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Jumping sturgeon keep boaters on the look-out

After seeing no jumping sturgeon incidents last year, there have been 4 so far along the Suwannee River this year. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Spokeswoman Karen Parker says getting hit with one of these fish can do significant damage. “Think about this- you’re running down the river, going …

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Safe driving this holiday weekend

High temperatures could cause problems for your drive this Memorial Day weekend. Florida Highway Patrol Lieutenant Pat Riordan says drivers need to be careful on these crowded holiday roads. “With these high temperatures what we find is that we have a lot of vehicles that overheat, we have a lot …

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Soldier’s escort procession today

The following statement is from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office: Members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office will escort the body of Private Lamarol Tucker from the Gainesville Regional Airport to Chestnut Funeral Home today. Private Tucker, of Gainesville, was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan …

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FCAT scores in for Alachua County 3rd graders

The Florida Department of Education released scores from the 2011 FCAT for local third-graders today. Over seventy percent of Alachua County’s third-graders were judged proficient in both reading and math. Alachua County School Board Deputy Superintendent Sandy Hollinger says slightly lower scores than last year show more progress must be …

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Paying respect to fallen soldier Lamarol Tucker

The body of a Gainesville soldier who died in the line of duty last week in Afghanistan was returned to Gainesville earlier today. Hundreds of people lined the street as the procession moved from Gainesville Regional Airport to Chestnut Funeral Home in Gainesville. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Alexa Padilla was at …

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Keep pets in mind on hot days

With temperatures reaching the 90’s today pet owners need to be careful about leaving animals in cars. Alachua County Animal Services Director David Flagler says this is an area of concern in Florida in particular. “Being away for any length of time, still sets up the condition to where the …

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Horse virus outbreak has local farm owners watching

One Jonesville horse farm is dealing with a virus that’s currently plaguing the Northwestern United States. University of Florida Veterinary General Medicine Chief Rob MacKay says complications with Equine Herpes Virus-1 can often be fatal to horses. “Instead of having cold like symptoms- upper respiratory symptoms- instead of having those …

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Higher fuel prices mean higher food prices

We’re paying more at the fuel pump—and we’re starting to pay more at the grocery store too. It’s not a coincidence. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with University of Florida Food and Resource economist Tom Spreen about the cause and effect when so many oil based products are involved in what …

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Multimedia changing the business of gathering news

Its been more than two decades since Andrew Garick visited the University of Florida campus. Telecommunication graduate Garick now works as ABC World News Editor. He talked with Florida’s 89.1, WUFT FM’s Juliza Monterroso about how social networking is changing the news buisness. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPANDREWGARICKWRAP2.mp3]

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Camp Blanding prepares for potential emergencies

The Florida National Guard is preparing for its annual hurricane exercise at Camp Blanding in Starke today. Florida National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Ron Tittle says they are practicing how to react in case of a hurricane. “Reestablish governmental operations to be able to continue supporting to continue supporting the respective …

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Strap in and save lives

It takes just a few seconds but can save lives. The Gainesville Police Department is joining the national Click It or Ticket campaign urging motorists to buckle up, and GPD Corporal Tscharna Senn says the benefits from wearing a seatbelt far outweigh the risk. “The younger a person is, the …

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