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Jacksonville’s Human Rights Debate, Pensions & Hip Hop Violinist Damien Escobar — #19

It’s not every day a multi-Emmy award winner hangs out in your workplace. But it happened. And we’ll bring you hip hop violinist Damien Escobar on this episode of Redux. We also give you the lowdown on the years-old saga involving the development of Metropolitan Park, and we’ll give an update about neonatal care in Orange Park. But first, two stories that have gripped Jacksonville in recent years: expansion of the Human Rights Ordinance and pensions.

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1/12/2017: Earth2Trump; Matt Colaciello

Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke by phone with St. Augustine resident Bill Hamilton from the Environmental Youth Council about its event Sunday, Earth2Trump. We also spoke with international field educator and founder of Global Workshop Matt Colaciello about a panel discussion he is moderating Saturday on climate change.

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Pension Fund Projections Could Be Too Rosy

While Florida has a financially healthy state pension fund, a new report from the Department of Management Services warns the $144 billion system is relying on a projected investment return that independent financial consultants say is too optimistic.

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Gov. Scott Brings Message Of Affordable College To Jacksonville Beach

Florida Governor Rick Scott is renewing his call for state colleges and universities to be more affordable —and this morning he brought that message to the offices of software company Hashrocket in Jacksonville Beach. “If you just think about it, you know — whether it’s anything else you acquire — you always expect a higher value at a lower price all the time,” he said. “You should expect the same thing out of education.” As part of his new “Finish in Four, Save More” campaign, Scott said he wants to expand the Bright Futures scholarship program to cover summer classes. He also wants to keep student fees from getting higher. According to Scott, students at Florida’s 12 state universities pay on average about $200 per credit hour to attend school. But half of that charge is for fees covering services such as health care, student activities, technology and transportation. Scott is calling on state lawmakers to freeze student fees at all of Florida’s state universities and colleges. He

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1/11/2017: HRO Expansion; Anne Frank Exhibit; Going Green- Fleet Farming

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Darnell Smith from Jax Chamber and Pastor R. L. Gundy about the latest attempt to expand Jacksonville’s Human Rights Ordinance to include the LGBT community. We also heard from Voices of Hope programming chair Rebecca Rejtman Bennett and Museum of Science and History curator Paul Bourcier about a new exhibit about Anne Frank and our Going Green segment highlighted Melissa Beaudry of Fleet Farming.

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