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Easing COVID Restrictions In Florida Schools; Project Boots; TEDxJax; JME Picks

Associated Press
Photo of students in class wearing masks

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed a controversial new surgeon general on Tuesday.

Dr. Joseph Ladapo is a UCLA researcher who previously expressed skeptisim surrounding COVID vaccines' effectiveness to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Ladapo has already signed a new Florida Department of Health rule that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine if they are asymptomatic.

Instead, under the order, parents can decide whether their children attend school after an exposure.  Physicians and public health experts say the plan will increase the risk of infection across the state.  


Project Boots

A new home ownership program is coming to Jacksonville's Eastside. Project Boots will operate in Jacksonville’s most under-resourced communities and provide a path to homeownership to help residents build generational wealth while changing the narrative of the neighborhood.

Guest: PeDro Cohen,  executive director at LISC Jacksonville


The TEDxJacksonville Conference featuring both local and national speakers is coming up next month at the Times-Union Center


JME's September Music Picks

Jacksonville Music Experience DJ Sessions have returned to the show! We spotlight some of the musical talent here on the First Coast.  

Guest: WJCT Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw

Patrick Cantin can be reached at or on Twitter

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