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Vaccine Mandate; JALA & Intuition; Coal Ash; 'Seen'; Sports

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Millions of Americans will be affected by President Joe Biden’s new vaccine requirements for the workplace.

If you work for a company that has 100 or more employees, you’ll be expected to either get vaccinated or undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.

Both workers and employers have lots of questions about the new requirements, particularly as more people are working from the office.

Guest: Employment attorney Tyler White, principal and litigation manager of the Jacksonville office of Jackson Lewis. 

Legal Aid and Intuition Ale Works

Florida could face an eviction crisis, as a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic has come to an end.

But you can join an effort to keep people housed by simply buying a beer.

Guests: Jim Kowalski of Jax Area Legal Aid and Ben Davis, owner of Intuition Ale Works

Coal Ash

In March, a barge carrying coal ash from Puerto Rico crashed into the jetties near the mouth of the St. Johns River, resulting in up to 9,000 tons of coal ash spilling into the surrounding waters. While sediment and water samples collected nearly two weeks after the spill indicated no signs of adverse effects, local water adovcates say they have serious concerns about the potential risks posed to our beaches, the St. Johns River, and our residents from toxic coal ash that is being transported through the port of Jacksonville. 

As a result, the nonprofit organizations have launched a petition calling for the Jacksonville City Council and Mayor Lenny Curry to stop accepting toxic coal ash from Puerto Rico or any other community.

Guest: Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

'Seen'

Local author and freelance journalist Julie Delegal just published her debut novel, Seen.

Sports

With football season officially underway, the Jaguars didn't get off to the best start on Sunday.

Guest: WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres

Heather Schatz can be reached at hschatz@wjct.org or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.