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County begins planning international trip

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China in October for the second straight year. Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Brittany Batsell says the trip is a great opportunity for chamber members as well as Marion county citizens who have signed up to travel with the chamber. …

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Power plant reopening delayed

A local energy company is making sure their plant is secure, after recent natural disasters caused a nuclear plant crisis in Japan. Citrus County’s Crystal River Nuclear Plant was to restart their operations in April, however, Progress Energy Spokeswoman Sherry Jacobs says the plant won’t be reopened until the proper …

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Gainesville city commissioner to speak on the status of East Gainesville development

Gainesville city comissioner Scherwin Henry is delivering a keynote presentation on East Gainesville tonight at the East Gainesville Development Corporation annual meeting. The presentation will include an overview of city involvement in recent community and economic development activities intended to position east Gainesville for sustainable growth as economic conditions improve. …

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Gainesville startup gives back

The idea of starting your own company or developing your own website can seem very daunting without some help. But, learning from someone who has done it already and created something profitable can be just the ticket to your own success. WUFT’s Laura McKeeman brings us more from a local …

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Higher cotton prices to come

Cotton prices have increased drastically due to a series of events in Asia. Three of the world’s top cotton producers reduced supply to the U.S. A drought in China damaged crops, India restricted exports to protect its domestic market and flooding in Pakistan made it worse. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM reporter …

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Farmers markets popularity rises

A survey on the web site “Liveability.com” ranks Gainesville in the top ten nationwide for its farmers markets. As Dan Katz reports, more Gainesville residents are buying their food locally. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DK Buying Locally in Gainesville.mp3]

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UF Economist Dave Denslow weighs in on the economy

Political strategist James Carvel coined the phrase, ‘Its the economy, stupid” almost 20 years ago. Yet it still rings true today as economic issues are dominating the November election campaigns. While some politicians argue that President Obama’s economic policies have furthered the recession, others emphasize the inherited nature of many …

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