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Random drug testing is approved

Governor Rick Scott placed his official stamp of approval on the random drug testing for state workers law. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports on constitutional issue with this new law. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DrugTestingWrapAA.mp3] State employees may be subject to random drug testing by their employers under a new law that was passed last …

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Professor discusses potential impact of media coverage before Trayvon Martin trial

The reporting on the Trayvon Martin case has had many news outlets issuing corrections to their story. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with University of Florida Levin College of Law Professor Lyrissa Lidsky about how the news coverage impacts whether or not justice is served in this case. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/LidskyQAChipSkambis3202012.mp3]

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Substance abuse awareness groups wary of generic narcotics

Though Florida’s amping up its efforts to shut down pill mills prescription drug abuse may become more of problem starting next year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with the Director of non-profit organization Narconon, Mary Reester, about the potential problems that could come when patent protection on Oxycontin expires next year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ReesterQA.mp3]  

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Operation “Blue Forest” ends with 43 arrest warrants

Multi-agency drug enforcement action has resulted in arrest warrants for 43 suspects.  On March 12-13 the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Team, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Fifth Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office capped an 11 month investigation known as “Blue Forest”.  The …

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From clams to copper, new Levy County Sheriff’s unit tackles agriculture issues

With an extensive coastline and rural area to monitor, the Levy County Sheriff’s office has created an Agriculture/Marine Unit to deal with growing Agriculture related crime.  Levy County Sheriff’s Office Major Evan Sullivan says this position is something the Sheriff’s office has pushed consistently pushed for. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/SULLIVAN4.mp3] This unit now …

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Suspect in GHS bomb threat detained in Texas

Gainesville Police Department was notified today that a suspect in the Gainesville High School bomb threat has been arrested in Austin, Texas. The bomb threat was emailed Sunday to GPD. GPD Spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says the arrest was made yesterday in Austin. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/FP-Valuri-1.mp3|titles=FP Valuri 1] Because the investigation is …

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DCF working on a new home for victims of alleged abuse

As a case involving child abuse proceeds against two Putnam County parents… the Florida Department of Children and Families is working on where to place their three children. DCF Spokesman John Harrell says the department’s first responsibility is making sure the children are receiving the care they need. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL1.mp3] Putnam …

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