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Green light bulbs given out in Ocala to raise awareness about runaways

Ocala based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM,  Zac Blobner says they’re hoping to shine a light on a growing problem. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BlobnerGreenlightWrap.mp3] (in depth version) Ocala-based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Arnette …

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Schools taking action to prevent bullying

From every day school bullies to cyberbullies, schools around the region are fighting back. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FMs Catherine Awasthi reports how three years after passing the Jeffery Johnson Stand Up for All Students Act, some North Central Florida schools are seeing the difference. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CatsMONDAYbullyingfeature.mp3]

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World population tops 7 billion

The world became a bigger, more crowded place today.  The global population is expected to hit seven billion.  Along with the birth of a 5 lb., 8-oz baby girl in Manila Philippines came all the worries that surround the planet’s future.  An eye-opening statistic from Population Connection, a national group dedicated to …

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GPD may have gun used in weekend parking garage homicide

The Gainesville Police Department reports that earlier this afternoon a handgun was discovered outside the Alachua County Courthouse by a Jimmy Johns delivery person.. Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says the gun could be tied to the homicide parking garage shooting over the weekend. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/valuricleanup.mp3] Valuri says the …

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Security a priority before, during and after the FL-GA football game

It’s one of the biggest weekends for Florida football. The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs have met in Jacksonville almost every year since 1933. In the past few years, several deaths have occurred surrounding the Florida-Georgia game. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman has more on changing security in Jacksonville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JaxSecurityWrap.mp3] (News sources: UF senior …

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The art of pumpkin carving demonstrated at annual Shands event

Each year near Halloween, cultures from all over the world rejoice in the spirit of the holiday… telling spooky stories, passing out candy and carving pumpkins. But as WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, for one group of Gainesville architects, carving pumpkins is more than amusement, it’s a gift. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/pumpkincarveoffFPfinal.mp3] (News Sources: Shands …

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Behind the scenes of college football TV coverage with CBS

Thousands and thousands of fans will pack EverBank Field eager to watch the Florida Gators take on the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend in the annual Florida-Georgia game. Thousands of other fans will click on their televisions to watch the action too. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence went behind-the-scenes with CBS Sports before the Alabama football game …

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Eastside high school marching band plays its way to success

What was once a depleted musical machine has since turned into a thriving force. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich reports on the turbulent success of one area high school marching band. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPredoMarchingBandJM.mp3] (News sources:  Eastside High School March Ram Band Senior and Tenor Sax player Jessie Smith Appelson, Senior drum major …

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UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program provides justice in animal cruelty cases

Neglect, hoarding and blood sports all fall under the category of animal abuse.  Two years ago the University of Florida paired up with ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to form the first veterinary forensic sciences program.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kristin Hammel reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KristinHammelProjectAnimalCrueltyProjectredo.mp3] (News …

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Keeping pets safe from Halloween scares

You may be pulling tricks this Halloween, but make sure your pets don’t get into your treats. Gainesville Pet Rescue Assistant to Exective Director Lindsey Hidenburry says the biggest threats to animals are candy and pranksters. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Hidenburry1.mp3] Hidenburry says to take your animal to a vet immediately if it gets …

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Expanding green in Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has acquired an 87-acre parcel of land on the west boundary of the Flatwoods Conservation Area. City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Program Coordinator Stefanie Nagid says the expansion will allow for more recreational opportunities, like nature trails and bird watching, and other avenues in the …

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Marion County to participate in event to take in pills to keep them off the streets

“National Pill Take Back Day” is this Saturday in Marion County. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Veronica Vilar reports, this event is the first step toward keeping surplus and illegal prescription drugs off the streets. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/pilldropoffwrap.mp3] (sources: Professor of Pharmacy Paul Doering and Public Information Officer for Marion County Sheriff’s Office Judge Cochran)

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Theatre students from across the Southeast head to SFC for 55th annual conference

More than 1,500 high school junior and senior thespians will begin arriving today at Santa Fe College for the 55th annual Florida Theatre Conference Festival.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy reports, this conference will benefit students and Santa Fe’s fine art’s program. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/santafewrap.mp3] (News source: Santa Fe College Fine Arts …

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Was Shakespeare a fraud? That is the question.

A new dramatic thriller will hit theaters tomorrow, but as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo reports, this new film is already stirring up controversy in academic circles. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Shakespearewrap.mp3] (News source interviewed for this feature was University of Florida English professor and Shakespeare scholar Sidney Homan)

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Streamlining success in Citrus County

Citrus County’s new recycling program has seen some remarkable success, with household collections bins overflowing. Citrus County Solid Waste Director Casey Stephens says education on recycling is one of the keys to the program’s success. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Stephens3.mp3] He says there have been a number of requests for more drop-off locations, and …

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Final Haven Acres cats find a home

The last of the cats rescued from Haven Acres in June are finding a new home today. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/KATVOICER.mp3] These remaining cats tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which made them difficult to place in private homes.  Nearly 700 cats were rescued from the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary, and have been …

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Weekly program brings kids to the farm

It’s more than your average petting zoo.  WUFT-FM’s Juliana Valencia says Gainesville’s Morningside Nature Center opens every week to give kids the chance to interact directly with farm animals every week. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/barnyardbuddieswrap.mp3]

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Today marks 10 year anniversary of the Patriot Act

A little over one month ago the U.S. remembered the tenth anniversay of the September 11th attacks. Today marks another ten-year anniversary; the signing of the Patriot Act. George W. Bush signed the anti-terrorism Act into law in the aftermath of 9/11. One of its controversial provisions is the monitoring email and telephone communications. As Florida’s …

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Gainesville Regional Utilities operation center settles into new location

For more than fifty years Gainesville’s Regional Utilities center has been located in downtown Gainesville. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, the new Eastside Operations Center is located on North Main Street. The building is fully equipped with kitchens, bunk beds, and a state of the art gymnasium. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/GRUfinalwraplong.mp3]

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Going green with “One Less Car”

Commuting throughout Gainesville can be a hassle for you and strain on the environment. The University of Florida is encouraging people to be a part of the sustainable movement by participating in One Less Car Day. Office of Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Ashley Pennington says the Gator Nation can easily reduce …

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