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Fossil fuels; the Bridge Connection; Jacksonville Civic Council endorses property tax millage; UNF’s “Forms of Knowing” exhibit opening

Central Maine Power utility lines are seen, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021, in Pownal, Maine. Maine's highest court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday May 10, 2022 on an attempt to overturn a referendum that ended a $1 billion power line to tap into Canadian hydropower. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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Central Maine Power utility lines are shown on Oct. 6, 2021, in Pownal, Maine.

With gas prices inching toward $5 a gallon, the urgency to get the nation off fossil fuels grows stronger each today. The Jacksonville Transit Authority will have a zero emissions forum this week.

The parent company of Florida Power & Light Co. says it has set a goal of zero carbon emissions for 2045. The utility giant plans to get to zero through an expansion of solar and nuclear power.

Guest: Bruce Ritchie, environment and energy reporter, POLITICO.

The Bridge Connection

Mental health issues and suicides are at epidemic levels for teenagers.

Some kids are getting involved as activists. One independent First Coast high school club, The Bridge Connection, is advocating for the Florida Legislature to recognize mental health days for kids as an excused absence.


  • Kaitlyn Stern, student activist, The Bridge Connection.
  • Maria Perez, student activist, The Bridge Connection.

Jacksonville Civic Council endorses property tax millage

TheJacksonville Civic Council, a nonpartisan group of prominent local businesses, CEOs and owners, announces its support of the upcoming Duval County Public School referendum to raise the property tax millage.

Guest: Jeanne Miller, president and CEO, Jacksonville Civic Council.

UNF’s 'Forms of Knowing' exhibit opening 

A new exhibit opens today on the University of North Florida campus as part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s “The Longest Day” campaign.

The Alzheimer’s Association chose the summer solstice to invite people from across the world to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's through awareness activities.


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Trinity Webster-Bass is a sophomore at Howard University from Jacksonville. At Howard University, she is a member of the Cathy Hughes School of Communication Annenberg Honors Program and the president of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Howard University Chapter. Trinity is excited to serve as a production intern at WJCT because of her love for public radio. You can reach Trinity on her Twitter at @trinitywbass.