Sarah Glenn

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Sarah was a WJCT during the 2020 spring semester. She's attending the University of North Florida, where she is majoring in multimedia journalism.

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Jacksonville is a leading contender on a shortlist of cities to host part of the Republican National Convention in August.

Community activists are speaking out about the city of Jacksonville’s decision to remove the Confederate statue from Hemming Park Tuesday.

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President Trump is moving the Republican Convention out of North Carolina due to Gov. Roy Cooper's refusal to permit a full capacity gathering due to concerns about coronavirus.

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On Thursday’s program we discussed the deepening of the Saint Johns River at JAXPORT. 

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported Friday that Florida’s unemployment rate in April was 12.9%, higher than during the Great Recession. 

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On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Media Roundtable discussed some of the major stories impacting Northeast Florida this week, including:

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On Thursday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed COVID-19, and the impact it’s having on you people's lives and their votes

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Florida has entered the Phase 1 stage of reopening with restaurants operating at 25 percent capacity. Parks and beaches have also reopened, across much of the state. 

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On today’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Friday Media Roundtable discussed some of the biggest stories impacting Northeast Florida - and beyond - this week:  

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Some parts of the state are gradually reopening, even as the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue rising.

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On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Media Roundtable discussed some of the stories impacting Northeast Florida this week. 

 

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As the COVID-19 shutdown continues, restaurants have had to adapt to keep their business running.

One of the ways some eateries have pivoted , especially fast-casual ones, is by selling a small selection of groceries to their customers. That’s in addition to switching to take out only.

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Jacksonville got a lot of national attention over the weekend for partially reopening its beaches. Atlantic Beach Mayor, Ellen Glasser, joined us with a look at how the first few days have been going.  

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On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis met with his newly-formed task force to discuss how to reopen the state. This meeting comes as he faces growing criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Media Roundtable discussed some of the stories impacting Northeast Florida this week.

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Many COVID-19 patients are losing their sense of taste and smell. Doctors aren’t sure why, but a new research effort starting here in Florida aims to find out. 

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The Coronavirus is causing some of those infected to lose their sense of taste and smell.

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Feeding Northeast Florida is working hard to supply Jaxsons in need with food during the COVID-19 crisis. The food bank has partnered with grocery stores, manufacturers and farms to distribute food to social service agencies and programs in the region.

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As unemployment continues to rise due to COVID-19, some Floridians are facing a food crisis.

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Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, has been touted by some politicians, including President Donald Trump and Governor Ron DeSantis to treat coronavirus, but it does not have the approval of the Centers for Disease Control for this use.

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On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Media Roundtable discussed the coronavirus stories impacting Northeast Florida. 

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On Wednesday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed Masks4Jax.

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Dr. Greg Poland, an infectious disease expert with the Mayo Clinic, joined us to discuss the latest on COVID-19. 

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After mounting pressure, Governor Ron DeSantis issued a safer at home order for the entire state of Florida this week, to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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On Friday’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Friday Media Roundtable we discussed how COVID-19 continues to impact Florida.

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On Wednesday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed possible new CDC recommendations regarding face masks.

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Publix will now allow some of its workers to wear personal protective equipment while on duty, Maria Brous, director of communications for the grocer, told WJCT News in an email.

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On Monday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed the arrival of rapid COVID-19 testing. 

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