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First Coast Week in Review

Aerial view of Jacksonville cityscape at dusk
Aerial view of Jacksonville cityscape at dusk

It’s Friday, which means we’re concluding the week by reviewing the major news stories with local journalists.

Among the topics discussed:

  • Jacksonville City Council is consdering legislation that would let some city officials, including the sheriff, decide on whether court cases get settled. Sheriff T.K. Water sought the authority after the city settled a lawsuit in the fatal police shooting of Jamee Johnson.  
  • Moms 4 Liberty, a conservative activist group advocating for book bans and other causes, decided not to formally object to new science and social studies books purchased by the Duval County School District.
  • A group of individuals who identify as white supremacists voiced their support for a bill that aims to prevent the removal of Confederate statues. Although the bill has widespread support among Republicans, the racist comments caused discomfort among legislators, including Republican Sen. Jennifer Bradley of Fleming Island. 
  • A luxury sweepstakes home in St. Augustine, the HGTV Dream Home, faces hurdles because it did not secure the necessary approval before building rip rap. 

Our panel today:

NPR’s Tiny Desk

Bobby Carter, the producer of NPR's Tiny Desk, sat down with Matt Shaw of the Jacksonville Music Experience to talk about how new and emerging artists can submit their music for this year’s contest.

If you are an artist and interested in submitting your work, you can find more information 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.