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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

A Skyway train is pictured departing the JTA's Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center.
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A proposed $379 million overhaul and expansion of what is today known as the Skyway system in Downtown Jacksonville faces questions from City Council members as they prepare for a likely vote on doubling the local gas tax.  

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The CDC and the FDA recommended “a pause” in the usage of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to reports of rare blood clotting. However, public officials are still urging citizens to continue getting vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

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As the pandemic persists, parents and teachers alike have pressured the state to give students a break from standardized testing this year.   

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Lakesha Burton joined us to discuss her plan to run for Jacksonville Sheriff in 2023

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

A man receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
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Coronavirus infections have ramped up in the nation. Specifically, half of the new infections are in five states;  including Florida, which is seeing variants of the deadly virus.

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With people 16 and older now eligible for a COVID vaccination in Florida, the push is on to convince the state's entire adult population to get a shot.

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The JTA has voted to support a six cent gas tax. The local mask mandate has been lifted and the age to receive a COVID vaccine has been lowered to age 16 and up.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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Civil rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia’s new voting law.  

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The city of Jacksonville’s Housing and Community Development Division plans to distribute more than $4 million of federal funds to Duval County residents to help those who have fallen behind in mortgage payments due to a loss of income related to COVID-19.

Robert E. Lee High School
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The Duval County Public Schools distrist is continuing an intense local discussion about renaming nine public schools. Most of the school names have associations with the Confederacy.

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

A COVID-19 vaccination is pictured being administered at St. John's Progressive Missionary Baptist Church.
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It’s been just over a year since the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities were locked down to protect residents from COVID-19. Now, Florida officials have quietly rescinded the emergency rules.

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COVID-19 vaccine availability increased Monday to include Floridians 50 and up, as announced by Governor DeSantis on Friday.  

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

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Proposed voting changes in Florida are raising some eyebrows with election experts.

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A Florida State House subcommittee has approved a bill to enact a 10 percent THC cap on smokable medical cannabis and restrict THC levels to 60% in other marijuana products.

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Anyone age 60 and older can now be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Florida. At the same time, people who don’t fit into the eligible categories have been successful - sometimes - in getting leftover shots at the end of the day.         

One site where that type of standby has been happening is at Edward Waters College, which is a site run by Agape Family Health. The organization's CEO, Mia Jones, joined us with more on the vaccination process.  

Voting Rights

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On this week’s Friday Media Roundtable, we discussed some of the top stories in Northeast Florida, including:

Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma is pictured.
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The Jacksonville City Council’s Special Committee on Resiliency has unanimously approved its final report, which outlines many of the threats climate change poses to Jacksonville, and lays out recommended actions the city can take to protect itself.

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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has released new research on teacher retention in Duval County. 

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