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Chiefland Fire Rescue Asks to Provide More Emergency Medical Services

The City of Chiefland says it can sometimes take 15 minutes or more for an ambulance to meet other first responders at the scene of an accident. The city is proposing a way to provide lifesaving medical services faster and is waiting for approval from Levy County. GTN's Mayci McLeod has the story.Chiefland Fire Rescue Chief James Harris says, "Absolutely, it could save lives."The City of Chiefland is bringing a proposal before the Levy County Commission to allow the fire rescue to perform adv... More>>

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Health Department to Provide Free Vaccinations for School Children

The Alachua County Health Department will offer a free back to school immunization clinic from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the department’s office. All immunizations required for students from kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided free of charge. More>>

Florida's Tax Free Back to School Weekend Starts Friday

It's one of the busiest times of the year for Florida retailers. That's because they will not collect the state's 6 percent sales tax on clothes, school supplies and computers from 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. The tax break is expected to save consumers $40 million on $600 million in sales, according to the Florida Retail Federation. More>>

Man Shot in Ocala Apartment Complex

Detectives have found that the homicide is the result of an ongoing feud between 2 to 3 groups of young adults in Marion County. It was found that an altercation between several females from the different groups, which occurred in Spring Manor, may have been the catalyst that set off the violent incidents. More>>

Police Search for Vehicle in Attempted Child Abduction

While walking along the road, a white Chevy S-10 with rust spots driven by a white male described as bald with a goatee and rotting teeth pulled along side of her. He opened the passenger door and motioned to her while saying “come in”. More>>

UF Student Christian Aguilar: A Look Back at the 2012 Disappearance and Murder

What started as a search for a missing UF student has turned into a murder trial that begins next week. Two families have lost their sons: One was murdered, the other is being held in the Alachua County Jail as the lone suspect. More>>

Proposed Bill Addresses Sexual Assault on College Campuses

National statistics say 1/5 students will be sexually assaulted while attending college. In an effort to protect students and encourage victims to come forward, Congress is presenting a new bill. GTN's Mayci McLeod is in the newsroom with more on the proposal and how it will impact students right here at the University of Florida. A bipartisan group of US Senators, including Marco Rubio from Florida, created a bill to change the way colleges and universities handle sexual assaults. Chris Losc... More>>

Biggest Red Tide Bloom Since 2006, Forming in Gulf

Marine wildlife officials say there is a really big red tide bloom in the gulf. That's a dangerous algae bloom that's caused by an organism found almost exclusively in the gulf. GTN's Hailey Holloway has what you need to know about  it from Cedar Key.
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Alachua County to Vote on One Cent Road Tax

Alachua County voters decide in November whether they approve of an eight year one cent sales tax for roads. Thursday morning at 10 the public will get an opportunity to let county staff and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce what they think. More>>

Alachua County Revises School Dress Codes

Alachua County Public School students will no longer be limited to solid color clothing when school resumes August 18th. Also bottoms must no longer be made of certain materials. More>>

Within Minutes, Two Accidents Occur at the Same Intersection

The crashes at the corner of 6th street and west University avenue left victims hurt. Gainesville fire rescue was able to get the victims out with minor injuries. More>>

Continuing Coverage of VA Reform Bill

Congress reached an agreement to help with VA wait times and lacking services. We have more from The Villages community about the proposal.The VA Reform Bill allocates $17billion to hire more staff to facilitate the amount of veterans needing care and to allow veterans with wait times more than 30 days to see a private physician. The Villages' residents have differing opinions on whether so much money should be spent, but they agree the long wait times need to end. Dee Thomas, the wife of an ... More>>

Gainesville Ranked in Forbes Top 100 Cities for Businesses

The local Chamber of Commerce is reporting that Forbes Magazine considers Gainesville the 83rd best place in the nation for business and careers. The study was based on the perceived business climate, including cost of business and job growth. More>>

Consumer Confidence in Florida Rises

Consumer confidence among Floridians rose two points in July to 84, hitting another post-recession high for a second consecutive month, according to a new University of Florida survey. More>>

Man Arrested After Stealing Tractor Trailer with Over $200,000 Worth of Merchandise Inside

Authorities say Leonardo Reyes-Ning tried to flee after the rig was located at the Pilot Travel Center on W. Hwy 326 and I-75. More>>

Potential Changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs Have Bipartisan Support

Local veterans say the legislation is long overdue. And lawmakers on Capitol Hill agree. They reached a bipartisan deal to start fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs. More>>

Poll Shows 88% of Floridians Support Legalization of Medical Marijuana

Governor Rick Scott recently signed a bill legalizing low THC medical marijuana, also known as Charlotte's Web. Now, Floridians will have the choice to legalize medical marijuana as a whole on the November ballot. A recent poll of more than 1,200 registered Florida voters reveals how the state is leaning in that decision. The Quinnipiac poll of Florida voters shows 88% support the legalization of medical marijuana and 55% support the legalization of recreational marijuana. Many Floridians say... More>>

Alachua County School Board's Annual Back to School Page Has Everything You Need to Know

Alachua County Public Schools' annual Back to School webpage is now operational. The page provides a central location for parents to find the school year calendar, enrollment requirements, meet the teacher/orientation dates and times, school supply lists, what items are exempt from sales tax from August 1-3 and other important back-to-school information. The link to the site can be found by going to 'District Notices" after you go to sbac.edu. More>>

