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Blake Alderman

Blake is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

Debby causes blood shortage

The flooding and storms from Tropical Storm Debby have left local blood supplies at emergency levels and supplies are expected to continue to drop. Life South Blood Center Director of Recruitment and Retention, Galen Unold says blood supplies are very low. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPUnold1.mp3]  

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Tornado damages homes in Polk County

A tornado and a water spout caused damage to several homes in Polk County yesterday afternoon as a result of the storm system of Tropical Storm Debby.  The neighborhood affected the most was the Renaissance area.  Residents saw the water spout along Country Club Road which is an area surrounded by …

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Cedar Key residents take Tropical Storm Debby in stride

Cedar Key in Levy County is no stranger to tropical weather.  The community has had several bouts with strong storms through the years.  Chief of Police, Virgil Sandlin, talked with WUFT Meteorologist Jeff Huffman about the damage to the docks and his concerns for the area residents from Tropical Storm Debby. …

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Heavy rain causing dangerous driving hazards on I-75

Many North Central Florida counties are under a tornado watch until 5 a.m. Monday because of Tropical Storm Debby. Throughout Sunday heavy rains caused trouble spots on Interstate 75. The Florida highway Patrol stayed busy working a variety of weather-related accidents. Marion County highway patrol dispatcher Mike Hancock describes what …

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Satchel’s Pizza reopens

A popular Gainesville pizzaria is now reopen after a fire caused it to close for a few months. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman was at the grand reopening today and spoke with the staff about how the community rallied to help keep the business around. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SatchelsFinalforweb.mp3]

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Task Force On Citizens Safety to hold first public meeting today

Republican State Representative from Ocala, Dennis Baxley, will be traveling to Seminole County today for the first public meeting of the Task Force on Citizens Safety and Protection.  The panel was created by Florida Governor Rick Scott after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford and claimed self-defense.  …

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Reaching for the stars

Dreams came true this week for a small town baseball player in north Florida, when his name was called in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman says this was a big step in the life of Williston’s  Max White. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/Max-White-Wrap.mp3|titles=Max White Wrap]

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Summer programs in Levy County to keep kids learning

Many schools are finished for the year.  WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman spoke with Patrick Wneck ,  director of curriculum for Levy County School board about any programs that are going on this summer that will keep kids busy.  School ends Friday in Levy County. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/06/Levy-County-FP.mp3|titles=Levy County FP]

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Utilities stress preparation at official start of hurricane season

The hurricane season does not offically begin until tomorrow, June 1st. However there have been two storms named already in 2012.   Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman reports area utilities encourage the public to be prepared now. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPHurricanePrepBlakeAlderman.mp3] Alachua County received some heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Beryl but nothing more. Many …

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