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Come January, Jacksonville will be represented by two freshmen members of Congress. Jacksonville University political science Professor Emeritus Stephen Baker joined host Melissa Ross to talk about the challenges the area may face by losing so much seniority on Capitol Hill. We heard from Dr. Anthony Magnano, co-director of St. Vincent’s Atrial Fibrillation Institute, about the warning signs of atrial fibrillation and its prevention. Ross also spoke with Dr. Konika Schallen, the founder of the CMA Center for Aesthetic Medicine about the science of beauty. 

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With the retirement of Ander Crenshaw and the primary defeat of Corrine Brown, Jacksonville will be sending two rookies to Washington when the new Congress convenes in January.

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is one step closer to taking his law-and-order message to Washington.

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Jacksonville Republican State Representative and congressional candidate Lake Ray is endorsing Donald Trump for president.

After Trump’s win in Indiana Tuesday night and Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his campaign Wednesday, Ray says Trump is the inevitable nominee.

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Former Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford is getting some stiff competition for Congressman Ander Crenshaw's soon-to-be vacated district 4 seat from within his own party.

Representative Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, is joining the fray for the August Republican primary.

Media Roundtable Week in Review

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly editor; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the future of U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw's (R-Florida) seat in Congress, the interfaith group I.C.A.R.E. pressing Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry to address the city's homelessness issues, and more.

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In the 24 hours since announcing his retirement from Congress, Northeast Florida Representative Ander Crenshaw has set off intense speculation about who will run to replace him.

But some politicians are counting themselves out of the contest.

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U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Jacksonville) announced this week that he will not seek re-election in November.

We discuss the ramifications of this shakeup in Northeast Florida’s political power structure, including what's next for Crenshaw's seat in Congress and who could be stepping up to replace him, with Matt Corrigan, professor of political science at UNF, and A.G. Gancarski, writer for Florida Politics.

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Florida legislators are in Tallahassee this week for a special session to redraw the state’s congressional districts. This comes after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the current maps violates anti-gerrymandering amendments. Tia Mitchell, Capital Bureau Chief for the Florida Times-Union, joins us to discuss the proposed new map, as well as the taxpayer costs for special sessions.

We discuss the week's news with our roundtable of local journalists: Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry's transition committees presenting their recommendations for the administration, the first Republican presidential debate, and more.

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President Barack Obama has signed into law what’s being called the greatest advance in disability protection in 25 years. Northeast Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL4) has been pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE Act, for nearly a decade. 

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More elected officials are condemning President Obama’s decision to release Cuban prisoners in exchange for American contractor Alan Gross. Among the latest voices of opposition is Northeast Florida Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL4). But others are cautiously optimistic about what could lead to better relations between the two countries.

Longtime diplomat John Caulfield headed the U.S. mission in Havana, Cuba, until last year, when he retired to Jacksonville. In Cuba, Caulfield says he saw firsthand the struggle of imprisoned contractor Alan Gross.

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The plan to deepen the channel at JAXPORT got a big boost Wednesday as the US Army Corps of Engineers gave its stamp of approval to the dredging project.

The project will now be included in the Water Resources Development Act when Congress votes on the bill next month, said JAXPORT spokeswoman Nancy Rubin.

"A sort of slowdown on the approval of the legislation and a subsequent approval of our project through the regular process means the timing has come out just right for us," she said.

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Governor Rick Scott was at JAXPORT on Monday promising funding for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Project at the Dames Point Terminal. 

The facility will allow companies to transfer cargo quickly from ships to trains, saving transportation costs and reducing the number of trucks on the road. 

According to JAXPORT the $30 million project is expected to create 340 construction jobs and 800 direct and indirect jobs over the next 40 years.

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Jacksonville businesses are hoping unmanned aircraft systems, known as drones, could save them money and make businesses more efficient.