Fernanda Ponce

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

UF grads preparing for the next step

Thousands of University of Florida students prepare to walk across stage this weekend to mark the end of their “college years”. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Fernanda Ponce says this final step is a start of a new beginning. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/GraduationWrap.mp3]

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Charter school enrollment could draw from public resources

An increase in Charter School enrollment nationwide may be drawing money away from public school. Alachua County School Board Member Gunnar Paulson says funding has increased for the charter schools in Alachua County, leaving public schools behind. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/paulson5.mp3] He says the state is focusing more attention on charter schools, but …

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Counties take legal action over Medicaid law

The Florida Association of Counties has joined 47 counties in a lawsuit against a new Medicaid billing law. FAC says the suit claims the new Medicaid Billing law is unconstitutional because it violates provisions of the unfunded mandate section of the constitution. FAC Communications Director Cragin Mosteller says Alachua County …

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Solid signs of progress at the County Line fire

The County Line Fire Management team will begin reducing in size today. Fire Information Officer John Bearer says fewer people are needed because the fire along the Columbia-Baker County border has reduced in size. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Bearer.mp3] He says the management team is confident things will keep quieting down and the fire …

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Marion County rescued horses finding new homes

The Horse Protection Association of Florida is already finding homes for fourteen horses rescued in Marion County. Executive Director Morgan Silver says a number of suitable owners have already come forward. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Silver4.mp3] She says the organization rigorously screens potential adopters before releasing the horses to anyone.  These horses are in …

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Popular movies increasing interest in books

A common English phrase says you can’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a book by its movie? Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Fernanda Ponce reports on how movies based on books are encouraging people to hit the books. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FinalWrapBooksandMovies.mp3]

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Sentence handed down in 1990 attack on student

A man will now spend his life in prison for the kidnapping and rape of a University of Florida student in 1990. State Attorneys Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit Chief Investigator Spencer Mann says 50-year old Kelvin Miles has been convicted for two consecutive life terms. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/Mann2.mp3] He says …

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