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REDUX: Duval Joining Education Suit; Discounted Wedding Dresses Til Labor Day

On this episode of Redux: The Duval County School Board votes to join a lawsuit against a controversial new state education law, while House Speaker Richard Corcoran criticizes the suit as a waste of money. What’s the business case for a Confederate monument inventory in Jacksonville? Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis breaks it down in this week’s “Business Brief.” And bridal gowns are deeply discounted this weekend after a Jacksonville store suddenly shut down, leaving an Arlington...


REDUX: Confederate Monument Debate; Budget's Makin' Places - #51

On this week’s Redux podcast: Northeast Florida listeners weigh in on the issue of Confederate monuments as Jacksonville’s City Council president says let’s take stock of what we have first. In Fernandina Beach, a post office is looking really good for its age. And what does “place making” mean and what are some examples in Mayor Curry’s proposed budget?


REDUX: Millennials Reshape The 'Burbs, Jax Could Take On Big Pharma- #49

On this episode of Redux: The Florida Times-Union is being sold to GateHouse Media. Jacksonville may take on big pharma. Millennials are gravitating to older neighborhoods. And finally, meet Jacksonville Jaguars team barber, 27-year-old Eric Rivera.


REDUX: Tiny Town Might Disappear While Jax Arts District Is Being Born- #48

On this episode of Redux: While one small town in St. Johns County may evaporate, its big neighbor to the north, Jacksonville, is being touted as a “go-to” spot to visit. It even has plans for a walkable Arts District. Then we’ll circle back to St. Johns County to tell you how the Woman’s Exchange has been caring for a really old building in St. Augustine.


REDUX: School Funding Woes; Historic Hospital Gets New Life; Small Biz Help - #47

On this episode of Redux: A huge state education law is expected to create headaches for Duval County’s worn-out school buildings. Over in LaVilla new tenants and renovations are coming to a historic African-American hospital. Plus, navigating a tangle of rules when you’re trying to stand up a small business. And a musical performance by Crystal Garden.


REDUX: Jacksonville Budget Gets Loose; Tiny House Cam; Gwen Graham — #46

On this episode of Redux: A look at Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed budget, the first since 2011 with some “wiggle room” to spend on infrastructure and other big projects like getting downtown ready for developers who might want some waterfront property. Then, Democrat Gwen Graham swung through Jacksonville and picked up a couple of endorsements this week on her quest for the governor’s mansion. A pilot program to help the homeless shows housing them first and providing other supports later...


REDUX: Jaywalking Ticket Goes Viral; Dogs In Prison; Overland Bridge Almost Done — #45

On this episode of Redux: “First Coast Connect” callers react to a viral video of a 21-year-old Jacksonville man’s being cited by a police officer for jaywalking and not carrying a driver’s license. A new UF Health Jacksonville initiative will target black churches to spread the gospel of healthy choices. Dogs that may have been headed for euthanasia at local shelters get a “new leash on life” after graduating from obedience training in a Jacksonville prison. And Ennis Davis of Modern...


REDUX: Death In St. Augustine; Don't Say Climate Change; 'Clicks To Bricks' — #43

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....


Redux: Where Should Our Money Go? — #42

On this episode of Redux, where should our money go? This is the question we are posing to anyone within earshot of this podcast — it’s also the topic of our upcoming live show, "Community Thread," which is a discussion on how your tax dollars are being spent, including a look at all the money going into Everbank Stadium. Then, with the revival of downtown Jacksonville already underway, some folks are hoping the River City doesn’t neglect its past. And we’ll bring you two stories on the...


Optimistic Or Bullish On Dredging; Medical Marijuana Update; Montreal, Jax Of The North? — #41

On this episode of Redux, we’re going to revisit a continuing conversation in Jacksonville: to dredge or not. The debate over deepening the St. Johns River continues. Then, what do Montreal and Jacksonville have in common? Well, they are both port cities and if this whole shipping thing doesn’t work out, maybe we can learn a thing or two from our neighbors to the north. Also on this episode, now that Florida has legalized some forms of medical marijuana, its list of potential uses might...


