WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: RESEARCHERS STUDYING HOW TO RESTORE APALACHICOLA BAY & OYSTER INDUSTRY
The state of Florida banned oyster harvesting in Apalachicola Bay from 2020 until December 31, 2025. Researchers are making significant progress in studying restoration efforts.
WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: GRU CONTROVERSY HEATS UP IN STATE CAPITAL
A few city leaders were confronted by an angry audit committee in Tallahassee on Thursday. GRU sometimes has the highest residential electric rates in the state.
WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: WCJB NEWS DIRECTOR REMEMBERS FORMER GAINESVILLE REPORTER AND ANCHOR DYLAN LYONS
The 24-year-old left Gainesville in 2022 to be a reporter in Orlando for Spectrum News 13. He was shot and killed while covering a homicide investigation on the scene.
WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: PARKLAND COMMUNITY COMMEMORATES MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS TRAGEDY FIVE YEARS LATER
Five years have passed since 17 lives were tragically taken away at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The community gathered together on the day of the commemoration.
WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: STEVE SPURRIER WAY RENAMING
There’s a new road in town —- Steve Spurrier Way. Named after Gainesville’s finest, the renaming of SW 31st Place serves as a reminder of just how great Coach Steve Spurrier truly was.
WUFT NEWS FIRST AT FIVE: FEBRUARY 3, 2023
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WUFT NEWS: PARENTS SOUND THE ALARM ABOUT DEADLY DRUG
Two parents who lost their daughters to fentanyl are now speaking out about the deadly drug. Elected officials and experts are also issuing stark warnings about the crisis.
WUFT NEWS: SENIORS TAKE GOLF CARTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH STUNT GROUP
A group in The Villages is performing stunts with their golf carts and putting on performances in neighborhoods across their community. These are the Flying Golf Cart Stunt Pilots.
WUFT NEWS: 2022 UF HOMECOMING PARADE
Ophelie Jacobson anchors the 99th Annual UF Homecoming Parade with live commentary and interviews with special guests including UF President Kent Fuchs.
WUFT NEWS: WOMAN PUTS HER LIFE BACK TOGETHER PIECE BY PIECE AFTER HURRICANE IAN
A 69-year-old woman's trailer home was destroyed by strong wind and rain during Hurricane Ian. The category four storm left her neighborhood in North Fort Myers almost unrecognizable.
WUFT NEWS: SMALL PLANE CRASHES INTO BLUEBERRY FIELD IN ALACHUA COUNTY
A pilot crashed his small plane in Waldo, Florida in the early morning and managed to walk away from the scene of the crash alive. The plane crash is now under federal investigation.
WUFT NEWS: GAINESVILLE HOSTS SPECIAL ELECTION
Voters are headed to the polls to cast their ballots in a special election for City Commission At-Large, Seat B. Polls will remain open until 7 p.m.
WUFT NEWS: GAINESVILLE ATTORNEY FILES PETITION AGAINST ALACHUA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Gainesville attorney Jeff Childers filed an emergency petition against Alachua County Public Schools for its mask mandate. He said it goes against the state’s updated emergency rule.
WUFT NEWS: UF MAKES NATIONAL HEADLINES OVER LEGAL TESTIMONY
The University of Florida made national headlines this week after it denied the request for three professors to take side work as legal experts. The professors would have been hired to testify against Florida’s new election law
WUFT NEWS: THREE ALACHUA COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR VACCINE MANDATES
The Florida Department of Health listed 120 businesses under investigation for requiring vaccines. The list included the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, the Alachua County Public Library and Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe.
WUFT NEWS: THIS FLORIDA CITY HELD A PARADE TO WELCOME HOME AFGHANISTAN VETERANS
The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August quickly divided both politicians and the public, but at a parade last weekend in Newberry, people set politics aside to celebrate the return of local veterans who had been serving in Afghanistan.
WUFT NEWS: A NEW URGENT CARE CENTER IS BEING BUILT IN EAST GAINESVILLE
City and county officials voted yesterday to pursue an Urgent Care facility for the east side of Gainesville. The partnership would be with UF Health on the first building for a 13-acre development off Hawthorne Road.
WUFT NEWS: 2021 UF HOMECOMING PARADE
Ophelie Jacobson is on the ground during the 2021 UF Homecoming Parade as a reporter talking to attendees. See the package at 6:00 and reporter hit at 17:24.