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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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Watching what you eat

The Dining Out Locally initiative is reflective of the mandate for national chains to provide nutritional information to consumers. Registered dietician and co-chair of the Dining Out committee for healthy communities in Alachua County, Kathryn Parker says, locally owned restaurants will offer residents access to the same information as chain …

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UF has economic impact on the state

A recent study reports that the University of Florida’s economic impact on the state has increased over the past year. U-F’s impact has come primarily from the sports and medical industries. U-F Extension Scientist, Alan Hodges, says he doesn’t believe budget cuts will affect the school’s impact. “The budget cuts …

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Bernie Machen calls for a tuition increase

University of Florida president Bernie Machen is calling for a 30 percent tuition increase. More than the fifteen percent annual tuition increases established by Florida legislation. U-F assistant vice president for student affairs Jeanna Mastrodicasa says need base financial aid will go up for students needing assistance. “The bigger challenge …

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Town Hall to discuss child pornography

The Internet Crimes Against Children Coalition, Trinity Methodist Church, and the Child Advocacy Center are joining forces to help raise awareness for National Child Abuse Awareness Month. A Town Hall meeting will be held on April 4th at Trinity United Methodist church from 5:30 to 7 pm. Town Hall spokeswoman …

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Floridians not as confident in economy

Consumer confidence in Florida dropped 4 points in March. One expert expected the drop, but not for the reasons that actually caused it. WUFT’s Laura McKeeman brings us more on the causes of this down-swing and the future of consumer confidence in the state. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPConsumerConfidenceWRAP.mp3]

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UF student back in Florida, after Japan quake

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this month has meant an end to a semester abroad for about a dozen University of Florida students. One of those students, Alyssa Post, who was studying the Japanese language, shared her observations of the tragedy in Japan with WUFT-FM’s Laura McKeman. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/PostQA.mp3]

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Taking aim at teacher tenure at community colleges

A proposed bill by the Florida House of Representatives education subcommittee would eliminate multi-year contracts for all of Florida’s community and state college employees, much like what was done for Florida public school teachers. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson has the story of how some colleges are reacting. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KAPstatetenureWRAP.mp3]

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Cracking down on pain clinics

Pill mills are getting a lot of attention in Florida, and Governor Rick Scott is addressing the issue. Governor Scott’s initiative to crack down on these facilities that are prescribing pain killers includes using unspent funds from Florida Department of Law Enforcement to enact a strike force. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson …

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UF geologist: more aftershocks likely in Japan

Aftershocks following a large earthquake can occur for years. A magnitude 6.5 aftershock struck Northern Japan Sunday. University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences associate professor, Raymond Russo says this aftershock, and many others, are expected. He talked with WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Kern. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/QUAKE-QA.mp3]

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Alachua County schools target kids eating habits

Some people say obstacles——others might say excuses, but when it comes to eating well, many agree bad habits start at an early age. As Florida’s 89-point one Courtenay Tucker reports, Alachua County schools want to expose kids to fresh food now, with an eye on their future health: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/TuckerwrapFP.mp3]

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Improving health for hispanic women in Florida

In the past few years, efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer have increased. But for one group, Hispanic women in the United States, where about ten percent have a probability of developing invasive breast cancer, additional programs are being started. While Hispanic women have a lower incidence rate for …

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Florida Senate jobs bill for felons

Getting civil rights restored became more difficult this month when Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted against allowing automatic restoration for nonviolent offenders. Now, a bill allowing former felons to get a job before restoring their civil rights won unanimous approval from the senate yesterday. University of Florida …

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Library of Congress rolls in

The Library of Congress’ traveling exhibition “Gateway to Knowledge” is in Gainesville today and tomorrow. “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling Docent Abigail Van Gelder says the displays are interactive and educational for visitors. “We’ve used graphic reproductions in order to make these so it’s very close up and hands on. When …

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Energy expert weighs in on Japan’s nuclear crisis

After the word “deadzone” has begun to surface in predictions for the aftermath of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis, Experts are worrying how grave the situation will become. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Program Director Sara Barczack about the latest in Japan and what it could mean …

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Governor Scott’s plan for public hospitals

Governor Rick Scott has created a seven-member commission to review taxpayer funded hospitals. The review will affect 30 active public hospital districts. University of Florida Chairman of Health Service Research, Paul Duncan, says the biggest issue facing hospitals in Florida is how to provide care for those unable to pay. …

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Florida courts face budget concerns

The state’s court system is freezing hiring and preparing for possible staff layoffs due to a $72.3 million deficit. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote letters to Governor Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders asking for assistance to get them through the fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s T.J. …

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Poems, peace and kids

With the United States entering into another conflict, students in Alachua County are getting a chance to express themselves on the situation. However they aren’t talking about war, they are talking about peace. The second annual Peace Poetry Contest entry deadline is tomorrow and students across the county are sending …

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Can a whole grain diet improve your health?

Eating whole grains may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Boston researchers say they found about a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension in those who ate whole grain breakfast cereals at least seven times a week. Gainesville dietician Laura Acosta says the potassium and magnesium in whole …

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Veterans share opinions on war

They hope to share a real perspective on war, from those fighting it. The Community Coalition Against War and Terrorism and several Santa Fe College student groups will host a forum for veterans to speak out tonight, and Coalition Spokesman Pierce Butler says they welcome all points of view on …

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Peace Corps of America celebrates 50 years

In commemoration of the Peace Corp of America’s, 50th anniversary, today, the University of Florida hosted an event on the Plaza of the Americas Wednesday afternoon. As Brittany Thompson reports, Peace Corps volunteers joined University of Florida students to answer any questions about serving overseas. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Peace Corps WRAP BT.mp3]

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Manatees heading south

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Services staff has counted more than 120 manatees heading south to the Homosassa River last week. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Natalie Beigel has more on manatee migration and boater safety. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Manatee Migration WRAP.mp3]

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