'Jax 5'; Rail Yard District; & Canine Influenza On First Coast — #40

On this episode of Redux, members of the "Hemming Park 5" — now known as the "Jax 5" — speak publicly for the first time since a violent protest this past April. Then, with a special legislative session currently underway as folks in Tallahassee continue work on finalizing the state budget, Duval County schools are wrestling with putting together its own budget. We’ll bring you the challenges ahead for Duval schools. And if you’re a dog owner, there’s something you need to know to keep...


State Of Literacy In Duval; Infant Addicts; & 'Reusing' Jacksonville — #39

The future of Duval County is our focus. Coming up, reading test scores for our area’s third-graders are in, and the results are — well, mixed. While schools in more affluent neighborhoods posted reading scores above grade level, schools in low-income areas continue to struggle. Now one group is trying to change all that. Then, the opioid crisis is now affecting every corner of every hospital in this country. Find out what one state politician is trying to do ensure funds are available to...


Jax Of Tomorrow; Helter Skelter (Bus) Shelters?; & 'Market Urbanism' — #38

On this episode of Redux, we look at the infrastructure of Jacksonville. We first hear from Fiorentino Group’s Marty Fiorentino, who was recently in Washington working with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on infrastructure spending. Then, what do if you’re a senior citizen and the only bus stop is across eight lanes of traffic? And once you get to get a stop, depending on where you live, lies another set of obstacles. One Jacksonville city councilman is hoping to make sure all bus...


School Choice: Duval County's Druthers; Space Travel Coming Soon; & 'Rutherford Betrayed You' — #37

Governor Rick Scott is feeling the heat from school boards and superintendents across Florida to veto a massive package of education bills, which center around the issue of school choice. We’ll talk to folks on both sides of the debate. And, Duval County Schools has identified an interim superintendent even though it’s current superintendent hasn’t left just yet. We have the latest. Then, we’ll visit one Jacksonville school teacher who, through sharing her love of reading with her...


Great Food Truck Debate; ‘Devastating’ Education Bill; & Fire Season In NE Florida — #36

Earlier this year, Jacksonville unveiled its urban food park concept, prompting the start of yet another food truck debate between these mobile establishments and its brick-and-mortar counterparts. Also, the Legislative session has ended and the passing of a mammoth education bill might be bad news for some of Duval County's poorest students. Then, dryer than normal weather is causing drought conditions and, yes, wildfires throughout Northeast Florida. We’ll bring you a story on what you...


REDUX: State Of Emergency; Hemming Park 5; & In The Line Of Duty — #35

Florida is in the grip of an epidemic. Deaths from opioid overdose and murders associated with the drugs have increased exponentially in recent years. Governor Rick Scott has declared the state’s opioid problem a public health emergency. On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at what state officials are doing to help lower the body count, as well what’s being done locally to treat addicts and prevent addiction. Then, we have an update on the "Hemming Park 5," as well as a couple of stories...


REDUX: Brown Hopes To Careen Past Legal Trouble | Duval Millenial E-Cig Use Rising — #34

On this episode of Redux, two topics that have drifted in and out of headlines consistently in recent years — ride-sharing apps and, of course, pensions — have been settled. We bring you up to date on what local and state politicians have decided. But while these issues are wrapping up, one major issue is just beginning — the fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Then, Duval County Schools is cleaning house and some programs facing the chopping block might surprise you. We’ll...


Rising Tide Threatens Rising City; Up In Smoke; & Springfield's Renaissance — #33

On this episode of Redux, downtown investment is back in the spotlight. This time, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is at the helm. Then, Earth Day is this weekend and its purpose is to demonstrate support for environmental protection. But no matter where you stand on the issue, residents of St. Augustine have a very practical reason to care — especially if you live anywhere near the shore. We also bring you an update on the medical marijuana policy debate going on right now in...


'Hemming 5'; Jax Portrait Of A Serial Killer; & World's Oldest Skate Park

What started out as a peaceful protest devolved into violence last week. On this episode of Redux, we’ll get you up to speed on the who, why and what exactly happened in Hemming Park. Then, the life and times of one of Jacksonville’s most infamous characters were brought to the stage last week — a portrait of serial killer Ottis Toole. Find out why these Jacksonville University academics decided to bring this story to the stage. And finally, we'll bring you a story about the world’s oldest...