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Gun laws; JME Music Discovery Series; public notices; Historic Springfield

St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office
St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office

Permitless carry is now the law in Florida, meaning people can carry a concealed weapon with no permit or training.

At the same time, across the country, there have been several incidents in just the past few days of people being shot when they did something as simple as knock on the wrong door or turn into a driveway.

Against this backdrop, the national gun violence prevention group Giffords is ramping up its work here in Florida.

Guest: Samantha Barrios, Florida state director at Giffords.

JME Music Discovery Series

Tuareg musician Mdou Moctar will visit Intuition Ale Works on May 2 as part of our JME Presents Music Discovery Series. The singer, songwriter, actor and activist is perhaps best known for his unique approach to the guitar.


  • Matt Shaw, WJCT arts and culture editor.
  • Mikey Coltun, longtime Moctar producer and collaborator.

Public notices

For 111 years, the Jacksonville Daily Record has published public notices in Duval County. Local residents and property owners read the Record to follow all government agency public notices — everything from zonings to auctions to bid notices and more.

Now, though, Jax City Council is considering changing this more than century-old tradition. Critics of the move say it raises concerns about transparency and accountability.

Guest: Angela Campbell, publisher of the Jacksonville Daily Record.

Historic Springfield

The 44th annual Historic Springfield Tour of Homes & Gardens is fast approaching. We got a preview of this fun and informative event.

Guest: Kelly Lezama, president of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council board of directors.

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Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.