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Bicentennial controversies; state seeks to block access to gender-affirming care; Bank of America Small Business Report; local sports

Kevin Meerschaert

Jacksonville’s big bicentennial celebration is scheduled to take place this Saturday; however, some groups, such as Take Em Down Jax, feel that it is being overshadowed by the fact that Confederate monuments are still standing around town.

Additionally, other groups, including the Northside Coalition, have voiced concern over the fact that the city’s Black community has been left out of the planning process for the festivities.


State seeks to block access to gender-affirming care

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration has asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors. This request came hours after the state signaled it will ban Medicaid coverage for transgender folks of any age seeking puberty blockers, hormone therapy or gender-affirming care. The request drew opposition from activists and medical professionals alike.

Guest: Dr. Raoul Sanchez, expert on gender affirmative care for nonbinary kids and teens.

Bank of America Small Business Report

Coley Jones, a Bank of America business banker in our area, joined us with an update on the Small Business report BOA recently released and how the findings reflect activity with small-business owners in Jacksonville. Many of his Jax small business clients are looking to install solar panels and expand, but they’re also seeing supply chain and rising interest rates challenges.

Guest:Coley Jones, Bank of America.

Local Sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with an update on the Jaguars’ offseason team activities, the NHL playoffs and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

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