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Safety for Students Before and After School

A kid is robbed on his way to school. Now parents are growing concerned about safety. A 14-year-old boy arrived at Kanapaha middle yesterday covered in blood from head to toe. He told deputies two men beat him up and robbed him on the wooded pathway between the school and the Greenleaf subdivision. Deputies think two men they arrested for car burglaries in ther area could be suspects. GTN's Hailey Holloway is live on the path where the boy was robbed with more on what can be done to keep kid... More>>

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Florida Senate Bill Will Increase Private School Accountability

The Florida Senate is considering some changes to the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, or vouchers. This amendment to a Senate bill would hold private schools more accountable for the progress of students receiving state funding. GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on this controversial education issue. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program provides state funding to the children from lower income families to afford private school tuition. In a new amendment to a bill in the Senate, st... More>>

Increased Safety Preparations at 2014 Crab Fest

A nearly three decade-old tradition continues this weekend. It's the Williston Crab Fest. But following last year's deadly shooting at the event-- safety is the biggest priority. In our big story this half-hour -- GTN's Briana Harper has more on security measures being put in place.

Student Robbed on the Way to Kanapaha Middle School

A middle school boy is attacked, beaten, then robbed by two older men on his morning walk to school. Authorities say they've rarely seen so much violence in an attempt to steal electronics. More>>

Lock Down at Columbia County High School

A lock down took place at Columbia County High School after authorities received a call of a weapon on school grounds. As GTN's Mayci McLeod reports, it was all a hoax, that lead to an arrest. Columbia County High School went on lock down for about two hours this afternoon after a call into the 911 center claimed there was a gun on campus. Columbia County Sheriff Mark Hunter says,"We determined who the caller was, backtracking on the phone, and we've identified that and determined that it wa... More>>

How Will Districts Make Up Yesterday's FCAT Glitches?

Twenty-six districts had technical problems with the FCAT. Some schools couldn't take it at all yesterday. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on who's to blame and how the setback affects the testing schedule. Yesterday schools throughout the state tried to start FCAT testing, but many couldn't; all 50 Marion County schools included. "We and some schools where it was just a class or two that had issues logging on, but once they got on they were fine. We had other schools that could never log on... More>>

Space Concerns Over County Office Relocation

Plans to buy new Alachua County office space continues to make progress but not without some concern. GTN's Briana Harper tells us more on how the county is weighing issues of budget costs and adequate space needs in hopes of satisfying all involved. Soon enough Alachua County looks to put down its first month's rent for this new office location. A plan that has been in the works for several months-- bringing good news to the county property appraiser. Alachua County County Appraiser Ed... More>>

Columbia High School on Lockdown

Columbia High School is on lockdown according to the the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. A 911 call was received at noon today that a student was upset with another student and thought harm might be done to that student. More>>

15 Year Old Stabbed by 11 Year Old Classmate

An 11-year-old Chain of Lakes Middle School student stabbed a 15-year-old classmate in the chest with a pair of scissors Wednesday morning as they got off the bus, deputies said. The 11-year-old was taken into custody. More>>

Toddler Nearly Drowns in a Swimming Pool

It happened shortly after 5:00 pm on Tuesday. "EMS arrived on scene, rendered first aid. The child has been taken to the hospital," said ASO spokesperson Art Forgey.  More>>

Grant Increase Keeps Mentally Ill Out of Jail

Alachua county is just one of seven counties across the state awarded grants to assist the mentally ill. And this year's round of funding is a boost. More>>

Florida Sheriff's Association and Police Chief's Association Support Medical Marijuana Bill

Law enforcement associations are reconsidering their stance on the legalization of medical marijuana. More>>

Ocala Drug Bust

Police in Ocala make a big drug bust. It landed one couple in jail and two kids in protective services. More>>

Florida Ranks 2nd Highest with Negative Equity Homes

More Florida homes are underwater-- but it isn't a result of rainy weather this time around. A recent report names Florida the 2nd highest state having the most homes with negative equity. GTN's Briana Harper brings us more on the local real estate market's attempt to stay afloat. According to RealtyTrac more than 9 million US residential properties are underwater. That means a home's combined loan amount is at least 25 percent higher than the property's estimated market value. A risi... More>>

North Central Florida Flooding Update

The rain over the weekend led to some flooding in North Central Florida. Some of the worst is in Suwannee County in Three Rivers Estates on rightfully named River Run Road, because the road now runs straight into the river.Suwannee County's Sheriff says the residents of the Three Rivers area have become experts at handling flood waters. Sheriff Tony Cameron says, "The people that live in that area they have to travel in and out by boat. They come up and they have to travel about 150 feet a... More>>

Heavy Flooding in North Central Florida

Heavy rainfall is swelling rivers in north central Florida and that's putting some people at risk. Gainesville resident Amber Golden is shocked to see the Suwannee river this high. More>>

Arrests for More than Fifty Burglaries in Four Counties

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office arrests three adults and three minors for more than 50 burglaries.    The sheriff's office says the group is part of a ring of criminals committing crimes across four More>>

Dogs Available in Gainesville from Federal Dog Fighting Raid

Last August, the FBI and ASPCA teamed up on a multi-state federal dog fighting raid across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Texas. The dogs seized in that raid are now beginning to find new homes, and More>>

A Milder Hurricane Season Pt.3: Marion Co.

