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Access to Mayor Email Correspondence Varies in North Florida

By and on December 20th, 2013 | Last updated: December 20, 2013 at 11:36 am

Of 24 towns contacted in North Central Florida, 18 sent their mayor’s emails free of charge to WUFT. The others posed fees, lack of archived emails and other problems when confronted with a request for the public records.

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Organizations Push To Pass Laws Protecting Racing Greyhounds

By on December 4th, 2013 | Last updated: December 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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Last month, sixteen animal protection organizations sent a letter to the Florida House and Senate Gaming Committees, calling for the passage of two greyhound protection measures. The letter asked lawmakers to pass a greyhound injury reporting law and to eliminate a state mandate requiring gaming facilities to hold live dog races.

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Interactive: How Do Legislators Feel About Changes To Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law?

By on December 3rd, 2013 | Last updated: December 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

With about half of Florida legislators supporting the controversial “stand your ground” law as it is written, the possibility of a repeal in the 2014 session seems slim. WUFT News conducted statewide research to determine which way the legislature might act in the spring.

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Florida’s Animal Shelter Public Record Law Still All Bark, No Bite

By on November 22nd, 2013 | Last updated: November 26, 2013 at 11:09 am

Not all counties are complying with a recent Florida law that requires animal shelter adoption, intake and euthanasia information to be accessible to the public. Under the current law, there are no penalties for not making the information public.

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Marion County Commissioners May Delay Ocala’s Project Home Run

By on November 21st, 2013 | Last updated: November 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

All five commissioners voiced concerns over the looming March special election, which would present voters with the option to build a $38 million stadium for the Yankee’s AAA minor league team to relocate to from its current home in Tampa.

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Florida Fights To Join 48 States In Safety Seat Law

By on November 14th, 2013 | Last updated: November 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Rep. Keith Perry fights to pass a bill that will require Florida to keep children between 4 and 7 years old and shorter than 4 feet and 9 inches in a booster seat while in a moving car. Florida is one of two states without a safety seat law for children older than 3.

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Effects Of Drug Paraphernalia Ban On Gainesville Still Hazy

By on November 13th, 2013 | Last updated: November 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

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The effects of the Florida Legislature’s recent “bong ban” on Gainesville are still unclear. There have not been any tangible changes in arrests for illegal drug use or the public image of marijuana.

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Incumbent Sue Weller Wins Tight High Springs City Commissioner Election

By on November 6th, 2013 | Last updated: November 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Incumbent Sue Weller re-elected Tuesday night as High Springs City Commissioner for another three year term. Weller won against Bobby Summers, a former High Springs commissioner and Alachua County, by 38 votes to fill city commission seat number three.

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Ocala City Council Votes to Push Ahead With ‘Project Home Run’

By on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

On Tuesday afternoon, Ocala City Council members voted to approve the license agreement with FSL Bomber Baseball, LLC. and delay three other agreements in what the city has dubbed “Project Home Run.”

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Gainesville Faith Organizations Pressure for National Immigration Reform

By on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

Gainesville’s Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice is advocating the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and is pressuring U.S. Rep Ted Yoho to do the same.

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