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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.

 


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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.

 


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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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