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North Florida ceremony honors legendary photographer, scuba diver

Family, friends and colleagues of Wes Skiles, an internationally known underwater photographer and scuba diver, braved rain conditions as they gathered in Peacock Springs State Park just north of Mayo this morning. They turned out to honor the man who died this past summer, doing what he loved, scuba diving. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly reports, by naming the state park in his honor, state officials hope to bring attention to the need for protecting the state’s natural springs.

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UF is on the foreront of a Public Education Revolution

Many of the nation’s leaders are turning their attention to public education-making it a popular campaign issue point during the mid-term elections. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz sat down with Don Pemberton, the head of the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center for Learning. They discussed his thoughts on public education, …

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Remembering those who sacrificed

This summer marked 65 years since World War Two ended. An entire generation who holds the memories that made that war is disappearing every day. There are millions of men and women, those who weren’t the celebrities, who still remember details from their experiences. Kari Beckerman has the story of …

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WW II vets—-the "greatest generation"

Nicknamed the “Greatest Generation,” American World War II veterans are getting older and older. In fact, experts estimate about 1,000 of them die each day. And as these men and women pass away, their great American stories often perish with them. Vic Micolucci spoke with a North Central Florida veteran …

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Gainesville, Alachua County honor vets

Among the many Veterans Day celebrations today (Thursday), an especially touching ceremony happened at Kanapaha Park in Gainesville. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT FM’s Kara Van Hoose has more on the event and the veterans it touched. Reporters Gillian Finklea and Alyssa Hayden gathered the sounds and comments at the cermony. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Vet …

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World champs with ties to Gainesville?

The World Series is over. But before you forget about baseball season, WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz reports on a connection between Gainesville and the Giants, even though it’s from many, many years past. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/dk giants wrap.mp3]

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Bridging the achievement gap

A new report released today(Tuesday) shows troubling findings among black male students in public schools. According to the report, the gap between black male students and everyone else is widening. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jason Hackett has more on a program at the University of Florida, which is trying to help. …

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Higher cotton prices to come

Cotton prices have increased drastically due to a series of events in Asia. Three of the world’s top cotton producers reduced supply to the U.S. A drought in China damaged crops, India restricted exports to protect its domestic market and flooding in Pakistan made it worse. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM reporter …

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STATE ELECTION RESULTS 11:30 Update

STATE SENATOR Marco Rubio REP 2,470,224 (49.87%) Kendrick B. Meek DEM 977,868 (19.74%) Alexander Andrew Snitker LBT 23,099 (0.47%) Bernie DeCastro CPF 4,511 (0.09%) Sue Askeland NPA 14,509 (0.29%) Bruce Ray Riggs NPA 3,416 (0.07%) Bobbie Bean NPA 4,071 (0.08%) Rick Tyler NPA 6,965 (0.14%) Charlie Crist NPA 1,445,076 (29.17%) …

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Drumming up support for the Gators

Saturdays in the fall around north central Florida revolve in large part around the University of Florida’s football games with rivals from the SEC. Part of that rivalry is also the battle between marching bands. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Katie Gillen reports on one part of the band that gets especially …

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Farmers markets popularity rises

A survey on the web site “Liveability.com” ranks Gainesville in the top ten nationwide for its farmers markets. As Dan Katz reports, more Gainesville residents are buying their food locally. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DK Buying Locally in Gainesville.mp3]

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Cross Florida Greenway is the #1 hotspot for mountain bikers and trail seekers in the state

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection named October as officially Greenways & Trails Month. It’s a way to encourage Floridians and visitors to check out the many trails offered on state-owned property. The number one-ranked area for visitors looking for “green” recreation is in North Central Florida. WUFT’s Donna Green-Townsend …

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UF Economist Dave Denslow weighs in on the economy

Political strategist James Carvel coined the phrase, ‘Its the economy, stupid” almost 20 years ago. Yet it still rings true today as economic issues are dominating the November election campaigns. While some politicians argue that President Obama’s economic policies have furthered the recession, others emphasize the inherited nature of many …

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Sizing up the Gator basketball teams

When the Gator basketball teams take the court this season, there will be the usual freshmen making their collegiate debut in the orange and blue. Both the mens’ and womens’ rosters feature freshmen from all around the world. WUFT-FM’s Matthew Cretul has more on some “not-so-new” newcomers. You can catch …

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