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Non-profit expansion means jobs for North Central Florida

55 full-time jobs are coming to North Central Florida. Childhood Development Services Public Relations Director Brandi Cooney says they are hiring teachers and other positions in Alachua and Marion counties. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Cooney1.mp3] Cooney says there are also 8 position in Citrus county and 6 in Levy county. They are now accepting …

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Local shoppers react to potential grocery store relocation

Gainesville city commissioners are working to keep Winn-Dixie at its current location on North Main Street. The store’s property management, Bosshardt, is considering relocating the store to the former Albertson’s location on NW 13th Street. Frequent Winn-Dixie shopper Natalie Williams says closing the store’s doors would make grocery shopping difficult. …

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Gainesville flights lifting off despite airline bankruptcy

With American Airlines filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, small airports carrying subsidiary flights haven’t seen significant changes yet.  American Eagle flies passengers from Gainesville to the American Airlines hub in Miami and WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says passengers are still taking flight. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/BETHVOICER2.mp3]

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Consumer confidence unchanged from a month ago

Florida’s consumer confidence remains the same this month compared to last month. The Consumer Confidence Index, a survey that asks people how they feel about the economy and buying things, remained at 65 points. University of Florida Survey Director Chris McCarty says while the numbers remained level, they are still low. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/McCarty1.mp3] …

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Homegrown stores in Gainesville promote “Black Thursday”

The Gainesville Chamber of Commerce has started a campaign to urge shoppers to buy local.  Some shops also signed up to promote the Thursday before Thanksgiving as “Black Thursday”…to urge people to kickstart the Black Friday holiday shopping season by starting early and starting with local merchants rather than malls, …

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Tech business boot camp gears up at UF

As more businesses move in to Innovation Hub, others are building a solid foundation.  WUFT-FM’s Samantha Kerrigan says entrepreneurs are drilling in the basics at a technology boot camp today. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/SAMANTHAVOICER.mp3] University of Florida Tech Connect Program Coordinator Chris brown says the entrepreneurs who come out to the workshops will …

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Alachua County advisory boards working out kinks in proposed CRA

The Alachua County Commission held a special meeting earlier this morning to discuss the  Community Redevelopment Area for the area of unincorporated county directly east of the Gainesville city limits. Growth Managment Department Planner Micheal Castine says the commission asked staff to work with the advisory boards. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Castine1.mp3] Castine talks about the next step. …

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Gator stores putting on their rally caps

After winning two national championships in 2006 and 2008, the Florida Gator football team has struggled to rack up wins this year. WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman says the team’s trouble affects more than the sporting world. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/GatorSales.mp3]

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