Top Morning Stories 2/17
UF Could Lose $40 Million
The higher education budget cuts threatened by state lawmakers could cost the University of Florida $40 million, according to a UF spokesperson.
Up to $400 million could be cut from universities across the state and many state senators believe universities can make up that deficit with their reserve funds.
Officals at UF say over the past 4 years they have had to deal with $200 million in budget cuts.
To make up for it UF raised tuition several times. If the state approves the budget cuts, UF spokesperson Janine Sykes says positions could be lost. But students will be probably have to come up with more money.
UF spokesperson Janine Sikes said, "Universities like the university of florida could raise tuition another 7 percent."
Sikes says it could take weeks before administration decides to look at what cuts could be made.
"Racist Rant" Protected by First Amendment
It was a battle of words in the racist YouTube video made by two Gainesville High students.
Some are calling it illegal and unethical. But despite the offensive words used, one First Amendment expert says the video is protected under free speech laws, especially because it was made on the students' own time.
We also spoke with the Gainesville Police Department who says there is nothing illegal about the video either... no criminal charges will be filed.