First Coast Connect With Melissa Ross

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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross 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 roundtable of local media personalities and civic leaders each Friday.

First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross

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

The monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

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The monthly First Coast Connect Book Club is hosted by WJCT contributor Stacey Goldring.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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

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As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, the demand for it is surpassed the supply at both the local and state levels.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast  Florida, including:

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The Lot J deal is no more.  

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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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North Florida Representative Al Lawson joined us to discuss last week’s attack on the Capitol, the continued fallout from it, and what comes next.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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Americans are reeling from a dark day in our nation’s history Wednesday.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise locally and statewide, as concerns continue to grow over the vaccine's rollout.

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This month, Jacksonville City Councilwoman Joyce Morgan will lead a series of “Safer Together” workshops aimed at creating a safer community.

We kicked off the new year with a closer look at the latest on the proposed $457 million Lot J plan.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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As the pandemic blazes on, more than 50 million people in America are facing food insecurity - including thousands here in Northeast Florida.

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In Jacksonville, there have been real efforts this year to address long-standing racial inequities in the city.

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This week, health care workers begin receiving the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Two doeses are required for maximum effectiveness.

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After a long and difficult year in this pandemic, some good news is finally on the horizon.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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The South often gets the Hollywood treatment, but movies often get the region wrong.

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Florida’s top public health official said Tuesday that five Florida hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville, could receive COVID-19 vaccinations as early as next week.

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The leader of the Jacksonville City Council has kicked the discussion over the controversial Lot J development into next year.     

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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The Jacksonville City Council continued to review Shad Khan’s controversial Lot J proposal Thursday.

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Many Floridians are at risk for evictions and foreclosures, despite a moratorium from the CDC. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says that Devon Gregory died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the Southern Poverty Law Center is demanding an independent federal investigation into the 18-years-old’s death. The group, and other activists have been calling for more transparency and accountability in examining the police shootings of African Americans.

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The holiday weekend saw a rise in COVID-19 cases, and subsequently, Florida is expected to surpass one million coronavirus cases Monday or Tuesday.

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The pressure is on. Jacksonville lawmakers and residents have a lot to say ahead of the City Council’s vote on whether or not to approve or deny Shad Khan’s request for taxpayer funding for his proposed Lot J development.

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