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FCAT scores affecting more than just students

In a reaction to dramatically lower-than-expected FCAT writing scores from fourth, eighth, and 10th grade students, the Florida Board of Education lowered the passing score. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports that even though students in Alachua County did better than average based on the new standards, this might not …

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Co-existing with Florida’s black bear

With human and black bear populations on the rise in Florida, people in rural North Central Florida have had an increased number of encounters with this native species.  The Umatilla bear festival occurred this past Saturday to give humans a bear’s eye-view of life in the forest. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s …

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Ten Commandments ruling appealed from Dixie County

In 2007, a large granite sculpture of the 10 Commandments found a home in front of the Dixie County Courthouse. Although it’s in a privately owned monument, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida filed a lawsuit against Dixie County, which it won. But last week, Dixie County decided to …

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Austin Cary Forest Conference Center burned to the ground

The University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation’s teaching forest, the Austin Cary Memorial Forest, was home to a little cypress log cabin, which served as a teaching center, conference center, and community center. Yesterday afternoon, that little log cabin burned to the ground. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke …

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