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Protecting your home from wildfire

With wildfires continuing to burn thousands of acres of land in North Central Florida, the commercial and residential properties on the front line can be at risk. Institute for Business and Home Safety President and CEO, Julie Rochman, says embers can be a bigger threat than the flames themselves. “Those …

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Marion County school employee faces fraud charges

Saddlewood Elementary School bookkeeper Debra Lemily faces charges of organized fraud. She was arrested Thursday when an auditor noticed missing funds from the school’s account. Marion County Public School Spokesman Kevin Christian says Lemily’s arrest was surprising. “This particular employee has been with us since 1980. She has glowing remarks …

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Hernando County fallen Marine comes home

On Thursday, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office as well as members of the honor guard and other personnel will be joining the family of a fallen soldier to escort Corporal Jonathan Taylor’s body through Brooksville and up into the County. Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Heather Yates says the procession …

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The Havana cigar goes global

Many people attended a lecture titled “The Havana Cigar Goes Global” Wednesday night on the University of Florida Campus. The 2011 Bacardi Family Lecture had a great turnout as it looked into the significance, history, and future of the Havana cigar. Jean Stubbs is the University of Florida Center for …

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Oil from spill finally clearing

By Marc Whiteman – WUFT-FM Almost one year later, the residue from the Gulf oil spill might be nearly gone. University of South Florida Geologist Dr. Ping Wang says at this point, the remaining tar balls are barely noticeable. “I’m actually pretty surprised that the beach was quite clean, and …

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Preschoolers march for charity

Preschoolers from the Santa Fe College Little School spent their morning raising money for March of Dimes. The children walked through the Santa Fe campus with buckets collecting donations for an hour. Santa Fe Little School Director Karen Bennett says this mini-walk is just the beginning. “Our specific march today …

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Supreme Court rules in favor of anti-gay group

In a decision handed down earlier today, the U-S Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects a fundamentalist church from the liability of intentionally inflicting emotional distress after it picketed the funeral of a soldier who died in war. WUFT-FM’s Olivia Link reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/snyderphelps.mp3]

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Wildfires damage property in multiple counties

Two major wildfires on Florida’s East Coast have burned more than 16,000 acres in Brevard and Volusia Counties and 2,000 acres in St. Johns County. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is fighting to contain them by digging trenches to stop the fire’s spread. Department Spokesman Sterling Ivey …

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Alachua County and Gainesville City Managers co-author article on how negative publicity over last year’s planned Koran burning event pulled community together

Last year Gainesville found itself in the national and international spotlight when Dove World Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones announced his plans to burn copies of the Koran. As a result of poor publicity, Gainesville City Manager, Russ Blackburn and Alachua County Manager, Randall Reid joined together to write an …

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Gainesville has community grant funds to share

The City of Gainesville will provide over $100,000 for the 2010-2011 fiscal year to fund a Community Grant Program. All applicant organizations must have a physical location or address within the city limits of Gainesville and all funded activities must comply with the Community Grant Program requirements. WUFT-FM’s Milani Beaudrault …

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Duval Elementary gets a new look

Students at Duval Elementary in Gainesville received a special surprise this morning. As Florida’s WUFT-FM’S Courtenay Tucker reports, the work of a student organization brought five months of extensive planning to life. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Projectmakeover.mp3]

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Shuttle watchers witness history: Discovery’s final launch

Space shuttle Discovery was originally scheduled for a November launch, but no one in the crowd which showed up last Thursday to witness the takeoff seemed to mind the three-month and twenty day delay. After 39 voyages, Discovery will be the first of the shuttle fleet to retire. Space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour will retire after they fly later in the year. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson travelled to Cape Canaveral where space enthusiasts came out to witness history.

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Machen proposes 30% tuition increase

The proposed state budget recommends significant cuts to university employee benefits and students may see an effect on their wallets. In order to combat these funding cuts, University of Florida President Bernie Machen proposed a 30 percent increase in tuition yesterday. UF spokeswoman Janine Sikes says the education provided by …

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