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Jobless rate drops to 8.5 percent, lowest in four years

Florida labor officials say the state’s unemployment dropped to its lowest mark in nearly four years in October with 8.5 percent of the workforce still hunting for jobs. Although the figure is an improvement from September’s 8.7 percent unemployment in Florida, it remains higher than the 7.9 percent national average. …

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Drought causes recreational opportunities to dry up on area lakes

As dry conditions continue, the lack of rain has some missing out on recreational fun on Melrose area lakes as water levels dip extremely low. WUFT-FM’s Kelsey Peck traveled to the area today where she found getting to spend time on the water is a “cherished” opportunity. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/BackyardLaketroublewrapKP.mp3] Melrose resident and artist David Beede’s has lived …

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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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Hawthorne man killed in airboat accident

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission is investigating a fatal airboat accident that occured Tuesday morning on the Rodman Reservoir in Putnam County.  According to a FWC news release, Phillip Howard Taylor, 64, of Hawthorne, was operating the airboat and was killed.  The airboat took a sharp right turn …

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Smoky conditions persist from Marion County flare up

Though the fire in Orange Springs is 100% contained, fire fighters remain on the scene to monitor the area. Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Ludie Bond says the fire that started two weeks ago flared up yesterday, but fire fighters managed to keep the surrounding area safe. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/Bond4.mp3] Due to excessive smoke, …

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DCF working on a new home for victims of alleged abuse

As a case involving child abuse proceeds against two Putnam County parents… the Florida Department of Children and Families is working on where to place their three children. DCF Spokesman John Harrell says the department’s first responsibility is making sure the children are receiving the care they need. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/03/HARRELL1.mp3] Putnam …

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Smoky conditions forces school closure

One Putnam County elementary school is closed today because of smoky conditions from the Olive fire in Levy Prairie. Wildfire mitigation specialist Ludie Bond says this is not the first time this fire has caused such complications. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/01/BOND1.mp3] School officials will decide later today if Ochwilla Elementary will remain closed …

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