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ASO searching for more information in shooting death

By on April 27th, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

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 [...]

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Sinkhole restoration promises safer drinking water

By on April 18th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

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, [...]

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Representative Perry: Scott made the right call with vetoes

By on April 18th, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 4:29 pm

One State Representative is confident this year’s state budget is better prioritized than the last. Marion County State Representative Keith Perry says the Governor’s decision to veto $473 million less than last year was well thought out. Perry says the [...]

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Hundreds of artists expected for Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival

By on April 13th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Santa Fe College Official poster of the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival The 43rd annual Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival is taking place this weekend in downtown Gainesville’s historic district.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Alpern reports, the festival puts [...]

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Random drug testing is approved

By and on March 20th, 2012 | Last updated: July 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

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 [...]

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Gainesville to raise awareness for farmworkers

By on March 14th, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 4:35 pm

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 [...]

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Payne’s Prairie bison “round up” wraps up

By on March 13th, 2012 | Last updated: July 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm

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. [...]

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School grade changes bill passes, but with exceptions

By on February 29th, 2012 | Last updated: March 28, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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 [...]

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School administrators fear “grade change” vote by state BOE

By on February 28th, 2012 | Last updated: July 9, 2013 at 11:53 am

The State Board of Education is voting today on changes that could cause more schools to receive failing grades.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jessica Alpern reports school administrators say Alachua County schools may be hurt by these changes.

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