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Recovery efforts in Pasco County get federal help

Pasco County was so ravaged by Tropical Storm Debby, it caught the attention of President Barack Obama.  The county has been in recovery sinced the storm dumped a few inches of rain on the region.  Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports on how those recovery efforts are going so far …

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Being careful with drinking water post-Debby

Tropical Storm Debby may now be causing residents of Hernando County to second guess how safe their drinking water is. The flooding from the storm is causing dangerous particles to seep into the water wells of that area’s residents. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports how the County Health Department …

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High profile news anchor says he’s gay

A high profile television news anchor and correspondent, CNN’s Anderson Cooper confirmed publicly he is gay, telling an interviewer for a blog about his sexual orientation. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports on the reaction from a Gainesville leader in the gay community, as well as from the head of national journalists …

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Rain from Debby creates mosquito breeding ground

North Central Floridians are still feeling the effects of what was then Tropical Storm Debby. As residents continue the clean up effort, they have to now keep an eye out for mosquitoes. These insects now have more places to lay their eggs because of all the stagnant water Debby’s rainfall left …

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Every storm provides a lesson for Floridians

The 2012 hurricane season kicked off less than a month ago and already North Central Florida is experiencing the effects of its second tropical storm. Tropical Storm Beryl caused minimal damage but taught emergency managers how to prepare for the season. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports Tropical Storm …

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More laws on texting and driving needed?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than half of surveyed high school seniors admit to texting while driving. After distracted driving laws led to a vehicular homicide convicion, even the national government is noticing this isse. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports how Florida’s lack of distracted …

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Beryl provides test run for hurricane season

Floridians are no strangers to handling big storms, but as Tropical Depression Beryl continues spinning north of the state, Floridians are breathing a sigh of relief for the much needed rain and minimal wind impact. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports, North Central Florida counties were well prepared for this …

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UF faculty still questioning budget cuts

University of Florida President Bernie Machen made one last effort to gather opinions about budget cuts at an open forum earlier today. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Nickelle Smith reports, President Bernie Machen got an idea of just how faculty members feel about the school’s budget shortfall. [Audio clip: view full …

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