This weekend's heavy rains are just a preview of what Marion County Emergency Management may expect this upcoming hurricane season. GTN's Briana Harper brings us more on their preparations-- despite More>>

Eighteen land tracts closed due to flooding

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LIVE OAK, FL, April 18, 2014 – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has closed 18 of its public land parcels due to rising water levels along the Suwannee, Alapaha, Santa Fe, and Steinhatchee More>>

Gators W. Tennis - SEC Tourney - Watch live matches online

4/18/2014 Columbia, MO - Florida Womens Tennis faces off in the third round of the SEC tournament tonight at 6:00pm.  The tournament is held this year at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.   The More>>

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its magnitude at 7.5 and said it was centered near the Pacific resort of Acapulco, More>>

Kenneth Smith, Gainesville Resident, Being Sought By Police in Sexual Assault Case

Gainesville police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.  "I always tell people that your head should always be on a pivot. You don't want to look paranoid, but you should look More>>

Gainesville is Trying to Fix the Digital Divide

With homework and textbooks becoming computer based, there is a gap between kids who have access to technology and those who don't. It's known as the digital divide. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on More>>

Levy County Boat Ramps Closed

Levy County has closed all boat ramps on the Suwannee River because of rising river conditions and hazardous navigation. The ramps at Clay Landing, Fowler's Bluff and Camp Azalea are closed until further More>>

A Milder Hurricane Season Pt.2: Alachua Co.

GTN News continues its look at the local impact of a predicted quiet hurricane season and what this may mean for Alachua County. In our big story this half hour--GTN's Briana Harper has more with local More>>

Gainesville Police Are Looking for a Suspect in Sexual Assault Case

Gainesville Police are looking for a man who kicked in a 14 year old's bedroom door and forced her to have sex with him early Thursday morning. The victim picked out 24 year old Kenneth B. Smith from a More>>

Tax Collector Von Fraser Dies

Longtime Alachua County Tax Collector Von Fraser has died at the age of 76 after an extended illness. He was hired as Assistant Tax Collector in 1981 and was elected Tax Collector in 2000. More>>

Deadly Car Crash on I-75

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on I-75.  The tragic accident only involved one car and the driver unfortunately lost their life. More>>

A Milder Hurricane Season Pt.1: Levy Co.

Hurricane season begins June 1st-- and it's looking like it could be a quiet one for Florida. In our big story --GTN's Briana Harper has more on our chances--and how Levy County officials are still preparing More>>

Florida Senate Bill Could Require High School Financial Literacy Course

Financial experts say people are not learning important life skills until they run into money trouble. A bill moving through the Florida Senate looks to improve America's financial savviness, starting More>>

Nick Cannon Visits Ocala to Pay it Forward

America's Got Talent host, Nick Cannon, brings his talents to Ocala for a good cause. GTN's Hailey Holloway spent some time with the entertainer and the special group he is in town to help out.    "We're More>>

Bo Diddley Plaza is getting a facelift.

Bo Diddley Plaza is getting a facelift.  The area near University avenue is set to get a new cafe and even a backstage area, known as a green room, for performers to prep before going out on stage.  And More>>

Temporary FCAT Replacement is Coming from Utah and Costs $5.4M

This week students are taking the FCAT for the last time. Florida is dropping the test for one that will test the new "Florida Standards."   But at what cost? GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on the new More>>

Local Runners Return to Boston Marathon

Many local runners who raced last year are returning to Boston for this year's marathon. A local family of five runners is among the group heading North. GTN's Mayci McLeod spoke to members of the Hensley More>>

Buchholz HS Math Team's Winnings Add Up

The Buchholz high school math team is adding up its wins. GTN's Briana Harper tells us how the school continued its legacy at this weekend's math competition. More than 1,000 math competitors More>>

Fire Consumes Melrose Gas Station

Firefighters are investigating an overnight fire that destroyed a gas station in Melrose.  "I was shocked at first," said Travis Moore.  Travis Moore work's at Chiapinni's -- right down the street from More>>

Keystone Heights Mourns Heroic Student Death

The Keystone Heights community is mourning the death of teen - who risked his life to save another. 18-year-old Shane Savoy died Friday after being hit by a pick-up truck on the way to the school bus. More>>

First Day of Passover = First Day of FCAT

Passover begins today - but so does the FCAT. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on how school districts are dealing with the overlap.   The Florida Department of Education gives school districts an FCAT More>>

Man Arrested in Lake City Murder

A man accused of the brutal murder of the mother of their three week old child has been arrested in the Five Points area of Lake City. Carlis Lindsey surrendered after police kicked in the front door. More>>

High Springs Main Street Closed Until Friday

Main Street in High Springs has been shut down at the railroad crossing to remove those tracks and will reopen no later than 6 PM Friday afternoon.

