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Local and national updates with attorney Chris Hand

EverBank Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Will Brown
Jacksonville Today
EverBank Stadium, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

News has boiled the past few weeks locally and statewide. It includes financing for EverBank Stadium improvements, the power of Jacksonville officeholders in lawsuit settlements and the beginning of the JEA corruption trial. We hear about those developments and more from Chris Hand, an attorney and city government veteran.
Yellow House 

Hope McMath, founder of the Yellow House gallery, is a distinguished advocate for racial justice. Yellow House, in existence for about six years, serves as a gathering space for artists, poets, activists and the community to share their work. Having organized this space for several years, Hope recently concluded her inaugural exhibition titled Legacy Interrupted. In this exhibition, she explored her family’s legacy, intertwining it with contemporary discussions on race and the teaching of Black history.

Kingsley Heritage Celebration

The Kingsley Heritage Celebration is scheduled Saturday at Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island, honoring the legacy of enslaved Africans. The event, initiated by Emanuel Kingsley in 1998, has grown from a family reunion into a public celebration of cultural heritage.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can find more information here.


  • Steve Kidd, chief of science and resource management for the National Park Service. 

Clean Comedy

Enjoy an evening of family-friendly laughter Saturday at the Murray Hill Theater with the Clean Comedy Series. Local comedians Joey Nickel, Mike Freed and Danny Johnson will deliver wholesome humor suitable for all ages. They join our show today to give us some laughs before Saturday’s event.

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.