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Laura Christmas

Laura is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

Gator herding on game day

Game day is a major event for police to manage. During a recent gameday, WUFT-TV’s Laura Christmas went behind the scenes to take an in-depth look at how police manage the challenge of a campus area overflowing with fans.

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New standards for students facing the FCAT

The state Board of Education passed a higher FCAT achievement standard this morning. Going forward, new achievement levels for the statewide test will make it tougher for students to earn a passing mark. Marion County School Board member Bobby James says the change is needed, but there isn’t much time …

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Kids raise money- one pedal at a time

Children from Santa Fe’s Little School spent this morning raising money for sick children. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, the children had fun while raising the money, all through the power of some three-wheeled bikes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fundraiserFPtrikeathon.mp3]

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Trustees meeting begins with big votes on the table

The University of Florida Board of Trustees has kicked off today’s meeting and WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says University of Florida President Bernie Machen has begun today’s discussions with a positive look forward. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/BETHVOICER1.mp3] But WUFT-FM’s Laura Christmas says some tough decisions are facing the Board in the next few hours. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/LAURAVOICER2.mp3]

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Remembering those with less during the holidays

For some Americans, unemployment and economic problems are casting a dark shadow over this Thanksgiving. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT F-M’s Laura Christmas reports the Gainesville community is doing what it can to help make the holidays a little brighter for those who have trouble making ends meet. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HomelessandHungryHolidayFeature.mp3]

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Suspected serial rapist held without bond

A Marion County Judge has ruled the man suspected in five sexual assaults will remain in jail.  37-year-old Michael Alan Frye appeared before a judge this morning in his first court appearance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/RAPEVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Laura Christmas says Frye is unlikely to receive bond. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/rapesuspectwrap.mp3]

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