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Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon who discussed their annual report The State of Downtown and the progress made the past few years in redevelopment projects (01:05).  

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include the federal subpoena served to Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL5) this week, Public Defender Matt Shirk seeking a third term in office, and more.

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With Florida still leading the nation in foreclosures, this week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will provide grants to support 30 housing counseling organizations across the state. Half a million homes around Florida are still underwater or in foreclosure including many thousands in our area. We speak with foreclosure defense attorney Chip Parker of the firm Parker and DuFresne.