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Gator Growl changes spur bigger show this year

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is bustling today as student organizers prepare for Gator Growl tomorrow. Gator Growl Production Director Jeff Chinnering says the stage has moved to the east side of the stadium this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Chinnering2.mp3] Chinnering says fireworks are also back this year. Gator Growl starts at 7:30 PM …

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Search continues for suspected kidnapper

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing their search for a suspect involved in a student kidnapping Tuesday night. GPD Corporal Angelina Valuri says the student brought the suspect into his apartment where the hours-long kidnapping continued. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Valuri02.mp3] GPD identified the suspect as Ronald Newman, an armed 44-year-old man with a …

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Renewed push for information on Linda Cage murder

With little information surfacing since the murder of Dunnellon resident Linda Cage 3 months ago, Marion County Crime Stoppers is making a renewed push for information from the community. Marion County Crime Stoppers Executive Director Robert Hauck says there is a $5,000 reward available. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/HAUCK2.mp3] Marion County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman …

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Working with “man’s best friend”

Alachua County’s K-9 department has a very unique police partnership between two officers. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, some dogs are responsible for putting convicts behind bars, while K-9s help them serve time. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ChrissysDogProjectFinal.mp3]

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Local group reaching out for veterans

Organizations and students on the University of Florida campus had the opportunity to give back to veterans today in honor of the upcoming holiday. The Americans for Prosperity Organization held a Veterans Day Drive to help homeless veterans in Alachua County.  Americans for Prosperity Vice President Courtney Enright says this …

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Homecoming week for the University of Florida

A week of Homecoming festivities continues at the University of Florida, with some of the largest events still to come. Homecoming Campus Involvement Director Lauren Griffin says Gator Growl will be bigger than ever. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/Griffin1.mp3] The Florida Gators will be playing Vanderbilt Commodores for their homecoming football game on Saturday.

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Hemp Fest back to encourage action

A festival celebrating hemp is back in Gainesville this year, bringing information and inspiring action in area residents. Florida Cannabis Action Network Executive Director Jodi James says Florida’s laws about marijuana are regressive. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/11/James2.mp3] She says they will be encouraging people this weekend to petition lawmakers for change. Gainesville Police …

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Occupy Gainesville to join with Occupy UF Wednesday on the Plaza of the Americas

The occupy Gainesville movement is joining hands with Occupy UF for a series of events on Wednesday (today).  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports, organizers of these Occupy movements want people to exercise their first amendement rights. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/OccupyUFWrapFINAL.mp3] (News sources:  Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Professor and Director, Clay Calvert and Occupy Gainesville Media Group …

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Green light bulbs given out in Ocala to raise awareness about runaways

Ocala based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM,  Zac Blobner says they’re hoping to shine a light on a growing problem. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BlobnerGreenlightWrap.mp3] (in depth version) Ocala-based, Arnette House has started the Green Light Project during the month of November. Arnette …

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Schools taking action to prevent bullying

From every day school bullies to cyberbullies, schools around the region are fighting back. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FMs Catherine Awasthi reports how three years after passing the Jeffery Johnson Stand Up for All Students Act, some North Central Florida schools are seeing the difference. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CatsMONDAYbullyingfeature.mp3]

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World population tops 7 billion

The world became a bigger, more crowded place today.  The global population is expected to hit seven billion.  Along with the birth of a 5 lb., 8-oz baby girl in Manila Philippines came all the worries that surround the planet’s future.  An eye-opening statistic from Population Connection, a national group dedicated to …

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GPD may have gun used in weekend parking garage homicide

The Gainesville Police Department reports that earlier this afternoon a handgun was discovered outside the Alachua County Courthouse by a Jimmy Johns delivery person.. Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Corporal Angelina Valuri says the gun could be tied to the homicide parking garage shooting over the weekend. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/valuricleanup.mp3] Valuri says the …

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Security a priority before, during and after the FL-GA football game

It’s one of the biggest weekends for Florida football. The Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs have met in Jacksonville almost every year since 1933. In the past few years, several deaths have occurred surrounding the Florida-Georgia game. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Meredith Chipman has more on changing security in Jacksonville. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JaxSecurityWrap.mp3] (News sources: UF senior …

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The art of pumpkin carving demonstrated at annual Shands event

Each year near Halloween, cultures from all over the world rejoice in the spirit of the holiday… telling spooky stories, passing out candy and carving pumpkins. But as WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, for one group of Gainesville architects, carving pumpkins is more than amusement, it’s a gift. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/pumpkincarveoffFPfinal.mp3] (News Sources: Shands …

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Behind the scenes of college football TV coverage with CBS

Thousands and thousands of fans will pack EverBank Field eager to watch the Florida Gators take on the Georgia Bulldogs this weekend in the annual Florida-Georgia game. Thousands of other fans will click on their televisions to watch the action too. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence went behind-the-scenes with CBS Sports before the Alabama football game …

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Eastside high school marching band plays its way to success

What was once a depleted musical machine has since turned into a thriving force. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich reports on the turbulent success of one area high school marching band. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPredoMarchingBandJM.mp3] (News sources:  Eastside High School March Ram Band Senior and Tenor Sax player Jessie Smith Appelson, Senior drum major …

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UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program provides justice in animal cruelty cases

Neglect, hoarding and blood sports all fall under the category of animal abuse.  Two years ago the University of Florida paired up with ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to form the first veterinary forensic sciences program.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Kristin Hammel reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KristinHammelProjectAnimalCrueltyProjectredo.mp3] (News …

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Keeping pets safe from Halloween scares

You may be pulling tricks this Halloween, but make sure your pets don’t get into your treats. Gainesville Pet Rescue Assistant to Exective Director Lindsey Hidenburry says the biggest threats to animals are candy and pranksters. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/Hidenburry1.mp3] Hidenburry says to take your animal to a vet immediately if it gets …

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Expanding green in Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has acquired an 87-acre parcel of land on the west boundary of the Flatwoods Conservation Area. City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Program Coordinator Stefanie Nagid says the expansion will allow for more recreational opportunities, like nature trails and bird watching, and other avenues in the …

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