Going Green

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, Charles Griggs sat in for Melissa Ross.

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Wednesday, February 12, on First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we discussed why President Trump’s proposed federal budget is good news for Jacksonville port.

Melissa Ross and City Councilman Matt Carlucci are pictured outside of Studio 5.
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On Wednesday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, we looked at JEA's CEO being fired with cause and the entire board stepping down.

Duval County Public Schools headquarters
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The Duval County School Board is looking at hiring a private attorney in its fight with the city over a sales tax referendum for school repair and construction.

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The JEA board selected its next CEO Tuesday but the choice of Aaron Zahn comes with controversy.

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Daylight saving time means folks get an extra hour of sleep, but in Jacksonville it also means they’re not allowed to water their grass as much.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jeff Nesbit, executive director of Climate Nexus and author of This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Wave and Hurricanes are Converging on America (01:14).

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk. She was joined by Alex Rudnick from Generation U.S, Phyllis Martin from United Way of Northeast Florida and Brenda Ford from New Town. They discussed the Community Leaders Igniting Mobility, or CLIMB project that looks to help unemployed and underemployed youth in Jacksonville find quality jobs (01:20).    

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Wednesday on  First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski about the results of the Florida Primary Election including wins by Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis in the race for Governor (01:16).   

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk we heard about a controversial preservation land swap proposal by Bartram Park Developer Tom Dodson in which the state would give him back about 400 acres at theJulington-Durbin Peninsula in return for the state receiving about 400 acres on Black Hammock Island.

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The green economy has generated $9.3 trillion of private investments worldwide since 2007.

Partnership for Child Health

Wednesday on First Coast Connect as part of Mental Health Awareness Month we heard about what’s being done to help children with mental disorders on the First Coast from Vicki Waytowich with the Partnership for Child Health (01:28).

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58).

Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness franchises and Flagler College’s Leslie Gordon talked to us about an upcoming fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (38:30).

We heard about how the Jacksonville Public Library is commemorating National Library Week from Assistant Director of Community Relations Chris Boivin (46:00).        

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with State Representative and Republican candidate for Attorney General Jay Fant (01:24).

UNF assistant professor of biology Dr. Mike Aspinwall told us about a recent study he participated in to examine how large trees in Australia are affected by climate change (33:08).

Researcher Dr. Jeremy Valdo told us the story of Rob the shark who was tagged by scientists and was recently tracked off the shore of Jacksonville (46:00).

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard the latest news of what we can expect in the future at the Cecil Spaceport with director Todd Lindner (01:24).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Kaitlyn Dietz, the coastal training coordinator of the GTM Research Reserve (24:34).

We heard about the upcoming documentary Jacksonville WHO which tells the story of Jacksonville University’s improbable run to the men’s basketball NCAA championship game in 1970 and its impact on the city with producer Frank Pace and Basketball Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore (32:43).    

We learned about this weekend’s MLK Oratorical Contest with Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Chapter President James Kelly (46:00). 


Lyndon Johnson Library

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Politico contributing editor Joshua Zeitz, who is the author of the book Building The Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson’s White House (01:10).

Our Going Green segment featured Zak Furey from Garden of Eatin’ with a look at the best  herbs and vegetables to plant in the winter (18:20).  

Vicki Evans from Tobacco Free Florida talked about how Floridians can get free help to stop smoking (30:53).

Travel blogger Judy Wells gave us some tips on great places to take a vacation this year (46:00).    


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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we talked about drug and alcohol addiction and recovery with recovering alcoholic and Tracy Dot Com host Tracy Collins and Dr. Brian Jackson, a specialist in addictive disorders at Jacksonville’s Greenfield Center (01:22).   

Our Going Green segment featured Zak Furey, owner of Garden of Eatin’ (37:37).         

We were joined by local actor and writer Jason Woods, actress Maya Pinfield and show sponsor Lisa Goodrich about this weekend’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” (46:00) 


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times bestselling author Ibram Kendi about his latest book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideals in America” (03:05). Our Going Green segment featured North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield on the upcoming North Florida Electric Drive Rally (21:13), and Angela DeMonbreun, executive director of Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, and homeowner Warren Clark talked about the recently established St. Johns County solar co-op (31:56). CEO of the Healthy Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition Faye Johnson told us about September’s being National Infant Mortality Awareness Month (38:44), and the Executive Director of the forthcoming Tag! Children’s Museum in St. Augustine brought us an update on the project (43:04).    

     

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Larry Hannan (01:04), lead writer for the Fair Punishment Project, on the U.S. Justice Department decision to reinstate what’s called civil-asset forfeiture. Our “Going Green” segment featured Nick Fiore (33:30), general manager for Go Auto Recycling. Travel blogger Judy Wells (42:53) talked about her trip to the arctic, and WJCT News Director  Jessica Palombo (48:50) told us about WJCT’s Beyond the Core listening tour, which starts Wednesday evening. 


