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Nikki Fried; Jacksonville housing market; National Blood Donor Month; UNF celebrates 50 years

Nikki Fried stand in front of the door for the First Coast Connect Studio.
David Luckin
Nikki Fried at WJCT

As Gov. Ron DeSantis enters the end of his term as governor of Florida, he released his plans for the upcoming legislative session. Democrats in the state hoping to unseat him say his policies do not benefit Florida.

Guest: Nikki Fried, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer services and gubernatorial candidate.

Jacksonville housing market

Real estate sales in Florida are going strong with Jacksonville ranked as one of the hottest markets in the country.

Guest:  Tracy Collins, Jacksonville Realtor.

National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month, but the country is facing a blood shortage issue in many blood centers.

Guest: Angie Byrd, LifeSouth district director for Northeast Florida.

UNF 50th anniversary 

All this year, the University of North Florida is celebrating its golden anniversary. The school first opened its doors back in 1972, when higher education and Jacksonville were very different.

Guest: Pam Chally, UNF interim president.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.