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Over the last decade, a Jacksonville mom has raised more than $123,000 to help veterans finish college in Jacksonville.

The Josh Watkins Memorial Tennis Tournament is helping other soldiers accomplish something her son never got to do.


Most pollsters dropped the ball on Election Day predicting Hillary Clinton would be elected President. Thursday on First Coast Connect we were joined by Dr. Michael Binder, Public Opinion Research Lab director at the University of North Florida to talk what pollsters got wrong and why. We also spoke with John Fails and Nathan Crocker from Bunker Labs of Jacksonville, which helps local veterans who want to start their own business. Jax Sports Council director Alan Verlander joined us to talk about the annual Light Boat Parade which has been rescheduled  to the day before the Taxslayer Bowl.  


Our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Larry Hannan; WJCT reporter Ryan Benk; WJCT business analyst John Burr and A.G. Gancarski of Florida Politics. Host Melissa Ross also spoke with Dr. Trishna Patel, medical director for mammography at the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and Hill Breast Center from about some of the latest developments in mammography and Jessica Santiago joined us by phone to talk about the new urban arts project in Jacksonville, Art (Re)Public. 


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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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In the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal, we heard from University of North Florida professor Paul Fadil. He and his colleague Bruce Fortado authored a study several years ago that predicted problems banks might face in the drive to find new customers and revenue . In our latest edition of First Coast Success, Karen Brune Mathis spoke with Daily’s founder Aubrey Edge. Host Melissa Ross talked to Rock Steady Boxing — Amelia Island co-founders Mary Anne Sharer and Guy Petty about their work with Parkinson’s patients and Cole Pepper told us about another Jaguars loss and a sad sports weekend. 


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.        

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The University of North Florida gives students one of best educations for the money, according to one national magazine.

UNF is one of three Florida schools in the top 30 in the Southeastern U.S, said Washington Monthly Magazine


Our Friday Media Roundtable  featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

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The University of North Florida’s new student recreation center, Field House, is being recognized for its environmentally sustainable construction.

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A group of 60 Jacksonville teens are graduating today from a program celebrating their differences.

The University of North Florida’s OneJax Institute holds the summer program called Metrotown, which exposes students to different perspectives. 

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Jacksonville Beach is home to the University of North Florida’s new Seaside Sculpture Park. The student sculptors cut through a metal ribbon with a blow torch Monday morning to unveil their artwork to the public.


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The University of North Florida’s Computing Department was selected as one of 47 institutions in the U.S. for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program, which will run through 2018.

The National Science Foundation-sponsored program is designed to help get more women working in science technology engineering and mathematics fields.

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In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, WJCT is following one prekindergartener through his first year of school.

Florida’s state-funded voluntary prekindergarten program has been limited to 4-year-olds, until now. Next year’s batch of young learners can wait until they’re 5 years old for VPK, as long as they don’t turn 6 before February.

 


UNF Students Receive Free Rides, Mentorships Through Uber

Apr 21, 2016
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Doug Leeby swung open the door of an Escalade at the University of North Florida on Thursday. In the back he was sitting, awaiting a mentee.

Leeby, president of Jacksonville software company Beeline, joined four other Jacksonville business leaders to offer 15-minute mentor sessions along with free rides through the ride-for-hire service Uber from the UNF campus.

 


Florida Legislators Do Away With Student Evaluation Tool

Mar 30, 2016
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In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, we follow one pre-kindergartener through his first year of school.

More than halfway through, Florida has decided to do away with a time-consuming student-evaluation tool his voluntary pre-kindergarten teachers used.

While Some Duval County VPK teachers are celebrating that decision, many advocates are saying the tool was necessary.

 


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The international shark research nonprofit OCEARCH was docked in Jacksonville Tuesday.

The group will depart on an 18-day voyage Wednesday with the goal of finding and tagging great white sharks along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

University of North Florida biology Professor Jim Gelsleichter is the only local researcher making the voyage.

 


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 Florida House and Senate leaders announced a deal on the state budget during a late-night meeting Monday, pumping more than $120 million in last-minute projects into the spending plan and setting the Legislature on course to end its annual session Friday, as scheduled.

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The University of North Florida aims to improve students’ health by selling produce grown on campus to its food provider, Chartwells.

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More than half of LGBT Jacksonville residents surveyed say they’ve experienced discrimination in the city. That’s according to a new study from the University of North Florida.

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In our Generation W Profiles series, we highlight influential women. 

JeffriAnne Wilder founded the Institute for the study of race and ethnic relations at the University of North Florida.

“There are a number of things that happened over the course of my lifetime that have really pushed me even further into examining racial interests,” she says. “So for me as a sociologist, it’s something that’s very interesting, it is always very timely, and I think, given what’s happened in our society since the dawn of our new millennium, is showing us that racial issues are really at the forefront of our nation’s concerns and, unfortunately, social issues.”

Wilder says her parents were born and raised in the South, and many people in her mother’s family were active during the civil rRights movement.

She says being able to see how people in her family tried to overcome barriers during a difficult time period made it easier for her to follow in those footsteps.

“What I would say to younger women, in particular, is to take things step by step and celebrate the everyday successes, to recognize that the long-term impact of change does not happen overnight, to be kind to yourself, and to recognize that failure is a part of growth,” she says. “Visualize what you want to do, and dream big. I think that’s really important for us to do, even the not-so-young women.”


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With the help of some University of North Florida students, Jacksonville residents now have an easier time finding out who’s lobbying city officials.

 

 


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WJCT’s Community Thread project invites listeners to submit questions about topics that affect all of us. It started with a TV show on public schools in November. Now, our WJCT News reporters are working to answer questions that didn’t make it on the show.

This one comes from Vickie Robinson. She wants to know: How successful is Duval County’s pilot program for single-gender learning at Butler Middle School? And does the district plan to expand single-gender learning to high schools?


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The University of North Florida is banning hoverboards inside and near student housing.  

The university sent an email to student-residents this week outlining safety concerns over the two-wheeled, motorized gadgets.

UNF joins other universities that have banned hoverboards after reports their batteries can overheat and catch fire.

The mode of transportation, which is similar to a Segway without a handle, is still allowed on campus— just not in residence halls.

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New York Times best-selling author and frequent CNN contributor Deepak Chopra is coming to Jacksonville.

Chopra is scheduled to speak at the University of North Florida on March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

His speech is hosted by the nonprofit I Am Genie Foundation. All profits from the event will go toward granting wishes to people in need.

Chopra is slated to discuss the latest findings in mainstream and alternative medicine.

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Any 4-year-old in Florida can go to prekindergarten for free. The state-funded program is aimed at getting the youngest students ready for kindergarten.

In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, we following two prekindergarteners through their first year of school ever.

 


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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The University of North Florida’s Osprey Fountains is named one of the most luxurious student residence halls in the country by the online architectural design site DesignCurial.    

The London-based magazine surveyed more than 500 U.S. dorms to come up with its top 10 list.

Osprey Fountains’ tennis court, fitness center, putting green and indoor and outdoor pools helped land the dorm in the No. 10 spot.

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A mid-December day in Florida means perfect weather for a hike through the University of North Florida’s 382-acre nature preserve surrounding the college campus.

On Thursday, kids from Bayview Elementary visited the Sawmill Slough Preserve to learn about the animals and habitats that make the trails their home.

 


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The University of North Florida has accepted Governor Rick Scott’s challenge to get 100 percent of mass communication and psychology students full-time jobs within the first year of graduation.

Scott’s “Ready, Set, Work” challenge asks universities to ensure all grads in the most popular majors go on to jobs or graduate school.

 


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