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Forrest Smith

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

Consumer confidence steady

From University of Florida GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s consumer confidence remained unchanged in December, according to a monthly University of Florida survey. December’s figure was 74, the same as the revised November reading.  Overall confidence reached a post-recession peak in September and October at 80, but is down six points …

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Food banks restocking

Many food banks in North Florida found their shelves emptied as they helped out people over Christmas.  Now, as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith reports, they are working to restock shelves, as well as bank accounts. [Audio clip: view full post to listen]    

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Gainesville bank robbery

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing to look for a man who robbed a bank Tuesday and is still at large.   Police officers say a man wearing camouflage pants walked into the Capital City Bank at 1417 North Main Street about 1:45 Tuesday afternoon.  Although he did not show a …

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Killer executed

After he spent nearly 25 years on death row, the State of Florida has executed a former police officer who murdered nine people in 1986.  Investigtors at the time said it was during a three month crime spree, and that most of the victims of Manuel Pardo were involved with …

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Homecoming parade road closures

A major parade means major road closings.  If you plan to travel through parts of Gainesville today, you’ll have to adjust your route starting at 10:00am, when these roads will be closed for the University of Florida homecoming parade: University Avenue from the West 2000 block to the East 300 …

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