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Sunshine State football fans want to forget lost weekend

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Nearly every football fan in Florida had something to be unhappy about over the weekend. At least one of their favorite teams tasted defeat, many by embarrassing scores. There was a little bit of good news. Those supporting “The U” did have something to cheer about with Miami’s 45-10 road romp at Appalachian State. The Florida Gators blitzed the North Florida Mean Green, 32-0. Those wins were enough to see both schools move up in the Associated Press Top 25…

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UCF drops heartbreaker to Maryland

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It came down to two freshmen quarterbacks in Orlando on Saturday night. Maryland freshman Tyrell Pigrome made the most of his one play on the field to lead the Terps to a 30-24 double overtime win against Central Florida at Bright House Networks Field. His counterpart, freshman McKenzie Milton, made some good plays throughout the game for the Knights, but committed four turnovers that ultimately proved to be too much to overcome. Maryland did not turn the ball over. Milton,…

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Two Floridians in the hunt for Olympic volleyball medals

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Dozens of Floridians are on their way to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. A significant portion of those men and women are swimmers, divers and track and field athletes representing multiple countries. One Florida State graduate has a chance to take home a medal in a different sport. Nick Lucena will compete in beach volleyball along with partner Phil Dalhausser, a graduate of Central Florida, for a gold medal in a sport where American…

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Duke Energy Florida brings 17-acre Osceola County solar power plant online

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Osceola County commissioners will celebrate the newest Duke Energy solar plant providing Central Florida consumers clean, renewable power. The Osceola Solar Facility, owned and operated by Duke Energy, contains 15,000 solar panels and is roughly the size of 13 football fields. The plant, which officially began operation May 12, produces nearly 4 megawatts of carbon-free energy. The solar plant will be honored at the Aug. 1 Osceola County Commission meeting, according to a Duke Energy news release. At 1:30 p.m.,…

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Study shows Florida has most toll roads in the nation, with more to come

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Florida has the most toll roads in the nation, with Orange County having the most per square mile in the state. There are 719 miles of Florida toll roads, reports LobbyTools, and Central Florida is at the epicenter. Orange County boasts 153 miles of toll roads, possibly making it an area with the most toll roads in the country. “Orlando has got a more fully developed, elaborate set of toll roads than really any other metro area in the U.S.,” says…

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St. Cloud police say mom mistook daughter for intruder, shot her dead

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A mother in central Florida mistook her daughter for an intruder and shot her to death, police said Wednesday. The mother was asleep when she heard someone enter her home late Tuesday, St. Cloud police Sgt. Denise Roberts said Wednesday. The mother told police she heard footsteps approaching quickly so she fired a single shot. She then discovered the person was her 27-year-old daughter, according to a news release from police. The daughter was taken to a hospital where she…

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Orlando top spot for residents leaving Puerto Rico’s capital

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Central Florida was the top destination of Puerto Ricans moving from metro San Juan to the mainland two years ago. New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 6,200 Puerto Ricans moved to metro Orlando from the island’s capital in 2013. The New York metro area was the next most popular destination, with 3,800 former San Juan residents moving there. Puerto Ricans have been leaving the island in the wake of a severe economic crisis. Unlike the…

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