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Pit bull killed after it attached a K-9 with ACSO

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies fatally shot a pit bull, after the dog attacked a police K-9 while following a suspect on Sunday. Deputies were pursuing 24-year-old Tracy Kennedy when the pit bull started biting the police K-9 on the throat. ACSO Spokesman Todd Kelly says Kennedy’s is to blame for …

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FOG planting organic garden in honor of Earth Day

In an appropriate celebration of Earth Day, Florida Organic Growers installed an organic garden at Gainesville’s Reichert House Youth Academy today. Director of Education and Outreach Christine Hale says planting organic gardens in schools is a strategy to decrease childhood obesity and help children understand basic nutrition. FOG has provided …

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Politics and the future of nuclear energy

By Dan Katz – WUFT-FM The nuclear tragedy in Japan has raised many questions about the future of American energy policy. As WUFT-FM’s Dan Katz reports, fear of disaster striking at home may play a big role in the politics of nuclear energy. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/fpnuclearenergy.mp3]

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Investigation continues on the Jackson murder case

Marion County Sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation on the Seath Jackson murder case. Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Judge Cochran says right now, authorities are looking for evidence. “Right now, concerning the first degree murder of Seath Jackson, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Unit is continuing to look for the …

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Cracking down on pill mills

The Florida House has passed a bill that will crack down on “pill mills” that supply prescription painkillers to addicts and drug dealers. The bill originally included a repeal of the state’s prescription tracking system scheduled to begin in August. University of Florida Pharmacy Professor Dr. Paul Doering says it …

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Sheriff gets recognition for looking out for animals

Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell and her Rural Services Unit will be awarded for the implementation of an animal protection unit this Saturday. Both were nominated by the Neighbor’s Equine Assistance Team founder, Adrienne Hudson. Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Todd Kelly says, Darnell is well deserving of the award. …

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Marion County looks for help from federal housing fund

Marion County officials are urging area homeowners to check their eligibility on a new state housing payment program. The Florida Hardest Hit fund helps unemployed or underemployed homeowners pay their mortgages and applications are now available. Marion County Community Services Department Director Cheryl Amey says the need for this program …

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County board pushes for bike lanes

In an effort to make Alachua County more bike friendly, suggestions were tossed around tonight at the county’s monthly Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board meeting. The county is looking to add bike lanes to major roads in the area while keeping safety a top priority. Advisory Board member William Baruch says an …

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Middle school students get a musical suprise

Students at Lake Weir Middle School were presented with more than $20,000 in instruments for the band program. The brass and percussion instruments were donated this morning by Fidelity Investments. The gift far exceeds the school’s average yearly band budget of $2,500. Marion County Public Schools Spokesman Kevin Christian says …

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Campaign urges parent action to prevent underage drinking

The first annual Powertalk 21 Project kicked off today. The campaign by Mothers Against Drunk Driving hopes to encourage parents to talk to their children about underage drinking and driving under the influence. MADD Northwest Florida Project Specialist Marilyn Dorsey says parents have a large influence over their children in …

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Area schools get rain gardens to commemorate Earth Day

In light of Earth Day on Friday, three local schools will get rain gardens from the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. The rain gardens are used to help protect water quality. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Lysette Portales spoke with Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Natural Resources Program Manager Steven Hofstetter about …

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Help for homeowners in foreclosure

A new foreclosure relief program was launched in Florida to help eligible homeowners with mortgage payments. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Lauren Buchwald reports, Marion County Community Services is working with the Hardest Hit program . [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Hardest-HitWRAP.mp3]

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Marion County juvenile escapes from detention center

Marion County officials are scratching their heads after juvenile Yarnell Bagley escaped from the Sheriff’s Office Youth Detention Center yesterday again. For 17-year-old Bagley, this is his second escape from the Center since March. Marion County spokesman Judge Cochran said Bagley’s escape has prompted a full-review of the facility’s procedures. …

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Marion Theatre’s doors to remain open

Downtown Ocala’s Marion Theatre is staying open after the city’s council signed an agreement with Eastwynn Theaters Incorporated. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM’s Natalie Beigel tells us more about the outcome of the city council’s Tuesday deal. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/WRAPMarionTheater.mp3]

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Two charged in death of endangered whooping crane

There’s closure in the case of a matriarch whooping crane shooting thanks to a citizen tip. Authorities have charged Wade Bennett from Kayuga, Indianna and a juvenile in the case. Both were sentenced in Indiana State Court and received probation, fines and fees for their involvement in the shooting of …

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