Patrick Cantin

WJCT NEWS INTERN - FALL 2020

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

He currently majors in communications with a concentration in production and works with  First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross.

A Skyway train is pictured departing the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

A proposed $379 million overhaul and expansion of what is today known as the Skyway system in Downtown Jacksonville faces questions from City Council members as they prepare for a likely vote on doubling the local gas tax.  

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

As the pandemic persists, parents and teachers alike have pressured the state to give students a break from standardized testing this year.   

A man receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Coronavirus infections have ramped up in the nation. Specifically, half of the new infections are in five states;  including Florida, which is seeing variants of the deadly virus.

File photo of people voting
TONY DEJAK / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia’s new voting law.  

A COVID-19 vaccination is pictured being administered at St. John's Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.
Florida Department of Health

It’s been just over a year since the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities were locked down to protect residents from COVID-19. Now, Florida officials have quietly rescinded the emergency rules.

CYD HOSKINSON / WJCT NEWS

Proposed voting changes in Florida are raising some eyebrows with election experts.

LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Anyone age 60 and older can now be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Florida. At the same time, people who don’t fit into the eligible categories have been successful - sometimes - in getting leftover shots at the end of the day.         

One site where that type of standby has been happening is at Edward Waters College, which is a site run by Agape Family Health. The organization's CEO, Mia Jones, joined us with more on the vaccination process.  

Voting Rights

Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma is pictured.
Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency has unanimously approved its final report, which outlines many of the threats climate change poses to Jacksonville, and lays out recommended actions the city can take to protect itself.

Marta Lavandier / Associated Press

The new FEMA vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center on Jacksonville’s Northside saw some confusion Wednesday night.

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The Players Championship will be kicking off its annual Military Appreciation Day this year with a $250,000 day-long fundraiser on March 9 that will be matched dollar-for-dollar by The Players on donations up to $250,000.

EVAN VUCCI / AP

The Biden administration continues to prioritize COVID relief right now, but another big bill the White House has sent to Congress deals with immigration reform.

Rendering provided by CSPR

Jax Spine & Pain Center, in a collaborative effort with UF Health Jacksonville, broke ground Wednesday on a new multi-specialty surgery center and medical office building.  

The tent city in Jacksonville's LaVilla neighborhood near Downtown is pictured on Tuesday.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The city of Jacksonville has successfully relocated 48 people from a LaVilla tent city into temporary shelters following the announcement of a major rehousing initiative. But the encampment remains.

A spokesperson for the city told WJCT News that more people will be offered temporary housing in area hotels as funding becomes available. However, some staying at the encampment have expressed frustration at what they perceive as inaction by the city.  

John Locher / Associated Press

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are dozens of active hate groups in the state of Florida, including seven in Duval County alone.

Heather Schatz/WJCT News

Jacksonville Beach has been undergoing a number of transformations, with more in store.

STEPHANIE COLOMBINI / WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

Was last weekend's Super Bowl a super spreader event?

A Jacksonville homeless encampment on Jefferson St. is pictured.
Sydney Boles / WJCT News

The evictions triggered by the pandemic-induced recession have been linked to an increased risk of COVID-19 cases and mortality.

LYNNE SLADKY / ASSOCIATED PRESS

A CNN analysis of data from 14 states found vaccine coverage is twice as high among whites on average than it is among Black and Latinos. 

AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Florida bars, indoor dining, gyms and any other indoor spaces where masks are not worn 100% of the time should be closed down to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

A teacher and student are pictured in a Chicago classroom in this file photo.
Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool

Governor Ron DeSantis is giving Florida’s senior citizens priority to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Brendan Rivers / WJCT News

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has over two years left on his mayoral term, but contenders are already lining up to replace him.  

CITY OF JACKSONVILLE / VIA JACKSONVILLE DAILY RECORD

The Lot J deal is no more.  

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

The push to remove President Trump from office following the attack on the US Capitol is continuing in Washington D.C.

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