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Schools cope with budget cuts

With public schools now looking at how to make up for their reduced budget from the state, Alachua County Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Budget Keith Birkett says the area should be able to maintain current services. “We’ve been intentionally building what we call recurring reserves over the past two …

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Wildfires keep firefighters busy

It was no rest for the weary this weekend as the Division of Forestry continued to fight wildfires around the state—including some large blazes in north Florida. WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Wildfire Mitigation specialist Ludie Bond about the fire control effort and the situation involving some of the worst. …

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A new study shows support for more laws on highway safety

A Triple-A study finds a majority of Americans support additional laws and want more action by government officials to improve highway safety. Triple-A Auto Club South Manager Karen Morgan says the results indicate motorists support more, not less action by the government to make roads safer. “They’re looking for more …

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Schools prepare for budget cuts

Now that the state Legislature has passed their relatively austere 70-billion dollar budget this past weekend….many state agencies and programs are re-assessing their own budgets…including several area schools. WUFT-FM’s Trent Kelly reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/schoolbudgetwrapforweb.mp3]

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Honoring military moms

By Corey Bachman – WUFT-FM Military moms, spouses and grandmothers will be honored tomorrow (5/7) with a Mother’s Day Social provided by Operation-Homefront-Florida. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with Operation Home Front Florida Spokeswoman, Christy Campbell who says the non-profit organization will show appreciation to these moms for their service and …

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“Free Fridays” concert series gets underway tonight at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville

The “Free Fridays” concert series begin tonight at the Gainesville downtown plaza. Every Friday from tonight through mid-October the public an enjoy free concerts from a wide variety of area musicians. WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend talked with the Events coordinator for the Department of Parks & Recreation for the City of …

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Lawmakers tackling pill mills

The Florida Senate has unanimously passed legislation to crack down on the state’s growing pill mill problem. The latest version of the bill will now get sent back to the House. This proposal does include the prescription drug monitoring database touted by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

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Operation Homefront-Florida salutes military moms

Military moms, spouses and grandmothers will be honored tomorrow with a Mother’s Day Social provided by Operation-Homefront-Florida in Jacksonville. The non-profit organization will show appreciation to these women for their service and sacrifice by showering them with with gifts and treats. Operation Homefront-Florida Director Christy Campbell says the event hopes …

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African delegation and Alachua County exchange ideas on voting

Elections officials from 6 African countries are in Gainesville this week as part of their tour of the American voting system. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with University of Florida Political Science Professor Daniel Smith about this Trans-Saharan project and its significance, especially given the current uprisings in North Africa and …

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Live fire will make noise at Camp Blanding

National Guard training starts up again at Camp Blanding this weekend and Florida National Guard Spokesman Ron Tittle says it may mean more noise in to the night. “They will be firing some artillery pieces. People may refer to the term Howitzers- it’s a rolling cannon if you will. They …

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Wildfire threat real, but lower in some areas

As fires continue to burn large areas across North Central Florida, Perry District Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Chelsea Parker says the state overall has seen more fires this year. “It’s been pretty active especially compared to last year’s very inactive fire season. Last year, the whole state was very fortunate in …

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Two Gainesville-based contracting companies merge

Longtime Gainesville-based contracting affiliates Charles Perry Construction, Incorporated and PPI Construction Management, Incorporated have merged as Charles Perry Partners, Incorporated or CPPI… WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson has more… [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ConstructionWrap forWEB.mp3]

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Florida schools bracing for cuts

Alachua County Public Schools are looking at $16 million in cuts under the proposed state budget, and School Board Member Gunnar Paulson says that may affect the quality of education overall. “You can only cut so long, and after so much money it’s going to start having an effect on …

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Mine gets approval in Levy county

The Levy County Commission gave Tarmac America approval early Wednesday morning for a special exception application for the King Road Mine to operate a limestone mine . As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson reports the vote was close. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/LEVYWRAP.mp3]

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Alachua County students are on the "write" track

Alachua County Public School students earned higher marks than last year on the FCAT writing test they took back in March. The writing results released today show the district’s scores above the state averages in elementary and high school and matching the state average in middle school. Alachua County Public …

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