Tax Deadline is Tuesday at Midnight

The deadline to file your income tax is Tuesday night at midnight. Volunteers from AARP are giving assistance from 10-2 today and Tuesday at the Alachua County Library Headquarters on 401 E. University More>>

Oak Hall School Welcomes Palestinian Students

After 14 years of planning -Oak Hall School is happy to finally welcome a group of Palestinian students to Gainesville. It's all part of the local sister-city program. In our big story this half-hour, More>>

Taylor Co. Sergeant Receives Hero's Send Off from Gainesville

A Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy completed his treatment today at UF Health Shands Rehab Hospital, after being shot in the line of duty. First responders from across North Florida helped give him a celebration More>>

HSPD Report Card - Who is to Blame for "Such Disarray"?

High Springs officials are giving some new reasons for wanting to demote the former police chief, Steve Holley.     GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on the police department's report card.     It started More>>

Search Continues in Citrus County for Missing Pilot

A Florida pilot is still missing after five days. He took off from Dunnellon Airport in Marion County on Saturday and never arrived home in Zephyrhills. GTN's Mayci McLeod is live in Citrus County where More>>

UF Health Partnership Improves Nursing Education

Lawmakers continue their push to improve nursing schools in Florida. Now a partnership between UF's College of Nursing and UF Health looks to go even further. UF's College of Nursing Dean Anna McDaniel More>>

Gainesville's Street Corner Rapper Attacked

A man known for bringing smiles to drivers by rapping on Gainesville street corners is still singing and dancing after he says he was viciously attacked last night. Despite being beaten by an angry passerby More>>

Discrepancies in Student Enrollment Count Could Impact Local School Funding

Every school year during the months of October and February, the official counts of students enrolled in public schools are collected. These numbers impact funding for the district. As GTN's Mayci McLeod More>>

How Long Will Alachua County Have Law Enforcement in Schools?

Last January Alachua County added enough school resource officers and deputies for every school in the county; that was in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting.    In the wake of this morning's More>>

City of Newberry Elects New Leadership

The results of the Newberry City Commission election bring a wave of change with newly elected officials. In our big story this half-hour GTN's Briana Harper has voter reaction on the election outcome. More>>

Ft. Lauderdale Man Busted with Almost 100 Pounds of Pot

A Fort Lauderdale man was busted on I-75 in Gainesville Tuesday night with almost 90 pounds of marijuana worth about $350 thousand dollars. Police say 51 year old Micheael Cefola told them he was being More>>

Developmentally Disabled Man Threatened with Bat

He's a familiar sight around Northwest Gainesville . Rafael Torres is developmentally disabled and sings and dances to music he listens to on his headphones.  Now a 33 year old Gainesville man is accused More>>

Multiple Students Stabbed at Pennsylvania High School

Murrysville, Pa. (AP) -- An emergency official said several people were stabbed at a high school near Pittsburgh and a suspect has been taken into custody. Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County More>>

Helen Warren Wins City Commission Seat

The race for the at-large seat 2 on the Gainesville city commission is over.  Helen Warren won that race Tuesday by a 127 vote margin.  That's out of 10,723 votes total.  But she says that with those More>>

Marion Co. Teacher Wins $20,000 for Classroom

One Marion County science teacher is cashing in on her resourcefulness in the classroom. Candace Roy teaches at Vanguard High School. She was chosen from 160 other teachers across the US, Canada and Puerto More>>

Equal Pay Day

Today is equal pay day April 8th marks the number of extra days a woman has to work to earn what a man made the previous year. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on equal pay and the possible legislation More>>

Gainesville City Commission Run-Off Preview

It's election day in Gainesville. GTN's Briana Harper caught up with both candidates during this final push to the finish line. She has more in tonight's big story. It's election day for the second More>>

Anti-Smoking Groups Protest New E-Cigarette Law

Anti-tobacco activists are actually protesting legislation that would make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to minors.  "Big tobacco must continue to addict our children and our families in order to protect More>>

Gainesville City Election - Run Off

4/8/14 Gainesville Polls are open and will remain open until 7:00pm tonight for the run-off between candidates Annie Orlando and Helen Warren vying for the At-Large 2 seat.   For all voting information More>>

