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ASO searching for more information in shooting death

Investigators are re-interviewing witnesses in a Hawthorne shooting that took place Wednesday. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Art Forgey says detectives are using this information to determine what led to the death of Calvin D. Thomas. Forgey says detectives are double checking their facts before releasing information on what the …

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Sinkhole restoration promises safer drinking water

The Peck Sink restoration project to keep stormwater from reaching Hernando County’s drinking water is in its final stages.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Alpern reports, the sinkhole is rumored to have been a popular swimming destination in the past, but Hernando County Water Resource Coordinator John Burnett says Peck …

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Random drug testing is approved

Governor Rick Scott placed his official stamp of approval on the random drug testing for state workers law. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports on constitutional issue with this new law. State employees may be subject to random drug testing by their employers under a new law that was passed last night. …

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Gainesville to raise awareness for farmworkers

The city of Gainesville is joining a nationwide project to raise awareness on the issues farmworkers face. Interfaith for Immigrant Justice Organizer Kim Hunter says farmworkers work under very dangerous conditions. Hunter hopes to educate residents on the importance of farmworkers in their community. The city will officially acknowledge a …

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Payne’s Prairie bison “round up” wraps up

A controversial process to round up and control the growth of a Paynes Prarie bison herd is nearing its end nearly a month since it began. Male adults and calves are being castrated to manage the size of the herd and prevent incidents with aggressive bison. According to Gateway Farms Owner David Hajos one bison is …

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School grade changes bill passes, but with exceptions

Schools will now face a tougher grading system, with the Florida Board of Education’s decision to change standards passed yesterday. A last minute change excepts special needs schools, although special needs students in public schools will be included. Ocala’s Hillcrest School Principal Lori Manresa says she hopes the decision sticks. …

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