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Space shuttle Discovery launched Thursday

The space shuttle Discovery is off on its last mission. WUFT-FM’s Kara Van Hoose was at Cape Canaveral. Just before the launch she talked with Front Page Edition of ATC host Joanna Wise about today’s mission and the overall impact of the shuttle program on Florida’s Space Coast. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPDiscoveryQA.mp3]

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Shooting kills St. Petersburg police officer

Six Florida police officers have been shot and killed since the beginning of the year. Saint Petersburg has been hit the hardest, with three officers killed. The most recent shooting was Monday night. WUFT FM’s Kristi Posson has the story of how Governor Rick Scott’s proposed pension plan changes may …

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DCF Investigates Child Abuse

In a letter written earlier today, State director of the Florida department of children and families David Wilkins said : “Words alone cannot express the personal sorrow each department employee feels when any child in any situation dies.” The child Wilkins is referring to is one the DCF was aware …

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Why Florida lags behind the nation in job creation

As unemployment continues to be a problem around the country, Florida in particular is searching for ways to create jobs. Governor Rick Scott released a statement on Friday calling Florida’s 12% unemployment rate unacceptable. WUFT’s Dan Katz spoke with economist Hank Fishkind about unemployment nationwide, what may be in store …

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UF alum keeps camera rolling at shooting

There were tense moments at a Bay County School Board meeting Tuesday afternoon as a disgruntled ex-convict pulled out a gun and opened fire. The event was caught on camera by UF Alum Nadeen Yanes, as she covered the meeting for WMBB News 13. Jason Hackett spoke with Nadeen about …

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Business, nature collide on the Florida coast

Crystal River is often called the “Home of the Manatee”, but just how do you manage encounters with this endangered creature is at the heart of a debate pitting local dive shops against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly has more from the Nature Coast.

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Poker players: we’re not addicted

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling has released a report finding that college aged people are five times more likely to be addicted to gambling than adults, and that the poker playing trend is on the rise. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Katiana Krawchenko followed two Gainesville poker players who claim they …

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Cabbage Growers Take A Hit From Freeze

By Lynsey Saunders – WUFT-FM Crops all over the Florida peninsula have succumbed to the cold weather. Cabbage grown in Putnam County has taken a beating from the frigid temperatures this past week. WUFT-FM’s Lynsey Saunders reports how many growers near Hastings are reporting significant losses. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/cabbage-freeze.mp3]

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