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Florida Gains In New Census; Women's Safety; Edible's Latest Issue; Author Martha Beck

In this Oct. 5, 2020, file photo, a flashing sign near the iconic "Freedom Tower," advises people to fill out their census forms in downtown Miami.

Florida is about to become a more powerful player in national politics based on Census reapportionment numbers released Monday, with the state picking up a new congressional seat.

While the gain isn’t as big as predicted, it's still an important increase.  Mike Binder, head of UNF’s Public OpinionResearch Lab, explained why.

Women's Safety 

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville has an important new tool to track assault cases.   Executive Director Teresa Miles from the Women's Center and Office of the State Attorney Special Victims Unit Director Adair Newman joined us with a look.

Edible's Latest Issue

The new issue of Edible Northeast Florida is out and in these pandemic times, the magazine has picked a timely topic to focus on: preservation.  Edible Editor Lauren Titus talked to us about it.  

Martha Beck

Best selling author and life coach Martha Beck is out with a new book.  She told us more about The Way of Integrity.  

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