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Keep pets in mind on hot days

With temperatures reaching the 90’s today pet owners need to be careful about leaving animals in cars. Alachua County Animal Services Director David Flagler says this is an area of concern in Florida in particular. “Being away for any length of time, still sets up the condition to where the …

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Horse virus outbreak has local farm owners watching

One Jonesville horse farm is dealing with a virus that’s currently plaguing the Northwestern United States. University of Florida Veterinary General Medicine Chief Rob MacKay says complications with Equine Herpes Virus-1 can often be fatal to horses. “Instead of having cold like symptoms- upper respiratory symptoms- instead of having those …

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Multimedia changing the business of gathering news

Its been more than two decades since Andrew Garick visited the University of Florida campus. Telecommunication graduate Garick now works as ABC World News Editor. He talked with Florida’s 89.1, WUFT FM’s Juliza Monterroso about how social networking is changing the news buisness. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPANDREWGARICKWRAP2.mp3]

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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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