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First Coast Week in Review; JME's Songwriting School

Lance Asper

As the week comes to a close on the First Coast, we delved into the most impactful news stories unfolding within our community.

Among the topics discussed:

  • The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday that Marsy’s Law cannot be invoked to shield the identities of law enforcement officers involved in incidents of deadly force.
  • The Sarasota Police Department has initiated an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Christian Ziegler, the chair of the Florida Republican Party.
  • The Jacksonville City Council voted to buy a planned liquor store site after the Brentwood community complained about its proximity to homes and a school.
  • Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters disclosed a series of charges Tuesday against 44-year-old alleged drug dealer Robert Graham. 
  • A judge rejected a request to dismiss misconduct charges against a former Glynn County district attorney. The attorney, Jackie Johnson, is accused of obstructing the investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery in 2020. 


  • Hetal Bhatt, former BBC journalist and producer at two local news stations. 
  • Randy DeFoor, attorney and former Jacksonville City Council member.
  • Renata Di Gregorio, reporter at First Coast News.
  • Andrew Pantazi, investigative reporter and founder of The Tributary.

JME Songwriting School

Hurley Winkler, contributor with the Jacksonville Music Experience, recently sat down with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ricklous to talk about his new single, which was released today.

The interview can be found on the JME page here.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.