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Fish and wildlife officials in the middle of permit controversy over turtle harvesting on area lakes

By on May 26th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

A disagreement over turtle harvesting on Alachua County lakes is pitting commercial turtle farmers and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission against residents of the small communities around Orange and Lochloosa Lakes. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports, the controversy is [...]

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White nose syndrome devastates bat population

By on May 19th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Hibernating bats are facing a growing epidemic of what’s known as white-nose bat syndrome—a fungus that clings to the facial fur on bats, causing them to wake up early. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports, this syndrome has economic consequences, though [...]

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Darnell’s funding issues put on hold for now

By on May 19th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Alachua County commissioners requested a delay of hearing Sheriff Sadie Darnell’s budget appeal yesterday. County Commissioner Susan Baird said the 45-day delay is meant to give Governor Rick Scott time to sign an important piece of legislation. “We decided to [...]

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Fires continue to burn in Goethe State Forest

By on April 29th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Crews of firefighters are working to control a forest fire in Goethe State Forest in east Levy County. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond said the flames continue to burn despite several inches of rain last night. “We were very thankful [...]

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Employment opportunities for recent college graduates increasing

By and on April 27th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Career Builder’s annual college job forecast reports employers are hiring more recent grads, with 46% of employers planning to hire recent college grads. The number is up 3% from 2009. The report also shows employers are offering higher starting salaries. [...]

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FOG planting organic garden in honor of Earth Day

By on April 22nd, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

In an appropriate celebration of Earth Day, Florida Organic Growers installed an organic garden at Gainesville’s Reichert House Youth Academy today. Director of Education and Outreach Christine Hale says planting organic gardens in schools is a strategy to decrease childhood [...]

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Investigation continues on the Jackson murder case

By on April 22nd, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Marion County Sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation on the Seath Jackson murder case. Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Judge Cochran says right now, authorities are looking for evidence. “Right now, concerning the first degree murder of Seath Jackson, the Marion County [...]

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American Idol concert to raise donations for local charity

By on March 25th, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm

American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze will be at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Monday night singing a concert to benefit Backpack Club, Inc. The organization fills backpacks with food and delivers them to needy children. President Stephanie Covey [...]

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Marion County will serve as the new home to Medtino which could bring additional jobs

By on January 21st, 2011 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

In response to unemployment, Marion County has teamed up with local business leaders to create 25 new job initiatives, which are geared toward creating new opportunities. Recently, a South Florida company has decided to move its operations from South Florida [...]

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Vinyl making a comeback

By on December 9th, 2010 | Last updated: July 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm

As technology advances, analog recording is exchanged for digital recording as devices get smaller. But as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT’s Brittany Wienke reports, a recent comeback of vinyl records may reverse this trend.

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