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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.
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Jacksonville, FL

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World News

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Hosted by Melissa Ross, this one-hour call-in program features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities and more, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

Language:

English

Contact:

100 Festival Park Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 549-2937


Episodes

7/22/19: Councilman Matt Carlucci; 'If You Want To Make God Laugh'; Cole Pepper

7/22/2019
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From the fate of the Jacksonville Landing to how to pay for school improvements, new At Large Group 4 City Councilman Matt Carlucci joined First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross to talk about Jacksonville’s biggest issues.

Duration:00:52:55

7/18/19: Media Roundtable; Bluegrass, Beer and Barbecue Festival

7/19/2019
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Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross media roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week, including:

Duration:00:52:53

7/18/19: Amazon Working Conditions; MOCA Jax Refugee Exhibit; Beer That Gives Back

7/18/2019
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Some Amazon employees have complained about harsh working conditions at the online retailer's fulfillment centers. A journalist went undercover to document her experience in the book On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.

Duration:00:52:48

7/17/19: A Victory For Cannabis Growers In Fla.; Going Green; The Moon Landing & R2-D2

7/17/2019
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Last week, a Florida appellate court ruled that the system set up for distributing medical marijuana in Florida is unconstitutional. This could be considered a victory for cannabis growers and sellers throughout the state.

Duration:00:52:55

7/16/19: Jacksonville's Budget Priorities; 'Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon'; New App

7/16/2019
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry presented a $1.37 billion budget to the City Council on Monday . The spending plan is focused on public safety and economic development.

Duration:00:52:54

7/15/19: Beaches Solar Co-Op; “DUUUVAL” Sculpture; Cole Pepper

7/15/2019
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Local homeowners and businesses in Jacksonville and Neptune Beach are the latest groups to form a solar co-op.

Duration:00:52:44

7/12/19: Media Roundtable; Freedom Festival; The Band Be Easy

7/12/2019
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Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at the top stories of the week including:

Duration:00:52:55

7/11/19: Clara White Mission; Supermarkets And Single Use Plastics; Al Letson

7/11/2019
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Downtown Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission put out an emergency call to action funding appeal last week. It’s needed to avoid drastic service cuts. Jacksonville City Councilwoman Ju’Coby Pittman runs the organization, and joined us with more.

Duration:00:52:55

7/10/19: JSO Controversial Arrest; Lights For Liberty; She Is Fierce!

7/10/2019
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On the Fourth of July, a video broadcast by WJXT news partner News4Jax , showed a white JSO officer slamming a black suspect’s head into the pavement.

Duration:00:52:54

7/9/19: Front Yard Vegetable Gardens; Allergies; 'First Coast Connect' Book Club

7/9/2019
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It’s now legal in Florida to grow a vegetable garden in your front yard. The new law is seen as a victory for urban gardeners and food activists working to fight hunger and food insecurity.

Duration:00:52:54

7/8/19: Unbroken Horizons Scholarship; Chasing the Moon; Cole Pepper

7/8/2019
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Seth Owen has become a Jacksonville's LGBTQ icon. But before that he was shunned from his family for being gay, faced homelessness and couldn't pay for college, even though he was accepted to Georgetown University.

Duration:00:52:54

7/2/19: State Representative Tracie Davis; Preserving Fish Island; Road Trip Vacations

7/2/2019
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Representative Tracie Davis State Representative Tracie Davis is in her second term representing the 13 th District. On Tuesday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. she is hosting her second town hall meeting since the Florida Legislature ended its session in the first week of May. The town halls are designed to inform constituents on the ressults of the 2019 legislative session. Davis is covering issues that include new laws regarding the use of medical marijuana, charter school expansion, and the...

Duration:00:52:55

7/1/19: Reggie Fullwood and Operation New Hope; Vaping Ban; Cole Pepper

7/1/2019
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Former state representative Reggie Fullwood has a new leadership position, two years after he was sentenced in federal court in 2017.

Duration:00:52:49

6/28/19: Media Roundtable; 'Raw Talks'

6/28/2019
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Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week including: Mayor Lenny Curry weighing in on the push by Duval County Public Schools for a half-cent sales tax for to repair and replace aging schools . JEA saying it may have to eliminate the jobs of more than 500 employees. The Pride Prom being canceled at the Willowbranch location of the Jacksonville Public Library . Our Panelists were: AG...

Duration:00:52:50

6/27/19: JEA; Reducing Algae Blooms; Bifurcation; ADAPT

6/27/2019
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JEA may have to lay off more than 500 workers to avoid a big spike in customer’s electric bills . The public utility has been in downsizing mode for more than a decade. JEA decreased from 2600 employees in 2006 down to 2,191 in 2018. David Bauerlein of The Florida Times-Union has been covering this story, and joined us for a closer look. Microbe Lift The City of Jacksonville is launching a new study to help improve the area’s water supply . Jacksonville will be one of the first cities in...

Duration:00:52:41

6/26/19: Democratic Primary Debates; Climate Change; Sickle Cell

6/26/2019
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As Democratic presidential canidates prepare for the 2020 primary debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights, 74 medical and public health groups are pushing candiates to make commitments to help fight against climate change. The groups are framing climate change as a public health emergency.

Duration:00:52:48

6/25/19: Pride Prom; 'Northern Lights' Author; Nonalcoholic Bar Coming To Jax

6/25/2019
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June is Pride Month and to celebrate it, a pride prom was going to be held at the Willowbranch location of the Jacksonville Public Library on Friday, June 28. But the event has now been canceled by the library due to security concerns . Nicole White , Executive Director of Unbroken Horizons Scholarship Foundation and entertainer Beatrice Palmer - also known as BeBe Deluxe - joined us with more. Palmer was originally scheduled to perform at the prom. 'Northern Lights' Cathy Parker is a...

Duration:00:52:55

6/24/19: State Of Duval Schools; First Coast Success; SailTime NE FL; Cole Pepper

6/24/2019
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A report in The Florida Times-Union shows Duval County Public Schools paid more than $9 million in air conditioning-related maintenance and repairs in just one year.

Duration:00:52:50

6/21/19: Media Roundtable; International Yoga Day

6/21/2019
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Friday on the First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Media Roundtable, our panel of journalists looked at some of the biggest stories of the week including: Jacksonville could be the most expensive city in America to secure with a seawall . Most voters in Duval say they are in favor of a half-cent sales tax to rebuild Duval schools. President Trump kicks off his reelection campaign in Florida. Our Panelists were: Dan Scanlan of The Florida Times-Union Freelance journalist Claire Goforth...

Duration:00:52:55

6/20/19: Duval Schools Sales Tax Proposal; 'Cracker Gothic'; 'Void On Vinyl Volume 2'

6/20/2019
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Duval County's Half Cent Sales Tax The push for a November referendum on a proposed a half-cent sales tax for better school buildings in Jacksonville has suffered a setback. On Tuesday night, the finance committee of the City Council voted to recommend delaying a referendum on a half-cent sales tax for schools to the fall of 2020. Related: Council's Finance Committee Wants To Punt The Half-Cent Sales Tax Referendum To 2020 Duval County Schools Superintendent Diana Greene and School Board...

Duration:00:52:52