows Florida’s numerous cuts to its public health budget have contributed to the toll on human lives. We spoke to Jason Dearen, a reporter with the Associated Press.

Federal Moratorium

People struggling to pay rent during the pandemic may soon be facing a wave of evictions, as a state eviction moratorium in place since earlier this year is coming to an end.  Local attorneys with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid have developed an online tool for tenants to help them fight evictions. We spoke with Jim Kowalski, president and CEO of the organization. 

What’s Good Wednesdays

Today we celebrate National Dog Day! We take a look at some interesting facts about the joys that dogs bring our lives daily.  Email us a picture of your dog to for a chance to be included in this week’s What’s Good Wednesdays newsletter.

We also heard what to expect from this year's Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Art Awards from Ellen Cottrill, the council’s coordinator for programs and public engagement.

Finally, congratulations to local chef Rebecca Reed on her success on Tuesday’s episode of Chopped Sweets! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more good news.

Bringing Old Buildings Back To Life

TheJacksonville Historical Society supports a plan that could help revitalize the city's older buildings. We spoke with CEO and president Alan Bliss.  

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.