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On this episode of Redux, we bring you an update on a 2010 case that was originally ruled a suicide but has since evolved into something altogether different.

Here's the latest on the death of St. Augustine woman Michelle O’Connell from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich. 

Then, St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver has left no doubt where she stands on the impact of sea water rise in her area. But when it comes to using the term “global warming,” that’s another story. Find out why.

Also, find out what one politician is doing to help keep police mug shots away from companies looking to make a profit. We’ll then bring you a story about retail trends in Jacksonville, as well as stories about free swim lessons for area youth and beach renourishment.


It’s been a long-running drama in St. Augustine that has divided the community. 

In September of 2010, Michelle O’Connell was found dead from a single gunshot wound. She was, at the time, the girlfriend of St. Johns County Deputy Jeremy Banks.

The death was quickly ruled a suicide but that was sharply disputed by family members, who allege she was killed by Banks, who denies any involvement in O'Connell's death.

Recently, new information has emerged in the case.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich (01:07) about his recent update on the investigation into the death of Michelle O’Connell. Seaside Community Charter School Principal and University of North Florida Associate Professor of Literacy & Early Childhood Literacy Department of Childhood Education; Literacy and TESOL Katrina Hall (28:03) talked about charter schools. Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Bob Adelhelm (42:29) told us about the upcoming Vets4Vets meeting, and Frank Denton (46:39) from the Florida Times-Union told about its new J Magazine.    


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On Thursday, mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers started planning to create a centralized facility meant to keep people with mental illness out of jail.


Sea level rise and other factors related to climate change that are affecting Florida were highlighted this week in a new report from the White House on the topic.

This weekend the New York Times ran this piece on Florida's struggling grapefruit industry.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Hedrick Smith's new book has been hailed as an eye-opening look at the dismantling of America’s promise. 

As Florida's population grows at more than 2 percent annually and New York loses residents in upstate areas the Sunshine State is set to surpass the Empire State in population either this year or next.

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A PBS Frontline documentary airing tonight on WJCT Television takes a close look at a controversial death investigation in the nation’s oldest city.