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18 year old dies in car crash

A Williston teenager is dead after a head-on crash Friday morning.  Just before 7 a.m. 18-year-old Michael Cuello’s vehicle crossed the center line and hit a pick-up on State Road 121 between 85th street and Wacahoota Road. Cuello was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene. …

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Potential consequences of a national debt default

With the debt plan deadline looming, some have begun raising questions about the consequences of a national default if it were to happen. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe spoke with Prudential Florida Managing Broker Richard Cohen to discuss the possible effects a default might have on the real estate market. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AnchorsQA.mp3]

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Clock ticking down on debt ceiling issue

Congress has less than a week to make a decision regarding the debt ceiling crisis and local banks are feeling the pressure. President and CEO of Florida Bankers Association Alex Sanchez says people are worried about their money just as much as the banks are. Sanchez says he is very …

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Expo celebrates Americans with disabilities act

Gainesville’s Citizens Disability Advisory Committee held an expo today to celebrate the 21st anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act. The event served as an educational opportunity as the committee handed out information about services available for individuals with disabilities. Sherry Wetsel is a member of the Citizens Disability Advisory …

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Campaign for fair food comes to Gainesville

Fifteen religious leaders in Gainesville signed a joint open letter to Publix Supermarkets today urging the corporation to help end what they’re calling worker abuse in Florida’s tomato fields. The letter encourages Publix to meet with the Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Campaign for Free Food, which seeks to improve wages …

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Food bank faces summer shortage

Marion-Polk Food Share serves the two counties it is named for. As people turn their attention elsewhere during the summer months, the food bank suffers a yearly low point in food donations. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports how the group’s search for a permanent fix may help solve this …

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The dilemma of missing traffic signs

Gainesville has a traffic sign problem. It’s not that citizens are all disobeying the signs, it’s that people are stealing them. According to Gainesville Police Department spokeswoman Tscharna Senn, more than four dozen traffic signs have been taken this past year… some more than once in the same location. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Kareem Sandy reports.

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New bus service for rural areas

A new bus service will offer transportation to Gainesville for only a dollar. The route will run through Alachua County areas of High Springs, Newberry and Archer. The route will connect residents in rural areas to the city and Assistant Manager at MV Transportation Kenny Gonzalaz says the route is …

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NFL Lockout end means new season for Jacksonville

A sigh of relief has been released in Jacksonville, where business owners and sports fans alike, waited to hear the decision regarding the NFL lockout. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Chantal Lamberth tells us that there is a lot of work to be done to get the team and the town …

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Optimism despite the debt ceiling crisis

Americans should expect an increase in interest rates regardless of a possible default in the U.S. economy. WUFT-FM’s Luis Giraldo spoke with Santa Fe College Economist David O’Gorman who says he thinks there is a very slim chance of a default and expects an 11th hour settlement to the debt …

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UF receives grant for oil spill study

\A roughly 7-million-dollar grant has been awarded to a UF-led team to study the effects of the oil spill along the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Chantal Lamberth reports, the team is searching for any potential risks to humans. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/OilSpillWrap.mp3]

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Animals keeping cool at the Santa Fe zoo

As everyone must cope with the summer heat, a local zoo is helping their animals stay hydrated. Santa Fe Teaching Zoo provides air-conditioned rooms as well as sprinkler and misting devices to cool off certain animals not accustomed to the extreme heat. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette has the story.

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CERT volunteers needed

Area residents can now enroll for Alachua County’s Community Emergencry Response Team Program also known as CERT. The seven weekly classes are free of charge to the public and Alachua County Emergency Management Coordinator Ebbin Spellman says CERT teaches citizens how to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. …

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Military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" is no more

After 17 years of what many consider discrimination and oppression of a minority group, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy eliminated. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta signed off on the decision, repealing the decade-and-a-half long mandate that prohibited military men and women from revealing their sexual orientation. The decision to end …

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High tech company expands in Alachua

As people drive along U-S 441 in Alachua County between the cities of Gainesville and Alachua, they might see a sign for Progress Corporate Park and wonder what that is. The idea years ago, was to create high-tech businesses, taking advantage of University of Florida researchers and others, which also …

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Tips to avoid alligator encounters

More than one million alligators currently live in Florida. During the summer months, many visitors to waterways and state parks find themselves in close encounters with gators…..often times ending in tragic results. Harry Dutton is the Alligator Management Coordinator for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission. Dutton talked …

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