101 Year Old Message in a Bottle

4/8/14  - Germany A message cast adrift in a beer bottle in the Baltic 101 years ago has been found and the descendent of the sender tracked down.   Read More More>>


4/8/14 The Florida Highway Patrol is continuing to monitor the roadway and adverse weather  conditions throughout the morning. With the presence of heavy rainfall and increased wind, motorists will be More>>

Police Say Towing Company Used as Front to Steal Scooters

The city of Gainesville is known for its strict parking rules and prevalent towing companies. But as a result of a GPD investigation, officers say three suspects were using one local towing company as More>>

Who Should Choose Textbooks, the State or Schools?

State  lawmakers want to give more power to school districts, but one local district says that's not necessarily a good idea.    GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on an education bill that Alachua County More>>

Mailbox Tax Return Thefts

Tax time can make you a target for criminals. As more of your returns come back, more thieves are eyeing mailboxes. In our big story this half-hour, GTN's Briana Harper tells us how to avoid falling More>>

GTN News Congratulates Florida Gators

GTN News would like to congratulate the Florida men's basketball team on an incredible season. More>>

Two Killed in Plane Crash

Those two persons killed in a plane crash in Summerfield Sunday night have been identified. 65 year old Dennis Monroe of Summerfield and 70 year old Joseph Sardinas were killed when their engine stalled More>>

Election Day is Tuesday in Gainesville

Election Day is Tuesday in Gainesville. Helen Warren and Annie Orlando both seek the At Large Commission Seat. Polls are open 7 AM to 7 PM. More>>

Be Careful When Celebrating This Weekend

A reminder about the dangers of drinking and driving. More>>

Gators fall short of ultimate goal

The Florida Men's Basketball team lost on Saturday evening in the Final Four to the UCONN Huskies 63-53. The Gators had been on a 30 game win streak since falling to UCONN previously in the regular season More>>

State Colleges Could Receive Performance Funding

The better the performance, the more money. That's the plan state lawmakers would like to provide when it comes to funding state colleges. GTN's Briana Harper tells us how this change could impact More>>

Do You Qualify for the Healthcare Enrollment Extension?

There's still a lot of confusion about the healthcare enrollment deadline. The Obama Administration announced a deadline extension, but was it extended for you?   GTN's Hailey Holloway has what you More>>

Final Four Hype Benefits Gainesville Businesses

UF's presence at the Final Four game in Dallas isn't only a success for the basketball team. Many businesses right here at home are seeing a spike in their revenue thanks to the Gator winning streak. GTN's More>>

NCAA Basketball Championship Floor Put Up for Sale

In 2006, the University of Florida purchases the championship court floor made by Connor Sports after their win and installed it inside the O'Connell Center. This year, Connor Sports will also be putting More>>

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. Learn how you can educate and protect yourself from sexual violence. More>>

City Commission Accepts Proposals for GRU Audit

The Gainesville City Commission will seek proposals from firms to conduct an audit of GRU. They'll look into the controversial Biomass contract and the relationship between GRU Management and Commissioners. More>>

Two-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted at Gainesville Church

A 64-year-old church day care staff member is accused of sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. GTN's Mayci McLeod has more on how the community is responding to the charges. 64-year-old Floyd Wilson More>>

Will Employees Be Able to Carry Guns in Your Child's School?

A Florida House committee votes to allow school employees to have guns in schools. But do our schools even want that?   "HB 753 would allow superintendents and principals to decide if they want their More>>

GTN Viewer Voice Topic - Carry Permit on Military Establishments

4/3/14 In light of Wednesday's tragic shooting at Ft. Hood, some are brining up a bill that was proposed a year ago after the 1st mass shooting incedent at the same military fort.  H.R. 3199, or the More>>

City Commission Meeting to Decide How to Divvy Up Transportation Tax Money

Gainesville city commissioners today vote on how they'd like to divvy up the money if a transportation sales tax referendum passes in November. The staff is proposing using 60% for roads and the remaining More>>

Lipham Music Closing

Lipham Music, Gainesville long time music store, is closing April 15th. They've been in business since 1954 and are perhaps best known for employing a young Tom Petty. In fact, Don Felder, one of the original More>>

Gainesville Man Killed in Dispute with Neighbor

A Gainesville man is facing second degree murder charges after shooting his neighbor.  Now, the victim's friends are speaking out.  "The escalation of whatever happened, it was just very unfortunate. More>>

Fort Hood Shooting Kills Four; Fourteen Wounded

At least four people were killed and 14 injured in a shooting Wednesday at Fort Hood, the same base that was the scene of the worst attack on a domestic U.S. military installation five years ago, a congressman More>>

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