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Food banks preparing for holiday demand

With the holiday season fast approaching, food banks around North Central Florida are beginning to stock up and prepare for higher demand.  Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Director Anne Voyles says they raised more than 4 million pounds of food over the entire year last year, but it was still …

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Gator national champs honored in rival stadium

This weekend, the University of Florida Marching Band will perform in front of a huge audience, but not at a Gator game. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman has more on a visit to “enemy territory”, while honoring a Gator legend. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/whiteman-tebow-fp_mixdown.mp3|titles=whiteman tebow fp_mixdown]

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FDLE crime stats released, Alachua County crime rate declines

Florida Department of Law Enforcement just released the new statewide county report on crime statistics. Alachua County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Art Forgey talked with WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman about the drop in Alachua County crime rates. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ForgeyQnA.mp3|titles=ForgeyQnA] Florida overall saw a two percent decrease in total crime, and Gilchrist and …

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One man charged in shooting outside church

One person is in critical condition following a shooting at the Forest Grove Baptist Church last night.  Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Art Forgey says the victim was outside the church with some friends. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/forgey.mp3] Patrick A. McCall is being held in the Alachua County Jail charged with attempted homicide. …

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Fair and football food safety

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the Alachua County Fair are among the list of venues where Alachua County citizens are having fun this fall. Tons of food is served at these events and WUFT-FM’s Lauren Lettelier takes a look at the safety of what gets put on your plate. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/LETTELIERWRAP2.mp3]

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Gainesville’s Pride Festival celebrates all community members

Gainesville’s annual Pride Festival will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. North Central Florida Pride Community Center Co-President Terry Fleming says this festival helps younger people gain support from the community. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/FLEMING1.mp3] The festival will feature a parade with food and entertainment starting at 2 p.m.

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First African Nobel Peace Prize winner honored today at UF

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai will be honored today with a 20-foot tall oak tree planted by the University Auditorium on the University of Florida campus.  WUFT-FM’s Leah Harding says it is an appropriate tribute to the memory of a noted environmentalist. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/LeahVO.mp3]

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Alachua County Fair bringing bargains this year

The Alachua County Fair will open tomorrow, and WUFT-FM’s Zac Blobner says fair officials hope to bring in bigger crowds with bigger bargains this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/zacvoicerreal.mp3] Fair Organizer Steve White says they will extend special price hours, offer discounts and provide other deal to breathe life back in to the …

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Suspected serial rapist held without bond

A Marion County Judge has ruled the man suspected in five sexual assaults will remain in jail.  37-year-old Michael Alan Frye appeared before a judge this morning in his first court appearance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/RAPEVOICER.mp3] WUFT-FM’s Laura Christmas says Frye is unlikely to receive bond. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/rapesuspectwrap.mp3]

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UF expert on death of Libyan leader

Former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was killed Thursday. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo has more with University of Florida African studies professor Leonardo A. Villalón’s response to the reactions overseas. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Gadhafi-Death-wrap.mp3|titles=Gadhafi Death wrap]

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Profile of an alleged rapist explored

A man suspected in five sexual assaults will have his first court appearance tomorrow in Marion County. Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Alan Frye was placed in custody early this morning, and the allegations of his crimes are particularly brutal and unconventional compared to the common rape cases seen by the sheriff’s office. …

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UF president defends liberal arts

The University of Florida Faculty Senate held a meeting this afternoon to discuss the many topics that have been brought forth so far this fall. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub has more on what University of Florida President Bernie Machen addressed during the meeting. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/MORNING-FEATURE-Faculty-Senate1.mp3|titles=MORNING FEATURE Faculty Senate]

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Long road ahead for assault victims

With the suspect in five sexual assaults around Marion County and Gainesville under arrest, the road to recovery is just beginning for victims.  Alachua County Victim Services Project Coordinator Laura Kalt says it is important for victims to have a supportive group of friends who will listen without judgment. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/KALT8.mp3] …

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Police investigating early morning shooting death

