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Taking aim at teacher tenure at community colleges

A proposed bill by the Florida House of Representatives education subcommittee would eliminate multi-year contracts for all of Florida’s community and state college employees, much like what was done for Florida public school teachers. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson has the story of how some colleges are reacting. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KAPstatetenureWRAP.mp3]

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Cracking down on pain clinics

Pill mills are getting a lot of attention in Florida, and Governor Rick Scott is addressing the issue. Governor Scott’s initiative to crack down on these facilities that are prescribing pain killers includes using unspent funds from Florida Department of Law Enforcement to enact a strike force. WUFT-FM’s Kristi Posson …

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UF geologist: more aftershocks likely in Japan

Aftershocks following a large earthquake can occur for years. A magnitude 6.5 aftershock struck Northern Japan Sunday. University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences associate professor, Raymond Russo says this aftershock, and many others, are expected. He talked with WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Kern. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/QUAKE-QA.mp3]

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Alachua County schools target kids eating habits

Some people say obstacles——others might say excuses, but when it comes to eating well, many agree bad habits start at an early age. As Florida’s 89-point one Courtenay Tucker reports, Alachua County schools want to expose kids to fresh food now, with an eye on their future health: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/TuckerwrapFP.mp3]

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Improving health for hispanic women in Florida

In the past few years, efforts to increase awareness of breast cancer have increased. But for one group, Hispanic women in the United States, where about ten percent have a probability of developing invasive breast cancer, additional programs are being started. While Hispanic women have a lower incidence rate for …

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Florida Senate jobs bill for felons

Getting civil rights restored became more difficult this month when Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted against allowing automatic restoration for nonviolent offenders. Now, a bill allowing former felons to get a job before restoring their civil rights won unanimous approval from the senate yesterday. University of Florida …

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Library of Congress rolls in

The Library of Congress’ traveling exhibition “Gateway to Knowledge” is in Gainesville today and tomorrow. “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling Docent Abigail Van Gelder says the displays are interactive and educational for visitors. “We’ve used graphic reproductions in order to make these so it’s very close up and hands on. When …

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Energy expert weighs in on Japan’s nuclear crisis

After the word “deadzone” has begun to surface in predictions for the aftermath of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis, Experts are worrying how grave the situation will become. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Program Director Sara Barczack about the latest in Japan and what it could mean …

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Governor Scott’s plan for public hospitals

Governor Rick Scott has created a seven-member commission to review taxpayer funded hospitals. The review will affect 30 active public hospital districts. University of Florida Chairman of Health Service Research, Paul Duncan, says the biggest issue facing hospitals in Florida is how to provide care for those unable to pay. …

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Florida courts face budget concerns

The state’s court system is freezing hiring and preparing for possible staff layoffs due to a $72.3 million deficit. Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote letters to Governor Rick Scott and legislative budget leaders asking for assistance to get them through the fiscal year. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s T.J. …

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Poems, peace and kids

With the United States entering into another conflict, students in Alachua County are getting a chance to express themselves on the situation. However they aren’t talking about war, they are talking about peace. The second annual Peace Poetry Contest entry deadline is tomorrow and students across the county are sending …

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Can a whole grain diet improve your health?

Eating whole grains may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Boston researchers say they found about a 20 percent decreased risk of developing hypertension in those who ate whole grain breakfast cereals at least seven times a week. Gainesville dietician Laura Acosta says the potassium and magnesium in whole …

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Veterans share opinions on war

They hope to share a real perspective on war, from those fighting it. The Community Coalition Against War and Terrorism and several Santa Fe College student groups will host a forum for veterans to speak out tonight, and Coalition Spokesman Pierce Butler says they welcome all points of view on …

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Peace Corps of America celebrates 50 years

In commemoration of the Peace Corp of America’s, 50th anniversary, today, the University of Florida hosted an event on the Plaza of the Americas Wednesday afternoon. As Brittany Thompson reports, Peace Corps volunteers joined University of Florida students to answer any questions about serving overseas. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FP Peace Corps WRAP BT.mp3]

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Manatees heading south

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Services staff has counted more than 120 manatees heading south to the Homosassa River last week. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Natalie Beigel has more on manatee migration and boater safety. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Manatee Migration WRAP.mp3]

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National Kick Butts Day

As part of National Kick butts day, Marion County students will take a stand against tobacco. Students Working Against Tobacco will team up with anti-tobacco activist Chad Bullock to host a four day event across Marion County. Marion County Health Department Health Education Supervisor Evelyn James says the main focus …

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Some housing sales up

Alachua County home sales continue to rise. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Montana Symone reports, some realtors hope the market will maintain a steady incline [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MONTANA.mp3]

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Update: UF students and Japan, longer version

On Tuesday’s Front Page edition of All Things Considered on WUFT-FM, we talked with a University of Florida official about how UF students are affected by events in Japan. WUFT-FM’s Sammantha Taub reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SAMWRAP.mp3]

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University of Florida students back from Japan

Through all the devastation in Japan due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami University of Florida students found their way home safely. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s TJ Villamil reports, getting them back to America was no easy task. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/VillamilJapan.mp3]

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Libya and United States: UF expert comments

In a multi-national effort which included French coalition building and U-S flight campaigns, the forces still loyal to Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi were attacked this weekend. WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown spoke with University of Florida Center for African Studies Director Leonardo Villalon about the significance of the U-S role in Libya …

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County begins planning international trip

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce is planning a trip to China in October for the second straight year. Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Brittany Batsell says the trip is a great opportunity for chamber members as well as Marion county citizens who have signed up to travel with the chamber. …

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Speaker bring attention to Palestinian oppression in speech at UF

University of Florida Students for Justice in Palestine hoped to raise awareness about Palestinian oppression through various demonstrations on campus. American Association for Palestinian Equal Rights Public Education and Outreach Associate, Julia Hurley, spoke to students on her transformation from pro-Israel conservative to a Palestinian rights advocate saying she has …

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Great American Clean-up gets local

The nation’s largest community clean-up effort gets underway in Alachua County tomorrow for the Great American Clean-up. Keep Alachua County Beautiful Executive Director, Mickie MacKenzie, says the effort is about more than just planting trees. “We can plant as many flowers as we want, but unless we have communities that …

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