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Holiday cheer could lift Florida’s unemployed

With the unemployment rate around 10% in Florida, this holiday season brings hope for new jobs. Florida Retail Federation President Rick McAllister says retailers have seen an increase in sales during the holidays in last few years which allows for more temporary positions. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/McAllister-62.mp3] McAllister says about 75,000 jobs are created nationally every …

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Rowing makes waves in Gainesville

It may not be what comes to mind when you hear row, row, row your boat- it’s the sport of rowing.  WUFT-FM’S Corey Matthew looks at how this physically challenging sport is growing in popularity in North Central Florida. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Rowing-Feature1.mp3]

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Progress Energy and emergency responders hold medical drill

Progress Energy Florida and local emergency response agencies held a full scale simulation to practice emergency medical drills this morning.  The drill focused on the decontamination and transportation of patients from Progress Energy’s nuclear training center to Seven Rivers Hospital. Progress Florida Energy Spokeswoman Heather Danenhower says these drills are taken …

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Honey Prairie Fire still burning

The nearly four-month-old Honey Prairie Fire in Georgia continues to grow. The supervisory refuge ranger at Okefenokee National wildlife refuge Art Webster says safety is their priority. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JRWebster.mp3] Webster adds that Gainesville residents might experience some smoke by Saturday.

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Buyer beware on football tickets

UFPD monitors and protects spectators at every home football game and with the Gator’s first conference rivals coming to town this weekend we spoke with UFPD about the special security measures they take on game days. UFPD Assistant Director Brad Barber says planning and organization account for a majority of game day security. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Barber1.mp3] As …

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Housing project for homeless vets halted

A project to help homeless veterans in Alachua County has been stopped. The proposal to house homeless veterans at a former hotel at Newberry and Tower roads has been put on the shelf. County housing authority executive director Gail Monahan says there was too much opposition from area residents and …

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Tropical Storm Maria forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Maria formed in the central Atlantic today and has winds of 50 miles per hour. Conditions aren’t ideal for Maria for strengthen much over the next 48 hours, but current data suggests that Maria could become a weak hurricane over the weekend and pass just north of Puerto …

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State prison chief resigns

In December, Florida Governor Rick Scott asked Edwin Buss to head the Florida Department of Corrections. Scott even tasked Buss with spearheading the massive prison privatization effort across South Florida. But, as Sascha Cordner reports, during a Wednesday afternoon meeting, Buss offered his resignation to Scott and he accepted. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BussResigns0824ss.mp3]

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