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Consumer confidence declines once again

A new University of Florida survey shows consumer confidence fell once again this month. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson reports, four of the five consumer confidence components is on the decline. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP CONSUMER CONF WRAP.mp3]

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Unemployment numbers continue to decrease in Florida

New employment figures released today show the rate of unemployment in Florida has dropped for the eight month in a row. WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe spoke with University of Florida Economics Professor Dave Denslow, who says that an increase in tourism related jobs is helping the Florida economy. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Denslow.mp3]

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Changes for home ownership?

As some bankers and community advocates protest tougher down payment requirements on homes, others are advocating a different approach to home ownership. Earlier today WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with University of Florida Family Financial Management Specialist Micheal Gutter, about the state of the housing market and what it means for …

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Higher fuel prices mean higher food prices

We’re paying more at the fuel pump—and we’re starting to pay more at the grocery store too. It’s not a coincidence. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with University of Florida Food and Resource economist Tom Spreen about the cause and effect when so many oil based products are involved in what …

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“Buy Local” buy in to your community

May has been declared “Buy Local” month, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes local residents embrace that idea. Communications Director Lindsay Brennan says buying in to local products means buying in to your community. “When you are buying from a local community, you are helping that community keep …

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Farmers caught in squeeze too

Price hikes in both fuel and food are taking a toll on residents. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Catherine Awasthi reports, local farmers are also struggling to keep up with cost inflation: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CATHERINEWRAPFP.mp3]

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Two Gainesville-based contracting companies merge

Longtime Gainesville-based contracting affiliates Charles Perry Construction, Incorporated and PPI Construction Management, Incorporated have merged as Charles Perry Partners, Incorporated or CPPI… WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson has more… [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ConstructionWrap forWEB.mp3]

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Mine gets approval in Levy county

The Levy County Commission gave Tarmac America approval early Wednesday morning for a special exception application for the King Road Mine to operate a limestone mine . As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson reports the vote was close. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/LEVYWRAP.mp3]

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