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Boeing announces commercial HQ at Kennedy Space Center

Boeing announced today that it will headquarter its commercial space capsule program at the Kennedy Space Center and will use a former space shuttle hanger to build and test a new capsule design. WMFE’s Mark Simpson reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BoeingKSCwrap.mp3]

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Streamlining success in Citrus County

Citrus County’s new recycling program has seen some remarkable success, with household collections bins overflowing. Citrus County Solid Waste Director Casey Stephens says education on recycling is one of the keys to the program’s success. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Stephens3.mp3] He says there have been a number of requests for more drop-off locations, and …

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Going green with “One Less Car”

Commuting throughout Gainesville can be a hassle for you and strain on the environment. The University of Florida is encouraging people to be a part of the sustainable movement by participating in One Less Car Day. Office of Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Ashley Pennington says the Gator Nation can easily reduce …

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Bringing music and science together at UF

The University of Florida School of Music is pushing a dual major program to boost the declining music major enrollment. Admissions Director Mutlu Citim-Kepic says this option can appeal to students and their families who don’t think a degree in just music is worth it. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CitimKepic1.mp3] She says making the …

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Coyotes roaming around Gainesville

Wild coyotes are present around the state, but they are a relatively uncommon site.  WUFT-FM’s Corey Matthew says that sight is not so unusual anymore. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CoyotesWrap.mp3] Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says area residents should never leave food outside that a coyote can eat, because it …

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Food donations up, but still not enough in Marion County

With only one week left, a Marion County-sponsored food drive still needs donations. Interfaith Emergency Services is helping collect food for the “Bring the Harvest Home” food drive. Warehouse Manager Thomas Curtis says while donations are up, it’s still not enough to meet the demand. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Curtis-51.mp3] Non-perishable food, baby items and toiletries can …

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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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