Tag Archives: North Central Florida

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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FDLE arrests 4 dozen people in child predator sting operation

A six month child predator sting operation known as “Operation Amalgamate” ended today with the arrest of 48 individuals charged with soliciting minors. FDLE is urging parents to be actively involved in their childrens’ activities.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokesperson Keith Kameg says, the individuals arrested were from 17 counties …

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Wasted water sparks flareups among farmers, residents and water managers

Water management districts in North Florida are in the hot seat over the way they distribute water permits.  The current dry conditions are pitting agriculture against residents in a number of north central florida communities.   Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chrissy McLarty reports many people says the agency needs to rethink just how much water everyone …

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Non-profit expansion means jobs for North Central Florida

55 full-time jobs are coming to North Central Florida. Childhood Development Services Public Relations Director Brandi Cooney says they are hiring teachers and other positions in Alachua and Marion counties. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Cooney1.mp3] Cooney says there are also 8 position in Citrus county and 6 in Levy county. They are now accepting …

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Schools taking action to prevent bullying

From every day school bullies to cyberbullies, schools around the region are fighting back. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FMs Catherine Awasthi reports how three years after passing the Jeffery Johnson Stand Up for All Students Act, some North Central Florida schools are seeing the difference. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/CatsMONDAYbullyingfeature.mp3]

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Gainesville’s Pride Festival celebrates all community members

Gainesville’s annual Pride Festival will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. North Central Florida Pride Community Center Co-President Terry Fleming says this festival helps younger people gain support from the community. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/10/FLEMING1.mp3] The festival will feature a parade with food and entertainment starting at 2 p.m.

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Springs protection focus of water supply forums

Over the years, the Florida Springs have become a hot issue with concerns of their continuous degradation. H.T.Odom Florida Springs Institute Director and Professor Bob Knight talks with WUFT-FM’s Alyssa Averette about the increasing nitrate levels and the threats caused to the Springs. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/KnightQA.mp3] Knight: There’s a very widespread reduction in flows in …

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