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How to Fund Citrus Co. Road Resurfacing

A lack of funding leads Citrus County Commissioners to consider additional money-making resources. A proposed 1% sales tax could be the key. GTN's Briana Harper tells us more about future road repairs that could come as a result of the taxing.
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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Investigating Death of Man with Stolen Gun

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating Monday's killing of a man with a stolen gun who Gilchrist County deputies say threatened to harm them. The Alachua County SWAT team was called in to assist. More>>

Alachua County Begins System to Help Warn Disabled During Emergency

Alachua County Emergency Management has a brand new system in place to warn persons who are deaf, blind, or hard of hearing in case of an emergency. More>>

GPD Captain Retires

A Gainesville Police Department Captain says his goodbyes today during a retirement ceremony. GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on how Capt. Lonnie Scott impacted the Gainesville Police Department.GPD Chief Tony Jones says, "He has put in a lot of blood, sweat, and tears for this community and for this agency. We are going to miss you."Capt. Lonnie Scott was a Gainesville Police Officer for 29 years and after hearing many of Capt. Scott's coworkers and friends say goodbye, one sentiment resonated.C... More>>

Alachua Co. International Affairs Expert Addresses Plane Crash in Ukraine

It's a crash site and a crime scene in a war zone. Investigators are combing through the debris in Eastern Ukraine to figure out exactly what happened to Flight 17. The Boeing 777 was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur yesterday when it went down. That's as it flew over a field in a region controlled by pro-Russian separatists. US military intelligence strongly suspects a surface to air missile brought it down. President Obama says the UN Security Council will investigate and says for t... More>>

Citra Fire Suspects Arrested

A Marion County death investigation takes one step forward after three suspects are found and taken into custody. GTN's Briana Harper has more on what led to their arrests and what clues they may offer.
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Seniors Could Get Help From Trans Surtax

Gainesville city commissioners agree to projects for a 1 cent transportation surtax that's going on the November ballot. The projects are for roads and infrastructure, but a recent addition includes help specifically for seniors. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on the initiative. More>>

Unemployment Rates Dip in Some Parts of the State, Rise in Others

Unemployment in Florida has dipped slightly but for Alachua County and Gilchrist County combined it went up from 4.9% to 5.3%. That's the second straight month there's been an increase. The statewide rated dropped from 6.3 to 6.2% while the national rate dropped from 6.3 to 6.1. More>>

Crist Taps Annette Taddeo as Running Mate

Charlie Crist has announced Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Taddeo is founder and CEO of LanguageSpeak, a language services company that offers translations in over 240 languages.
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Businesses Getting Calls from Scammers Claiming to be GRU Representatives

Some business customers have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a GRU representative, saying that the customer must make an immediate payment by cash or third-party website to avoid having his or her utility service disconnected. More>>

North Florida Man Makes Up for Past Regrets

In this special report, GTN's Christine Eschenfelder and Patrick Fleming bring you the inspiring story of a man who lost his brother but lives to honor his memory by helping others. More>>

Saggy Pants Ordinance Approved in Ocala

The Ocala City Council unanimously passes an ordinance banning saggy pants which show skin or underwear below the natural waistline. GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on how the community is divided over the validity of the new ordinance. Carlos Rios, an Ocala resident, says, "Nobody wants to walk around and see somebody's butt crack."Another resident, Christine Wells, says, "I feel like you should have the freedom to dress how you want to."But a new ordinance in Ocala is regulating the way residen... More>>

Marion Co. Coupon Fraud

Extreme couponing takes on a whole new meaning after the Marion County Sheriff's Office uncovers an extensive counterfeit coupon scheme. In tonight's big story -- GTN's Briana Harper tells us just how much stolen merchandise the suspects collected before landing behind bars.
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Alachua County Resident Stricken with Rare Disease

A county resident was infected with the mosquito-borne virus while traveling in the Carribbean and is now recovering. Florida leads the nation with 81 reported cases and 33 of those have been reported in the past three weeks. There's are two species of mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It spreads when a mosquito first bites an infected person and then another person.
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Judge Overturns Florida's Ban on Gay Marriage

A judge in the Florida Keys has overturned the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage after a legal challenge by six gay couples said it effectively made them second-class citizens. The ruling was issued today by a circuit judge applies only to Monroe County, which covers the Keys. More>>

Columbia County Asks for $500,000 to Repair Roads

The Columbia County administration is asking the state for reimbursement after road repairs had to be done due to Tropical Storm Debbie. The state has not made any approval for reimbursement and the Division of Emergency Management has denied Columbia County's request for a reimbursement. More>>

