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Motorcyclist killed on U.S. 301

A Marion County motorcyclist was killed last night after he collided with another vehicle. David Purdy, 50, was traveling north on U.S. 301 when the other vehicle struck the left side of his motorcycle. He died on the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle was transported to Shands for non-life …

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Homosassa woman seriously injured in airboat accident

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are investigating an airboat accident that left a Homosassa woman seriously injured.  The accident happened on Sunday by the Withlachoochee River when 31 year old Nicole Aspinwall was with 37 year old Robert  Miller and her children. Investigators for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report the four were parked on the dry …

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Call center could bring 500 new jobs to Ocala

An estimated 500 jobs could be coming to Marion County thanks to customer relations call center, Sitel Worldwide.  After some governmental incentives, the company plans to open a new branch in Ocala. Vice President of Marketing Andrew Coax says the company is looking to hire full-time workers, as well as …

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Marion inmate dies

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the death investigation of a Marion County Jail inmate who died late Monday.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says 37 year old Frederick Charles Kimball tried to kill himself around five o’clock yesterday.  The agency won’t say how he was trying …

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Six months after Georgia-Pacific plant closing

Last November, Georgia-Pacific decided to close its plywood mill near Hawthorne. That dealt a devastating blow to Hawthorne with the elimination of some 400 jobs. Now, six months later, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Bryan Garcia reports on how the community is trying to recover. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/BGHAWTHORNESTORY.mp3]

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Construction funding is crumbling

College buildings around the state of Florida need repairs while plans for other projects sit in the wings, and a state task force is now designated to figure out where the money for the buildings will come from. The Florida Board of Governors’ Task Force on Facilities Funding finished a …

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“Immunization Champ” crowned in Alachua County

The nation has a new champion, right here in Alachua County.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has named University of Florida Pediatrics Professor Emeritus Parker Small the state’s first “Children’s Immunization Champion.”  Small says targeting school children is vital in order to protect the whole community. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/SMALL1EDIT.mp3] Small …

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