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podcasts: Jax Journal

Each week we talk with members of our community about the key local issues.

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Jax Journal 10/27/18 Youth Crisis Center

Topics: Danielle sits down with President and CEO Kim Sirdevan at the Youth Crisis Center. They go in-depth about the services they offer to the City of Jacksonville and surrounding communities. They also touched on upcoming projects.
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Jax Journal 10/6 w/ Salvation Army

Topics: This week Major Bert Tanner from the Salvation Army of Jacksonville joins Jax Journal to talk about what the Salvation Army is up to as we approach the holiday seasons. He also discusses key dates regarding assistance and volunteering.

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Jax Journal 4/28/18 The Augustine Recovery Center

Topics: Danielle Leigh sits down with Scot Leavy from The Augustine Recovery Center. You hear so much about the opioid epidemic and addiction in general...but this conversation is more focused on the solution than the problem itself. Scot provides a deep overview of what The Augustine Recovery Center is and how it benefits those who need it.

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Jax Journal 2/10/18 United Way

Topics: The United Way of Northeast Florida joined Danielle Leigh to talk about the free tax services they offer for residents. We also discussed tax scams and how to avoid them. We also shared money tips and saving advice.

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Jax Journal 2/3/18 DBSA

Topics: Danielle Leigh sits down with members from DBSA which is the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. We shared stories and advice about what to do if you’re feeling depressing or even considering suicide.

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Jax Journal 1/13/18 BullyProof Vest

Topics: This Jax Journal interview was lost in the archives but was recently recovered. Danielle Leigh sits down with Kelly Robbins who founded the BullyProof Vest. We discussed on bullying impacts a person's mental health. We touched heavily on the Netflix's series "13 Reasons Why."

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Jax Journal 12/23/17 Where is the Sunshine

Topics: Jeanine Hoff from Where is the Sunshine sat down with Danielle Leigh to discuss Mental Health. Where is the Sunshine is a non-profit based here in Jacksonville that helps people who struggle with mental illnesses connect with others and provide resources to let them know they’re not alone. We also touched on self-care and how important it is for everyone sometime to take a mental break.

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Jax Journal 12/16/17 NAMI

Topics: Taking on a cause close to her heart, Danielle Leigh sits down with Norma Basford and Tara Wildes from NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) to discuss mental health. They went through the programs they offer and tips for loved ones and family members who may be living with a mental illness.

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Jax Journal 12/09/17 Reel Stories. Real People

Topics: I had the chance to sit down with Action News Jax reporter Kaitlyn Chana. We did not talk about news…but since we both work in news we are always asking people to share their stories with us…now it was our turn. Kaitlyn Chana shared her story overcoming three different types of eating disorders. She also used that as her motivation to start Reel Stories. Real People organization.

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Jax Journal 9/24/17 Girls on the Run

Topics: Laura Lasko joins Danielle Leigh to talk about the Girls on the Run program, focusing on Girl Education and Mental Health. They discussed the importance of running and how they have a curriculum for girls to empower them.

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Jax Journal 9/3/17 Children's Home Society

Topics: Continuing the conversation of Crisis Centers, Traci and Jessica from the Children's Home Society sat down with Danielle Leigh. They discussed counselling and other services they provide. They also talked about how trauma can impact a child's behavior.

