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Manatees in Crystal River

Florida Springs Impose Stricter Rules As Manatee Numbers Rise

One of the four major springs along Crystal River, Three Sisters Springs has been closed on three separate occasions since November to protect manatees, which are an endangered species.

Student-Run Islam Fair Brings Clarity On Religion

Anthropology major, Alexis Brown, 18, tries on a hijab for the first time at a photobooth in the Islamic Fair.

Hosted by the student-run organization Islam on Campus, the Islam Fair is meant to bring awareness and clarity of the religion.


Record Label Expands As Owners Share Company

Davis Hart stands next to one of his buses, which he said can comfortably fit seven.  The bus, which runs on vegetable oil, has held up to 16 and has compartments built in to hold instruments and tools.

A local record label got its start relying on a bus that uses vegetable oil for fuel. Elestial Sound is now expanding into a warehouse in Waldo.



Around the Region

In The News: Tourism Unaffected By Winter Months, Zimmerman Case Dropped, Romney Abandons 2016 Election, Florida Unveils Legislative Agenda



News in 90

Jan. 30, 2015: Afternoon News In 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.

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Navigators James Old, left, and Juan Genao-Homs, with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, explain the health coverage options to consumers at an enrollment event in Jacksonville, Fla.

Programs Offer Assistance With Signing Up For Health Insurance

Several programs in Florida are helping individuals sign up for health insurance. The services assist with creating email accounts, filling out paperwork and selecting the best coverage options.


Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair is reinstating the department’s Terror Intelligence and Counterterrorism Unit. Blair said Marion County has a critical need for this service.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office Reinstating Terror Intelligence And Counterterrorism Unit

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reinstating the department’s Terror Intelligence and Counterterrorism Unit to prevent domestic and international terrorist threats. According to Sheriff Chris Blair, “nearly 300 terrorist threats since 9/11.”


Adrienne Fagan, a creator of Gainesville Atheist Brunch, checks the event page she created to advertise GAB’s inaugural brunch. GAB aims to create a safe space for atheists to gather and build community.

Atheist Space Creates Community, Eliminates Stigma

A Gainesville woman organizes brunch for locals to discuss atheism and to provide a community for fellow atheists.


Customers shop in the produce section of Lucky's Market.

Lucky’s Market Adds To Continued Restoration of Northwest 13th Street

Lucky’s Market is part of a growing trend of businesses opening along NW 13th Street, showing a push toward commercial restoration of the area. Other companies, retailers and small businesses may follow as a result of a more stable local economy.


A crew works on the roof of the Newton Perry Underwater Theatre at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park between mermaid performances on January 22, 2015. The project is expected to be completed by the end of February 2015.

Clamshell Roof Returns to Weeki Wachee Mermaid Theater

The Weeki Wachee Mermaid Theater is kicking it old school. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is bringing back the theater’s clamshell-shaped roof.


Steve Lesniak's vintage beer can collection.

Collectors Seek Vintage Beer Cans In Everyday Trash

While other beer consumers want nothing to do with their cans once they’re empty, a small but growing number of locals keep the containers as part of their personal beer can collections. Some of the cans, which were sold in the early to mid-20th century, can be worth hundreds of dollars.


A coyote walks across a golf course in broad daylight. Coyotes present a potential problem to Florida ranchers, farmers and city residents alike, as predation is on the rise.

Coyote Encroachment On The Rise In Florida

The Florida Wildlife Commission is taking steps to educate urban communities on coyote encroachment. As the canines become more familiar with a city environment, small pets and livestock are at greater risk.


Bright Futures

Bright Futures May Extend To Summer Courses

Governor Rick Scott has proposed a plan to extend Bright Futures scholarships over the summer and repeal sales tax on textbooks. The 65 million dollar plan will reduce the cost of students taking courses over the summer.


Winford-Jenkins-Trash

Hawthorne Volunteer Trash Collector A Fixture In Community

When a doctor recommended he get more exercise, Hawthorne resident Winford Jenkins, 57, began taking daily walks around the city. After noticing just how much trash cluttered the streets, he decided to do something about it.


Taryn Tacher uses brtr as a platform to sell her custom dream catchers to raise money for Dance Marathon at the University of Florida. Brtr is an online board for users to trade services.

New Online Marketplace Launches In Gainesville

Brtr connects customers and vendors through Facebook. Services offered on the site range from lacrosse lessons to hair styling, and the website’s founder and CEO has plans to launch brtr in Miami next month.


SpaceX Headquarters, a 550,000 square foot facility in Hawthorne, California.

UF Successfully Sends Plants To The International Space Station

The UF Space Plants team successfully launched the SpaceX5 capsule to the International Space Station Jan. 10. The capsule contained plants that will help the team study the effects that different environments have on plant life.


Women and Guns

Target Range Shooting Increasingly Popular Among Women

The past 12 years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of women shooting guns at ranges. Women have now become major economic players in the business of guns.


Ocala Horse Auction

Twenty-Sixth Annual Day of Champions Race Held In Ocala

The 26th annual Day of Champions race was held Tuesday at an Ocala racetrack. The event was preceded by an auction of 60 thoroughbreds by the Ocala Breeders Sales company.


Children’s author Dennis Yang, 40, signs books for the grandchildren of a couple staying at the Putnam Lodge in Cross City on January 17, 2015.

Children’s Author Running En Route To Literacy Goal

Author Dennis Yang is almost 3,000 miles into a run around the United States, a trek he says is helping him to promote children’s literacy. During his stops, Yang visits hospitals and schools and reads his published books to children.


Jan. 27, 2015: Morning News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


Assistant Fire Chief JoAnne Rice inspects an emergency exit sign outside her office at Gainesville Fire Rescue. Proper lighting, signage and open doorways are critical mainstays of a compliant fire inspection.

Majority Of Fire Inspections Don’t Check Out

The newest data on Gainesville’s statGNV shows that over half of all existing buildings in Gainesville received some type of violation. These violations include broken emergency exit signs, incorrect outlet cover plates and untested sprinkler systems.


Goethe State Forest prescribed burn divisions with acreage

Prescribed Forest Burn To Affect Levy County Traffic

Multiple intersections in Levy County will be closed starting Tuesday due to a controlled burn at Goethe State Forest. The 10,000 acre burn is the largest in the forest’s history.


 

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