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Area Pet Owners Worry About Recent Outbreak of Distemper

A recent outbreak of the distemper virus in several raccoons in the western section of Gainesville and Alachua County has a lot of pet owners worried. WUFT-FM’s Junior Skepple spoke to some experts about the importance of having animals immunized against the virus. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/distemper.mp3]

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Alachua County Schools Combat Childhood Obesity

Obesity in America has created national concern. As health insurance rates soar, citizens are seeking ways to improve their health. Childhood obesity is an even more pressing issue. Michelle McKenzie takes a look at how Alachua County schools are making efforts to do something about the issue. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/obesity.mp3]

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Manatees Struggle With Florida’s Recent Freezes

One of Florida’s most endangered species is coming out of last month’s cold snap very hard hit. Hundreds of manatees died across the state as temperatures dipped below freezing for several days straight. As Vic Micolucci reports, recently a team of researchers, veterinarians and biologists took a closer look at …

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Homeless Advocates Rally To End Meal Limits

More than 750,000 people find themselves homeless every day in America. While shelters and organizations provide meals for those in need daily, still hundreds of thousands of people go hungry on a daily basis. No where is the issue more controversial than Gainesville where homeless advocates say current restrictions keep …

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Questions Still Swirling Over Florida Shark Attack

People are still talking about a bizarre shark attack that killed surfer Stephen Schafer. Details about the attack continue to surface as a team struggles to determine the kind of shark behind the attack, and if there was more than one. Jessica Gable has the story. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/shark.mp3]

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U.S. Senator Nelson Weighs In On Haiti Relief Effort

As doctors and diplomats try to pick up the pieces in Haiti, one U.S. Senator believes the relief effort will require more than the Haitian government can provide. Democratic U.S. Senator from Florida, Bill Nelson, was on the University of Florida campus and talked with WUFT-FM’s Jessica Gable. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Nelsonwrap.mp3]

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The Rivalries In Club Rugby

Nothing packs a stadium and gets fans pumped quite like a rivalry. University of Florida versus Florida State University is one of those great rivalries. Lee Ziesche was on the sidelines to capture it all when the two schools went head to head in Club Rugby. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/850Rugbywrap.mp3]

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Migrant Workers Seek Better Lives Part Three

Workers bend over in a bean field in Homestead, Florida right outside of the Everglades the day after Thanksgiving. The migrant worker’s story, like so many groups who live in poverty, is often a forgotten one. Many young migrants have now made an effort to come together and use new, …

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Killer Bees Haven’t Stung U.S. Honey Production

The much feared Africanized honey bee entered the United States in October of 1990. But despite predictions, researchers say the aggressive bee species has not taken an economic toll on domestic hives. As Michelle McKenzie reports, even though the African honey bee has pushed out domestic honey producers in South …

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Migrant Workers Seek Better Lives Part Two

Twenty-two year old farm worker and student Veronica Lopez takes a break from picking beans on a windy day after Thanksgiving in Homestead, Florida. A day of hard labor in the fields for a migrant worker yields about 30 dollars on a good day. A hard day in the classroom …

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Gainesville Boasts First Zero Energy Home

From the ceiling fans to the garage door, everything in a new Gainesville home will be run on energy that comes from solar panels on the roof of the home. Gainesville is the first city in Florida to build a completely energy efficient home. WUFT-FM’s Kaitlyn Ash takes us on …

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Wiernermobile Visits Gainesville

It’s been one of the most noticeable sights on the roadways for decades now, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Monday, one of the nation’s six giant red hot dogs on wheels dropped by the University of Florida campus, and its faithful drivers stopped by WUFT-FM to talk with Vic Micolucci. Listen …

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Bradford County Picks Up After Powerful Storm

Tornado damage in Bradford County. Just this past week Bradford County experienced a major storm that left a path of damage and disarray in its wake. As Jessica Gable reports, since the storm, it’s been a time of picking up pieces and neighbor helping neighbor. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/5stormD.mp3]

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Whooping Cranes Fly Over the Dunnellon Airport

A large crowd gathered at the Dunnellon Airport Tuesday morning to see one of the newest flocks of whooping cranes on their first migration to Florida. As Vic Micolucci reports, the latest trip is being considered a success by the team of experts working as part of Operation Migration. This …

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Florida Mission Worker Shares His Experience In Haiti

It’s been nearly a week since the earthquake in Haiti. Rescue forces remain active in giving as much help as they can to look for Haitian survivors. James Tolbert with fish ministries of St. Augustine just came back from haiti. WUFT-FM’s Michelle Mckenzie had a chance to hear Tolbert give …

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Cabbage Growers Take A Hit From Freeze

By Lynsey Saunders – WUFT-FM Crops all over the Florida peninsula have succumbed to the cold weather. Cabbage grown in Putnam County has taken a beating from the frigid temperatures this past week. WUFT-FM’s Lynsey Saunders reports how many growers near Hastings are reporting significant losses. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/cabbage-freeze.mp3]

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