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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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UF students remember Michael Edmonds

Rolling tires and sounding trumpets, all in loving memory of a University of Florida student. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Bianca Ventura reports, Michael Edmonds may have passed away too soon, but his memory will never fade. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Edmondsmemorialfinalwrap.mp3]

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Weekend rain will do little to calm North Central Florida fires

With smoke and flames becoming a large issue in North Central Florida this spring, this weekend’s rain came as a much needed relief. However, Florida Forest Service Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the rain was not enough to extinguish area fires. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Bond1.mp3] Bond says the wind is also making …

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Marion County opts out of burn ban, for now

Despite the recent fires across North Central Florida, a mandatory burn ban will not be implemented in Marion County. Marion County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Pelveeta Seeraj says the Wildland Task Force decided a burn ban is not necessary. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/Seeraj1.mp3] Seeraj says, if possible, area residents should avoid burning …

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UF women’s coach honors legendary Tennessee Vols Head Coach

Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach Pat Summitt announced yesterday she’s stepping down after 38 seasons. Summit has been battling early on-set dementia.  WUFT-FM’s sister station WRUF Sports Radio 850’s Steve Russell spoke with Florida Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Amanda Butler, for her insights on the coaching legend. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ButlerQnA.mp3]

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Dead Ocala man identified

The Ocala Police Department has identified the body found earlier this week in Marion County. OPD Spokesperson Seargent Chas Maier says the man is identified as Herbert Leroy King of Ocala. Maier adds an autopsy is scheduled. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Maier2deadbodyidenfified.mp3] Whether foul play was the cause of King’s death is not known …

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