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UF Researcher Helps Map DNA of New Strand of Citrus Greening

By on December 13th, 2013 | Last updated: December 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

Professor Dean Gabriel, a plant bacteriology specialist with the University of Florida, helped to map the genome of a Brazilian strand of citrus greening.

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A Tale of Gainesville’s Two Springs

By on December 13th, 2013 | Last updated: December 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

Gainesville has two natural springs within its city limits. One was once the source of the city’s water supply. The other was a popular swimming pool and gathering place.

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What’s Wrong With Otter Creek’s Water?

By on December 12th, 2013 | Last updated: December 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Otter Creek Mayor and officials are looking for alternative for the town’s drinking water issues. Residents are currently drinking water from other cities.

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Dr. Michael Avery or: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Vultures

By on December 9th, 2013 | Last updated: December 9, 2013 at 8:13 am

One local researcher is an international expert in avian wildlife management and how birds like vultures impact human activity, and vice versa.

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Biomass Plant Noise Levels Below Gainesville’s Ordinance, But Residents Are Still Unhappy

By on November 22nd, 2013 | Last updated: December 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

WUFT News measured this past month the noise in areas near Gainesville Renewable Energy Center’s biomass plant, which some locals said disrupts their daily lives.

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Hunters Forgo The Store To Get Their Turkeys This Thanksgiving Season

By on November 20th, 2013 | Last updated: November 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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Thanksgiving is approaching an instead of heading to the store to buy their turkeys, some people are taking the matter into their own hands. Some Gator Skeet and Trap Club members and employees are practicing their shots to prepare for hunting for their own turkeys.

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Cleanup Of Soil Contaminants In Stephen Foster Neighborhood Began Monday

By , and on November 18th, 2013 | Last updated: November 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Beazer East, Inc., a wood treatment company responsible for potentially-cancerous soil contamination in a neighborhood of the Gainesville area, began soil remediation at their pilot property at 436 NW 30th Ave. on Monday.

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Hernando County Approves Redesign of Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Plans

By on November 15th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

A unanimous vote by the Hernando County Commission approved plans for Hernando County Utilities to redesign plans to expand current wastewater treatment plant. The redesign will cost about $300,000, said Susan Goebel-Canning, the director of environmental services.

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GRU To Pay $7,750 For Spilling Nearly One Million Gallons of Sewage

By on November 14th, 2013 | Last updated: November 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Gainesville Regional Utilities is facing lower fines for two sewage spills over the summer. Compared to a 140,000-gallon spill in 2005 that resulted in a $10,000 fine, GRU is being fined $7,750 for one sewage spill of nearly 1 million gallons and another of 58,000 gallons.

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Near-Endangered Butterfly Reintroduced At Florida Museum Of Natural History

By on November 13th, 2013 | Last updated: November 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Efforts to conserve the atala, a near-endangered butterfly species, has led to an ongoing project conducted at the Florida Museum of Natural History to study and conserve its habitat.

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