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Alachua County gets immunization recognition

Alachua County’s action against the flu has earned national recognition. The“Protecting Alachua County from Flu” program helped immunize 50% of the county’s elementary and middle school students. Program coordinator Cuc Tran says it’s important to focus on protecting this age group. “Before, it used to be immunize the elderly folks, …

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TANF Applicants to take drug tests

Applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families wellfare program might soon be required to pass drug tests in order to receive assistance. District 43 State Representative Jimmie Smith says the measure will help make sure Florida tax dollars do not go toward drug abuse. “The TANF program is simply …

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Sending kids to safe summer camps

With summer nearing, the Florida legislature is re-evaluating laws placed on summer camps. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM Kamryn Deegan reports, new Florida laws place stricter background check requirements on summer camp workers. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BackgroundCheckwrap.mp3]

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NFRMC in an expansion phase

Scheduled to begin in September, North Florida Regional Medical Center will expand its facilities. The project is being funded by corporate money and will include expansion of the Heart and Vascular Center. The 58 million dollar project will also include a patient tower addition and employ 800 new personnel.

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Community celebrates volunteerism

Alachua County came together tonight to honor community activism. The 39th Annual Work of Hearts Awards recognized individuals and groups of volunteers for their work in business, education and 10 other categories. Haven Hospice Communications Coordinator Jenni Williams says it is important to recognize the work of local volunteers. “This …

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Keeping kids safe during summer break

School is almost out, and that means it’s time for families to start enjoying their summer. Many times, parents take this opportunity to send their kids to summer camp. WUFT-FM’s Samantha Taub has the details on some new changes, and why parents can feel even more safe about sending their …

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Alachua County honors former sheriff

Today the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office hosted a building dedication ceremony for a former sheriff. As Forida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Montana Symone reports, former Sheriff Joe Crevasse Junior was honored for his extraordinary service. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/MontanaVoicer.mp3]

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No vacation from taxes

If you’re thinking about booking a hotel in Florida through a travel agency anytime soon, beware. Trial attorneys and major hotel chains have teamed up to create a tax on fees charged by online and offline travel agencies. WUFT FM’s Laura McKeeman has more on a bill that will try …

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Teachers anxious about just who will get a pink slip

Several hundred Alachua County teachers aren’t sure where their next paycheck will come from. As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Aneta Kozub reports the school district won’t have the answer for them until the state settles on a budget. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AlachuaTeachersWrap.mp3]

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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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