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Assessing revenue losses from BP oil spill

State economists are trying to determine how much sales tax and other revenue Florida lost as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. They’ll be crunching those numbers today. Florida then can seek reimbursement from BP. An internal investigation by the owner of the rig that …

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"Operation Dry Water" is laying down the law on waterways

The combined efforts of agencies around the state are trying to prevent alcohol-related accidents and fatalities on the water this weekend. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports, boaters who have had too much to drink or who are impaired by drugs are a great danger to the boating public. …

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Update on the Santa Fe Fire

With rain at the top of Florida’s wish list, wildfires continue to rage across North Central Florida. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports, the Santa Fe Fire is one of particular concern. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SantaFeFireWrap.mp3]

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Bay Scallop season starts Saturday

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds people that the recreational harvest season for bay scallops in Florida will begin this Saturday and extend through September 25. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with FWC Spokeswoman, Karen Parker who says this extension was made to benefit fishing communities economically impacted by …

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One hundred wildfires burning in Waccasassa District of North Florida

One-hundred wildfires are burning in the Waccasassa Forestry District covering Alachua, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, and Putnam Counties, and that doesn’t include the thousands of acres burning in the Suwannee District covering Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Union Counties. WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy spoke with Florida Division of Forestry Wildfire Mitigation …

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No Drought Relief

By Aliciamarie Rodriguez – WUFT-FM The ground in Florida is parched and a burn ban has been in effect in Citrus County since May 11. The chance of rain for the next few days is slightly high and might help alleviate the drought conditions until the state enters the rainy …

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WithlacoocheeTrail receives national recognition

On any given day you can see hikers, bikers, and horseback riders on the WithlacoocheeTrail, which winds for almost 50 miles through towns and forests. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reportes, this long-loved trail has received national accolades. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/trails wrap.mp3]

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