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First Coast Week in Review

Jacksonville Beach.
City of Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach.

As the week draws to a close, we examine the most significant headlines of the week with our team of local newspeople.

Among the topics discussed:

  • After more than a decade in political service, Matt Shirk, a former public defender, has been officially disbarred after years of scandals.
  • The city’s largest fraud case is nearing its conclusion. The jury for former CEO Aaron Zahn has reached a verdict, but it remains sealed until a verdict is reached for former Chief Financial Officer Ryan Wannemacher
  • The former finance manager for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Amit Patel, was sentenced Tuesday to 6½ years in prison for embezzling $22 million from the team. 
  • The NAACP warned Black student athletes to reconsider Florida’s public universities and colleges due to dismantling of diversity, equity and inclusion programs and revisions to Black history teaching. 
  • A court settlement over Florida's Parental Rights in Education law — which some call the "Don’t Say Gay Act" — will allow discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity in schools as long as they don't constitute formal instruction. 


Vino and Vinyl

Tasting room and bottle shop Alewife will mark its ninth anniversary next week, and owner and CEO Kelly Pickard joins us to discuss the lineup of events that are in store.

Event details can be found 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.