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Smart Money

Saturday 10a - Noon

Hank Madden, Michelle Barron, and Brian Hughes

Smart Money

Today's news events and Washington politics have a big impact on our economy and on your money! Join Hank Madden, Michelle Barron, and Brian Hughes every Saturday from 10am-12pm as they make sense of the headlines and give you the context on how it will effect our country, your job and your portfolio.  

To talk to Hank call the show at 340-1045!

Smart Money Re Air (Hour 2)

Topics: Hank, Michelle and Brian walk a caller through how to maximize his 401K in order to best provide for retirement and they also discuss how to protect yourself after the massive Equifax security breach.
Posted: October 14, 2017

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Topics: Hank, Michelle and Brian are thankful to be back in the studios after Hurricane Irma and they discuss their experiences and also have a spirited conversation with a caller who disagrees with Hank about annuities.
Posted: October 14, 2017

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Smart Money Oct 7, 2017 Hour 2

Topics: Hank and associates take your calls and answer your questions on financial matters.
Posted: October 08, 2017

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  • A long time in the making, the first phase of redeveloping the Barnett Building and Laura Street Trio in Downtown Jacksonville gets underway this week. WOKV first told you about the redevelopment plans in January. The $90 million project includes adding parking and a signature hotel, converting the historic buildings to office space, residential space, dining, retail, and more. The City of Jacksonville has committed to $10 million in incentives for the completion of the entire project. Now, the SouthEast Development Group of Jacksonville and The Molasky Group of Companies of Las Vegas say they’ve contracted local construction management firm Danis to get the project in motion. We’re told the early work won’t be visible to the public, because it will be concentrated on interior remediation and improvements. The Barnett Building is slated to open during the last quarter of 2018. A new parking structure housing at least 550 secure spaces and retail space will also open at that time. The Laura Street Trio- collectively the Bisbee Building, Florida Life Building, and Marble Bank Building- will be developed in a later phase of the project. “After years of planning and preparation, the transformation of Jacksonville’s Central Business District is at hand. Rehabilitating these irreplaceable historic structures and bringing the properties back into service is a tangible example of how private investment and public commitment can achieve great things when leveraged together,” says a statement from SouthEast Development Group’s Principal and Managing Director Steve Atkins. The CFO and President of Covernment Projects for The Molasky Group of Companies, Bradley Sher, believes this project will be “the crown jewel of downtown”. The Jacksonville Historical Society tells WOKV the current plans embrace the historic elements of the complex, while bringing in more life. “More people Downtown, more restaurants Downtown, a more vibrant Downtown- and that corner is the heart of that story,” says Jacksonville Historical Society Executive Director Emily Liskka. When combined with other redevelopment projects underway in Jacksonville, like the Cowford Chophouse poised to open in the old Bostwick Building, Liskka says Downtown has an energy like we haven’t recently seen. She says it’s “fortunate” this revitalization is coming with new life for historic buildings.
  • Nearly $10 million in grants and tax rebates have been approved by the Jacksonville City Council, in the latest effort to breathe new life in to Downtown Jacksonville.  Earlier this year, the Downtown Investment Authority signed on to plans to redevelop the Laura Street Trio and Barnett Building. The developers expect to spend around $90 million on the overall project, and in exchange, they sought two $4 million Downtown Preservation and Revitalization Trust Fund grants- one for the Trio and one for the Barnett building- as well as $1.8 million in what’s called a REV grant, which is a rebate on property taxes brought in as a result of the new construction. The DIA approved that request, and on Tuesday, the City Council followed suit.  “Congratulations, this one has been a very long time coming and is an important step forward for our City,” Council President Lori Boyer said after the funding was approved. The plan is to renovate the dormant Downtown buildings, while also adding parking and a new hotel. The Laura Street Trio- collectively the Bisbee Building, Florida Life Building, and Marble Bank Building- would get a signature restaurant, a rooftop bar, a small market, and retail office space, among other things. The Barnett Building would get apartments and commercial office space.  The Council vote appropriates one of the $4 million grants, but commits the City to appropriating the balance in the future. Paying out the funding is subject to the completion of the construction work.  The Mulasky Group and SouthEast Group are behind the plans for the project.
