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Executive director of the Matheson History Museum Peggy Macdonald admires artifacts of Marjorie Harris Carr. The zoologist used the leather saddle on research trips to Honduras in the 1940s.

Women Leaders Exhibit Opens at Matheson History Museum

The Matheson History Museum opened its new exhibit, “Saving the Sunshine State: Women Leaders in the 20th Century,” featuring artifacts and rare photos from Mary McLeod Bethune, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Marjorie Harris Carr, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, May Mann Jennings and Zora Neale Hurston. The exhibit opened yesterday and runs until Oct. 31.

‘Operation Panther’ Snares 21 For Seeking Sex With Children

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Courtney Grant, 27,  of  Williston, FL. 
Castillo Herrera, 28. 
Kevin Kasper, 51, of Lake City, FL.
Patric Koenigstein, 56, of Gainesville. 
Ricardo Lopez Ricardo, 47, Gainesville, FL. 
Larry Lucas, 43, White Springs, FL.

Gainesville police officers arrested 21 men who made arrangements to meet with children for sex.


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson Talks to UF Researchers On Rising Sea Threat

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with UF researchers to discuss the impact that rising seas will have on North Florida and to look for ways to make the public aware. He questioned whether a natural disaster would have to occur before people grasp the severity of the threat.



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August 7, 2015: Afternoon News In 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.

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A porch swing sits almost submerged along the banks of Hampton Lake in Bradford County on Monday afternoon. Bradford County has experienced 8 inches of rain as of Monday, sending the county into a local state of emergency.

Bradford County Floods After The Ultimate Rain Shower

Bradford County residents are struggling to travel due to rain from tropical system Erika. Sandbags are not helping, and motorists have found themselves stuck in mud holes that seem impossible to escape.


UF Receives Grant For Over $8 Million To Advance Innovation Hub

The University of Florida received a grant of more than $8 million to create a technology business incubator at the Florida Innovation Hub.


Paynes Prairie State Preserve in Alachua County, Florida.

Thousands Sign Petition Against Profiting From Paynes Prairie

A petition launched by an environmentalist to stop possible cattle grazing and tree growing in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park has more than 10,000 signatures. The environmentalist, Shirley Lasseter, started the petition in response to a proposal by the DEP secretary to allow such for-profit uses to help pay for the parks.


Tax Collection Agencies Expedite Concealed Weapon Permits

Concealed Weapon Intake System, a voluntary program offered by the government, allows individuals to apply for or renew a concealed weapon license. Adopted by Marion County in April, people who serve in the military are receiving permits in less than a month.


State Panel Prepares To Move Forward With Medical Pot

The panel responsible for selecting the five nurseries where the state’s first legal pot will be grown have been appointed by Florida health officials. There will be three members, the chief of the Office of Compassionate Use, an accountant and a member of Gov. Rick Scott’s Statewide Drug Advisory Policy Council. 


Steven Sotloff’s Parents Open Up As 1-Year Anniversary Nears

One year has passed since journalist Steven Sotloff’s beheading. Sotloff’s parents have a memorial foundation, which will give journalism students scholarships.


Preserving History Through Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Recipe

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park exists as a way to remember Florida history… But the workers there are doing something extra to “preserve” memories. WUFT’s Marie Edinger reports.


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After Months of Debate, ‘Bert the Bluff Oak’ Falls To Make Room for Building

The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.


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Medical Marijuana Supporters Renew Legalization Efforts With New Petition

Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.


CMT’s “Gainesville” docu-series will premiere Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. This “coming of age” show will focus on a group of 20-something year old’s as they try to make it on their own. Photo courtesy of CMT

Gainesville Reality Show Set To Air Aug. 20

Country Music Television’s new docu-series “Gainesville” is set to air back-to-back episodes on Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. Some residents are worried that the show will not accurately portray Gainesville.


Marion County Plane Crash

Two People Dead In Weirsdale Plane Crash

Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.


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Bert the Bluff Oak’s Fate Revealed

Bert The Bluff Oak, a heritage tree on the University of Florida’s campus, will be torn down sometime in the next week, according to Steve Orlando, senior director of UF media relations. UF has settled on design that will remove 36 trees in the area, including five other heritage trees.


University of Florida Trans Resource Network

UF’s Trans Resource Network Assists Students Through Institutional Collaboration

The Trans Resource Network is a cooperative mechanism for educating staff to work together in assisting transgender students at the University of Florida.


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Parents Use Social Media To Share Experiences With Health Providers

After accusations of a Jacksonville dentist’s mistreatment of patients, some parents have turned to Facebook to voice concerns about dentists who will not allow them to accompany their child during procedures. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry reports there are no set policies mandating access during treatment.


Trent Weller, facilities manager for the UF School of Music, discusses the issues the college is facing. Rooms such as MUB 101 have experienced damage to instruments due to roof leaks.

UF Music School Could Lose Accreditation Due Facility Concerns

The UF School of Music’s accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) is in jeopardy, due to the unresolved issues of the building. A petition created last November by John Duff, professor and retired director of the School of Music at UF, lists seven major problems.


Back To School Tax Holiday Extended

This year’s sales tax holiday, which begins on Friday, has been extended to 10-days. Eligible items include clothing priced under $100, school supplies $15 or less per item and personal computers on the first $750 of sale prices.


Midwife Talks About Life Experiences

Former midwife, Glenn Cameron, gives a glimpse into her years as a midwife in the 70s and the challenges the practice presented.


 

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