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Assessing revenue losses from BP oil spill

State economists are trying to determine how much sales tax and other revenue Florida lost as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill last year. They’ll be crunching those numbers today. Florida then can seek reimbursement from BP. An internal investigation by the owner of the rig that …

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Update on the Santa Fe Fire

With rain at the top of Florida’s wish list, wildfires continue to rage across North Central Florida. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Mike Biana reports, the Santa Fe Fire is one of particular concern. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SantaFeFireWrap.mp3]

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Bay Scallop season starts Saturday

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds people that the recreational harvest season for bay scallops in Florida will begin this Saturday and extend through September 25. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with FWC Spokeswoman, Karen Parker who says this extension was made to benefit fishing communities economically impacted by …

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New state eduation commissioner chosen

Virginia’s education secretary has been chosen to run Florida’s public schools. The Florida Board of Education met this morning in Tampa and voted unanimously to name Gerard Robinson the state’s next education commissioner. The board interviewed him and four other finalists yesterday. Robinson rose from a working-class upbringing in Los …

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A day to celebrate the United Way

Local government officials and United Way are turning the page on distributing children’s books to childcare centers across Gainesville. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports, the company is working hard to improve school readiness and increase graduation rates. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPUnitedWayDay.mp3]

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Summer is here, so where are the afternoon showers?

Temperatures have already reached the 100s and it’s only June. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville are counting on Summer afternoon showers to pick up soon. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports, the heat wave will likely let up with the arrival of a high pressure system leading …

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Gators escape alligator farm in Citrus County

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials say 17 alligators escaped from an alligator farm in Hernando in Citrus County. FWC Investigator, Jim Smith, received a call from the local nuisance-alligator trapper saying his agent had captured eighy 4-to-6-foot alligators over four days in a housing development with no nearby …

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UF releases toddler tooth decay study

A University of Florida study shows cavities and poor oral health in toddlers lead to complicated dental problems long before they even graduate from their cribs. WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with University of Florida Research Associate Professor Jill Herndon says parents should aim for brushing their tots teeth twice a …

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Four men arrested after panhandling detail

Following concerns about the increase in panhandling in Gainesville, Gainesville Police Department arrested four people in an undercover detail on Wednesday. As Paula Cunniffe reports, some homeless advocates do not agree with the operation. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP panhandler arrests WRAP.mp3]

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Unemployment numbers continue to decrease in Florida

New employment figures released today show the rate of unemployment in Florida has dropped for the eight month in a row. WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe spoke with University of Florida Economics Professor Dave Denslow, who says that an increase in tourism related jobs is helping the Florida economy. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Denslow.mp3]

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One hundred wildfires burning in Waccasassa District of North Florida

One-hundred wildfires are burning in the Waccasassa Forestry District covering Alachua, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, and Putnam Counties, and that doesn’t include the thousands of acres burning in the Suwannee District covering Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee, and Union Counties. WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy spoke with Florida Division of Forestry Wildfire Mitigation …

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Alachua county commissioner says goodbye

Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long will retire from the public sector to focus on his family. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman reports, as Long leaves public service behind, he told welll wishers he’s looking forward to spending more time with his family. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Rodney Long Retirement Wrap.mp3]

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Heat wave remains in North Central Florida

The intense heat felt in North Central Florida in the past few days shows no sign of letting up for the weekend. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports, the heat is due to atmospheric pressures [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/heat wave wrap.mp3]

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Community seeks help with heat waves

Gainesville is looking at a heat wave this weekend with temperatures in the upper 90s. North Florida has been getting thunderstorms that are bringing very little rain but enough lightning to start new wildfires. With these temperatures, people are at risk of becoming very sick. Those at particular risk include …

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Rodney Long to retire

Alachua County Commissioner Rodney Long says he won’t be seeking re-election to the seat he’s held for three terms. Long was first elected to the county commission in 2000. Before that he served two terms on the Gainesville City Commission. Long’s seat is one of three that will be on …

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