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Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the proposal by President Donald Trump to eliminate federal funding for libraries, museums and artists with Jacksonville Public Library board member Brenda Simmons Hutchins. April is National Donate Life Month and we spoke about an upcoming encouraging becoming an organ donor with Mayo Clinic Department of Transplantation Dr. Katherine Oshel and David Caples, founder of the Katie Caples Foundation and Katie Ride for Life. ”Jeopardy!” winner Jacksonville University professor Julie Brannon joined the show to talk about her experience and we heard a live in-studio performance by Barbra Streisand tribute artist Sharon Owens.  


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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams will be speaking at Jacksonville University tonight.

The school’s Public Policy Institute is hosting Williams as part of its classroom guest speaker series.

“The sheriff, I believe, will be addressing a wide range of criminal justice issues— everything from juvenile justice to potential homicide cases to the crime rate here in Jacksonville,” said Rick Mullaney, Public Policy Institute director.

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Internationally renowned research organization OCEARCH is making Jacksonville University its academic home. The two organizations are partnering to allow students to participate in real-world marine science research.


Tuesday on First Coast Connect, we hosted a conversation about the Electoral College with Jacksonville University political science professor Stephen Baker and visiting professor of history at the University of North Florida Yanek Mieczkowski. We were also joined by Sen. Aaron Bean and pastor Lance Jones, who spoke about the new Outreach Center of the Journey Church in Yulee that helps feed those in need. Former pro golfer Jeff Klauk then joined host Melissa Ross to talk about Perfect Golf Events, and author Christopher Phillips spoke about his latest book, “The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Curiosity, Creativity and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest.” 


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As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Kayla Davis, Blake Allen and Andre Roman be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we discussed the international refugee crisis. Jacksonville University is hosting a panel discussion on the topic this week. We heard from University of North Florida professor Leslie Kaplan; Travis Trice from World Relief, which assists local refugees; and Amy Stalker, the president of the Jacksonville Chapter of the United Nations Association. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Dr. Sarah McLaughlin from the Mayo Clinic about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Willis Jones, of the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens, told us about its upcoming ArborEATum Wine and Food Fest.  

 

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In the first half of last year alone, 174 died of opioid overdoses in Duval, Nassau and Clay counties.

Stigma continues to deter some addicts from seeking help, but a new Northeast Florida partnership is seeking to change that.


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Classic novels including “Catch-22,” “A Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”’ and the Bible have all faced the wrath of individuals or groups seeking to ban from school and public libraries.

The trend continues today with books like “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

This is Banned Books Week and libraries across the country and in Jacksonville are commemorating books that are regularly challenged.

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Civil unrest over the shootings of unarmed black men by police has resulted in violent protests in places like Charlotte and Baltimore.

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With the retirement of Ander Crenshaw and the primary defeat of Corrine Brown, Jacksonville will be sending two rookies to Washington when the new Congress convenes in January.

A recent study of the health of the St. Johns River was released. Host Melissa Ross spoke with the authors Dr. Gerard Pinto from Jacksonville University and University of North Florida’s Dr. Radha Pyati, along with Jimmy Orth, executive director of the St. John Riverkeeper. We also heard from Jason Mehta with the U.S. Attorney’s office about a recent settlement with Coastal Spine and Pain of Jacksonville over medically unnecessary drug screenings. 
Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Thomas Flipse and heart transplant recipient Elmo Aquino talked about the First Coast Heart Walk, which will be held Saturday at Metropolitan Park. 


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The good news about the St. Johns River is that nitrogen levels are down and there is a drop in overall emissions of toxic chemicals in the region but algae blooms are still a major concern.

Those are some of the findings of the ninth annual St. Johns River Report.

The report is a collaboration between Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida, Florida Southern College and Valdosta State.        

For the 10th year, businesses and conservationists intersected at the city of Jacksonville’s environmental symposium Friday.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visits Jacksonville Wednesday night for a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Trump’s return to the First Coast comes on the heels of a series of controversies and withering scrutiny over his comments about the family of a slain soldier, the issue of workplace harassment, and more.

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World stocks took a nosedive after news broke that United Kingdom citizens voted to sever ties with the European Union, a move dubbed “Brexit.”

