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Oil prices up, but maybe not for long

Although gas prices spiked 6 cents in Florida this past week, the price may drop very soon. AAA Auto Club South Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says oil prices are falling following the death of Osama bin Laden. “Oil dropped because of speculation that his death will actually ease back some of …

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Brush fire near Cape Canaveral

A brush fire has broken out at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. The fire started earlier this afternoon about three miles from the space shuttle Endeavor’s launch pad. NASA officials say the fire shouldn’t interfere with the shuttle’s launch, which is scheduled for Friday.

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TANF Applicants to take drug tests

Applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families wellfare program might soon be required to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance. District 43 State Representative Jimmie Smith says the measure will help make sure Florida tax dollars do not go toward drug abuse. “The TANF program is simply …

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Florida unemployment levels dropping

A dampened construction market has contributed to high unemployment in Ocala. Agency for Workforce Innovation Chief Economist, Rebecca Rust says the city has the second highest unemployment rate of metropolitan areas in the state. “This is our lowest unemployment rate since November of 2009. When we look at both the …

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Hardest Hit Fund will help 40,000 Floridians

About 25 percent of Florida mortgages are in some form of delinquency and Florida Housing Finance Corporation Spokeswoman Cecka Rose Green says a new funding program will help. Florida Housing will open applications for the Hardest-Hit Fund program on April 18th. Green says the need in the state is high. …

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Casey Anthony trial draws huge media interest

The disappearance of Caylee Anthony went unreported for an entire month by her mother Casey in 2008. Now, the Orlando native is charged with first degree murder of her daughter, whose cause of death has not been determined. As Anthony’s trial quickly approaches, more and more media outlets have been …

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Bernie Machen calls for a tuition increase

University of Florida president Bernie Machen is calling for a 30 percent tuition increase. More than the fifteen percent annual tuition increases established by Florida legislation. U-F assistant vice president for student affairs Jeanna Mastrodicasa says need base financial aid will go up for students needing assistance. “The bigger challenge …

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Floridians not as confident in economy

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped 4 points in March. One expert expected the drop, but not for the reasons that actually caused it. WUFT’s Laura McKeeman brings us more on the causes of this down-swing and the future of consumer confidence in the state. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPConsumerConfidenceWRAP.mp3]

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Cracking down on pain clinics

Pill mills are getting a lot of attention in Florida, and Governor Rick Scott is addressing the issue. Governor Scott’s initiative to crack down on these facilities that are prescribing pain killers includes using unspent funds from Florida Department of Law Enforcement to enact a strike force. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson …

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