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Former coaches return to UF basketball program

University of Florida Men’s Basketball Head Coach Billy Donovan announced two additions to his coaching staff today. John Pelphrey returns to the basketball program while former St. John’s head coach Norm Roberts also joins the staff. The pair brings 19 combined seasons as head coaches to the team.

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Area drug task force makes a huge arrest

A Gainesville-Alachua County Drug Task force investigation led to an arrest, and the confiscation of a large amount of prescription drugs from a Gainesville residence. More than 1,000 tablets of Roxicodone with an estimated street value of more than $18,000 was seized, along with one half-ounce of cocaine, a loaded …

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Exotic pets taking toll on Florida’s wild spaces

Lion Fish, Burmese Pythons and parakeets…Oh My! Exotic pets that are released into Florida’s environment are wreaking havoc on their surroundings and researchers at the University of Florida say this problem is avoidable. In a free brochure written by experts at UF’s Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department, procedures for turning …

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Sniffing out bed bugs, literally

They are the size of an apple seed and feed on your blood. After being dormant for the last 50 years, bed bugs are back. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Milani Beaudrault has more on the resurgence of this pest. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MilaniBedBugRadioProjectNew.mp3]

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Debating politicians on Twitter

Governor Rick Scott’s team is continuing to fight the press in a Twitter War. The public is following the argument between Scott’s Communications director Brian Burgess and St. Pete Times reporter Michael Bender. But University of Florida Social Media Expert Mike Foley says Scott’s image should not be affected. “I …

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Students begin FCAT 2.0

Students will take the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for four days beginning today (4/11). The rebooted FCAT 2.0 is designed to evaluate skills students should be able to master under new state standards. Alachua County Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the main priority for teachers in Alachua County is to …

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Increased security at UF spring football game

The annual Orange and Blue football game is the end of spring football practice for the University of Florida. This will mark the coaching debut of Will Muschamp, UF’s new head football coach. In a news release Friday afternoon, the school has announced it is heightening security in and around …

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Federal government faces possible shutdown

The federal government may shut down if Republicans and Democrats don’t reach a compromise on the federal budget by midnight tonight. Both parties agree that there is a need to reduce spending, but while Republicans want to cut 66 billion dollars, Democrats want to cut only 30 billion. Alachua County …

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Busy hurricane season expected

Although several hurricanes formed in the Atlantic, none hit the United States. The upcoming season may be different. Meteorologists say 2011 may be an active year for hurricanes. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Juliza Monterroso reports 15 total storms are predicted for this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HurricaneOutlookWrap.mp3]

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Gainesville’s downtown scene has become revitalized

This weekend’s Orange and Blue Game will draw thousands of people to Gainesville. That’s exactly what the organizers of the Santa Fe Springs Arts Festival and the Battle of the Bands are happy about. Drawing people to Gainesville’s downtown can mean an “economic boost” for the community. Thirty years ago …

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Bounty issued over Pastor Terry Jones head

Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones is causing a stir again this time with target on his back. Hezzbollah has issued a $2.4 million-dollar bounty over the pastor’s head. Gainesville Police Department Public Information Officer, Tscharna Senn says short of Jones requesting help GPD will not take action. “Really it’s not something …

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Energy Conservation Day in Alachua County

Sustainability and energy conservation were highlighted this morning at the Alachua County Health Department. The Second Annual Alachua County Energy Conservation Day focused on achieving a sustainable workplace and energy savings. Alachua County Manager Randall Reid says energy conservation is the critical issue of our day. “All that is transferrable …

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Dim future for Bright Futures

Students may face cuts to Bright Futures due to a large state deficit. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT– FM’s Lysette Portales reports, these cuts will affect many students. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BrightFuturesWrap.mp3]

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Hardest Hit Fund will help 40,000 Floridians

About 25 percent of Florida mortgages are in some form of delinquency and Florida Housing Finance Corporation Spokeswoman Cecka Rose Green says a new funding program will help. Florida Housing will open applications for the Hardest-Hit Fund program on April 18th. Green says the need in the state is high. …

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Shoplifter still on the loose

The Clay County sheriff’s office is currently looking for a woman who it says was involved in a shoplifting operation. Her accomplice, Nyota McGriff was arrested on four counts of initiating theft of property. Detectives believe the two women provided “shopping lists” to professional shoplifters who would in turn steal …

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Severe weather caused a few headaches in North Central Florida

Cleanup has begun across the state after severe weather early this morning caused traffic delays, downed power lines and knocked over trees. Spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, Gina Busscher says storm debris caused several traffic delays. Law enforcement officers responded to several intersections where traffic lights were out. …

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