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The local, state and federal governments are looking to do business with more women, minorities and veterans.

Several agencies are hoping to meet with business owners on Tuesday at the University of North Florida.

The Florida Legislature is on the cusp of passing a throng of health care-related measures aimed at cutting the cost of treatment.

Among those are two bills, one eliminating so-called “surprise billing” and another creating a database of common procedure prices. Supporters say it’s a way to protect consumers, but some doctors think they leave an important actor out of the equation -- insurers.

Dr. Steven Kailes is an emergency room doctor who works in Orange Park and the President of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians. He joins First Coast Connect guest host Ryan Benk to discuss this issue.

One of the premier facilities in America treating veterans and NFL players for traumatic brain injury and PTSD has chosen Jacksonville as its location for expansion into the Southeast.

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A 27-year-old military veteran is driving from the Florida Keys to Houston, Texas, raising money along the way to give to others who’ve struggled since leaving the military. 

Remington Lahaye, who served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne, made a stop in Jacksonville last week. He calls his fundraising campaign Undercover Veterans.

“We want to be like 'Undercover Boss.' And we want to surprise people. You know, 'Hey! We’re gonna help you!'And change their lives," Lahaye says. 

The unemployment rate among Florida’s 1.5 million veterans is around 5 percent. That’s lower than the rate among all Floridians.  

Still, the state’s top economic development officer says Florida can do better by its veterans.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio says most employers want to hire veterans but don’t, many times because of the disconnect between military and civilian job descriptions.

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A WWII veteran who lives in Jacksonville is having his story archived in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

His video interview is part of an initiative called the Veterans History Project, aimed at preserving combat-veterans’ experiences for future generations.

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At the Doubletree Hilton Hotel on the Southbank of Jacksonville, more than 100 people were getting settled at round tables, Thursday.

It was day one of the action camp called: ZERO 2016, an intense two-day event aimed at ending veteran homelessness.


The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is an arm of city government that awards money to cultural organizations. We discuss public funding for art and the organization's work with Tony Allegretti, Executive Director of the Cultural Council, Christie Holecheck, Director of the Art in Public Places program, and Daniel Austin, Communications Director.

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Duval County Veterans Memorial Wall in downtown Jacksonville Monday for the city’s Memorial Day Observance ceremony.

Five new names have been added to the wall.

All branches of the United States military were well represented at the ceremony. Current and former members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard, their families, and members of the public came to honor Duval County veterans who died in service to their country.

Florida National Guard Adjutant Gen. Michael Calhoun announced those most recently taken:

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New legislation currently before Congress that would set regulations on an array of environmental hazards is being closely watched here in Jacksonville, a city consistently rated poor in air quality. The upcoming annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will discuss how these environmental hazards impact our community, children, and food production. We speak with Eric Hull, summit chairperson and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Patricia Pappan, president of the Environmental Law Society, and Dr. Quint White, marine biologist at Jacksonville University.