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Secretary of State Clinton will step down

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced she plans to step down in the long term. The announcement came Thursday.  Clinton has spent twenty years in the political scene. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Cameron Taylor spoke with former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, who served as a delegate to Clinton in the presidential election of …

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture brings President’s “blueprint for America” message to Gainesville

“Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,”….that’s the topic U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan is bringing to Gainesville. Merrigan was scheduled to speak at 5:45 Thursday afternoon at the Straughn Extension Professional Development Center. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Diaz spoke with Merrigan earlier this afernoon about the Secretary’s message which …

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President’s “State of the Union” speech draws mixed reactions

President Barack Obama gave his 4th “State of the Union” address Tuesday night.  As Caitlin Lawrence reports, the speech which centered on the putting American back to work and new energy resources for the future as well as immigration reform is drawing mixed reviews. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StateoftheUnionReax.mp3] WLRN Miami Herald News correspondent …

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Airboat noise controversy blowing up

Many Alachua county residents are not happy with Senate Bill 958, which will override the airboat curfew in Alachua County, and the Alachua County commission is taking notice. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis reports, jurisdiction issues may be to blame. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AirboatCORRECTION.mp3]

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Senator Oelrich talks about his run for Congress

Republican State Senator Steve Oelrich from Cross Creek announced his candidacy for a new U.S. Congressional seat in North Central Florida that has emerged in re-districting maps in both the House and Senate. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis spoke with Senator Oelrich about his candidacy and what he plans to bring to Washington. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/QASteveOelrich.mp3]

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Taking a nip out of feral cats

And now a story that would make Bob Barker proud. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Deena Lewis reports, Alachua county’s “Operation Catnip” is offering free services to spay and neuter stray cats. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPDinaCatsFINAL.mp3] Operation Cat nip is preparing to nip the amount of stray and feral cats that are euthanised at its annual “Sunday Spay day.” …

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National spotlight on north Florida begins today

More than four million viewers are expected to turn their attention to North Florida tomorrow for another Republican presidential debate. University of North Florida spokeswoman Sharon Ashton says CNN came to the campus just a few weeks ago, and students and staff have been scrambling ever since. “We’ve had a …

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America farmers mobile experience comes to UF

The north lawn of Reitz Union was all about Farming Monday and Tuesday. An RV that travels around the country teaching people about technology in farming and the growing need for it welcomed students, teachers, and concerned citizens. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette has more on this traveling farm education. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FarmerExperienceWrap.mp3] …

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President to give “State of the Union” address tonight

It’s a presidential election year–so the State of the union speech President Obama gives tonight will be his most important so far.  Peter Mayer previews the speech with Donald Baer, a former communications director in the Clinton administration. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MAYERSTATEOFUNION.mp3] That was Peter Mayer reporting. And students at the University of …

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Remembering Joe Paterno

In the year 1950, a relatively unknown former Ivy League football player joined the staff at Penn State University as an assistant coach. Promoted to head coach in 1966, Joeseph Vincent Paterno worked tirelessly to build a legacy that would forever change the perception of Penn St., both as a hub …

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Local brewery offers taste of the town

Whether it’s called Gainesville or titletown this city is no stranger to winning. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Gilmore sat down with Swamp Head owner and operator Luke Kemper about the brains behind the beer. There’s something brewing in the barrels of Gainesville, and it’s not trouble, more like hops.  For the past 3 years Swamp …

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Amping up safety measures at Santa Fe

Efforts to keep students safe in light of a recent kidnapping at Santa Fe College may lead to permanent changes to safety procedures on campus. SFC General Counsel Patti Locascio says they are considering more lighting, as a start. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/LOCASCIO6.mp3] She says they are currently supporting the Alachua County Sheriff’s …

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Civil rights activist Cornel West brings his message to Gainesville

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Showtease.mp3] A nationally known activist and academician, speaking in Gainesville today, stopped by the Bo Diddley Plaza to lend support to members of the Occupy movement.  Cornel West, who will speak tonight at University of Florida, offered his support to those downtown. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/spotCornellWestbite.mp3] Civil rights activist West, a professor at …

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Stargazing offered Saturday at Hickory Ranch by Friends of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

The Friends of Paynes Prairie and the Alachua Astronomy Club club are having their annual stargazing event tomorrow evening. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Diaz talked with Payne’s Praire Park Services Specialist Andi Christman about how Payne’s Praire is providing some natural family fun from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPStarGaze.mp3] To attend DO NOT enter …

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Google+ offers alternatives to traditional faculty office hours

There may be a new trend at universities that could change the way professors conduct their office hours. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Cameron Taylor talked with University of Florida Google Student Ambassador Keivan Zolfaghari about how one of Google Plus’ features may help out students. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ZolfaghariQA.mp3] Cameron also spoke with UF Engineering Professor Dan …

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Early voting gearing up

Early voting for the 2012 Republican Presidential primary and the City of Gainesville elections begins tomorrow at three Gainesville locations. Alachua county Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says early elections make voting less of a chore. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/carpenter2.mp3] Carpenter says in order to vote in the primary election you must be …

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Websites protest proposed piracy bills

It’s not often you see websites protesting laws in Congress, but that’s exactly what users of sites like Wikipedia and Reddit saw yesterday. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis reports the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act may endanger the state of the web as we know it. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SOPABill.mp3] …

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Florida loses oldest cypress tree

Florida’s oldest cypress tree was known as “The Senator.”  The tree which survived more than 3,500 years burned to the ground on Monday in Longwood, Florida.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis has more. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/oldesttreedepth.mp3] Source:  Retired University of Professor of Botany Daniel Ward

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Today’s rain not enough to squelch wildfires

Today’s rainy weather may be a medicine but not the cure for the wildfire in Lafayette County. The L.A. Bennett Fire continues to control more than 450-acres. Florida Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Chelsea Parker says dry weather conditions are to blame. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Parker1Jan2012.mp3] Parker adds the mild winter conditions do provide a little help. …

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