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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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Lawn and gardening expert offers high heat tips

The summer months are often a time for outdoor activities, and one lawn and garden expert offers tips to make sure one’s time spent gardening and caring for a lawn isn’t counter-productive due to scorching summer temperatures. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson has this story. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP lawngarden Wrap for WEB.mp3]

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Changes for home ownership?

As some bankers and community advocates protest tougher down payment requirements on homes, others are advocating a different approach to home ownership. Earlier today WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with University of Florida Family Financial Management Specialist Micheal Gutter, about the state of the housing market and what it means for …

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No Drought Relief

By Aliciamarie Rodriguez – WUFT-FM The ground in Florida is parched and a burn ban has been in effect in Citrus County since May 11. The chance of rain for the next few days is slightly high and might help alleviate the drought conditions until the state enters the rainy …

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Marion County Virtual school continues to grow

This year the Marion County virtual school expanded to 1500 students ranging from those who are doing credit recovery to those who want to take advance placement classes. Marion Virtual Schools franchise manager Carolyn Ayers says she thinks they will continue to grow because they offer quality education. “I think …

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Traffic cameras installed in Ocala

The city of Ocala is now under surveillance. The Florida Department of Transportation is installing 17 new cameras on intersections, and along Interstate 75 to monitor traffic. The cameras will also come with message boards, which will direct cars in case of a traffic jam. Florida Department of Transportation public …

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WithlacoocheeTrail receives national recognition

On any given day you can see hikers, bikers, and horseback riders on the WithlacoocheeTrail, which winds for almost 50 miles through towns and forests. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reportes, this long-loved trail has received national accolades. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/trails wrap.mp3]

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New Alachua County elementary school begins construction

School district officials say construction on Alachua County’s newest elementary school is setting standards higher. It will open in time for fall of 20-12 and will relieve overpopulated school zones on the western side of Gainesville. Public Information Officer for Alachua County Public Schools Jackie Johnson says this building will …

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Florida boat owners prepare for possible hurricane damage

An active hurricane season is expected and Florida Fish and Wildlife officials are making sure boat owners are prepared for what’s to come. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson reports, derelict vessels can be prevented with proper planning before a storm. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MEHurricaneBoatSafetyFinal.mp3]

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New treatment for deadly skin cancer

Patients with skin cancer may have a new treatment on the horizon that is leading to some very positive results. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Chantal Lamberth reports what it is and when we can expect to see it locally. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MelanomaWRAP.mp3]

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500 cats rescued from High Springs cat sanctuary

More than 500 cats have been rescued from a cat sanctuary in High Springs… National organizations were called in to help with this operation and WUFT-FM’s Corey Bachman spoke with the Division Director for Alachua County Animal Services, David Flagler, who says the bulk of these cats were living in …

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Springs may see impact from state budget cuts

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has pulled funding for the springs restoration working groups for Rainbow, SIlver, Ichetucknee and Wakulla springs during the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Florida Springs Institute Director Bob Knight says the working groups were started so local residents could play a part in designing restoration goals …

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