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Increased security at UF spring football game

The annual Orange and Blue football game is the end of spring football practice for the University of Florida. This will mark the coaching debut of Will Muschamp, UF’s new head football coach. In a news release Friday afternoon, the school has announced it is heightening security in and around …

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Federal government faces possible shutdown

The federal government may shut down if Republicans and Democrats don’t reach a compromise on the federal budget by midnight tonight. Both parties agree that there is a need to reduce spending, but while Republicans want to cut 66 billion dollars, Democrats want to cut only 30 billion. Alachua County …

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Busy hurricane season expected

Although several hurricanes formed in the Atlantic, none hit the United States. The upcoming season may be different. Meteorologists say 2011 may be an active year for hurricanes. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Juliza Monterroso reports 15 total storms are predicted for this year. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/HurricaneOutlookWrap.mp3]

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Gainesville’s downtown scene has become revitalized

This weekend’s Orange and Blue Game will draw thousands of people to Gainesville. That’s exactly what the organizers of the Santa Fe Springs Arts Festival and the Battle of the Bands are happy about. Drawing people to Gainesville’s downtown can mean an “economic boost” for the community. Thirty years ago …

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Bounty issued over Pastor Terry Jones head

Gainesville Pastor Terry Jones is causing a stir again this time with target on his back. Hezzbollah has issued a $2.4 million-dollar bounty over the pastor’s head. Gainesville Police Department Public Information Officer, Tscharna Senn says short of Jones requesting help GPD will not take action. “Really it’s not something …

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Energy Conservation Day in Alachua County

Sustainability and energy conservation were highlighted this morning at the Alachua County Health Department. The Second Annual Alachua County Energy Conservation Day focused on achieving a sustainable workplace and energy savings. Alachua County Manager Randall Reid says energy conservation is the critical issue of our day. “All that is transferrable …

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Dim future for Bright Futures

Students may face cuts to Bright Futures due to a large state deficit. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT– FM’s Lysette Portales reports, these cuts will affect many students. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BrightFuturesWrap.mp3]

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Hardest Hit Fund will help 40,000 Floridians

About 25 percent of Florida mortgages are in some form of delinquency and Florida Housing Finance Corporation Spokeswoman Cecka Rose Green says a new funding program will help. Florida Housing will open applications for the Hardest-Hit Fund program on April 18th. Green says the need in the state is high. …

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Shoplifter still on the loose

The Clay County sheriff’s office is currently looking for a woman who it says was involved in a shoplifting operation. Her accomplice, Nyota McGriff was arrested on four counts of initiating theft of property. Detectives believe the two women provided “shopping lists” to professional shoplifters who would in turn steal …

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Severe weather caused a few headaches in North Central Florida

Cleanup has begun across the state after severe weather early this morning caused traffic delays, downed power lines and knocked over trees. Spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, Gina Busscher says storm debris caused several traffic delays. Law enforcement officers responded to several intersections where traffic lights were out. …

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Casey Anthony trial draws huge media interest

The disappearance of Caylee Anthony went unreported for an entire month by her mother Casey in 2008. Now, the Orlando native is charged with first degree murder of her daughter, whose cause of death has not been determined. As Anthony’s trial quickly approaches, more and more media outlets have been …

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Dancing for charity

More than 800 University of Florida students stayed awake and on their feet for 26 consecutive hours for Dance Marathon this past weekend. As Florida’s 89-point-one WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports, they danced the night away for a great cause. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/dance.mp3]

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Keeping kids in school

To keep kids in school district officials are developing programs focused on drop out prevention. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Sarah Kassem reports, they hope to give students the confidence to complete their education. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/dropouts.mp3]

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Rash of break-ins in Lake City

Eight Lake City businesses have been targeted in a series of recent business break-ins. Officers investigated after three alarm companies reported alarm activations and found the suspects tried to disable the systems and force their way inside. Police are stepping up their patrols and urging business owners to increase their …

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Early voting for runoff underway

Early voting for Gainesville’s run-off elections began today. Lauren Poe and Todd Chase are up for the district two seat, and Susan Bottcher faces Rob Zeller in district three. Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Pam Carpenter says she anticipates about 15% of registered voters will participate in the run-off. Carpenter …

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"Love Not Dove"…Gainesville business owner

Many people have express outrage over the behavior of a Gainesville Pastor, whose actions may have triggered the killing of 8 United Nations workers in Afghanistan. The groups taking responsibility say their actions were in response to the burning of the Quran by Pastor of the Doe World Outreach Center’s …

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Prayer breakfast commemorates struggle for justice

In its fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast this morning, the MLK Commission of Florida and African American Accountability Alliance remembered the battle for social justice. Commission Interim Chaplain Kevin Thorpe says society has made progress towards equality, but is not there yet. “Unfortunately, we still don’t live …

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Raising awareness about autism

The Centers for Disease Control estimate an average of 1 out of 110 children have an autism spectrum disorder. Saturday is World Autism Awareness Day. WUFT-FM’s JoAnna Wise spoke with Marie Trempe the founder of Autism Oasis, a school for autistic children. She outlined what people should be more aware …

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Gainesville pastor blamed for killings by Afghans

Afghan officials say eight foreigners and four Afghan protesters were killed at a United Nations compound in Northern Afghanistan Friday. The attackers were retaliating after news reports surfaced that Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville had burned a Koran on March 20th. Minutes after the …

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Whistleblower comes to Gainesville

If you have an image in your head of an F-B-I agent, you might not think of a whistleblower or someone who believes the government is collecting too much information about average citizens. But that’s what people will find tonight in Gainesville, at an event sponsored by the Civic Media …

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