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Thousands of acres burning in North Central Florida

Heavy smoke this morning throughout North Central Florida has reduced visibility on roadways and made for hazardous driving conditions.  While the fire in Levy Prairie just over the Alachua-Putnam county line may bring in some smoke, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the main source of the smoke is from …

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The smell of smoke is in the air

With heavy smoke hanging in the air around North Central Florida, county health officials are urging people to stay indoors. Alachua County Health Department Medical Executive Director John Colon says even the healthiest person can expect to see some side effects from the smoke. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/04/COLON1.mp3] He says those with allergy …

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Co-existing with Florida’s black bear

With human and black bear populations on the rise in Florida, people in rural North Central Florida have had an increased number of encounters with this native species.  The Umatilla bear festival occurred this past Saturday to give humans a bear’s eye-view of life in the forest. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s …

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National mortgage plan may not resonate in Gainesville

Nationwide, struggling owners are expecting relief following a mortgage deal struck by the federal government and many large banks, but Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors President Craig Wilburn says it may not be the long term solution North Central Florida really needs. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/WILBURN2.mp3] The plan outlines two possible paths for …

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Reviewing the events of the “Boardwalk Fire”

Traffic is running again in both the north and southbound lanes on I-75 and U.S. 441 in Alachua County following yesterday’s deadly pileup. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Marc Whiteman reports, officials from all of North Central Florida have provided assistance. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BoardwalkFireMWwrap.mp3] In the wake of the most devastating interstate pileup …

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Homeless project grants provide more than just shelter

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has handed down $72 million in grants for homeless housing projects around Florida. While many North Central Florida programs will benefit, WUFT-FM’s Stephanie Brown says one group bringing home a slice of that money has truly changed lives. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/HOMELESSGRANTWRAP.mp3]

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Unemployment falls to lowest level in three years

New numbers released today show the U.S. economy added about 200,000 jobs in December, bringing the unemployment rate down to 8.5%, the lowest rate in nearly 3 years. This continues a 6-month trend in which the economy has added 100,000 or more jobs each month. Workforce Connection CEO Rusty Skinner …

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Operation Migration hoping to get back in the air soon

A yearly north central Florida tradition is having trouble taking flight. Operation Migration, which leads a group of whooping cranes from Wisconsin to winter locations around Florida, is grounded in Alabama because of regulatory problems. Board of Directors member David Sakrison says if the dispute is not settled quickly, the …

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Search for fugitive continues around Marion County

US Marshals are searching for a man who fled authorities in two North Central Florida counties yesterday. 41-year-old Michael Richard Maser is wanted in Sumter County for unlawful sexual activity with a minor and is now considered a fugitive after fleeing deputies in Citrus and Marion counties. US Marshal Service …

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