Going Green

We speak with Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and Lenny Curry as they head to the general election in May. We also discuss the results of Tuesday's unitary election with A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist, and Dr. Michael Binder, UNF assistant professor of political science.

Dr. Robert Lee, founder and CEO of Fresh Ministries, joins us with news about their aquaponics project in this week's Going Green segment.

Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough delayed a final vote on pension reform legislation that was set for this week over what he says are new concerns that have recently surfaced about the deal. What to do about Jacksonville’s mounting pension debt has become a pressing financial problem and one that is playing a role in the city’s mayor’s race. We discuss Jacksonville’s pension issues with UNF president John Delaney and UNF criminologist Dr. Mick Hallett.

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New legislation currently before Congress that would set regulations on an array of environmental hazards is being closely watched here in Jacksonville, a city consistently rated poor in air quality. The upcoming annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will discuss how these environmental hazards impact our community, children, and food production. We speak with Eric Hull, summit chairperson and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Patricia Pappan, president of the Environmental Law Society, and Dr. Quint White, marine biologist at Jacksonville University.

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is marking its 50th anniversary this year, as well as the first year of the school's new president, Dr. Cynthia Bioteau. We speak with Bioteau about what's in store for FSCJ, and get her reaction to President Barack Obama's recent call for two years of free community college for American students.

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State Representative Janet Adkins joins the show to discuss Jacksonville's Police and Fire Pension Fund. Adkins and other officials have asked Governor Rick Scott to launch an investigation into whether or not the fund has broken any laws. She will be leading a workshop about the city's pension reform efforts on Thursday.