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Discarded schoolbooks; solar power; Black Founders Forum; Untold Stories

Lindsey Kilbride

Duval County Schools is not sure what to do with all the books they’ve been forced to take off library and classroom shelves.

Some librarians and teachers say they’ve received little guidance about whether to donate or toss unapproved books.

Claire Heddles of Jax Today joined us today to talk about the situation.

Solar power

Hurricane season is here, and Jacksonville is looking at ways to make this community — and its power grid — more resilient in the face of the storms.

Distributed energy resources is one solution that can help our communities during this hurricane period.

Heaven Campbell is the Florida program director for Solar United Neighbors and joined us for more.

Black Founders Forum

June 19 is now considered a federal holiday, and in celebration of Juneteenth, the first-ever Black Founders Forum is coming to the University of North Florida campus next week, on June 15.

This high-profile conference will bring together Black entrepreneurs, investors and innovators from across the region.

Jim Stallings is CEO of PS27 Ventures and he joined us to talk more about this event.

Untold Stories

Honoring the tradition of oral storytelling in a modern context, Untold Stories showcases six local storytellers featuring personal and transformative tales on the Florida Theatre stage. A new round of stories is set for this week.

The 2022-2023 season of Untold Stories is curated by Artistic Director Barbara Colaciello of BABS’LAB. She joined us with Nathan Ballentine, aka “The Man in Overalls.”

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Cortnye Jackson is a senior at the University of North Florida. She is majoring in multimedia journalism. Outside of class, she has her own business where she customizes pens for any occasion. After graduation, Cortnye hopes to work in the radio side of journalism or become a news anchor.