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For One Gator Walk-on, Hard Work Pays Off

Case Harrison, who grew up in Gainesville and sold drinks in the Swamp his senior year of high school, is now on the football team and one of a few walk-on scholarship winners.

Gainesville City Commission Approves Vehicle-For-Hire Ordinance

The Gainesville City Commission passed a vehicle-for-hire ordinance for Uber, a ride sharing service, on Thursday. Commissioner Todd Chase said the new ordinance balances the demand for public safety while encouraging innovation and modernizing outdated requirements on traditional vehicles for hire.


Santa Fe College Professor One of 22 Arrested In Undercover Project

Kevin Kasper is being held on a $75,000 bond after three charges were filed in relation to the child sex sting.

Santa Fe College professor Kevin Kasper was arrested as part of a Gainesville Police Department undercover operation identifying sexual predators. Santa Fe College Police Chief Ed Book stated that human resources within the college will determine what action to take based off of information collected from the investigation.



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In The News: Meridian Healthcare Receives ACA Grant, Biden Defends Iran Deal, Former Gov. Scott Aide To Be Appointed To FAMU Board Of Trustees, South Florida Developer Seeks Zoning For 10,000 Homes



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Zac Zedalis listens to an Alachua County resident during his campaign announcement on April, 25, 2015. Zedalis will run for Alachua County Sheriff in 2016.

Alachua County Sheriff Candidate Proposes Changes to ACSO Budget

Alachua County Sheriff candidate Zac Zedalis argued during a county commission meeting that 10 deputies would be able to keep their jobs if resources were reallocated within the departmental budget. Sheriff Sadie Darnell said the positions would have to be cut without extra funding.


On Eve of Opening Game, Program Designed to Protect Against Gameday Assaults Suspended

A year after campus assaults, the University of Florida prepares safety measures for game day. Last year’s updated precautions are still in place after the three unsolved assaults, with the exception of UFPD’s Walk Safe Student Escort Program.


New Program Offers Transportation to Gainesville Seniors

The City of Gainesville partnered with ElderCare and Uber to create a new transportation program for seniors ages 60 and up.


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Ocala Man Blinds Helicopter Pilot With Hair Comb

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot was temporary blinded when an Ocala man pointed his hair comb toward the sky Wednesday morning.


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UF Student Survives Cancer, Goes On To Medical School

After surviving cancer, Gainesville native Hanna Peterson is attending the College of Medicine at UF. She hopes to use her personal experience to help her compassionately deal with patients.


Gainesville Job Fair Attracts Hundreds Of Hopefuls

Hundreds of job seekers made their their way around the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multipurpose Center Tuesday morning for the annual Gainesville job fair. Gainesville’s unemployment rate increased from 4.3 percent in April to 5 percent in July, so the job fair was just what many people needed.


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.


Second slide, top left to bottom right: 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, of Gainesville, FL. Larry Lucas, 43, of White Springs, FL.

‘Operation Panther’ Snares 21 For Seeking Sex With Children

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


Senator Bill Nelson speaks to University of Florida researchers about the threat of rising sea levels on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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.


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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