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Forrest is a radio news manager for WUFT News. Reach him by emailing news@wuft.org or calling 352-392-6397.

State park plan for Silver Springs becomes official

From Florida Department of Environmental Protection The Florida Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, approved the modification of a lease agreement between Palace Entertainment and the state of Florida Wednesday, allowing the Silver Springs theme park property to become part of Florida’s state park system on …

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Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Inauguration coverage

Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM will have complete coverage of today’s events related to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.  Special coverage begins at 10 a.m. from NPR, and that will be followed at 2 p.m. by a special edition of Talk of the Nation.  Here’s what should happen hour by hour.

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Motorcycle theft suspect still sought

Gainesville police continue to look for a man wanted in connection with a series of motorcycle thefts near the Southwest 20th Avenue area.  Officers have been looking for Larry Eugene Stone, 41, since November, when he was identified as one of the people possibly involved in a series of Alachua …

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New visitation procedures at Alachua County jail

From Alachua County Sheriff’s Office In an effort to improve the visitation process at the Alachua County Department of the Jail, a new procedure will go into effect starting Monday.   This new process is designed to alleviate waiting in line or visit time not being available for the inmate.  Please see the …

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Gainesville elementary schools to have more security starting tomorrow

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police Department will be greeting students, parents and teachers when public schools resume tomorrow.  In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut last month, local law enforcement will have officers stationed in each elementary school.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith …

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Law enforcement at elementary schools starting Thursday

When Alachua county public school resumes tomorrow, there will be something new at elementary schools.  The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department will have a deputy or officer in each elementary school.   Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Sheriff’s Information Officer Art Forgey about how this …

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Possible smoky driving conditions

With many people heading back to work today after the New Year’s holiday, the Florida Highway Patrol has at least two smoky locations it wants to warn you about. In Suwannee county, a 25 acre controlled burn has left some smouldering areas that are continuing to create smoke.  There is …

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Gilchrist sobriety checkpoint

From Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Office: The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting a Comprehensive Roadside Sobriety Checkpoint in the Gilchrist County area on Friday, December 28, 2012 starting at 7:00 p.m. This checkpoint will be conducted on SR 26, approximately 2 miles west of SR 49. This is a continuing …

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