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Smoke blankets North Central Florida

Many North Central Florida residents saw lots of smoke this weekend. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub reports 50 active wildfires are the reason for such smokey conditions in the region. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPWildfireWRAP.mp3]

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Keeping bears at bay

Residents in Clay County are on the lookout for two black bears that are roaming the neighborhood. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission public information Coordinator Karen Parker says in order for the bears to go back to where they came from residents must stop making it easy for the …

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Funding for AIDS drug assistance at risk

Though no changes have been made yet, Governor Rick Scott and the Department of Health could eventually be making changes in eligbility for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. After hearing this, Music icon Elton John, who founded his own AIDS foundation, wrote to Scott urging him to protect the program …

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Clamming up for the cook off

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant will be competing at the 30th annual Great Chowder Cook-Off Saturday. Tony’s Seafood is the only restaurant in the state of Florida competing in the cook-off this year which is set to take place in Cedar Key, Florida. Manager Diana Bible says she believes in the chowder …

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UF increases emphasis on alcohol safety

The University of Florida is cracking down on alcohol policies after autopsy results for a UF student confirms traces of alcohol abuse. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says alcohol poisoning was responsible for Molly Ammon’s death over spring break. Department of Health Education Associate Professor Virginia Dodd says UF is …

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Raising the debt limit with Economist David Denslow

President Barack Obama met with Republican leaders earlier today to discuss a potential increase in the U-S debt ceiling. This comes just one day after the House of Representatives defeated its own bill that would’ve allowed the nation to increase its borrowing ability. Republicans are offering no signs that today’s …

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Parkinson’s patients find relief through dance

New research shows that people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease can significantly improve by dancing. From June 3rd through June 5th, the Mark Morris Dance Company from New York will be at Shands Hospital in Gainesville to demonstrate to dance instructors how to work with Parkinson’s patients. WUFT-FM’s Richard Drake talked …

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Sturgeon makes big splash over holiday weekend

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say a woman’s leg was broken by a 75 pound jumping sturgeon. Tina Fletcher was a passenger on an airboat when the incident happened last weekend. FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker says boaters should be cautious of these types of fish because of possible injury. “What …

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UF survey shows consumer confidence is at a halt

The latest economic numbers from the University of Florida show consumer confidence in the state has stopped falling. The study released today by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research shows that after three months of falling…the decline has stopped. UF Survey Resource Director Chris McCarty says the biggest improvement …

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More than forty veteran teachers set to retire this year

The number of veteran teachers retiring in the Alachua County public school district is more than forty for this year alone. Legislative changes to education are to blame. WUFT-FM’s, Joey Lancos spoke with President of the Alachua County Education Association, Karen McCann, who says the rise in retirements of veteran …

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Florida Gators to take a swing at the Mizzou Tigers

The University of Florida softball team will take on the Mizzou Tigers in the first round of the Women’s College World Series. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman says with all the added pressure and with the game being televised the Gators hope to stay in the zone and focused on …

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Marion county honors its veterans

A large crowd turned out in Marion County for the Memorial Day Service in the Veteran’s Park. At least 40-thousand veterans live in Marion county. As Jonathan Chandler reports, veterans who served in a wide variety of military service came to remember and honor those veterans who have died through …

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