Alachua County Offering Free Breakfast and Lunch at Select Schools

Alachua County is now offering free breakfast and lunches for students at 24 of its schools regardless of family income. Schools were selected based on the percentage of students at the school who are participating in one or more of a variety of public assistance programs, such as Head Start. More>>

Gainesville Woman's Club Hosting Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The Gainesville Woman's Club is hosting the fourth annual "Wine Tasting: Red, White More Red!" benefit this evening with proceeds going to the Girls Place and Peaceful Paths. There will be hors d'oeurves, desserts, door prizes, and piano music. More>>

Car Drives Off Buckman Bridge; One Body Recovered So Far (Video)

The US Coast Guard is calling off a search that has been going on all day. They've been searching the St. Johns river for bodies after an accident this morning on the Buckman bridge in Jacksonville. That's where we find GTN's Hailey Holloway, she joins us live with the latest.
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Gainesville Leaders Don't Feel Prepared for Budget Review

Reviewing a 400 million dollar budget can be a big job. And Gainesville's city commission is finding that it's not only overwhelming, but that some details are being overlooked. GTN's Hailey Holloway is live in the newsroom with more on the budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 and how the city is dealing with the review.
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District Staff Recommends Water Permit Be Denied

Sleepy Creek Lands formerly known as Adena Springs is facing yet another speed bump in its path for increased water consumption. GTN's Briana Harper tells us more about the recommendation to deny the lands proposed water permit and the pending impact on the environment.
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Columbia County Corrections Captain Fired

A Corrections Office captain is fired from Columbia County prison. Warden Monroe Barnes says Capt. Jason Fox was fired after waiting more than two months to report illegal activity. The Department of Corrections says Fox was notified by an officer at the Tampa Police Department that an inmate was receiving packages containing cell phones, marijuana, and fire arms hidden in a coffee bag. The DOC says Fox received that call on February first, but did not report the suspected smuggling until Apr... More>>

Search Underway for Possible Survivors After Car Goes Over the Side of Buckman Bridge

CBS in Jacksonville is reporting that crews from multiple agencies are searching for possible survivors in the St. Johns River after a car went over the Buckman Bridge this morning. More>>

Alachua County Considers Altering Dress Code

The biggest change would lift the requirement that tops or bottoms would have to be a solid color. More>>

Alachua County Commission Candidate: John Martin

Alachua County District 4 Candidate John Martin is hoping to bring what he calls core services to the commission. GTN's Briana Harper talked with him to find out his plan of action as he seeks a seat on the county commission.
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Conference in Marion County to Discuss School Improvement Plans

Preliminary grades from the Department of Education reveal 19 D and F grades for some Marion County elementary and middle schools. That's up five from last year. Administrators in Marion and surrounding counties are working to bring up those grades. Last year, 14 schools in Marion County earned a D grade. The state requires schools to develop a school improvement plan, which details how the district will work to bring those grades up. Marion County Superintendent, George Tomyn, says, "One of ... More>>

Lake City Man Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Child

Investigations began when officials at Lake City Medical Center notified authorities they were treating a child they believe had been sexually battered. More>>

Citrus County Sheriff's Office Faces Lawsuit Over Revealing of Confidential Informant

The mother of Jamie Lee Seeger says deputies failed to protect the 27 year old woman who was a confidential informant. Investigators claim she wasn't working for them the night she was shot and killed during a drug deal. More>>

Alachua County Sheriff Releases Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect

Alachua county sheriff's deputies say a sexual assault suspect has been roaming the streets for nearly two weeks. And detectives hope time is on their side. Sheriff's deputies say the suspect assaulted a woman in her apartment. More>>

What Could the Proposed GRU Rate Hike Pay For?

GRU presents its FY2015 budget plan to the city commission. It includes a rate increase and a six million dollar software update. The commission had budgeted five million dollars to update it's software last year but it didn't happen. That money rolled over to this year and GRU is asking for an additional million to start the update.
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New Alachua County Charter School Has Nontraditional Schedule

A new school opens next week in Gainesville and it's setting itself apart with a nontraditional schedule. In our big story tonight, GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on Boulware Charter School and why parents are filling up the waiting list. One parent, Ericka Jackson, says, "I'm so excited that she got in. I was calling all the time asking them, okay, did anybody drop off the list? Because she was initially on the waiting list and someone didn't come through with what they needed to provide, so th... More>>

Operation Stuff the Bus Seeks to Help Provide School Supplies for Homeless Children

New items sought include backpacks, binders and notebooks as well as shoes, clothing, deodorant, shampoo and laundry detergent. More>>

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