It’s Banned Books Week across the country. On Thursday’s First Coast Connect, host Melissa Ross spoke with our Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring, Jacksonville University professor Courtney Barclay and Jacksonville librarian Lisa Taylor about some the events being held to commemorate the week. We also heard from bestselling author and columnist Dave Barry about his latest book about life in Florida: “Best. State. Ever.” HandsOn Jacksonville CEO LeAnn Daddario joined the show to talk about The Human Race 5K fundraiser Saturday and HGTV’s Matt Blashaw phoned in to talk about his appearance this weekend at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show.
Jacksonville is the primary hub for refugees entering Florida through the U.S. Department of State program. Many River City natives aren’t aware how hard it can be for their new neighbors to adapt to life on the First Coast. A University of North Florida professor is aiming to change that by getting her students to walk a mile in a refugee’s shoes.
A law named after a St. Augustine murder victim will go into effect Saturday. Carl’s Law increases penalties when crime victims have disabilities. It’s named for Carl Starke, who had autism.
Civil unrest over the shootings of unarmed black men by police has resulted in violent protests in places like Charlotte and Baltimore.
Jacksonville University sociology professor Nathan Rousseau spoke with host Melissa Ross about race relations in Jacksonville. We also heard from Adam Jorgensen, president of Pragmatic Works Client Solutions, and Brian Bush from Tom Bush auto dealers about the “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research. Ross spoke with Jacksonville Symphony conductor Courtney Lewis about the upcoming season and Mary Harvey and Kristi Leonard told us about therapy animal training on the First Coast.
The Jacksonville City Council approved a budget of more than a billion dollars Tuesday evening. The spending plan focuses on public safety and paying off pension debt.
Florida health care regulators are considering doing away with a rule limiting the number of trauma centers that can set up shop in each region.
The Florida Supreme Court has rejected a request to investigate allegations of racism involving a Duval County circuit judge who sentenced an African-American man to death.