Florida school districts can impose student mask mandates; tragedy in Afghanistan
A Leon County judge has ruled that Florida school districts can require students to wear masks, and on this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” we hear from Duval County School Board Chair Elizabeth Andersen and local attorney and parent Chris Hand. We also have state Rep. Cord Byrd, who supports parental choice. And the rush to evacuate Afghanistan has turned violent. With American and Afghan casualties, it has become emotional for veterans. U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, the first Green Beret elected to the U.S. House, gives his view.
Mayo Clinic Florida CEO on pandemic pressures on hospitals; 1st week of classes in Duval County
One of the nation's hospital leaders joins us with his view on how the pandemic is affecting local hospitals. We also get the view from Tallahassee. And we'll discuss the opening week of the school year with Duval County School Board's Vice Chair.
Baptist Health CEO on COVID-19 surge; vaccinations & masks
Baptist Health is just one of the hospital systems in our region reeling from the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. Baptist Health CEO Michael Mayo joins this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville” to explain some of his biggest concerns. Plus, the battle of vaccinations and masks, and what’s at stake if school districts or local governments decide to make them mandatory. News4Jax political analyst Rick Mullaney and political expert Pastor John Newman join us.
COVID-19 cases surge; leaders, friends remember Dr. Leon Haley
Just when it looked like we had the pandemic on its heels, the cases surge and the delta variant of the coronavirus takes root in our region. The leader of the Civic Council joins this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” along with the leader of Ascension St. Vincent’s. And the late Dr. Leon Haley’s impact and legacy here in Jacksonville -- other leaders and his friends remember him.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise; Breaking down spending plan for Jacksonville
Medical experts and faith leaders are pleading with the public to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as cases rise and hospitals fill. Pastor John Neman and Dr. Nancy Staats join this episode of “This Week in Jacksonville.” Plus, we’re talking about the city of Jacksonville’s budget with Dr. Ron Salem. The council member helps break down the billion-dollar spending plan.
TWIJ: Doctor on coronavirus spike, US lawmakers on crisis in Cuba
On This Week in Jacksonville, Dr. Sunil Joshi, President of the Duval County Medical Society Foundation, joins us to tackle the rise in coronavirus cases and increase in hospitalizations. Will safety measures have to go back in full force? We’re also discussing the crisis in Cuba with two of Florida’s federal lawmakers. Congressman Al Lawson and Sen. Rick Scott both offer their analysis on Cuba as well as the American Rescue plan and new child tax credits.
Tropical Storm Elsa; Freedom to Fly Act & Essential Caregivers Act; Caregivers for Compromise founder
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” we discuss the response to and impact from Tropical Storm Elsa, with state Sen. Audrey Gibson and U.S. Rep. John Rutherford. We also look ahead to 2022, talking with Gibson about her endorsement of Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist in the race for Florida governor. Rutherford gives us an update from Washington, D.C., talking about the Freedom to Fly Act and the Essential Caregivers Act. And we talk with Mary Daniel, a local advocate for senior care and the founder of Caregivers for Compromise. Her husband, who has Alzheimer’s, resides at a memory care facility, and she couldn’t see him during the first months of the pandemic. Hear how her experiences during that time led her to take action and push for change.
Edward Waters College becomes Edward Waters University; Florida TaxWatch; Connecting veterans with mental health care
On this edition of “This Week in Jacksonville,” Edward Waters College is now officially Edward Waters University. President Zachary Faison joins us on the show to talk about what the historic change means for students, staff and the community. Also, Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro discusses the nonpartisan group’s view of the state budget that just went into effect this week. And the coordinated effort to protect American heroes from the horrors of war on this Independence Day: Elizabeth Sherr, the clinic director at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone, joins us.