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First Coast Week in Review

Downtown Jacksonville.
John Raoux
Downtown Jacksonville.

It’s Friday, and we all know what that means: our First Coast Week in Review, when we discuss the biggest headlines happening right in our backyard.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Florida state college campuses have been banned from programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion. This decision, sanctioned by the Florida Board of Governors, marks the end for women’s centers, interfaith resources and LGBTQ alliances across the state. 
  • Jacksonville City Council members recently decided to invest $9 million in renovating the aging Duval County Jail, even though they plan to close the outdated building. 
  • The discussion about removal of the Springfield Confederate monument persists, driven by inquiries from the council president and other lawmakers questioning the process. 
  • Another cruiseline is considering the Jacksonville port. 


JME DJ Sessions

We also got our groove on with Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw as he introduces three new songs that have captured his attention this week.

Khruangbin — A Love International.

Green Day — Dilemma.

Ulysses Owens Jr and Generation Y — Bird Lives.

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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.