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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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Bob Graham gives his outlook on U.S. national security and the future of al-Qaida with the death of Osama bin Laden

Former U.S. Senator from Florida Bob Graham chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee during Nine-eleven. He has closely monitored the latest developments in the killing of Osama bin Laden….the mastermind behind the plan to bring down the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11th. Graham talked with WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend …

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UF Professor: future uncertain after death of bin Laden

Many Americans are cheering the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but the federal government is also warning about the potential security threat on Americans both overseas and at home. University of Florida Political Science Associate Professor Patricia Woods says there is still the potential for some fall …

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Goethe Fire Still Burning

The 700 acre Goethe State Forest fire in Levy county continues to burn, sending smoke and ash over Gainesville. Several crews with heavy equipment have been trying since last week to contain it, but so far no success and the fire is NOT considered under control. And now there is …

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Oil prices up, but maybe not for long

Although gas prices spiked 6 cents in Florida this past week, the price may drop very soon. AAA Auto Club South Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says oil prices are falling following the death of Osama bin Laden. “Oil dropped because of speculation that his death will actually ease back some of …

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Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan

White House sources report ground troops in Pakistan have killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the plan to fly jets into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Bin Laden is responsible for the deaths of 2,974 Americans nearly a decade ago. He’s been called the number one enemy …

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More Florida workers head to Alabama

More Progress Energy crewmen from around Florida are heading to Alabama to help restore utilities to the tornado stricken area. Progress Energy Florida Spokeswoman Suzanne Grant says 50 workers will join the 150 workers already on scene. “They’ll be helping the local utility there, Southern Company, restore the power to …

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