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.
Protesters call for resignation of John Rutherford after Capitol chaos
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A group of protestors gathered outside the Jacksonville office of Representative John Rutherford on Thursday afternoon calling for his resignation. Some protesters were holding signs calling Rutherford a “traitor.”“In every way, he is acting like an enemy of the people. MORE | Local lawmakers who objected to Electoral College certification denounce Washington violenceOn Wednesday night, after the chaos in Washington D.C., Rutherford spoke with News4Jax about the impending Electoral College count. On Twitter, Rutherford condemned the violence at the Capitol and on Thursday he acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden’s win. News4Jax reached out to Rutherford asking for a comment on the demonstration but haven’t heard back yet.
Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries
Poor ventilation in school buildings across the U.S. will limit the ability of in-person instruction to resume safely. As a new school year approaches amid the coronavirus pandemic, she and her colleagues are threatening not to return unless it's repaired. Nationwide, an estimated 41% of school districts need to update or replace their heating, ventilation and cooling systems in at least half their schools, according to a federal report issued in June. Stephen Murley, the school superintendent in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said most of his district's 42 campuses have older air systems. Brian Toth, superintendent of the Saint Marys Area School District in northern Pennsylvania, said his districts five schools air systems have no exit vents to circulate fresh air in and the virus out.
Efforts to house F-35 jets in Jacksonville taking flight
The Blue Angels were the highlight of an air show, but so were the F-35s specifically because there's a push to get these jets to Jacksonville permanently. It was in 2017 when Jacksonville lost its bid to start housing the jets with the 125th Fighter Wing up by the airport. U.S. Air Force Capt. In 2017, when Jacksonville lost its first bid to house F-35's, the Air Force selected bases in Wisconsin and Alabama instead. There is no word yet from the Air Force on which base it will next select for the F-35s.