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Recent rainfall was welcome, but wasn’t enough

The state of Florida has seen some of the driest conditions in history this year. The recent rain storms have been short-lived. Water management officials say what the state really needs are the longer soaking rain storms. Randy Smith with the South Florida Water Management District says Lake Okeechobee is …

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Gainesville city commissioner to speak on the status of East Gainesville development

Gainesville city comissioner Scherwin Henry is delivering a keynote presentation on East Gainesville tonight at the East Gainesville Development Corporation annual meeting. The presentation will include an overview of city involvement in recent community and economic development activities intended to position east Gainesville for sustainable growth as economic conditions improve. …

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is a time set aside to remind men and women alike to speak with their healthcare providers about getting screened for the colorectal cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women. More than 142-thousand new cases …

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New protection for conservation lands

Gainesville and Alachua voters indicated their support to protect conservation lands from being sold by local governments in recent referendums. Now, policies are being enacted in pursuit of that goal. WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ConservationLandRegistryCP.mp3]

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Senate president outlines legislative goals

Florida’s legislative session begins today and state lawmakers are looking at policy battles ranging from the budget to education and a number of issues in between. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with Senate President Mike Haridopolos about what he hopes to accomplish this session and how lawmakers will battle for what …

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Florida Senate works to prevent "unspoken abuse"

While state lawmakers heading to Tallahassee to tackle the budget and education, federal lawmakers are taking a look at potential elder care issues. As WUFT-F-M’s Stephanie Brown reports, Congressmen are helping the elderly keep track of their own money. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ELDERABUSEWRAP.mp3]

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Wildfires still burning in North Central Florida

North Central Florida firefighters continue working to contain 8 fires still burning in the area. Division of Forestry Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says current weather conditions make it very difficult to completely kill the fires. “We have not had significant rainfall, enough to put these fires completely out. So, …

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City defines land for conservation

The city of Gainesville is compiling a list of land to protect under the new voter initiated Registry of Protected Places. City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa says they will add land to the list in multiple steps, with the first wave including land the city already owns and can easily define. …

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State supreme court rules for governor

After the Florida Supreme Court voted to uphold Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject federal funds for the high speed rail, the controversy has raised questions about the role of government in the matter. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with former Florida House Speaker and University of Florida College of Law …

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Protecting your home from wildfire

With wildfires continuing to burn thousands of acres of land in North Central Florida, the commercial and residential properties on the front line can be at risk. Institute for Business and Home Safety President and CEO, Julie Rochman, says embers can be a bigger threat than the flames themselves. “Those …

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Marion County school employee faces fraud charges

Saddlewood Elementary School bookkeeper Debra Lemily faces charges of organized fraud. She was arrested Thursday when an auditor noticed missing funds from the school’s account. Marion County Public School Spokesman Kevin Christian says Lemily’s arrest was surprising. “This particular employee has been with us since 1980. She has glowing remarks …

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Hernando County fallen Marine comes home

On Thursday, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as well as members of the honor guard and other personnel will be joining the family of a fallen soldier to escort Corporal Jonathan Taylor’s body through Brooksville and up into the County. Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Heather Yates says the procession …

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The Havana cigar goes global

Many people attended a lecture titled “The Havana Cigar Goes Global” Wednesday night on the University of Florida Campus. The 2011 Bacardi Family Lecture had a great turnout as it looked into the significance, history, and future of the Havana cigar. Jean Stubbs is the University of Florida Center for …

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