Gainesville Police are holding a person of interest related to a shooting at the Cabana Beach apartments.  GPD Spokeswoman Angelina Valuri says the shooting happened early this morning. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Valuri2.mp3] The victim was pronounced dead after being transported to Shands.  Police say he was not a University of Florida student, but have …

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Libyan leader’s death will resonate around Africa

Former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed today by rebel troops. University of Florida Political Science Professor Lenardo Villalon says this may help create a cooperative government in Libya. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/villalon1.mp3] Villalon says Gadhafi has played a controversial leadership role in Libya and his death will not only help unify that …

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Alachua business gets help going solar

NanoSonic Products, Inc. in Alachua has received a grant from the USDA Rural Development Office to support the installation of a solar electric renewable energy system.  The system will make NanoSonic the only manufacturing company in Florida that generates adequate solar power to meet all of it’s electrical manufacturing requirements.  …

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Suspected serial rapist arrested in Marion County

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man suspected in five sexual assaults since July. Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Jenifer Lowe says 37-year-old Michael Alan Frye was positively identified by victims in two of the cases and his vehicle matched descriptions in all four Marion County attacks. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/LOWE2.mp3] He was …

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Analysis of presidential debates: reality TV?

Once again Republican candidates for president gathered for a televised debate this week. The setting: Las Vegas. But As WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe reports, Poynter Institute fellow Adam Hochberg thinks this year’s debates are more like reality TV than a traditional debate. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/FP-GOP-REAX-WRAP.mp3|titles=FP GOP REAX WRAP]

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New law for non-English speakers in schools

Florida parents who have children in the English Language Learners program may now remove them , regardless of their children’ts ability to speak and comprehend English. This had been required. But as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Janny Rodriguez reports, the program is still being used by many who are learning a …

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DREAM Act backers not giving up

Young immigrants are attempting to walk all across the nation, from San Francisco to Washington D.C. for one dream. “Campaign for an American Dream” is a walk which supports the passing of the DREAM Act. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Bechara tells us the stories of some of the walkers and …

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County looking for more Koppers neighborhood testing

Alachua County commissioners are urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to step up testing for chemicals inside the homes around the Koppers Superfund site.  County Environmental Protection Director Chris Bird says they are concerned the chemical dioxin has mixed in to household dust. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/BIRD1.mp3] He says they EPA has already …

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Coyotes roaming around Gainesville

Wild coyotes are present around the state, but they are a relatively uncommon site.  WUFT-FM’s Corey Matthew says that sight is not so unusual anymore. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/CoyotesWrap.mp3] Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says area residents should never leave food outside that a coyote can eat, because it …

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RTS announces multi-million dollar grant

Gainesville Regional Transit System has received a $9 million grant to improve maintenance facilities.  Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe and US Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff joined together this morning to announce the funding.  WUFT-FM’s Samantha Kerrigan says officials at all levels of government are excited for the opportunities …

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Another victim tied to serial rapist

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says another attack has been tied to the suspected serial rapist, now potentially linked to 5 sexual assaults over the past few months in Marion and Alachua Counties.  Detectives leading the investigation held a news conference this morning with more information on the latest attack and prior …

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Hernando County hoping to place 100 animals

With a few weeks remaining in Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, Hernando County Animal Services is pushing a reduced adoption fee to try to get more animals in to good homes. Animal Services Manager Leanna Teague says it is important now, more than ever, to place these dogs and cats. …

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Ocala expands sandbagging efforts

The City of Ocala is stepping up sandbag distribution efforts to help residents prepare for more severe weather.  City Spokesman Sonny Allen says they have extended distribution hours and added another location where people can pick up sandbags for free. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/ALLEN-22.mp3] Ocala experienced severe flooding early last week because of …

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Florida changes laws related to sexting

By Alyssa Averette – WUFT-FM Whether they’re on the road or taking a school exam, the overuse of cellphones and texting are a widespread problem among teenagers. And what was once harmless fun, “sexting” has become an increasing issue when it gets into the wrong hands. Previously, minors could be …

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