Stephanie Brown

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

Tuition rate setting debate goes to higher court

The Florida Supreme Court has decided to hear a case covering who should set tuition rates at state universities. University of Florida Law Professor Emeritus Joseph Little says a fundamental question in this case is whether the appointed Board of Governors should have this control. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/LITTLE1.mp3] An appellate court previously …

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From clams to copper, new Levy County Sheriff’s unit tackles agriculture issues

With an extensive coastline and rural area to monitor, the Levy County Sheriff’s office has created an Agriculture/Marine Unit to deal with growing Agriculture related crime.  Levy County Sheriff’s Office Major Evan Sullivan says this position is something the Sheriff’s office has pushed consistently pushed for. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/SULLIVAN4.mp3] This unit now …

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Marion County school board moves forward with tax proposal

The Marion County school board will ask area residents to up the millage rate to pay for school related costs. Board member Ron Crawford says a one mill increase would make up a significant portion of the budget problems the district faces now. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/CRAWFORD6.mp3] The board decided last night to …

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DCF working on a new home for victims of alleged abuse

As a case involving child abuse proceeds against two Putnam County parents… the Florida Department of Children and Families is working on where to place their three children. DCF Spokesman John Harrell says the department’s first responsibility is making sure the children are receiving the care they need. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL1.mp3] Putnam …

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Students cleared after bomb threat at Gainesville High School

Gainesville Police are sweeping Gainesville High School after fielding a bomb threat called in to the department.  Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says all the students have been evacuated, and school officials are just waiting for the “all clear”. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/JOHNSON3.mp3] She says the district does not deal with …

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Texting ban facing a dead end

Although the Florida Senate’s version of a texting while driving ban is continuing to move through committee, the House draft is making little progress. Sarasota-area Representative Ray Pilon says it may mean the end for this action. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Pilon4.mp3] He says some lawmakers fear this action would infringe on personal freedom, …

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