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For months, investors and companies had been lulled into a sense of security that the world’s two largest economies appeared to be getting closer to a deal to resolve their battle over trade. 

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The health of the St. Johns River is facing increased threats, according to the St. Johns Riverkeeper.

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

What makes a “child-friendly” city? Speakers from UNICEF will shine a light on that question this week as they bring their Child-Friendly Cities Initiative to Jacksonville. Dr. Jeff GoldhagenUF Health Jacksonville; Garry Bevel, children’s ombudsperson at the Children’s Home Society; and student Alexis Evans joined us.

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WJXT-TV anchor Melanie Lawson caused a splash when she recently decided to grow out her natural hair and wear it that way on TV, too. We spoke with her about the change.

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We took a closer look at plans to help make Northeast Florida a “smart region” with Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director, North Florida TPO; and John Schultz, Chief Innovation Officer for Allied Reliability, Inc.

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For Friday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

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Jacksonville City Councilman-elect Matt Carlucci, who is calling for more public input into what should happen to the Landing, joined us to take a closer look at some possible alternatives to tearing it down.

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For many, especially women, aging brings with it growing economic insecurity as retirement nears.

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Local parents are suing to stop the use of armed safety assistants in the Duval County Public Schools.

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The new logo celebrating the Jaguars’ 25th season contains an outline of downtown Jacksonville’s skyline, so it was no surprise when team owner Shad Khan said Thursday at the State of the Franchise that he is eager to get started on adding another piece to the skyline, with an estimated $500 million development next to the stadium.

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On Friday's Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week, including:

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Two local men were recently freed after spending more than 40 years in prison for a murder that the evidence now shows they did not commit.

 

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We took a closer look at the rapidly expanding medical marijuana market here in Florida with Columnist Shelton Hull, who covers cannabis for Folio Weekly; and Jacksonville attorney Sally Kent Peebles, a Partner with Vicente Sederberg.

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