First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

WJCT Sport Analyst Cole Pepper's sports wrap is sponsored by the Black Sheep Restaurant Group, which includes BellwetherRestaurant Orsay and Black Sheep.

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

The monthly First Coast Connect Book Club is sponsored in part by San Marco Books and More.

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The fight over abortion rights is heating up around the country. And, as several states around the country are making it harder for women to obtain an abortion, more women are getting involved in the issue and being recruited to run for office.

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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the Media Roundtable looked at all the biggest stories of the week, including:

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Purdue Pharma and its owners, members of the Sackler family, have tentatively reached the first comprehensive settlement with thousands of different parties, for the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic.  Under the tentative deal, the Sackler family would pay $3 billion in cash over seven years.

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The Duval County Public Schoosl Board has hired lawyers in its fight to get a sales tax referendum before local voters.

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the Media Roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including:

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We took a closer look at some of the ways Hurricane Dorian impacted the First Coast with Kerri Stewart, Senior VP and Chief Customer Officer at JEA.

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Wednesday's program was devoted to coverage of Hurricane Dorian.

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We devoted the full program to the latest on Hurricane Dorian, and how Northeast Florida is preparing for it. 

riday roundtable (clockwise from top) Claire Goforth, Dan Scanlan, Melissa Ross, Charles Griggs and Timothy Gibbons.
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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the Media Roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including:

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As Hurricane Dorian bears down on Florida's east coast, it’s one more element of stress on the state that all of us could do without. That especially includes our kids.

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An extraordinary scene last night at a meeting of the Jacksonville City Council.

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Florida Senate Democratic Leader Audrey Gibson is pushing for gun reform legislation when state lawmakers meet in session next year. She joined us for a discussion on the subject.

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The Jacksonville City Council is set to vote Tuesday evening on whether to approve a half-cent sales tax referendum to shore up aging local school buildings.

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