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Middle school students get a musical suprise

Students at Lake Weir Middle School were presented with more than $20,000 in instruments for the band program. The brass and percussion instruments were donated this morning by Fidelity Investments. The gift far exceeds the school’s average yearly band budget of $2,500. Marion County Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says …

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Campaign urges parent action to prevent underage drinking

The first annual Powertalk 21 Project kicked off today. The campaign by Mothers Against Drunk Driving hopes to encourage parents to talk to their children about underage drinking and driving under the influence. MADD Northwest Florida Project Specialist Marilyn Dorsey says parents have a large influence over their children in …

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Area schools get rain gardens to commemorate Earth Day

In light of Earth Day on Friday, three local schools will get rain gardens from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. The rain gardens are used to help protect water quality. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Lysette Portales spoke with Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Natural Resources Program Manager Steven Hofstetter about …

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Help for homeowners in foreclosure

A new foreclosure relief program was launched in Florida to help eligible homeowners with mortgage payments. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Lauren Buchwald reports, Marion County Community Services is working with the Hardest Hit program . [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Hardest-HitWRAP.mp3]

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Marion County juvenile escapes from detention center

Marion County officials are scratching their heads after juvenile Yarnell Bagley escaped from the Sheriff’s Office Youth Detention Center yesterday again. For 17-year-old Bagley, this is his second escape from the Center since March. Marion County spokesman Judge Cochran said Bagley’s escape has prompted a full-review of the facility’s procedures. …

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Marion Theatre’s doors to remain open

Downtown Ocala’s Marion Theatre is staying open after the city’s council signed an agreement with Eastwynn Theaters Incorporated. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Natalie Beigel tells us more about the outcome of the city council’s Tuesday deal. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/WRAPMarionTheater.mp3]

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Two charged in death of endangered whooping crane

There’s closure in the case of a matriarch whooping crane shooting thanks to a citizen tip. Authorities have charged Wade Bennett from Kayuga, Indianna and a juvenile in the case. Both were sentenced in Indiana State Court and received probation, fines and fees for their involvement in the shooting of …

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A Kentucky Derby horse you may want in your corner

A local celebrity will be making his way to Churchill Downs soon, and his jockey and owners are all invited. As WUFT-FM’s Courtenay Tucker reports, an unexpected spot in the Kentucky Derby may not be the last surprise Toby’s Corner has in store. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPTobysCorner.mp3]

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Senator Rubio visits UF

United States Senator Marco Rubio was the keynote speaker for Florida Blue Key’s annual spring banquet Saturday night. Before the event, the Republican Senator for Florida addressed the 2012 budget proposed by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. Senator Rubio says he knows the plan will not pass, but says the reform …

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The Oil Spill And Wildlife..Where Are They Now?

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the 2010 gulf oil spill. Scientists are still working to help the wildlife that continues to feel effects of the spill. These scientists don’t expect the conditions for gulf animals to improve any time soon. In fact, they say the future for gulf …

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Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno participates in opening of UF’s new Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

Former Martin County commissioner Maggy Hurchalla and her sister former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of UF’s new Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration. Reno, who announced she had Parkinson’s disease in 1995 toured the new center with her sister. As Lauren Buchwald reports, the …

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Remembering E.T. York

Friends and colleagues of the late E.T. York are remembering him and his accomplishments. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chris Peralta has more on how former colleagues are remembering the well-known educator and philanthropist. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MEYorkFeature.mp3]

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Tax deadline near

The deadline to file tax returns and pay any taxes that are due is this coming Monday (4/18). Florida IRS Spokesman Mike Dobzinski says people can use a site called Free File to electronically file their taxes for free. The changed tax day is because of a holiday at the …

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Florida unemployment levels dropping

A dampened construction market has contributed to high unemployment in Ocala. Agency for Workforce Innovation Chief Economist, Rebecca Rust says the city has the second highest unemployment rate of metropolitan areas in the state. “This is our lowest unemployment rate since November of 2009. When we look at both the …

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UF gymnasts head to NCAA semi-finals

The University of Florida is home to many champions, and the Gator Gymnastics team is proving just that. The Number 5 seeded UF Gymnastics team will compete in the second session of the NCAA Championships’ Semi-Final Competition at 6 p.m. on Friday in Cleveland, Ohio. While the Gators share the nation’s lead with five returning All-Americans, the veterans are not the only ones stepping up. WUFT-FM’s Milani Beaudrault has more.

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