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Community addresses weekend's mass shootings; JSO to have presence at local abortion clinic; lunar plants; local sports

Buffalo Supermarket Shooting Targeted Violence
Matt Rourke
People pray outside the scene of Saturday's shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, New York, on Sunday, May 15, 2022.

A unity rally is set for downtown Jacksonville later this morning after a racist ideology drove another young American gunman to mass murder over the weekend. An 18-year-old suspected of opening fire at a Buffalo supermarket Saturday told authorities he was specifically targeting the Black community. Police say the gunman posted a white supremacist manifesto citing the so-called “Great Replacement Theory” as his motivation.

Guest: Dr. Kimberly Allen, CEO, 904WARD.

JSO to have presence at local abortion clinic

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says it will have an officer on-site at A Woman's Choice of Jacksonville to keep the peace after a leaked Supreme Court draft suggests the court will overturn a federal right to abortion. Increased protest activity also informed the decision.

Guest: Kelly Flynn, president, A Woman’s Choice of Jacksonville.

Lunar plants

Scientists at the University of Florida have grown plants in soil from the moon, a first in human history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration. This work is the first step toward one day growing plants for food and oxygen on the moon and during space missions. More immediately, this research comes as the Artemis Program plans to resume piloted lunar missions.

Guest: Stephen M. Elardo, NASA early career fellow and assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with an update on the Jaguars’ upcoming season, Josh Lambo’s lawsuit against Urban Meyer and more.

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