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Human Signs” to stay in Ocala

People waving and spinning signs advertising a sale or business isn’t an unfamiliar sight on a lot of street corners. The Ocala City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to refrain from regulating these so-called “human signs” or “sign spinners” within the city. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with City Commissioner and …

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Newberry city leaders to discuss Alachua County Fairgrounds issue tonight

Newberry commissioners say they’re ready to reconsider their bid to move the Alachua County fairgrounds from east Gainesville to the Canterbury Shoplace equestrian park. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Katerina Sardi spoke with Newberry Mayor Bill Conrad about the reason behind the changing mood. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPNewberryQAFinal111311.mp3] The Newberry City Commission will meet tonight starting …

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Newberry to reconsider fairgrounds bid

The City of Newberry will likely pull out of its bid to move the Alachua County fairgrounds to the Canterbury Showplace. Newberry Mayor Bill Conrad says the city will continue its plans for sports tourism in other ways. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Conrad02.mp3] He says the city is reconsidering its plans because of poor …

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Perry misstep could change the Republican race

Republican Presidential candidate Governor Rick Perry may lose support after making a mistake last night during the Republican Debate in Michigan. When listing the three agencies he wants to cut from the federal government, Perry could only name two. University of Florida Political Science Professor Michael Martinez says the mistake …

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Gainesville residents to question the future

Gainesville residents will have an opportunity to sit down with their commissioners and mayor next week. The city will hold a “Focus on the Future” community forum where residents can give city leaders feedback on what they want Gainesville to look like in the future. Gainesville Communications and Marketing Manager …

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The cost of small town mail culture

The US Postal Service is evaluating the Evinston Post Office for possible closure. As WUFT-FM’s Briana Rittersporn reports, USPS says there’s a good reason: the dollars and cents aren’t enough to keep the location running. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/PostOfficeWrap2.mp3]

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Hemp Fest back to encourage action

A festival celebrating hemp is back in Gainesville this year, bringing information and inspiring action in area residents. Florida Cannabis Action Network Executive Director Jodi James says Florida’s laws about marijuana are regressive. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/James2.mp3] She says they will be encouraging people this weekend to petition lawmakers for change. Gainesville Police …

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