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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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Finding a job toughest for the homeless

During these tough economic times no one understands how hard it is to find a job more than a man who is homeless and in search of one. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko brings us the story of a man from Orlando who lost his job and home, and had to give up most …

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Holiday work spots almost all in retail

During the holiday season the retail industry supplies many Americans with part time jobs. Manpower of Gainesville’s Branch Manager Jamy Smith says although retail is not the only market with jobs to fill during this time of year, it is the most prominent. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Smith1.mp3] Because this is a prime time …

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Meal limit changes begin at St. Francis House today

There is plenty of food on-hand at the St. Francis House to accommodate changes to its meal distribution limits beginning today.  WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says allowing unlimited meal distribution between 10 AM and 1 PM will change more than just the amount of people served. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/SARAHVOICER.mp3] St. Francis House Executive …

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