  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we met members of the Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation and Empowerment; Pastor James Wiggins from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nancy Ricker from Arlington Congregational Church and Pastor Phillip Baber from Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville talked about Monday’s annual Nehemiah Assembly. We also heard from Mary Ann Myler, U.S. Green Building Council Florida coordinator and Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon about the upcoming Green Lion Festival. We were told about the upcoming “You Don’t Know Me” reading to fight sexual abuse with writer Diana Herman, Program Director Robin Graber and Nassau County Advocate of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville Lori Armstrong. University of Florida’s Nola Miyasaki told us about Thursday’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium.      

Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke by  phone with “Reveal”  host Al Letson about this weekend’s episode that focuses on Jacksonville. He was joined by WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride and Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conorack who contributed to the program. We also spoke with Tom McLaughlin, owner of Metro Rooter for our going green segment on how he turns old household grease into useful products. Leadership Jacksonville CEO Jill Langford Dame joined the show to discuss their upcoming seminar to train local political candidates and we welcomed Amnon Weinstein, one of the most respected violin makers in the world, who is in Jacksonville for Sunday’s “Violins of Hope” concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. The concert features 16 violins recovered and restored from the Holocaust.  

      

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Darnell Smith from Jax Chamber and Pastor R. L. Gundy about the latest attempt to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to include the LGBT community.        

We also heard from Voices of Hope programming chair Rebecca Rejtman Bennett and Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier about a new exhibit about Anne Frank and our Going Green segment highlighted Melissa Beaudry of Fleet Farming. 


District 4 Republican Congressional candidate John Rutherford joined the program Wednesday to talk about the issues and his campaign. We also spoke with Sarah Miller, director of the Northeast and East Central regions of the Florida Public Archeology Network, and Emily Jane Murray, public archaeology coordinator, about how climate change is endangering historic archaeological sites in Florida. Generation WOW founder Donna Orender joined us to discuss an upcoming workshop to help help young women, and we celebrated World Pumpkin Day with Forking Amazing Restaurants Executive Pastry Chef Michael Bump.  


                 

Florida 3rd Congressional district candidate Democrat Ken McGurn joined host Melissa Ross to discuss his race against incumbent Republican Ted Yoho. As part of our regular Going Green segment, we spoke with Hastings farmer Danny Johns of Blue Sky Famers, as well as Dr. Shahriar Nabizadeh about organic and traditional farming in honor Wednesday of National Farmers Day.

With October being World Blindness Awareness Month, we spoke with WJCT Morning Edition host and Radio Reading Service manager Michelle Corum and Doug Hansard, the President of the Jacksonville Council of the Blind. We also met award winning animation director H. Lee Peterson, who is in town to speak to students at the University of North Florida. He was joined by local filmmaker Jerry Smith of PineRidge Film and Television.  


Florida Creamery

We begin the hour with a discussion about the controversy surrounding Angela Wilcox, owner of the Florida Creamery ice cream shop in Avondale.

In a recent Facebook exchange with another local business owner, Wilcox vented about everything from liberals, to ISIS, to people who don’t sign paychecks.

The posts have since been taken down, but not before they went viral, and were viewed more than 30,000 times.

Allie George

Cold Cases

Duval County has more than 1,200 unsolved murders dating back to 1970, but no statewide data is available.

Now advocates from the Jacksonville group Project: Cold Case hope their new online database will help find justice for these many forgotten victims.

London Elects Muslim Mayor

Reaction continues to pour in around the world at news that London has elected its first Muslim mayor.

Sadiq Khan, the London-born son of Pakistani immigrants, was elected last week by a wide margin after a campaign that saw his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith accuse him of having shared platforms with Islamic extremists.

Primary Results

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored huge victories Tuesday in five more states, bringing them closer to a monumental duel for the White House later this year.

Trump had a clean sweep of races in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Clinton delivered big wins in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.

Bernie Sanders picked up his sole victory of the night in Rhode Island.

  Primary Elections

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump easily won Florida last night in the state’s key primary election.

Tuesday’s contests, with more than 14 million votes cast in five states, marked a turning point in both parties’ presidential primary campaigns.

Democrats and Republicans can now confidently predict which candidates will likely have the most delegates at their conventions in July: Trump and Clinton, both hold commanding leads.

But challengers John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are not giving up the fight.

We discuss the results of Tuesday's primary elections with Dr. Michael McDonald, professor of political science at the University of Florida.


Saying “retreat is better than defeat,” the most prominent supporter of expanding equal protections to this city’s LGBT community withdrew his bill on the topic last week.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants a chance to work further with city attorneys to clarify exemptions, focus on the business side of the bill and continue to educate the public about the matter.

Hazouri joins us to discuss this.


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