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Marion County to participate in event to take in pills to keep them off the streets

“National Pill Take Back Day” is this Saturday in Marion County. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Veronica Vilar reports, this event is the first step toward keeping surplus and illegal prescription drugs off the streets. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/pilldropoffwrap.mp3] (sources: Professor of Pharmacy Paul Doering and Public Information Officer for Marion County Sheriff’s Office Judge Cochran)

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Theatre students from across the Southeast head to SFC for 55th annual conference

More than 1,500 high school junior and senior thespians will begin arriving today at Santa Fe College for the 55th annual Florida Theatre Conference Festival.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy reports, this conference will benefit students and Santa Fe’s fine art’s program. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/santafewrap.mp3] (News source: Santa Fe College Fine Arts …

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Was Shakespeare a fraud? That is the question.

A new dramatic thriller will hit theaters tomorrow, but as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo reports, this new film is already stirring up controversy in academic circles. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Shakespearewrap.mp3] (News source interviewed for this feature was University of Florida English professor and Shakespeare scholar Sidney Homan)

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Streamlining success in Citrus County

Citrus County’s new recycling program has seen some remarkable success, with household collections bins overflowing. Citrus County Solid Waste Director Casey Stephens says education on recycling is one of the keys to the program’s success. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Stephens3.mp3] He says there have been a number of requests for more drop-off locations, and …

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Final Haven Acres cats find a home

The last of the cats rescued from Haven Acres in June are finding a new home today. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/KATVOICER.mp3] These remaining cats tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which made them difficult to place in private homes.  Nearly 700 cats were rescued from the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, and have been …

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Weekly program brings kids to the farm

It’s more than your average petting zoo.  WUFT-FM’s Juliana Valencia says Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center opens every week to give kids the chance to interact directly with farm animals every week. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/barnyardbuddieswrap.mp3]

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Today marks 10 year anniversary of the Patriot Act

A little over one month ago the U.S. remembered the tenth anniversay of the September 11th attacks. Today marks another ten-year anniversary; the signing of the Patriot Act. George W. Bush signed the anti-terrorism Act into law in the aftermath of 9/11. One of its controversial provisions is the monitoring email and telephone communications. As Florida’s …

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Gainesville Regional Utilities operation center settles into new location

For more than fifty years Gainesville’s Regional Utilities center has been located in downtown Gainesville. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, the new Eastside Operations Center is located on North Main Street. The building is fully equipped with kitchens, bunk beds, and a state of the art gymnasium. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/GRUfinalwraplong.mp3]

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Going green with “One Less Car”

Commuting throughout Gainesville can be a hassle for you and strain on the environment. The University of Florida is encouraging people to be a part of the sustainable movement by participating in One Less Car Day. Office of Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Ashley Pennington says the Gator Nation can easily reduce …

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FBI involved in Ocala Police officer arrest

An Ocala police officer is facing charges related to aggravated identity theft and fraud after being arrested yesterday morning. Ocala Police Department Chief Samuel Williams says Officer Dana Brown will go through the court system like any other arrestee. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Williams1.mp3] Williams says this is the first time someone in the …

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Human rights awareness comes to UF

An international organization is bringing awareness to University of Florida students.  WUFT-FM’s Carolyn Brewster says Amnesty International is rallying support for all human rights. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CAROLYNVOICER.mp3]

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Unlike international protests, “Occupy Gainesville” quiet

Protesters continue to demand changes as we enter the third week of “Occupy” protests downtown.  WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says, in Gainesville, the protests have been quiet so far. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/BETHVOICER.mp3] “Occupy Gainesville” demonstrator Aaron Sachrios says violence does not help achieve the goals of the protest overall, but he can only …

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Florida vs. Georgia, more than just a game

While this weekend’s Florida-Georgia football game in Jacksonville gets Gator fans pumped up, it is more than a game to the city of Jacksonville. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence spoke with First Coast News Sports Director Dan Hicken. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FLGAWrapFinal.mp3]

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Making recreation into revenue

Newberry is taking a different approach to bring in more money to the city’s economy. WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman says sports play a big part in their development. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Gatorbackfeature.mp3] Newberry Mayor Bill Conrad saysthe city is boosting its sports and recreation tourism, with the Diamonds Sports Park, Easton-Newberry Archery Complex, Nations …

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A sweet and healthy fall treat

With Halloween and Thanksgiving fast approaching, a common food staple may have more treats than tricks. WUFT-FM’s Shelby Vest says the pumpkin should be on your holiday plate. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/PumpkinsBenefitWrapVest.mp3] (in-depth version) Pumpkins are carved out traditionally in celebration of Halloween festivities, but these seasonal squashes can also be used as …

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Class size fines under review

The Alachua County school district is beginning to review a potential fine it faces because of class size violations. Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the district knew there would be a penalty because it was unwilling to compromise education to meet the class size limits. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/JOHNSON4.mp3] She says the district …

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