What does that mean for Jacksonville’s deepening business relationship with its neighbor across the pond?

Not much according to one Jacksonville University business professor.

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Northeast Florida’s manatee population is rebounding, according to new research Jacksonville University.

This week scientists counted the most manatees ever spotted during a single count.

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Jacksonville University’s past president and Chancellor Emeritus Frances Bartlett Kinne turned 99 Monday.

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Jacksonville University is gearing up to commemorate its Charter Day this Friday.

The school celebrates it as a day of service with hundreds of students, faculty staff and alumni fanning out across Arlington to help more than a dozen nonprofits with a whole range of projects.

And it’s part of the neighborhood’s Renew Arlington turnaround effort as well.

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Republican presidential candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is pitching his plan for “A New American Century” in Florida ahead of the March 15th primary.

But it’s going to be a hard sell—the latest polls show Donald Trump trouncing Rubio by 30 points.


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This Wednesday, the Jacksonville Landing’s front steps will transform into a “front porch” during the downtown's monthly evening Art Walk.

The Landing is packing the space with 23 vendors, a full bar, games and art tents.

The pop-up party is part of a national movement called “tactical urbanism.”


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Jacksonville University will present its Presidential Global Citizen Award to documentary filmmaker Ken Burns Tuesday.

Business Brief: Interest Rate Hike Good For Business

Dec 21, 2015
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The Fed raised interest rates last week after six years of historically low rates.

In this week’s Business Brief, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr tells News Director Jessica Palombo what that means for people on the First Coast. 

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Duval County Public Schools will use Jacksonville University speech-pathology students as instructors at the dyslexic-focused GRASP Academy. The School Board voted in favor of the partnership Monday night.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says JU will provide a full-time pathologist at GRASP along with several student interns.  

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Thursday, at-risk Duval County students graduated from a mentorship program at Jacksonville University.

For four years, the program’s mission has been erasing stereotypes in the minds of college students by having them mentor young people.

But, the program has also created lasting relationships.


Jacksonville University and the UN Association of Jacksonville this weekend will hold a discussion of one of the most important political issues of the 21st century: the global response to climate change.

Also this Saturday, JU’s Marine Science Research Institute brings its event “Science on the St. Johns” to the campus waterfront - a chance for the community to learn about the impact of the river and marine life on our area.

We preview both events with Dr. Stephen Baker, JU professor of political science, Dr. Quint White, director of JU’s Marine Science Research Institute, and engineer David Bruderly, organizer and moderator of the climate change event.


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Donald Trump remains the front runner among Republican presidential candidates in Florida. Jacksonville University released its poll of likely GOP voters Thursday.


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Recently released federal data show a widening salary gap between private-college graduates and their public-school counterparts.

But in Jacksonville, both private and public colleges give students a relatively good return on investment.


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The health of the St. Johns River is generally improving, but scientists are concerned about some recent negative trends. Those are the takeaways from this year’s State of the River Report, presented Friday morning at the University of North Florida.

Lead scientists Radha Pyati and Lucinda Sonnenberg presented findings to a crowded ballroom at UNF’s Environmental Symposium. Sonnenberg, Director of the Millar Wilson Laboratory at JU, says the main takeaway is the need for more data.

Duval High Schools To Receive Athletic Trainers

Jul 30, 2015
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Several Jacksonville organizations are working together to place certified athletic trainers in Duval County high schools.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and the NFL are some of the partners behind the initiative.

Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the new trainers at EverBank Field this morning.

“If parents know that when their kids are in high school, the athletics are safe, the more likely [they are] to encourage them to play sports,” Curry said.

This week Jacksonville University and the local chapter of the United Nations Association are sponsoring an open forum on climate, from greenhouse gases to sea level rise, and more. Climate experts agree that the world's overall temperature is headed upwards, but this doesn't mean every place is getting steadily and predictably warmer. Climate change is making the weather more variable, causing hotter summers, colder winters in some places, and more severe storms. What can we glean from the latest research, and in particular how is climate change expected to affect Florida with its thousands of miles of coastline? We discuss what's known and what isn't known about climate change with Dr. Jeremy Stalker, Jacksonville University ocean geologist.


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