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Police Reform; Divorce & Finances; KHA & Mental Health; New Cummer Director

Jacksonville protesters gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse on Saturday, May 30.
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Jacksonville protesters gather outside of the Duval County Courthouse on Saturday, May 30.

The conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has led many to call for police reform. A  bill passed by the Florida Legislature proposes changes to law enforcement practices.

The bill limits the use of chokeholds by officers, requires law enforcement agencies to conduct independent investigations conducted by a separate law enforcement agency into incidents that led to death, and requires  officers to be better trained on the use of force.

The bill moved quickly through the Florida House and Senate, and is currently headed to Gov. Ron Desantis.

The bill has been called a start for improving relations between the community and law enforcement, but some have also criticized it, saying it doesn't go far enough.

State Rep.  Cord Byrd, and  State Sen.  Andrea Gibson called in to discuss the bill. 

'Moving Forward Confidently' 

Going through a divorce is stressful for anybody. Worries about how a divorce will impact finances can add to the stress. Local attorney and financial advisor Pat Kilbane talked to us about his new book, Moving Forward Confidently, which is a woman's guide for high-net-worth divorces.

Mental Health Among Children and Teens 

The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of some children and teensMike Weinstein, the CEO of Kids Hope Alliance, joined us to talk about how the pandemic has affected children's mental health, and what the organization is doing to support them.

Cummer Museum’s New Director

The Cummer Museum and Gardens has a new museum director. After a nationwide search, the Cummer Museum and Gardens selected Andrea Barnwell Brownlee to be the museum's latest director. Brownlee was formerly the director of the Museum of Fine Art at Spelman College in Atlanta, and joined us to discuss her new role at the Cummer.

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Mackenzie Guiry is a senior multimedia journalism major at the University of North Florida. She spent her first two years of college at Florida Atlantic University.