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Libyan leader’s death will resonate around Africa

Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed today by rebel troops. University of Florida Political Science Professor Lenardo Villalon says this may help create a cooperative government in Libya. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/villalon1.mp3] Villalon says Gadhafi has played a controversial leadership role in Libya and his death will not only help unify that …

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Analysis of presidential debates: reality TV?

Once again Republican candidates for president gathered for a televised debate this week. The setting: Las Vegas. But As WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe reports, Poynter Institute fellow Adam Hochberg thinks this year’s debates are more like reality TV than a traditional debate. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/FP-GOP-REAX-WRAP.mp3|titles=FP GOP REAX WRAP]

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Protests continue during “Occupy Gainesville”

Occupy Gainesville protests continue today, despite a number of arrests last night. WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says spirits remain high. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/BETH-VOICER.mp3] Protesters continue to “occupy” the Bo Diddley Plaza in Downtown Gainesville, although permitting problems prevent them from staying overnight.  This is the third day of organized rallying.

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Lawmakers take a second look at prescription mail-order plan for state workers

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StateemployeeDrugfeature.mp3] State employees may soon see more changes to their health insurance benefits. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo reports, some Republican lawmakers are now reconsidering recent changes to the benefits. The changes allow state employees to get as many as three 30-day refills of their long-term maintenance medications from …

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Possible change in store for blue laws in Gainesville

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ALCOHOLHRCHANGEWRAP.mp3] Until 1975, it was illegal to purchase any alcohol on Sunday in Gainesville.  At the time, Jeffrey Meldon, founder of the Great Southern Music Hall in Gainesville, called into question the blue laws because he wanted to be able to sell alcohol during the shows he held on Sunday. Florida’s …

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Sheriff and county commission spar over budget

The Alachua County Commission and Sheriff Sadie Darnell are attempting to work in a combined effort to sort out next year’s proposed budget. A majority of commissioners did say they would not budge from their working figure of approximately 65-million-dollars for the sheriff’s budget. That is approximately $507,000 below Darnell’s …

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