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Tropics ripe for more hurricanes

Hurricane Ernesto is now fading away into Mexico after making landfall late yesterday on the Yucatan Peninsula. But what about our chances to see a big storm? WUSF’s Steve Newborn reports those odds are going up – at least for now. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/89HurricaneforecastwrapPRX.mp3] University of Florida Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says the …

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Levy County makes improvements in 911 system

A new approach to 911 may help emergency response officials gather information more effectively. The new service uses an online profile to store your personal information. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/08/Smart-911-Kevin.mp3|titles=Smart 911 Kevin]  

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UF Sikh student group planning for fall awareness campaign

With seven people dead after Sunday’s Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin,  the Sikh community has responded with shock and despair. WUFT-FM spoke with the president of the Sikh Students Association at the University of Florida, Neil Singh, about how the group is dealing with Sunday’s tragedy, and what it plans to do …

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Marion County back to school information

In Marion County , with new students and new schedules this year, officials say  parents may wish to visit their child’s school during orientation sessions. These events give parents and students the opportunity to become accustomed to their new or returning school outside normal class hours.  They also offer advance …

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West Nile human case shows up in Jacksonville

Alachua County Health officials are encouraging citizens to take extra precautions against mosquitoes as Jacksonville has recently reported its first human case of the West Nile virus. Alachua County Health Department’s Environmental Health Director Anthony Dennis believes risks of transmission have increased within the county. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Dennis1mosquitos.mp3] Dennis says Alachua County has had experience with the West Nile …

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GPD looks for potential shooter

The Gainesville Police Department is searching for a man who may have a firearm after shots were fired earlier today. Officers were dispatched to the area of University Commons Apartments upon recieving a call at 12:48 p.m. Police found shell casings and were given a vehicle tag number. Police found …

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UF hit and run victim dies

Shands Hospital has confirmed that 20 year old University of Florida student Rebecca Harris has died from injuries she suffered after she was struck in a hit-and-run accident on June 23rd.  Harris, from Seminole County, had been in critical condition since she was struck by a white sedan while crossing …

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FAMU president resigns

By Lynn Hatter – FPR,  Matthew Peddie – WMFE & Margie Menzel – WLRN Florida A&M University’s President has resigned in the wake of the hazing death of a band drum major. Lynn Hatter reports President James Ammons’ decision to step aside is the latest in the fallout from stemming from …

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Gainesville CRA takes next step in city’s vision for the power district

Demolition crews will begin work Wednesday morning on the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency’s Power District Catalyst Warehouse and site.  The site is located at the former Gainesville Regional Utilities warehouse building just east of the Kelly Power Plant. Once demolition is complete, exterior and interior renovations will begin. The City of Gainesville …

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Is it semantics or more?

The immigration issue has been a contentious one, especially as political seasons heat up.  One outgrowth, what do we call people at the center of the issue?  CNN has published  a story on its web site discussing the controversy over calling someone an illegal immigrant versus an undocumented immigrant. It describes …

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