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Taking a nip out of the feral cat population

Free-roaming domestic cats are a problem in Alachua County. Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization offering free spay and neuter vaccines for unowned free-roaming community cats at the Alachua County Humane Society this Sunday. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with Operation Catnip Director Shaye Olmstead about why feral cats make up a large portion …

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Alachua County commissioners may lower millage rates

The Alachua County Commission will hold the first of two public hearings to finalize the budget and set property tax millage rates for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with Alachua County Commission Spokesman Mark Sexton about what the millage rate decrease could mean to Alachua County residents. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPCountyMillageRateQA.mp3]

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UF students say they will “never forget”

As dusk settled on the University of Florida campus Sunday night, candles were lit commemorating the memories of those who lost their lives 10 years ago during the September 11th attacks. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports, the impact of that day is still fresh in the minds of students. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/911VigilAlyssa.mp3] Vigil highlights: …

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Local counties rethink preparing for a possible bioterrorist attack

As the Tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack was remembered, where does the United States, and in particular the State of Florida stand against the possibility of biological terrorism? As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Catherine Awasthi reports, local counties are not completely prepared for a biomedical attack. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Grahm9 11WRAP.mp3]

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Remembering 9/11 through Jody’s story

September 11th, 2001 changed the life of Jody Blanchard forever.  After escaping from the World Trade Center complex after the first plane hit, Jody moved to Florida and made Gainesville her home for a short period of time.  WUFT-FM aired a special program called “Jody’s Story” a few years ago. Listen …

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Senator Bob Graham addresses America’s readiness for another potential attack

Bob Graham has been a major player in national politics for decades. When the U.S. was attacked 10 years ago, Senator Graham was representing Florida in the United States Senate. Graham, who is also a former two-term governor of Florida, served as Chairman of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Commission. This Sunday at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall on the University of Florida campus, Graham and his Center for Public Service at UF will host an event to figure out whether Florida is ready to face a similar situation if it were to ever occur here. Florida's 89.1, WUFT-FM's Trent Kelly talked with Senator Graham.

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Read to Lead literacy events to feature Gainesville authors of childrens’ books

A multi-city literacy event kicks off tomorrow across the country.  It’s called “Read to Lead.”  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked to a Gainesville publisher, Shelley Frazier Mickle who will have special authors on hand to promote literacy awareness. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPShelleyMickleReadtoLead.mp3] Longer version of interview: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ShelleyFraserMickleReadtoLeadLongversion.mp3]  

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UF Muslim-Americans reflect on 9/11

The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is being felt by many Americans, but as WUFT-FM’s, Tom Krynski reports, for Muslim-Americans, the ten years has been a voyage that is still evolving for them. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/tkfinal.mp3]

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High school teacher uses 9/11 as teaching tool

The majority of today’s high school students were far too young to understand the complexity of the 9/11 terrorist attacks a decade ago. And as WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, high school teachers are finding it a difficult, but rewarding journey to bridge the age gap. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP911EducationWrap.mp3]

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Firefighting profession changed after 9/11

Since the attacks on September eleventh, a number of Americans have a greater appreciation for firefighters and their role in protecting citizens. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with The Florida State Fire College Bureau Chief and Superintendent Barry Baker about the influence of 9-11 on the enrollment in the …

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Housing project for homeless vets halted

A project to help homeless veterans in Alachua County has been stopped. The proposal to house homeless veterans at a former hotel at Newberry and Tower roads has been put on the shelf. County housing authority executive director Gail Monahan says there was too much opposition from area residents and …

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Tropical Storm Maria forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Maria formed in the central Atlantic today and has winds of 50 miles per hour. Conditions aren’t ideal for Maria for strengthen much over the next 48 hours, but current data suggests that Maria could become a weak hurricane over the weekend and pass just north of Puerto …

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Juvenile crime down in Florida

According to Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice, adolescent deliquency has declined for the past several years.  The state defines juvenile delinquency as any illegal acts commited by a youth under the age of 18. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s, Stephanie Bechara talked to DJJ spokesman, CJ Drake about this drop in crime due to the alternatives …

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New Alachua County Sheriff’s Office program will target child sexual predators

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office recently received a grant that will help protect children from falling victim to sexual offenders. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports, this funding will be used to set up a new special team whose goal is to take down child predators. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPPredatorTaskForcewrap.mp3]

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Smart traffic navigating busy streets on holiday weekend

With a stadium full of Gator fans and a downtown crowded with tailgator’s and other visitors, traffic in Gainesville will be crazier than usual. WUFT-FM’s Veronica Vilar spoke to Gainesville Traffic Operations Manager, Phillip Mann, about a multi-million dollar computerized traffic management system that helps orchestrate traffic challenges. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SMARTTRAFFICQA.mp3]

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The long and hot march to the Swamp

While the University of Florida football team will be put to the test tomorrow, another group of UF students has been preparing for tomorrow’s big game. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo has more on what goes on before the Gator Marching Band takes to Florida Field. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/GatorBandFINAL.mp3]

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A look back at labor unions

Millions of Americans will enjoy a three day weekend, thanks to Labor Day on Monday. WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta, spoke with Santa Fe College History Professor Donna Waller, about the history of the labor movement in America, and about the state of the labor union today.  

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