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The future of spinal injury therapy is now and in Jacksonville. Brooks Rehabilitation hospital announced Friday that it’s the first in the country to offer a new kind of robotic treatment.

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The Jacksonville Home and Patio Show is underway this weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center downtown.

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons, WJCT business analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride (01:15).  

We spoke with Julie Watkins, Executive Director of The Girls Gone Green about Saturday’s annual Northeast Florida Veg Fest (38:57).

Trading Spaces star Brett Taylor joined us to talk about the return of the show and his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show (46:00).  

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Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Dr. Madeline Joseph, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at UF College of Medicine Jacksonville, who is looking at bullying as a public health issue (01:15).   

This month’s edition of First Coast Success featured Jacksonville University President Tim Cost (26:54).  

Our latest Art Attack roundtable featured (32:26):

  • Lee Hamby of the 5 and Dime Theatre
  • Shawana Brooks with the Jacksonville Public Library
  • Robert Arleigh White, Vice President for Development at Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History
  • Suzanne Hudson Smith, Development Director at the Florida Theatre
  • Ryan Ali, Director of Development for Baptist M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

We heard about Saturday morning’s MOOVE-IT 5K beginning at the Cowford Chophouse with race organizer Nicole White and Jamie Rosseland and Michelle Lasky from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Kerry Speckman told us about some of the events coming up in March around Jacksonville (46:00).   

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Some LGBTQ advocates are looking for a stronger relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, after they said police misidentified a transgender shooting victim as a man in February.  

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Florida Governor Rick Scott stopped in Jacksonville Wednesday  — part of his touring the state this week to tout his $500 million proposal to make schools safer. This comes two weeks after the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 people.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Mario Decunto, who is chairman of Mayor Lenny Curry’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, about the  U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on DACA students and this week’s Hispanic American Leadership Awards (01:06).   

Our premiere edition of #realtalk hosted by WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs featured public safety analyst Ken Jefferson, attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters and meteorologist Steve Smith (25:20).

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talked about the next Beyond The Core event taking place in Arlington (40:15).

Travel blogger Judy Wells told us about what it’s like to take a Carnival cruise out of Jacksonville 46:00). 

 

Northeast Florida Highways Are Seeing Fewer Crashes

Feb 28, 2018
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Crashes on interstates Northeast Florida saw a sharp reduction from 2016 to 2017, the Florida Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

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Environmental groups and local governments are sounding the alarm about Florida legislative proposals that would change how new development is planned.

The most wide-ranging measure is heading to the House floor.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect, ahead of his talk Tuesday evening at the University of North Florida, we spoke with General Michael Hayden, who is a former director of the NSA and CIA (01:24).    

The latest edition of Moveable Feast featured Chriss Brown from 927 Events (25:05).

We heard about Friday’s Environmental Summit at the Florida Coastal School of Law with FCSL professor Eric Hull, Quinton White, Director of the Marine Science Research Institute at Jacksonville University and Kinsley Vassey, President of the Real Property and Environmental Law Society (34:08).

WJCT Music Director David Luckin talked about some of the 89.9 music shows and what’s coming up Tuesday night on Turntable Tuesdays (46:00).

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The final chapter of a 60-year-old mystery was written Monday at a Jacksonville Navy base.

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Florida lawmakers are debating several measures aimed at preventing mass shootings, and some law enforcement officials are calling for another one: Making it easier to detain certain people suffering from mental illness.

But the leader of the state’s largest psychologist lobbying group cautions that unfairly puts too many people in the crosshairs.

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Avondale’s Fishweir Creek could be made swimmable by 2020 — that’s one of the goals behind an estimated $6,539,700 restoration project the Jacksonville City Council is set to approve Tuesday night.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson on law enforcement’s role in the Parkland school shooting (01:14).  

We discussed America Saves Week with Jax Federal Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Mary Svoboda (30:56).

We learned about the upcoming Jacksonville Science Festival with organizers Tia Unthank and Nadia Hionides and Eddie Whisler with the Museum of Science and History (38:54).

Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news, including the Jaguars signing a contract extension with quarterback Blake Bortles (46:00).  

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Modern Cities

Some of the Jacksonville buildings many people know today came from the minds of largely forgotten African-American architects — and their legacy is the city’s unique character.

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LGBT advocates are upset with the way the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is identifying a deceased shooting victim who they say was a transgender woman. Police haven’t announced any arrests in the murder.

This week’s Roundup looks at the complex gun issue, including the influence the NRA has among Florida politicians.

Wondering About ‘E-Town’ On State Road 9B? Here’s What’s Happening There

Feb 23, 2018
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David Weekley Homes, the first builder to stake a claim for development at E-Town in South Jacksonville, bought property in the emerging mixed-use community off Florida 9B, the Daily Record reports.

Jacksonville City Councilman John Crescimbeni.
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Jacksonville Councilman John Crescimbeni wants to call for a straw ballot vote, asking voters if the city should sell public utility company JEA.

Crescimbeni unveiled his legislation Thursday at a public meeting.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall on her report looking into how children in Florida’s juvenile justice system fare once they are released from prison (01:19).

Commentator Jay Solomon gave us his thoughts on the #NeverAgain movement (25:00).  

Mary Anne Jacobs with Girls Scouts of Gateway Council talked about this year’s Girl Scout cookie sales drive (30:50).

Hendricks Baptist Church music director Tommy Shapard told us about a free concert this weekend by organist Andrew Clarke (37:44).

With the Monster Jam coming to Everbank Field this weekend we spoke with the driver of Soldier of Fortune, Chad Fortune (46:00).                    

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African-Americans and Latinos are twice as likely as whites to be denied traditional home loans in the Jacksonville area.

That’s the takeaway from a national investigation into unequal mortgage lending by Reveal and Center for Investigative Reporting.

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Dominic Broadus

A Jacksonville father is searching for answers about his son’s death this month in Macclenny.

Dominic Broadus is inviting the Baker County community to discuss the mysterious shooting and share any tips they might have at a town hall Tuesday.

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University of North Florida

The public is invited to the University of North Florida in Jacksonville Tuesday to give input on possible changes to the state’s constitution.

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The Jacksonville-based parent company behind Winn-Dixie and Harveys may file for bankruptcy as soon as March, according to Bloomberg.

Closed-Down University Club Getting New Life As Ameris Offices

Feb 19, 2018
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The city of Jacksonville recently approved a permit for a $1.5 million renovation of the 27th floor at Riverplace Tower for Ameris Bank, the Daily Record Reports.

The Jaxson: The Case For 'Economic Inclusion'

Feb 19, 2018
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Movements are having a moment. From #MeToo to Black Lives Matter and Dreamers, minorities and women are demanding inclusion.

As Kelsi Hasden with The Jaxson said, one area where these groups have been historically excluded is at work, and that has economic consequences far beyond office walls.

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Jacksonville’s International Auto Show is underway at the Prime Osborn Convention Center downtown.

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Following an investigation, city lawyers said the mayor’s chief of staff didn’t violate any laws, after a Jacksonville City Hall employee this week formally accused him of creating a hostile work environment.

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North Florida Democratic Congressman Al Lawson wants Jacksonville to be nationally recognized as the birthplace of Civil Rights activist and songwriter James Weldon Johnson.

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The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said that two Jacksonville-based sandwich chains are adapting to diners’ changing tastes in two different ways.


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