First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

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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.

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

The What's Happening Around Town segment, which is heard every other Thursday, is sponsored by St. Augustine Distillery.  

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 hosted by WJCT contributor Stacey Goldring.

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On Tuesday’s program, we discussed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to lift all restrictions on youth activities, including summer camps, immediately. Dr. Mark Hudak of UF Health Jacksonville and Jessica Morgan of Jacksonville Golf & Country Club and Jacksonville Mom, joined us for a closer look.

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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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School districts are working on plans to welcome students and staff back into buildings this August. 

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Wednesday morning, we took a closer look at the global movement to encourage everyone to wear masks with Jeremy Howard, co-founder of the #Masks4All movement.

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Florida gyms reopened this week, but with restrictions due to the pandemic. Black Hive Athletics owner Brent Parrish, shared the safety measures he is practicing and how his clients have been responding to them.

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A Florida International University student has filed what is at least the third potential class-action lawsuit seeking refunds for students in the state university system. He says online classes are inferior and not worth the price of tuition he’s been paying.

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On Friday’s episode of First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our Media Roundtable examined 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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On Wednesday’s program, we took a closer look at the jobs and employment situation in Northeast Florida with Tim Gibbons, Editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; and Ron Whittington of CareerSource Northeast Florida.

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Despite the current stats of the COVID-19 pandemic, barbershops and salons are now the latest to reopen for business in Florida.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is sparking growing concerns about the nation’s food supply chain, particularly with shortages of meat, but also with other items.

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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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The shooting death of an unarmed black man in South Georgia is making news around the world.

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As the battle against coronavirus takes its toll on the global economy, one industry that has been hit particularly hard is aviation. In the United States, major carriers have seen passenger numbers and revenue plummet. 

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Family physicians are often the first line of health care providers that patients turn to when they present with COVID-19 symptoms. 

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As the state’s number of coronavirus cases and its death toll continue to climb, Florida is getting back to business.

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On Monday's program, we took a closer look at the workplace issues around today's gradual reopening of the state with Jacksonville attorney Tyler White. He is a principal with Jackson Lewis, and specializes in employment issues. 

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

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On Thursday’s program, we took a closer look at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted colleges and universities - and what their summer and spring semesters might look like - with FSCJ President John Avendano.

 

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The coronavirus crisis has hit the restaurant business particularly hard. They have been closed to dining for weeks now, and as such, have had to shift to takeout and delivery only, or close altogether.

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On Monday's program we looked at how homeschooling - which will continue for the remainder of the school year - has been going.

 

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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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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says it’s time to take incremental steps to partially reopen the city’s economy. He’s assembled a group of local civic leaders to advise him.

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On Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said his administration would release the names of the state’s long-term care facilities that have active COVID 19 cases.

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

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