Today is the Last Day to Register for Alachua County Primary Elections

The deadline to register for new Alachua County voters to vote in the August 26th primary is today at 5. That's also the deadline for changing your party affiliation. You can get forms at all county libraries and turn them into a librarian. More>>

New Data Shows Florida is 3rd, Bringing in Most Unaccompanied Minors

Texas, New York, Florida and California are getting almost half the unaccompanied children. New data shows Florida is 3rd for bringing in the most. GTN's Hailey Holloway has more on the numbers for our state.
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Charlie Crist Pays a Visit to Gainesville

Florida's most hotly-contested race is gaining momentum. In tonight's big story -GTN's Briana Harper tells us more about Crist's visit to Gainesville.
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150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gainesville

A Civil War battle may have been fought right in your backyard. GTN's Mayci McLeod takes us back 150 years to the Battle of Gainesville. Here in Alachua County we are surrounded by Civil War history. Community staples from the Kirby-Smith Center, to Bo Diddley Plaza are reminders of the Battle of Gainesville fought 150 years ago.Matheson Museum Technician, Stephanie Pastore, says, "The old railroad that used to go down Main Street actually was the reason why they wanted Gainesville captured w... More>>

Complaint Filed Against Alachua Mayor

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office has filed a sworn complaint against Alachua's mayor. In June, Gib Coerper was accused of battery for shoving an out of state truck driver who was having trouble finding the Dollar General Distribution Center. More>>

Marion County Schools Releases Tentative Budget

Marion County's Superintendent is releasing a tentative budget for this upcoming fiscal year. Officials are adding more money, more than $18 million. The tentative budget for Marion County schools is $18 million more than last year's finalized budget. According to the district, many of these additional funds are designated for a specific purpose by the federal or state government. Marion County Schools Spokesperson, Kevin Christian, says, "These are federal funds or state funds that in most ... More>>

Arts In Medicine

UF Health Shands offers more than just physical care for patients. The hospital also focuses on mental and emotional treatment. And it's all made possible through a special program known as arts in medicine. In this special report -- GTN's Briana Harper sits down with one former patient who is taking her bedside talents well beyond the hospital walls.
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Woman Charged with Child Neglect After Two Children Are Found in the Street at 3 AM

The aunt of two young children found wandering on SE 15th Street at 3:00 this morning has been charged with child neglect. Gainesville police say the mother brought the children to their father Wednesday evening and that the father took them to Altawn Martin's home at midnight. More>>

Building Linked to Tom Petty's Early Days Being Torn Down

The building on NW 13th Street where Tom Petty 'cut his teeth' is being torn down to make way for a new Social Security office. Petty's band, Mudcrutch, would sometimes play six nights a week at Dub's before Petty moved to California in the mid-70's. Other national acts like Steppenwolf and the Bangles played at Dub's throughout the years as well. More>>

Deadly Car Crash Involving Sheriff Kills Man in Dixie County

A deadly crash involving a local sheriff is now under investigation. "The pursuit, from my understanding, covered several different counties," said Ocala police sergeant Angy Scroble. And investigators say it came to an abrupt end near Cross City. More>>

New School Year Registration Is Now

School registration is now in full swing for the upcoming year. And school officials say it's best to register now rather than later. GTN's Briana Harper tells us more about the registration process and its impact throughout the schools.
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UF Study Finds New Way to Detect Athlete Concussions Earlier

A new study at UF looks to keep athletes in contact sports safer. GTN's Mayci McLeod has the story. Robert Cox, Director of Camp Blue Wave, says, "My son had a concussion in lacrosse season this year and so it was almost a full month of tests and everything he had to go through before he could go back to action."Concussions affect athletes of all ages and the symptoms can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. But, that head injury can have serious long term affects. Researchers at the Universi... More>>

Make Sure Your Child is Registered for the Upcoming School Year. GTN is Your One Stop Shop

The start of the 2014-2015 school year is quickly approaching… Have you registered your child yet? More>>

Police Seek Help Identifying Man in Sexual Assault Investigation

The Alachua County Sheriff's office has released a new photo of the suspect from a July 4th sexual assault. More>>

Preliminary Poll About Governor's Race Shows Dead Heat

Results for a Florida poll on the 2014 Governor's race by Quinnipiac University were released today. Florida voters were asked about their opinion about what they thought about the candidates in the race and what impacts they'll have on the state. More>>

Man Arrested After Altercation Due to Drunk Driving

Gainesville police say that during a torrential thunderstorm Tuesday Joseph H Carl drove his truck into the driver side rear quarter panel of the victim’s vehicle as she was parked at a traffic light. More>>

Clay County Faces $2 Million Budget Shortfall

Clay county is facing a $2 million dollar budget gap.Here's how commissioners plan to solve the problem --- the Clay county commission adopted a tentative millage rate of about 8.46.The vote passed 3 to 2 in favor of raising the millage rate as a way to generate enough money to keep up with the proposed budget.But some Clay county commissioners believe balancing the budget just for this year isn't the end goal."Commissioner Robinson felt like that was a rate that would help catch up everythin... More>>

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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