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Rougned Odor homers twice as Rangers sweep Rays

Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later.

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Rougned Odor homers twice as Rangers sweep Rays

Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep. Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two … Keep Reading

Rick Scott makes eight judicial, state board appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced eight appointments and reappointments this week to a variety of Florida judicial, state boards, and commissions.

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Chris King issues bold, forward-thinking statement on climate change

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Chris King believes Florida can both fight climate change and spur the economy, declaring that it could be “the smartest investment Florida makes this century.” At the same time, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate recounted forecasters’ worst fears for the Sunshine State if sea levels and temperatures continue to rise as predicted.

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Money pouring in for Florida’s Congress members in tough districts

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Members of Florida’s congressional delegation vulnerable because of their balanced districts each raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the second quarter of 2017, new reports show. The latest campaign finance reports posted this week, covering money raised and spent in April, May and June, shows that Republican U.S. Reps. Brian Mast of Palm City and Carlos Curbelo of Miami had the biggest hauls in the second quarter, while Democrats Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg and Stephanie Murphy of Winter…

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After 3-year fight, Lyft, Uber now street legal at TPA

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Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have been a black market at Tampa International Airport since 2014. But now, they’re legit. The “transportation network companies,” along with competitor Wingz, came to a formal agreement this week with airport officials to legally pick up and drop off passengers there.

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Jose Oliva taps Jason Rojas for key staff position, putting him on track for chief of staff

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Jason Rojas is set to be Jose Oliva‘s chief of staff when Oliva takes over as Speaker of the House for 2018-20. Rojas, recently a staff director in the Florida House, will start August 1 at the Republican Party of Florida, where he will serve in a policy development role that is a stepping stone to eventually leading the Speaker’s Office.

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Tampa Bay Rowdies sign winger Walter Restrepo

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have signed Walter Restrepo for the remainder of the 2017 United Soccer League season, the club announced Thursday, pending league and federation approval. Per club and league policy, further contract details were not disclosed.

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More Florida Forest Service firefighters to head out West

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Thursday said he’s sending 24 more wildland firefighters from the Florida Forest Service to help fight fires out West.

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