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Jacksonville’s Charter Revision Commission will hold a public town hall at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 17, to ask what changes residents want in their city’s governance.


Plans are in the works to bring a new spaceport to Camden County, Georgia.

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City Councilman Matt Carlucci joined us to discuss new legislation to replenish a trust fund for historic preservation, as well as several other local issues, including the possible JEA sale.


There is a lot of attention focused on Downtown Jacksonville these days. Between the new Ford on Bay, First Baptist Church’s decision to put about 90% of their properties on the market, plans for a mixed-use development at the old Independent Life Tower, and JEA’s plans for a new headquarters the urban core is changing. 

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Jacksonville area Congressman Al Lawson (D-FL 5th District) joined us to talk about the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.


Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing a pay raise for Florida teachers. He is urging Florida lawmakers to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers to $47,500.

JEA's downtown Jacksonville headquarters
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JEA, Jacksonville's publicly-owned utility, announced Monday it has received bids from 16 private companies. Next it will evaluate the bids as the utility continues on a path of potentially recommending a sale of all or part of the operation to a private vendor.


A push is underway in Duval County that organizers claim would improve the election process  and voter turnout for Jacksonville's municipal elections.

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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the media roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including:

District 10 City Councilwoman Brenda Priestly Jackson
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Charleen Shirk filled in as guest host for Melissa Ross.  She talked with Brenda Priestly Jackson, City Council woman for District 10, which covers parts of northwest Jacksonville.

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Mapping Jax, a new local movement sparked by a rush of downtown demolitions, is asking the city to think more creatively about how we build the urban core.

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A Jacksonville man is sounding the alarm about how he was seduced by online extremism and how he eventually reversed course.  

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a gruesome crime that happened early Friday morning on Jacksonville’s Northwest side.

Media roundtable before show time.
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Friday on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, our panel of journalists on the media roundtable looked at the top stories of the week, including: