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A rally in Tally; Jax’s murder trial of the century; reducing barriers to health care; TEACH Conference; what’s happening in Jax

Protestors marched to the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023 to protest Florida's rejection of AP African American Studies.
Adrian Andrews
Protestors marched to the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, to protest Florida's rejection of AP African American Studies.

Black lawmakers, religious leaders and civil rights leader Al Sharpton led a march to the Florida Capitol Wednesday.

There they criticized the state’s rejection of an AP African American studies course, along with other changes to education in the Sunshine State.

Sharpton, a longtime activist who heads the National Action Network, focused heavily on denouncing Gov. Ron DeSantis. He also called for a voter drive to oppose the governor, who was reelected by a wide margin in November.

Guest: Dwight Bullard, senior political advisor to Florida Rising and former state senator.

The murder trial that rocked Jacksonville more than a century ago

Local historian and author Louise Stanton Warren has published her first historical, true-crime narrative about the relatively unknown murder of Cuban American Marie Louise Gato in 1897 in what is now the Springfield neighborhood in Jacksonville.

Fatal Switch: Murder on the Panama Road” tells the story of Gato’s murder, which became the region’s trial of the century.

Guest: Louise Stanton Warren, local historian and author.

Increasing health equity in the River City

Telescope Health is a physician-led health care solutions company that aims to reduce barriers to care.

Guest: Dr. Matthew Thompson, Telescope Health CEO.

Why some Florida kids could lose Medicaid coverage even if they’re still eligible

More than 6 million children could lose Medicaid coverage as the COVID emergency ends.

In an interview with Health News Florida’s Stephanie Colombini, Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families explains why Florida kids are especially at risk.

Guest: Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

TEACH Conference; Empowering teachers from across the Sunshine State

TEACH is a daylong conference created to engage, empower and inspire educators.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Jacksonville on Feb. 25.

Guest: Circe LeNoble, grants and education outreach manager at WJCT.

A look at what’s happening around town this weekend

Friday Musicale has a busy concert season going on right now, and their shows are free.

Cre8Jax fills us in on some events worth checking out around the city this weekend and beyond.


  • Daniel Stark, executive director of Friday Musicale.
  • Catalina Selvagn, multimedia host and personality.
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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.