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Crime down in Gainesville

More crimes were solved and fewer committed in Gainesville last year. Gainesville Police Department Spokeswoman Tscharna Senn says this is the result of some specific action by the department, including increased patrols on the street and more community involvement. “When we plugged those numbers in we were happily surprised. We …

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Santa Fe College honors women this month

Seven inspirational women will be honored by Santa Fe College at the Women of Distinction and Women of Promise awards next Tuesday. This prestigious award has been around for more than two decades and has honored acheivements of women from the Alachua to Bradford County service district. WUFT-FM’s Laura McKeeman …

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Shooting kills St. Petersburg police officer

Six Florida police officers have been shot and killed since the beginning of the year. Saint Petersburg has been hit the hardest, with three officers killed. The most recent shooting was Monday night. WUFT FM’s Kristi Posson has the story of how Governor Rick Scott’s proposed pension plan changes may …

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More troubles for the mideast

This weekend saw an increase in violence in Libya as protesters continue to demand the ousting of ruler Moammar Gadaffi. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with University of Florida Center for African Studies Director Leonardo Villalon about the destabilization of this area and how he believes it could spread across the …

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Debt a burden and benefit, UF expert says

A University of Florida Financial Estate Specialist says America has a problem with debt, especially from a consumer standpoint. U-F Associate Professor Michael Gutter says some debt can be strategic. He says using debt to pay for college, buy a home, or purchase a car may be a wise decision …

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35 cats seized from Marion County home

Marion County Animal Services is trying to gain legal custody of the 35 cats seized from a Silver Springs home earlier this week. Animal Services Program Coordinator Elaine DeIorio says the cats were taken from Nelly Vega, who was convicted of animal cruelty in 2006. “These types of people will …

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Five Points of Life race raises awareness

Runners from 21 different states and Canada are coming to Gainesville this weekend for the annual Five Points of Life Race. Five Points of Life Foundation Director Brite Whitaker says the focus is on educating participants and spectators alike on the importance of donating blood, marrow, and tissue. “Donations are …

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Main Street work continues in Gainesville

The Florida Department of Transportation will continue its move down mainstreet today. Main Street from south of University Avenue to south of South First Avenue is now closed for the project expected to last approximately six weeks. FDOT will be taking out the old asphalt and bricks so underground utility …

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DCF Investigates Child Abuse

In a letter written earlier today, State director of the Florida department of children and families David Wilkins said : “Words alone cannot express the personal sorrow each department employee feels when any child in any situation dies.” The child Wilkins is referring to is one the DCF was aware …

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Bernie Madoff is pointing fingers

Jailed investor Bernie Madoff now says banks were complicit in his fraud, which is a total shift from his original statements. Madoff made international news headlines a few years ago when his ponzi scheme came to light. He was one of a few people who went to prison as a …

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Bringing back the fragrance of roses

If you’ve ever wondered why a sweet smell isn’t emanating from the fresh bouquet of roses sitting on your counter, then you’re not alone. As WUFT’s Courtenay Tucker reports, local researchers believe they found the fix. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fragrantflowers.mp3]

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Gainesville startup gives back

The idea of starting your own company or developing your own website can seem very daunting without some help. But, learning from someone who has done it already and created something profitable can be just the ticket to your own success. WUFT’s Laura McKeeman brings us more from a local …

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A rally for the rivers

Florida’s springs, lakes and rivers are more than just fun to look at, they can also help support the economy… and now they’re being celebrated. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson has the story of the Fifth-Annual Rally for the Rivers. Through the event, organizers hope to raise awareness about what these water …

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Taking action against bullying in school

Antagonizing, intimidating, and harassing others can have detrimental effects on someone’s livelihood. As WUFT-FM’s Olivia Link reports, there’s a special focus on bullying on the second Wednesday of February. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/bullywrap.mp3]

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Florida Cattle Ranchers Exhibit opens at the Florida Museum of Natural History

“Move Over Texans, Floridians are the original cowboys.” That’s the slogan being used to describe the latest exhibit opening Saturday, February 12th at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. WUFT-FM’s Phillip Marks talks to the Co-Curator of the Florida Cattle Ranchers Exhibit, Robert Stone. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/cowboysQA.mp3]

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UF faculty member in Cairo: joy in the streets!

After Thursday’s disappointment, many Egyptians are celebrating now that President Hosni Mubarek has resigned. University of Florida assistant professor of telecommunication, Rasha Kumhawi, who is living in Cairo while on leave from UF, talked with WUFT-FM’s Tom Krynski about life in Egypt the past 18 days. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/TOM-rashaFP.mp3]

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UF researchers say surgical breast biopsies overused in Florida

Your doctor breaks the horrible news to you: You may have breast cancer. It hits you like a brick and then you begin thinking about all the surgical procedures and radiation you will have to undergo in order to try and beat the cancer. But, what if there was an option to help you avoid unecessary surgical breast biopsies? University of Florida researchers at Shands Hospital have an important message for women facing breast biopsies. Dr. Stephen Grobmyer, Associate Professor of Surgery at UF, says invasive surgeries can be limited by an equally effective procedure called a needle biopsy. He spoke with WUFT’s Laura McKeeman.

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