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Holiday work spots almost all in retail

During the holiday season the retail industry supplies many Americans with part time jobs. Manpower of Gainesville’s Branch Manager Jamy Smith says although retail is not the only market with jobs to fill during this time of year, it is the most prominent. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Smith1.mp3] Because this is a prime time …

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Small town — big football dreams part 2

It’s not often that a football player from North Florida is drafted as the 3rd overall pick into the NFL.  In the second part of her series, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich presents the stories of small-town Florida football boys who made it big in college and the pro’s. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/jmfpfootball2.mp3] News Sources: Kerwin …

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The buzz on internet cafes

Alachua County commissioners will consider a moratorium on internet cafes today in an effort to decide how to zone the cafes in the future. County Growth Management Senior Planner Missy Daniels says there are no cafes in unincorporated Alachua County right now, but they need to decide how to deal …

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Christian study center offers alternative choice to UF students

Many college students are notorious for spending long hours studying and drinking lots of coffee and students at the University of Florida are no exception. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo reports, one place in Gainesville serves students and provides a unique experience outside of the typical library. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/StevenGalloCSCmixdown.mp3] …

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Small town—big football dreams

You’ve heard the expression, “big fish in a little pond.”  In part one of her series, Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich reports on not just the big fish, but the others around them in rural North Florida, to produce a slice of Americana, centered around football, and community. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JMSEGMENT1MIXDOWN.mp3]

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Weekend fatal plane crash under investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into a weekend plane crash which killed two north Florida men. WUFT-FM’s Blake Alderman says the plane lost control shortly after take-off and landed into a heavily wooded area. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/PlaneCrash.mp3] 47-year-old Mark Fuller and 74-year-old Ralph Ken Terry died in the crash near Williston.  The Levy …

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“Strike Out Hunger” invades fairgrounds today

Alachua County is spearheading a food drive which aims to bring 100,000 pounds of food to area residents in need.  WUFT-FM’s Briana Rittersporn says volunteers are ready and eager to accept any donations. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/BRIANAVOICER.mp3] Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long says there is a great need for help in the community, …

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Antique aircraft fly visitors back in time

A Wings of Freedom tour is looking to honor veterans through the very aircraft they flew in combat. WUFT-FM’s Zac Blobner says antique planes were on-hand this weekend to help everyday people take a step back in history in a veteran’s combat boots. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/WingsofFreedom.mp3] The tour is moving through 120 …

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Liberty Fest honors area veterans

Santa Fe College hosted an early celebration of our veterans this weekend. WUFT-FM’s Sarah Samuels says this second annual celebration brought family fun and information to a patriotic festival. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/LIBERTYFESTWRAP.mp3] In addition to honoring veterans, Liberty Fest recognized many area students through the Flags for Schools program.  The program, sponsored …

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Veterans to be honored in weekend festival

With Veterans Day coming, this weekend’s All American Liberty Fest will honor those who fought with car shows, live music, activities and more. University of Florida and Santa Fe College Veteran Affairs Spokeswoman Lauren Cook says the event hopes to reconnect veterans to the community. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Cook2.mp3] She says veterans need …

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Parade marches Gator spirit downtown

The Gator Nation has come together along the streets of University Avenue.  WUFT-FM’s Shauna Mackey says no time was spared getting a good seat for today’s parade. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/SHAUNAVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Bothaina Saleh says crowds along the street mean Gator merchandise flying off the shelves. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/BETHVOICER1.mp3]

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Gator Gallup races on

Homecoming celebrations are off and running with the Gator Gallup race underway.  WUFT-FM’s Hannah Winston says chilly weather did not deter the enthusiasm from event organizers. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/HANNAHWINSTONVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Lauren Lettelier says Gators of all ages are hitting the pavement. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/LAURENVOICER.mp3]

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Benefit concert is “All for You”

Sister Hazel is hosting tonight’s Gator Growl, but the band began their Homecoming weekend last night at a benefit concert.  Proceeds go toward helping people pay for treatment for addiction at Shands Vista Florida Recovery Center.  Medical Director Scott Teitelbaum says the impact of their services is widespread. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/teitelbaum3.mp3] This …

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Hands-on trip through rural Florida

If you’re interested in learning about the rural traditions of Florida, the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park is now hosting Rural Folklife Days. The Park’s program assistant Lucy Spencer says she expects a great turn out to the event this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Spencer4.mp3] She says children can come and …

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Gator Growl: from yester year to 2011

The notoriously spirited students and alumni of the University of Florida are celebrating Homecoming this week. This year’s festivities will begin tomorrow with the 88th annual Gator Growl. This year the Goo Goo doll’s and comedian Jole McHale will be entertaining the crowds, but as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy …

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Nashville comes to Gainesville to support Child Advocacy Center

Child Advocacy Center is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Gainesville Gone Nashville Event Thursday November 3rd from 6-10pm. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports on how a fun country event truly impacts the kids and families who benefit from the center’s services. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ChildAdvocacyWrap.mp3] News Source:  The Child Advocacy Center of Gainesville …

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Alachua County law enforcement agencies work together on a series of home invasion robberies

Recent home invasion robberies in Northwest Gainesville may be connected and, as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Daniel Landesberg reports, the police department and sheriff’s office are teaming up to bring the criminals to justice. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SerialRobberiesWrap.mp3] ————————————————————————————————————- The Gainesville Police Department and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office are beginning a joint investigation of …

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Making sense of the financial situation in Greece

The plan to put a European rescue deal to a vote in Greece was scrapped today. The Greek Prime Minister changed his mind after a widespread rebellion from within his own Socialist party over the referendum idea. Florida 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo spoke with University of Florida’s Dean of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences …

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Bustling downtown brings weekend watch for police

UF Homecoming, Hemp Fest and Occupy Gainesville will be at the top of the Gainesville Police Department’s safety watch list this weekend. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says GPD is not changing protocol for the Homecoming football game, but will be more concentrated in Downtown Gainesville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri04.mp3] Valuri says GPD is …

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Gator Growl changes spur bigger show this year

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is bustling today as student organizers prepare for Gator Growl tomorrow. Gator Growl Production Director Jeff Chinnering says the stage has moved to the east side of the stadium this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Chinnering2.mp3] Chinnering says fireworks are also back this year. Gator Growl starts at 7:30 PM …

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Search continues for suspected kidnapper

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing their search for a suspect involved in a student kidnapping Tuesday night. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says the student brought the suspect into his apartment where the hours-long kidnapping continued. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri02.mp3] GPD identified the suspect as Ronald Newman, an armed 44-year-old man with a …

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Renewed push for information on Linda Cage murder

With little information surfacing since the murder of Dunnellon resident Linda Cage 3 months ago, Marion County Crime Stoppers is making a renewed push for information from the community. Marion County Crime Stoppers Executive Director Robert Hauck says there is a $5,000 reward available. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/HAUCK2.mp3] Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman …

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Working with “man’s best friend”

Alachua County’s K-9 department has a very unique police partnership between two officers. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, some dogs are responsible for putting convicts behind bars, while K-9s help them serve time. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ChrissysDogProjectFinal.mp3]

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