Rachel Stern

Rachel is a reporter for WUFT News who may be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news @wuft.org

Checking your child’s grades? There’s an app for that

Keeping track of your children’s grades is now at the palm of your hands. Alachua County Public Schools Public Information Officer Jackie Johnson says a new app will allow parents to stay up to date with their children’s progress in school. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Johnson1.mp3] Johnson adds more than 6,000 parents and 13,000 …

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Republican party needs to make up for lost time

Republican Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has announced he will suspend his campaign for the White House within a week. Alachua County Republican Party Chair Stafford Jones says the party will have to work quickly to prepare for the general election. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/jones3edit.mp3] He says the voters will need some time to …

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Gainesville addiction facility gains approval

Construction to turn the Residence Inn on the corner of Southwest 13th Street and Williston Road into a drug addiction and eating disorders facility will now begin. Planning Project Manager Craig Brashier says Shands and the University of Florida are now able to move forward after the unanimous approval of …

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The rising cost of a holiday staple

Your traditional Easter meal may cost you more this year. Ham prices are rising around the nation. University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Professor, John Van Sickle says the high prices are due to the increase in pig feed costs. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Sickle1.mp3] Van Sickle also says this may be the …

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Grab the tissues, allergy season is here

If you are reaching for some eye drops this morning, it may be because of the allergy season. University of Florida Student Healthcare Center Marketing Coordinator Catherine Seamen says to check your local pollen count to avoid allergies. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/Seaman1.mp3] Seaman also says warmer weather and the new plant life are …

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Where #Twitter stands after 6 years

Say Happy Birthday to Twitter. It has been six years since the first tweet, “just setting up my twttr” was relayed.  University of Florida Social Media Specialist Bruce Floyd says because of its growth, Twitter is a key resource for companies to have to make them successful. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/FLOYD1.mp3] He says …

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Keeping the roadways safe for everyone

The University of Florida Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Transportation and other organizations are coming together to stress their concern for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. FDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resource Coordinator Wanda Tyson says people aren’t aware of their surroundings. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Tyson1.mp3] She says the partnership hopes …

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