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Fire is stubborn at Florida-Georgia line

It’s called the “Honey Prairie fire”, but it’s anything but a honey for fire crews.  As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich reports, the long burning fire is still active, but under control. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/08/Fire-Wrap.mp3|titles=Fire Wrap]

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New school year, new teachers get ready

As summer comes to an end, teachers are preparing for the first day of classes. Marion County teacher Chris Carlisle  starts his first day of teaching at West Port High School on Monday. Carlisle  was a lawyer for several years before becoming a teacher at a community college. Carlisle says …

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Talks about a new retirement plan for the military

Until recently, social security, medicare, and the military retirement system were some of the few systems that were considered “untouchable. But as Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub reports it seems almost everything could be subject to some kind of changes. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/08/FP-Retirement-WRAP-final.mp3|titles=FP Retirement WRAP final]

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Dogs attack, kill cats in town of Hawthorne

This year it seems many cats in Alachua County have fallen victim to attacks or neglect. Earlier this summer there was the Haven Acres incident in High Springs where almost 700 cats were seized.  The owners of Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary were arrested on 35counts of animal cruelty charges.  Florida’s …

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UF president talks about benefit changes for faculty and staff

Activity around the University of Florida has picked up with students returning for the fall semester.  As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich reports.. University President Bernie Machen is also gearing up for possible changes affecting faculty and staff. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/08/FP-President-Machen.mp3|titles=FP President Machen]

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Marion county students gain understanding of 9/11

[jwplayer config=”News-video” file=”wuftnews/20110822-Mar-Co-911-play.mp4″] The September 11th terrorist attacks of 2001 remain a vivid memory for most Americans. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe reports….one group of high school students in Marion County found a unique way to gain a deeper understanding of how the event affected Americans. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/08/FP911playmarioncounty.mp3|titles=FP911playmarioncounty]

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Cat sanctuary owners arrested

The owners of Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary in High Springs are arrested on 35 counts of animal cruelty charges stemming from the June 7th seizure of 697 felines from the facility. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Caitlin Lawrence spoke with Alachua County animal services director David Flagler about the arrest of Steve and Pennie …

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Cat sanctuary owners arrested in Alachua County

The owners of the Haven Acres Cat Sanctuary in High Springs have been arrested, and face third degree felony charges of animal cruelty.  More than 600 cats were in their facility, when local animal control workers and the U.S. humane society took the cats from there in June.  Details of …

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Marion County hires fewer new teachers for fall

As students prepare to head back to school, a number of teachers in Marion County are not, at least not as many new teachers as four years ago. Only 90 newly-hired teachers started their Marion County teaching careers with orientation yesterday.  Just four years ago, that number topped 400. Florida’s 89.1, …

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Tom Petty tribute band “Heavy Petty” performs for tonight’s “Free Fridays Concert Series” in downtown Gainesville

Tonight’s “Free Fridays Concert Series” at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza features “Heavy Petty,” a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute Band at 8 p.m.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Steven Gallo had the chance to talk to the lead singer of the band, Jason Hedges. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPHeavyPettyfinal.mp3]

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Travel industry optimistic about the future

The struggling economy and consumer confidence is affecting the travel industry nationwide. A number of Floridians are changnig the way they vacation in an effort to spend less, while still taking advantage of the summer season. Steven Gallo spoke with Triple-A spokeswoman Jessica Brady about how people across the state are traveling on …

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Florida Governor responds to low approval rating

In the latest Quinnipiac poll Florida Governor Rick Scott has the highest “dislike” percentage of any other governor in any state surveyed in 2011.  The Quinnipiac poll also revealed 57 percent of those polled disapprove of Scott’s management of the state budget.  In recent months Scott has become media friendly and even launched his “Let’s get to work” …

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Heat limits outdoor activities for Seniors

Summer is a time filled with vacations and camps, but for the elderly of Gainesville, it isn’t as easy to get out and be active. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Auriel Rolle-Polk reports the summer heat is keeping many senior citizens indoors. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ElderlyHeatwrap.mp3]  

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Sibling fugitives caught in Colorado

The FBI says three fugitive siblings being sought for alleged crimes in Florida and Georgia were captured today in southern Colorado. Authorities say the trio crashed their vehicle on Interstate 25 after a short chase during which they fired shots at their pursuers. 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Dougherty Stanley and …

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Keeping student athletes safe in the heat

With heat indices well above 100 this week, Floridians are certainly feeling the heat. But as the new school year approaches and a number of children participate in sports, one group is trying to keep safety a priority. Steven Gallo spoke with Safe Kids USA President Meri-K Appy about the Youth Sports Safety …

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The struggle of living with a mental illness

Finding a job in the market today is a difficult task for most, but for those who suffer from mental illnesses, it poses an entirely different set of obstacles. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette reports how a local organization is helping one Alachua County resident cope with his struggle. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AlyssaPROJECT2.mp3]

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Alachua County Farmer’s Market gives special incentives for snap recipients

National Farmers Week is underway and in celebration, the Alachua County Farmers market is offering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recepients a chance to double their benefits at the market. As Florida’s 89.1,WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck reports, farmer market shelp contribue to the local economy and also provide a fresher product. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AlCoFamerMarketWrapfinal.mp3]

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