Business and development

Ball Corporation to close

Ball Corporation is closing its Gainesville plant by the end of this year and leaving 125 employees without work. The metal beverage packaging plant says the demand for standard 12-ounce cans has gone down, and Ball Corporation Spokesman Scott McCarty says that’s the only kind of cans the Gainesville plant is equipped …

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Tough times for blue collar workers

While the economy continues with its ups and downs across various areas of the country, for Americans who work with their hands,  life is difficult.  Many blue collar workers are finding it’s a difficult time for them, as they go after what seems to be fewer jobs: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ElleProject3.mp3]  

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Sales tax holiday is here

Business owners always enjoy the holiday season. Sales go up, and customers try to take advantage of the special deals. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Brooks has the story of a holiday going on right now that will help generate some business and savings as well. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/08/Brooks-Tax-Wrap.mp3|titles=Brooks Tax Wrap]  

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Firefighter jobs tough to come by

Becoming a firefighter in north central florida is the same as it is in many other places.  It takes hard work, dedication, and education.  And as Florida’s 89 point one wuft-fm’s Dana Lewin reports, even though he’s trained as an EMT and a paramedic, one area resident is finding, getting …

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Gainesville CRA takes next step in city’s vision for the power district

Demolition crews will begin work Wednesday morning on the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency’s Power District Catalyst Warehouse and site.  The site is located at the former Gainesville Regional Utilities warehouse building just east of the Kelly Power Plant. Once demolition is complete, exterior and interior renovations will begin. The City of Gainesville …

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The “illegal” versus “undocumented” controversy continues

People continue to argue about just what is the correct title for immigrants who reside in the United States with no documentation.  The term “illegal immigrant” is offensive to some. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Denardo reports on how this term puts a negative label on certain immigrants. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/IllegalVsUndocumentedContinuedWRAP.mp3]

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Gas prices on the rise again

While consumers may have enjoyed a period of lower gas prices recently, that price drop was short-lived.  Gas prices spiked in the past week. Nationally, the average price rose from $3.33 to $3.38, while here in Florida prices increased from $3.19 to $3.26. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kristen Botica reports on the causes and …

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