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Solitary Confinement Hall
Henry Hagnäs

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s new report on the practice of solitary confinement, the Florida Department of Corrections holds approximately 10,000 people – more than 10 percent of its population – in solitary confinement on any given day. To put that number in perspective, the nationwide average was 4.5 percent in 2018.

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This month, during National Park Week, the National Park Service is highlighting the importance and value of our national park system to make sure we can preserve it for future generations.

Claire Goforth, A.G. Gancarski, Melissa Ross, Dan Scanlan and Stephanie Brown in Studio 5 (counter clockwise)

On 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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Several local races are headed to a runoff election in May.

Thursday morning, we continued our conversations with the candidates for City Council At-Large with Councilman Tommy Hazouri, the Democratic Candidate for Group 3.

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The Emerald Trail has just been an idea for decades now. However, it is finally on its way to becoming a reality, after the City Council approved a plan to build it within the next ten years. 

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Tuesday morning was the second in a series of candidate profiles  in the Jacksonville City Council At-Large runoff races this spring. 

Greg Rachal, the Republican Candidate for Jacksonville City Council At Large Group 3 joined us in Studio 5.

His opponent, Democrat Tommy Hazouri, is scheduled to appear on Thursday.

UF Health Jacksonville

We took a closer look at the future of UF Health Jacksonville with Dr. Leon Haley Jr., the CEO of UF Health Jacksonville and Dean of the UF College of Medicine, Jacksonville; and  Lindsay Haga and Patrick Krechowski from the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) that recently worked with the hospital.

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

Our panelists were:

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JEA is staying in downtown Jacksonville. On Tuesday, the JEA board announced the utility will build a  new corporate headquarters tower on West Adams Street, near the Duval County courthouse.

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April 2 is Equal Pay Day. Discrepancies in salaries can be difficult to detect. If people aren’t aware of who’s making what, it’s hard to know when someone—a woman, for example—is being shortchanged.

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We revisited the fight over development on Cumberland Island with Bill Bruce, a retired lawyer and former legislator who filed the first appeal which blocked attempted development on Cumberland.

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

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David Lawrence Junior, the former publisher of the Miami Herald, started the Children’s Movement here in Florida.

He has recently released an inspirational memoir about service and the importance of journalism as a bastion of democracy. It’s called A Dedicated Life.

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New research released last week by the Centers for Disease Control shows troubling trends in how the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic is impacting certain ethnic groups, as well as how the opioid abuse is disproportionately affecting certain age groups and genders in the U.S.

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National Geographic Magazine has dedicated the entire April 2019 issue to exploring the future of Cities.

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