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Camp Blanding prepares for potential emergencies

The Florida National Guard is preparing for its annual hurricane exercise at Camp Blanding in Starke today. Florida National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Ron Tittle says they are practicing how to react in case of a hurricane. “Reestablish governmental operations to be able to continue supporting to continue supporting the respective …

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Strap in and save lives

It takes just a few seconds but can save lives. The Gainesville Police Department is joining the national Click It or Ticket campaign urging motorists to buckle up, and GPD Corporal Tscharna Senn says the benefits from wearing a seatbelt far outweigh the risk. “The younger a person is, the …

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Staying safe in this weekend’s heat

With the temperatures this weekend expected to reach the mid-90s, Alachua County Health Department Assistant Director Paul Myers says it will be a good time to go out and get exercise, but with caution. He says there is a higher risk of heat stroke and heat exhaustion with these temperatures. …

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Shorter school week may mean more savings

Marion County Schools are facing a $24 million budget shortfall, and the Superintendent is proposing a four day school week to make up some of this deficit. Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says this looks like the best option and the community has so far been in favor. “It’s something …

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Sturgeon and safety gear: keys to safe boating

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is warning area boater to be aware for more than just mechanical problems. FWC Officer Jeffrey Summers says there were two more unconfirmed incidents involving jumping sturgeon this week, one resulting in minor injury. “We’ve had three accidents this season with those things …

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Tackling Islamophobia in America

In reaction to anti-islamic rhetoric, University of South Carolina Arabic studies professor Stephen Sheehi will be speaking at the Civic Media Center at 7 p.m. Saturday night. He will be discussing his book titled Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims. WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz spoke with him about the book. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SheehiQA.mp3]

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Shands pediatric programs earn top nod

Multiple pediatric programs out of Shands have gained top rankings in the state and are among the best in the nation. Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida gained recognition this week for the diabetes and endocrinology program and gastroenterology program, both deemed the top in the state. …

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“Buy Local” buy in to your community

May has been declared “Buy Local” month, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes local residents embrace that idea. Communications Director Lindsay Brennan says buying in to local products means buying in to your community. “When you are buying from a local community, you are helping that community keep …

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Hurricane conference underway in South Florida

Hurricane season starts next month and meteorologists, emergency managers, first responders, and government officials are already preparing. The annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference is currently underway in Fort Lauderdale. Attendees at the conference will participate in workshops and discussing budgets. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. Levy County Director …

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White nose syndrome devastates bat population

Hibernating bats are facing a growing epidemic of what’s known as white-nose bat syndrome—a fungus that clings to the facial fur on bats, causing them to wake up early. As WUFT-FM’s Brittany Wienke reports, this syndrome has economic consequences, though Florida seems to be safe [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BATWRAP.mp3]

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Gainesville man killed in Afghanistan

The U.S. department of defense, in a news release, announced the deaths of four soldiers, including a Gainesville man, who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Private Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, of Gainesville is among the four soldiers. According to the news release, they died May 16, of wounds suffered when …

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Santa Fe College students head to Ghana

Santa Fe College students will head to Ghana today on a study abroad trip – but this one isn’t like others – with these students bringing schools supplies over due to another studen’t helpful efforts here in Gainesville to another student constructing an instrument to help better preserve food. As …

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Drop in mail volume may cause relocation of Gainesville postal service facility

The increase in internet usage along with a shaky economy have brought about a decrease in the volume of mail circulated through the United States Postal Service. Now that decrease is affecting a local USPS distribution center’s full operating presence in North Central Florida. WUFT-FM’s Brittany Thompson has more. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/USPSWrapfinalforWEB.mp3]

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Space shuttle blasts off on second to last mission

The Space Shuttle Endeavour blasts off from the Kennedy Space Center on mission STS-134.

Space shuttle Endeavour is finally on its way. Endeavour blasted off on the next-to-last shuttle flight this morning under the command of Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The wounded congresswoman watched the launch in private from Kennedy Space Center. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator from Florida, Bill Nelson spoke …

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P. K. Yonge names new director

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, affiliated with the University of Florida announced today it will have a new director starting July 1st, but the person assuming the position isn’t a new face on P.K. Yonge’s campus. Current Director of Research and Outreach at the school, who is also a professor …

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50 Years Later: “Freedom Riders” remembered

The efforts of bus loads of many young people in the early 1960s is remembered for how it affected the Civil Rights movement and segregation in the Jim Crow south. WUFT-FM’s Tom Krynski talked with Dr. Paul Ortiz, the University of Florida’s director of the Proctor oral history program about …

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