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Florida courts face budget concerns

The state’s court system is freezing hiring and preparing for possible staff layoffs due to a $72.3 million deficit. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote letters to Governor Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders asking for assistance to get them through the fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s T.J. …

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Law enforcement officials worry about changes to gun laws

As the Florida legislature continues to debate changes to concealed weapons permits, local law enforcement officials are wary of changes. Gainesville Police Department Corporal Tscharna Senn says allowing guns to be carried openly would open the door for potential problems. “It’s another opportunity for someone to use a firearm when …

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Correctional facilities closing to save Florida money

The Florida Department of Corrections will close the Lowell and Sumter Correctional Institution Boot Camps at the end of June. The closings aim to save Florida about $30-million this year. Florida Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says it makes sense to close down older facilities with empty beds. “Once …

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Missing woman found

A 70-year old missing Gainesville woman has been returned to her family safe and sound. Betty Gaskin was found this morning by a Sheriff’s Deputy. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Art Forgey said Gaskins was found in the same area she was last seen unharmed. He adds she …

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Police need help finding Ocala bank robber

Ocala police are looking for the man responsible for robbing a Bank of America on Silver Springs Boulevard yesterday afternoon. The man waited in line before demanding money from the teller and fleeing. He is a white male, 5 foot 7, 170 pounds last seen in a black wig black …

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Body found in Marion County

Marion County Sheriff’s officials and detectives are working to uncover a body found in the Florida Highlands, off of Southwest 105th Avenue. Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says the body has not yet identified. “They were led to this particular piece of property from a lead on an …

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Staying safe during spring break

Spring Break is in full swing for University of Florida students. For most it means fun in the sun. But as WUFT-FM’s Phillip Marks reports, there are also many dangers during this week of fun. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/springbreakPM.mp3]

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