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Politics and the debt ceiling debate

The deadline for Congress to reach a debt deal is approaching. The Treasury Department reports that on August 2nd it will run out of the cash it needs to pay all of the federal government’s bills on time. Steven Gallo spoke with University of South Florida Political Science Professor Susan …

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Gainesville approves city budget

City employees will get a pay raise in the approved Gainesville city budget. Meanwhile, property owners won’t see their property taxes or fire assessment rates go up. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Budgetwrap.mp3]

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Law library moves across the street

The newly relocated John A. H. Murphree Law Library will open to the public on September first. The library is being moved from the Alachua county courthouse in downtown Gainesville to the Alachua County Library District, across the street. The new location hours will be weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to …

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Parking fees may change in downtown Gainesville

Gainesville residents could soon see changes in parking fees for downtown. The proposal has been approved by the City Commission’s Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Public Works Committee. The 100 free spots may soon be replaced with parking meters. If given the final okay from the City Commission, the price would change from 25 cents an hour to 50 cents an hour for all parking lots and from 50 cents an hour to $1 an hour on the street. Gainesville native Corey Sawyer is very upset about the proposed changes because it will keep him from frequenting downtown.

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GRU proposes budget increase

Gainesville Regional Utilities is set to present their increased budget proposal to the City Commission Wednesday. Despite a decrease in electric and gas units, prices on maintaining water and wastewater rose, increasing the average bill a consumer could expect to pay by $2. Though this increase is minimal, it’s still …

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GRU customers may pay more

While consumer spending stays down and company spending continues to rise, Gainesville Regional Utilities has proposed a new budget that will force consumers to pay a little bit more. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, this budget increase is a necesscary step for GRU. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPGRUWhiteman.mp3]

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