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The Latest News Headlines

  • In a shocking video that may be difficult for some to watch, a WSOC-TV viewer captured footage of hundreds of birds scattered across the ground near the entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, after flying into the side of the building. >> Read more trending news  Hollie Cameron's disturbing cellphone video shows dozens of birds lying on the ground outside the building and captures other birds crashing into the large windows. WSOC reporter Gina Esposito spoke with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, who said their rehab team responded to the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. and treated hundreds of birds. They said a total of 310 birds hit the windows of the building. Roughly one-third of those birds were dead when they arrived, and another third was seriously injured. The rest appeared to be stunned but will be OK, the organization said. >> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.) In the video, Cameron watched as a bird crashed into the window and then fell to the ground, joining dozens of others. Cameron told WSOC that she was working in the area when she started recording on her phone around 9 p.m. You can hear her talking with a security guard who claims the phenomenon had been going on for about an hour. 'Oh my God, look at them all,' Cameron says in the video. 'There's something wrong with them. This is not OK.' Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted more video on Facebook of the birds at their facility. About 100 of the surviving birds are being treated for broken wings and fractures. The rescue group said the birds are chimney swifts and that the colony lives in a roost. They think something disturbed the colony Tuesday night, causing the birds to fly into the windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue officials told WSOC that this was not a naturally occurring event and the birds' migration could not have been a factor because the swifts only migrate during the day. They plan to investigate more on Wednesday. CMPD reportedly responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the birds. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said rehabbing the injured birds is expensive, and they desperately need volunteers since the birds will need to be hand-fed. Visit their Facebook page for more details on how you can help.
  • Plan to drive through times of scattered showers today ahead of a cool front that will bring drier, more refreshing air to end the week.  Action News Jax Meteorologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says some rain may be heavy at times with a few rumbles of thunder.  Overall rainfall totals are not expected to be great, but the rainfall is needed.  By Thursday morning you’ll begin to feel a change with drier air and high temperatures only in the upper 70’s.  Friday morning lows may fall into the upper 50’s in some neighborhoods, and high temperatures will only be in the upper 70’s.  The weekend is looking a little warmer and wetter at times with a few showers on Saturday and scattered showers on Sunday. 
  • Four separate shootings over a 24-hour period in Jacksonville has left at least six people wounded and, so far, no arrests have been announced by police.  Early this morning a man was shot on W. 17th Street, near RV Daniels Elementary School.  He was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. JSO had no suspect description and was asking for tips to Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.  Just after 10 pm on Tuesday, two young men between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot while sitting in a vehicle on Timmerman Lane. Both shooting victims had non-life-threatening injuries. JSO had no evidence to confirm if this was a drive-by shooting.  Around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, police were called to a shooting on Orton Street, where two men were treated and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No suspect information was given at the scene by detectives.  On Miss Muffet Lane on the westside just after 6 pm on Tuesday, police responded to reports of shots fired. An off-duty officer was called about a gunshot wound victim at Park West ER. He was taken to Orange Park Medical Center in critical condition.  According to JSO, two groups of people in two separate cars that left the area were being questioned by detectives.  
  • A Pennsylvania mom is in critical condition after police said she killed her children and husband, then shot herself, Philadelphia police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:49 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Authorities have identified the woman accused of killing her children and husband late Monday in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WPVI-TV, Damyrra Jones Alcindor, 28, also shot herself, police said. As she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she reportedly told officials she did not want to be resuscitated. Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said Alcindor admitted to fatally shooting her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their father, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon. Although police did not release the victims' names, a family member identified them as Max Alcindor, 38; Maxilla, 4; and Damaya, 10 months, WCAU-TV reported. Investigators said Alcindor, who legally bought the handgun earlier Monday, is facing murder charges in the case, according to WCAU. Original report: According to KYW-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deadly shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at a home in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Police said the 29-year-old woman fatally shot her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their 35-year-old father. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said. When police arrived at the Hegerman Street home, they discovered the woman outside 'lying on top of a gun,' the Inquirer reported. Authorities said the woman, who apparently shot herself, was taken to a nearby hospital. Philadelphia police have not released the names of the woman or the victims, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities in Indiana said a baby is alive and well after someone discovered the child inside a plastic bag near a fence in Seymour. >> Read more trending news  According to the Tribune and WAVE-TV, police responded to a call about the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. A resident, who had been walking a dog off South Jackson Park Drive, found the child about 60 feet away from the street, investigators said. Crews rushed the baby to a nearby hospital, the news outlets reported. Doctors said the child is healthy, according to WAVE. Seymour police said they made contact Wednesday with a person of interest in the case. They emphasized the person was not a suspect in the investigation. Authorities have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.

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