Kristin Hammel

Kristin is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing

Chia seeds hold potential health benefits

The holiday season is upon us and everyone’s favorite treats are abundant at both office and family parties. After a weekend of sugar cookies and eggnog some people may be searching for weight-loss aids in their stocking. And strange as it may seem the same seeds that sprouted hair on your childhood chia pet …

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Occupy Gainesville protestors arrested over the weekend

Gainesville police officers arrested three occupy gainesville protesters early Saturday morning for violation of a city ordinance. The protestors illegally gathered at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza after the park had closed. Vietnam war veteran John Fullerton was among the 23 protestors  arrested Saturday morning. He gave an insiders look at the series …

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UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program provides justice in animal cruelty cases

Neglect, hoarding and blood sports all fall under the category of animal abuse.  Two years ago the University of Florida paired up with ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to form the first veterinary forensic sciences program.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kristin Hammel reports. [audio:] (News …

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Turkey earthquake spurs UF researchers to study Earth’s crust

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey yesterday killing more than 138 people. It struck in the afternoon, about nine miles northeast of the city of Van, rupturing 12.4 miles underground. University of Florida’s Department of Geological Sciences Associate professor, Ray Russo explains the difference between the earthquake in Turkey …

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Location for Alachua County Fair faces uncertain future

As the Alachua County Fair makes a comeback this month after not operating last year, a new debate has begun. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara reports on the possibility of moving the fairgrounds in the near future. [audio:] Above are the sounds from the Alachua County Fair during past years …

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Ocala begins cleanup after heavy rain causes flooding problems

[audio:] North Central Florida recently faced some unexpected heavy rainfalls. Two major accidents occured on rain-soaked Interstate-75 near Ocala, about twelve-hundred houses lost power and more than 20 city streets are still reported to be flooded. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT’FM’s Kristen Hammel spoke wih Ocala Spokesman Sonney Allen who says crews are currently …

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