  • A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An official autopsy is pending. Fulton County jail officials said Lamora Williams waived her first appearance in court Monday on felony murder charges. >> Read more trending news The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday. Williams called her sons’ father, Jameel Penn, on Friday night and showed him by video chat that something was wrong in her Atlanta apartment home. Penn said he immediately called the police. When officials arrived at the Oakland City West End Apartment complex, the boys, 2-year-old Ke’Younte Penn and 1-year-old Ja’Karter Williams, were dead. Related: 2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged Friends and family members of Williams told the AJC she suffered from undiagnosed mental health problems that were exacerbated by her father’s death when she was 19 and by having four children younger than 7. They said she was also a single mother who had some help from Penn, but not enough considering her mental health. Williams’ longtime friend Neesa Smith said Williams quit a job about a month ago because she couldn’t find a babysitter for the kids. “Nobody could tell what she was going through,” Smith said. Williams’ sister, Tabitha Hollingsworth, said Williams is at risk and should be put on suicide watch in the Fulton County Jail, where she remains without bond.
  • A Louisiana man has been charged with first-degree murder after his infant son was found dead with multiple stab wounds over the weekend. Fabian Miguel Smith, 33, of Zachary, is also charged with second-degree cruelty to a juvenile, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate. Smith remained in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Monday morning, accused of killing Jericho Smith, 11 months old, Saturday afternoon. Zachary police Chief David McDavid said during a Sunday news conference that the baby suffered stab wounds across his forehead and had signs of blunt force trauma to the back of his head, the Advocate reported. Jericho was pronounced dead at the scene.  WAFB in Baton Rouge reported that police were called to the scene around 1:45 p.m. Saturday after two older children sought help from a neighbor. McDavid said that Smith, who was the only adult in the home at the time of the slaying, had locked the other children out of the house. When they were allowed back inside, they found their brother. The children, ages 9 and 5, ran next door for help, McDavid said.  One of the neighbors went to the family’s home, where he found Jericho lying on the floor in a pool of blood. “Call 911. I done messed up,” the neighbor quoted Smith as saying, according to McDavid.  The police chief said that Smith would not speak to officers who responded to the neighbor’s 911 call, but one of the children, still next door, screamed, “The baby is dead.” >> Read more trending news The motive for the slaying has not been determined, McDavid said. The knife believed to be used in the crime, as well as a gun, were recovered from the scene. An autopsy was anticipated to shed light on whether the gun was also used in the homicide, McDavid said.    Neighbor Brent Waldon told the newspaper it was his nephew who the 9-year-old boy approached for help. Waldon’s wife, Robyn Waldon, said Smith seemed unaffected in the aftermath of the stabbing, sitting outside the house smoking a cigarette as investigators searched the property. His 5-year-old daughter screamed and cried for about an hour, Robyn Waldon said. “This is just a nightmare,” Robyn Waldon told the newspaper. “I’ve held that baby before, and our 7-year-old would go over and play there a lot. I just can’t believe something like this would happen so close.” McDavid said that the case was an especially tough one for his investigators. “This is the senseless killing of a little child of God,” McDavid said during the news conference.  The chief said the slaying greatly affected the officers, firefighters and other first responders who went to the scene.  “To see this, it just broke their hearts. All of them have small children,” McDavid said. “I have grandchildren and children myself. To see this, it’s just senseless to see this happen in Zachary.” Jimmicka Bouie, who identified herself as Jericho’s maternal aunt, set up a GoFundMe page to help her sister, Ieshae Tolbert, pay for the baby’s funeral. The page does not address how the baby died, but calls the incident a “tragic accident” that ended in his death.  As of Monday, the page had raised about $1,150 of its $5,000 goal.
  • Anyone with a flooded well is warned against drinking water straight out of the well until disinfecting can be done. The Florida Department of Health is putting a boil water notice in effect for anyone with flooded water wells, according to Nassau County Emergency Management. If your well was covered by flooding from Irma, the water could be infected with harmful organisms.  With water from a flooded well, you should hold it at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth, or even washing your dishes. You can also disinfect water by adding about an eighth of a teaspoon- or eight drops- of plain, unscented 4-6% strength household bleach per gallon of water and then letting it stand for a half hour. If the water is cloudy after it stands, you should repeat the process. You can also use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.  Make sure to use a container with a cap or cover to store any disinfected water, to prevent contamination. Once flooding has subsided, you need to disinfect your well. The Florida Department of Health has full guidelines about how to do that, then how to get your water tested to ensure it’s safe.

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