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Library of Congress rolls in

The Library of Congress’ traveling exhibition “Gateway to Knowledge” is in Gainesville today and tomorrow. “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling Docent Abigail Van Gelder says the displays are interactive and educational for visitors. “We’ve used graphic reproductions in order to make these so it’s very close up and hands on. When …

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Energy expert weighs in on Japan’s nuclear crisis

After the word “deadzone” has begun to surface in predictions for the aftermath of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis, Experts are worrying how grave the situation will become. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Program Director Sara Barczack about the latest in Japan and what it could mean …

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Governor Scott’s plan for public hospitals

Governor Rick Scott has created a seven-member commission to review taxpayer funded hospitals. The review will affect 30 active public hospital districts. University of Florida Chairman of Health Service Research, Paul Duncan, says the biggest issue facing hospitals in Florida is how to provide care for those unable to pay. …

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Florida courts face budget concerns

The state’s court system is freezing hiring and preparing for possible staff layoffs due to a $72.3 million deficit. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote letters to Governor Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders asking for assistance to get them through the fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s T.J. …

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Poems, peace and kids

With the United States entering into another conflict, students in Alachua County are getting a chance to express themselves on the situation. However they aren’t talking about war, they are talking about peace. The second annual Peace Poetry Contest entry deadline is tomorrow and students across the county are sending …

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Can a whole grain diet improve your health?

Eating whole grains may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Boston researchers say they found about a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension in those who ate whole grain breakfast cereals at least seven times a week. Gainesville dietician Laura Acosta says the potassium and magnesium in whole …

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Veterans share opinions on war

They hope to share a real perspective on war, from those fighting it. The Community Coalition Against War and Terrorism and several Santa Fe College student groups will host a forum for veterans to speak out tonight, and Coalition Spokesman Pierce Butler says they welcome all points of view on …

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Peace Corps of America celebrates 50 years

In commemoration of the Peace Corp of America’s, 50th anniversary, today, the University of Florida hosted an event on the Plaza of the Americas Wednesday afternoon. As Brittany Thompson reports, Peace Corps volunteers joined University of Florida students to answer any questions about serving overseas. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Peace Corps WRAP BT.mp3]

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Manatees heading south

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Services staff has counted more than 120 manatees heading south to the Homosassa River last week. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Natalie Beigel has more on manatee migration and boater safety. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Manatee Migration WRAP.mp3]

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National Kick Butts Day

As part of National Kick butts day, Marion County students will take a stand against tobacco. Students Working Against Tobacco will team up with anti-tobacco activist Chad Bullock to host a four day event across Marion County. Marion County Health Department Health Education Supervisor Evelyn James says the main focus …

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Some housing sales up

Alachua County home sales continue to rise. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Montana Symone reports, some realtors hope the market will maintain a steady incline [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MONTANA.mp3]

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Update: UF students and Japan, longer version

On Tuesday’s Front Page edition of All Things Considered on WUFT-FM, we talked with a University of Florida official about how UF students are affected by events in Japan. WUFT-FM’s Sammantha Taub reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SAMWRAP.mp3]

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University of Florida students back from Japan

Through all the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami University of Florida students found their way home safely. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s TJ Villamil reports, getting them back to America was no easy task. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/VillamilJapan.mp3]

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Libya and United States: UF expert comments

In a multi-national effort which included French coalition building and U-S flight campaigns, the forces still loyal to Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi were attacked this weekend. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with University of Florida Center for African Studies Director Leonardo Villalon about the significance of the U-S role in Libya …

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Law enforcement officials worry about changes to gun laws

As the Florida legislature continues to debate changes to concealed weapons permits, local law enforcement officials are wary of changes. Gainesville Police Department Corporal Tscharna Senn says allowing guns to be carried openly would open the door for potential problems. “It’s another opportunity for someone to use a firearm when …

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County begins planning international trip

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China in October for the second straight year. Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Brittany Batsell says the trip is a great opportunity for chamber members as well as Marion county citizens who have signed up to travel with the chamber. …

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Speaker bring attention to Palestinian oppression in speech at UF

University of Florida Students for Justice in Palestine hoped to raise awareness about Palestinian oppression through various demonstrations on campus. American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights Public Education and Outreach Associate, Julia Hurley, spoke to students on her transformation from pro-Israel conservative to a Palestinian rights advocate saying she has …

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Great American Clean-up gets local

The nation’s largest community clean-up effort gets underway in Alachua County tomorrow for the Great American Clean-up. Keep Alachua County Beautiful Executive Director, Mickie MacKenzie, says the effort is about more than just planting trees. “We can plant as many flowers as we want, but unless we have communities that …

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The Moon may appear larger and brighter on Saturday

Stargazers may notice a difference in the moon this Saturday. Not only will the moon appear in its full phase, but it will also make its closest approach to Earth in 18 years. Assistant Scientist of the Astronomy Department at the University of Florida, Francisco Reyes, says viewers may notice …

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Alachua county legislative day

A handful of local residents were in Talahassee on Wednesday to show legislators how great it is to live in Alachua County. This year’s theme was “Lucky to Live in Alachua County.” Students, teachers, and senior citizens went on the trip. Executive director for Alachua County Legislative Day, Sandie Calkins …

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Correctional facilities closing to save Florida money

The Florida Department of Corrections will close the Lowell and Sumter Correctional Institution Boot Camps at the end of June. The closings aim to save Florida about $30-million this year. Florida Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says it makes sense to close down older facilities with empty beds. “Once …

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