Peter Hoban

Peter was an intern with WJCT during the 2020 spring semester from the University of North Florida, where he is majoring in communications. 

Renee Parenteau

The restaurant industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 crisis, as they’ve shifted to takeout and delivery orders to try to stay in business.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry  joined us on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to explain extending his local declaration of emergency for another 30 days, through at least May 13th.

During an online meeting Monday, the Jacksonville City Council unanimously approved a plan to dedicate $30 million in taxpayer money to a partnership with VyStar Credit Union. 

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The fight over sand, sea, and sun continues in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. But Northeast Florida beaches won't be reopening anytime soon.

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North Florida Rep.  Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) joined us with a look at the $2 trillion relief package  passed by Congress that's aimed at helping soften the economic blow the coronavirus pandemic has caused.

WUSF

Isolation can really do a number on our mental equilibrium, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed with depression and anxiety right now, given the circumstances.

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This week has been a challenging one for teachers, students and parents, as many of us across Florida with school-aged children are adjusting to virtual learning at home instead of the daily routine of going to school. Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene is supervising this massive undertaking in Jacksonville for all students in the Duval County Public Schools, and joined us with more.

Jacksonville Symphony

One segment of the economy that’s been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis is the arts.

 

The Bread & Board

In an effort to help expedite relief funds for the food and beverage industry, which has been devastated by the coronavirus crisis, a locally-led coalition of more than 115 industry owner/operators has sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis urging him to provide immediate support.

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We began Thursday's program with the latest coronavirus news.

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Despite fears of coronavirus, the polls are open on this presidential primary election day in Florida.

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We broadcasted live from The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach Thursday morning. We were at the 17th Challenge, by the Nicklaus entrance. Guest host Charges Griggs was joined by Chris Reimer, VP Communcations for The PLAYERS Championship.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

Florida's presidential primary is just one week from today on March 17. But first, voters in six other states including Michigan will cast their votes tonight, March 10.

Joe Biden
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With Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg ending their active campaigns, the race for the Democratic presidential nomination is shaping up as battle between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden.

Bloomberg is throwing his support to the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race - former Vice President Biden.

WUSF

Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Florida, and two in Georgia. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says about two dozen people in the state have been tested for COVID-19.

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Hours after the White House rejected the idea of appointing a coronavirus czar, President Donald Trump on Wednesday put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration's response to the disease during a news conference. 

David Michaels
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Tuesday we looked at how some corporations are using a variety of methods to create doubt about the facts behind science and how that can influence health and safety. 

A 4-month-old baby infected with the novel coronavirus was discharged at a branch of Children's Hospital affiliated to Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, on Feb. 20, 2020.
Huang Zongzhi / Xinhua via AP

The flu remains a far deadlier illness to worry about in Florida than the coronavirus, state lawmakers were told this week.

LEADERSHIP JAX

The public celebration of the life of the late Jacksonville Mayor Jake Godbold is set for this Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event is free and open to anyone. Godbold’s lifelong friend Mike Tolbert joined us to talk about the big event. Godbold was mayor from 1979 to 1987. He was called a "mayor of the people" and has often referred to as Jacksonville's greatest mayor.

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As the presidential race heats up across the country, the deadline to register to vote in Florida’s primaries is fast approaching.

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A new committee investigating JEA could ask for documents going back years to try to get to the bottom of how, when and why the city-owned utility began looking for a private buyer.

Native Sun

A dizzying array of grocery stores all around town are opening and closing.

HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

The Jacksonville City Council is busy with an investigation into the aborted push to sell JEA, and helping to confirm an entirely new board. Overseeing all this is City Council President Scott Wilson, who joined us. 

Visitors are pictured exploring the Genome: Unlocking Life's Code exhibit at MOSH.
Museum of Science and History

Do you have your mother's dimples? Or your father's hairline? What makes us, us? And how much of it sets us apart from every other living thing on Earth?

An aerial view of the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.
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The conventional wisdom is that attending college is a good investment.

FLORIDA HOUSE

A bill that would let voters decide on electing rather than appointing a superintendent for the Duval County Public Schools is generating controversy. 

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The U.S. Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is underway.

Image: Jason Tetlak shows off a draft of mural of comedian and actor Bill Murray, which is planning to paint on the side of a building in Murray Hill.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Actor Bill Murray’s mug may be the new ambassador for a Jacksonville's Murray Hill neighborhood if a local artist gets his way.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Hayling (right) with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (center) and Rev. Andrew Young (left) during a press conference at the Elks Rest on Washington St. during the 1964 Civil Rights Movement actions in St. Augustine.
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Monday marks Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  For the second year in a row, Jacksonville will have two major MLK breakfasts Friday in advance of the holiday. 

Photo of JEA's Downtown Jacksonville headquarters
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

At-Large Group 2 City Councilman Ron Salem, who led an inquiry into the aborted push to privatize JEA,  said Tuesday he welcomes a federal investigation into the matter.

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