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Caitlin Lawrence

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

Sirens takes to the stage at the Hippodrome State Theatre

The Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville is bringing the realities of marriage, love and even Facebook to the stage. “Sirens,” a four-actor play, tells the story of empty-nesters Sam and Rose Abrams as they cruise for a happily ever after. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence spoke with the two lead actors about this hilarious look …

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Florida Taxwatch optimistic about governor’s second year challenges

While Floridians have a mixed reaction about the economy during Governor Rick Scott’s first year in office, one organization is optimistic about the current session and year ahead. Florida Taxwatch President and CEO Dominic Calabro says the governor faced an adjustment into politics but feels he is overcoming that learning curve. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Calabrofinal1.mp3] Calabro adds although the …

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Some smoke present as fire conditions worsen

Taylor and Dixie County drivers may see some smoke this morning from a number of fires recently contained.  Perry District Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Chelsea Parker says the very dry weather conditions mean the risk of fire will continue to heighten.  She says the dangerous conditions lead them to carefully assess …

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All Marion County high schools earn “A” or “B” grades

Marion County’s seven public high schools scored enough points on the FCAT to earn A-grades, but 4 of those were bumped to B-grades because their bottom quartile did not significantly improve. Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says regardless, the student’s hardwork shows in these results. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Christian2CL.mp3] Christian says some areas of the grade breakdown need improvement. …

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Consumer confidence unchanged from a month ago

Florida’s consumer confidence remains the same this month compared to last month. The Consumer Confidence Index, a survey that asks people how they feel about the economy and buying things, remained at 65 points. University of Florida Survey Director Chris McCarty says while the numbers remained level, they are still low. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/McCarty1.mp3] …

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Dixie county middle-schooler killed in hunting accident

A 12-year old Dixie County boy is dead following an apparent hunting accident yesterday. The Dixie County Sheriff’s office says Bryan Austin Osteen was hunting south of Cross City with his grandfather when Osteen’s shotgun fired, striking his torso. WUFT-FM spoke with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker about …

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Alachua County School system launches free mobile phone app for parents

Want to check your student’s attendance and progress in school? There is an “app” for that!  Alachua County Public Schools now has a free Campus Mobile Portal application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. Parents can check their child’s grades, test scores, attendance and other related information straight from their Apple device.  …

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