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Foster Home Changes

New Bill Would Cut Back On Group Foster Homes

A new bill in the Florida State Senate would reduce the amount of time foster kids can stay at group homes. Some local foster care advocates believe there may be unintended consequences of removing the option for group home care.

Pilot Shortage Brings New Students To Local Aviation Schools

Pilot Shortage

A pilot shortage is prompting an effort to increase aviation training, particularly among international students. Pilots are required to retire by 65 and new regulations are resulting in longer training periods.


Marion County Teacher Speaks Out Against FSA Test

Ocala elementary school teacher Jeanelle Wellhoner apologized Sunday in an open letter in the Ocala Star-Banner. She said her students would fail due to the teaching styles advocated by Common Core.



Around the Region

In The News: State Seeks Death Penalty In Tampa Murder, FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules, Jonchuck Found Mentally Incompetent For Trial, Former House Speaker Sues State



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Feb 26, 2015: Afternoon News In 90

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Program Fosters Police-Youth Relationships

The Gainesville Police Department teamed up with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to discuss the relationships between police officers and youths. The Police-Youth Dialogue Program gives police officers and youths an safe outlet to share experiences and misunderstandings.


Doberman Health

Guard Dog To Service Dog: Study Looks At Doberman Health

The University of Florida Small Animal Hospital has started research trials to develop a treatment for dilated cardiomyopathy in Doberman Pinschers. The debilitating disease often prevents the breed from becoming service dogs.


Downtown Gainesville’s historic Bo Diddley Plaza will be fenced off for renovations on March 1. Nathalie McCrate, a project manager for the Gainesville CRA, said the CRA has done extensive community outreach to ensure a smooth transition for its homeless inhabitants.

Bo Diddley Plaza Renovations Bring In New Era

Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville is closing Sunday for renovations. The renovations are expected to last one year and will include additions to the performance area, a new café, an informational kiosk and relocating an existing bus stop.


Mike Myers, 68, illustrates how he created a notepad from an orange juice container. Myers said that the Repurpose Project is the culmination of his dream.

Repurpose Project Finds Success in New Location

After moving to its new location next to Satchel’s Pizza, The Repurpose Project has more than quadrupled in size and substance. The owners plan to expand with the additional space, adding a garden, play area for kids and an event area.


A herd of American bison gather on Dixie Sportsman’s Hunting Preserve February
21. The 320-acre preserve is currently for sale.

Future Uncertain For 320-Acre Dixie County Hunting Preserve

A wildlife preserve in Dixie County used for hunting is for sale. The current owner said he will not require the buyer to continue in the hunting business.


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High School Students Choosing High-Level Courses Over Electives

High school students like Taylor Christian choose to enroll in higher-level classes over elective courses to attract future college admission officers. This change in enrollment has resulted in fewer elective class periods for students to choose from.


Selena Sattler searches for the grade of her favorite fast food location on What the Health. The app was recently released in Florida, allowing users quick access to local restaurant grades based on health inspections.

Mobile App Offers Restaurant Health Inspection Grades

An app called What the Health offers users instant access to health inspection data for restaurants in the area. Launched in Florida on Jan. 26, the app assigns letter grades for restaurants based on county health inspection findings.


Chris “Boris” Marhefka and Carlee Daylor prepare meals to be delivered to members for the week.
Eat The 80 recently launched a Facebook campaign that helped raise $3,000 worth of meals to help families undergoing cancer treatment.

Meal Delivery Program To Help Families In Need

At the end of its one-week campaign, Eat The 80 raised $3,000 for meals to give away to families. The money will provide meals for four or five families over the next month.


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New Agriculture Facility In Archer Will Increase Conservation Efforts

Seventy-four acres of land in Archer will be used as the site for a new agriculture facility. The facility will offer recreational activities for Archer residents and surrounding areas as well as wildlife conservation.


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UF College of Education Seeks Renovation Funding For Historic Norman Hall

University of Florida officials hope to receive state funding to renovate the College of Education building after years of maintenance issues. Norman Hall has had problems with mold, damaged windows and peeling paint.


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HOPE Comes On Four Legs For Veterans

Horses act as therapy animals for people with disabilities, special needs children and veterans with PTSD in a local program called HOPE. With recent expansions, HOPE now has funding to create an employment model to help veterans in their program to find a job.


NCAA Released Infractions Report On Florida Football Program

UF will not receive any penalties because of steps the institution took once the claim was brought to its attention.


Hydroponic Farm Finds A Cleaner, More Natural Way To Grow Crops

A farm that uses Blue Grotto Spring water is finding a cleaner and more natural way to grow produce through hydroponic farming, a method that grows plants without soil.


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Police And Community Plant Garden For GRACE Marketplace Residents

Gainesville police worked to build a farm for the homeless residents of GRACE Marketplace. The farm will provide both food and work for the residents.


Daria Rebbecchi texts in her apartment and sleep is not a priority.

Sleep Not A Priority For Students, Study Finds

Students struggle to get the required amount of sleep while dealing with the demands of college. A study by the National Sleep Foundation finds that most students fail to make sleep a priority in their busy lives.


Florida's Chris Walker (23) celebrates with his teammate Michael Frazier II (20). Frazier is the Gator's leading scorer, averaging 13 points per game, but did not play against the Commodores due to a ankle injury.

Florida Hangs On Against Vanderbilt To Earn Much Needed Win

It was another close game at home for the Gators, who managed to squeeze past Vanderbilt 50-47 on Wednesday night. This win stops the team’s four game losing streak.


Sue Legg, the chair of the Florida Project on School Choice for the League of Women

Voters of Alachua County, attends the Florida statewide education team caucus in 

Tallahassee. Legg operates the LWV education blog where she provides readers 

with resources regarding pertinent legislation.

Scott’s Education Budget Raises Concerns Over For-Profit Charter Schools

Gov. Rick Scott’s 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget has Alachua County public school educators voicing concerns over the distribution of funds allotted to for-profit charter schools. Under his budget, charter schools receive about $125,000 more per school than their public school counterparts.


 

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