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Jacksonville sheriff’s race; a local fitness empire; children’s hospitals flooded with RSV patients; the Jags get a win

Campaign signs fill the area outside the Jacksonville Public Library.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
Campaign signs fill the area outside the Jacksonville Public Library.

Tuesday is Election Day, and the biggest local race is the contest for Jacksonville sheriff.

The two candidates running for that office have been invited to participate in the ICARE 2022 Community Problems Assembly on Monday night, a special forum that will focus on the city’s high homicide rate and give residents the chance to talk about their experiences with unnecessary arrests.


How a First Coast fitness guru built a national empire

Craig Pepin-Donat built a national fitness empire from right here in Northeast Florida.

In this month’s First Coast Success, Karen Mathis of the Jacksonville Daily Record spoke with Pepin-Donat, the owner of Crunch Fitness.

RSV spike overwhelming children’s hospitals

Children’s hospitals in Northeast Florida and across the U.S. are being flooded with patients suffering from RSV, a serious respiratory illness.

The drastic and unusually early spike in cases has led to long waits for treatment at pediatric units across the country, and medical professionals are worried about what could happen this winter.

Dr. Mobeen Rathore, who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases at UF Health Jacksonville, joined us to discuss the troubling uptick in cases of RSV.

Jags for the win

The Jacksonville Jaguars snapped a five-game losing streak this weekend with a 27-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders.

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres provided an update on the weekend’s sports.

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Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.