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Annual USF-UCF football rivalry moved to Thanksgiving night

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What do you say when you learn that one of the local teams has been moved to a prime-time game? How about “thanks”? The War on I-4, better known as the USF and Central Florida rivalry game, has been moved to Thanksgiving night on ESPN. The game, scheduled to be played in Orlando, was once one-sided on behalf of the Bulls, but UCF has won the last two. This year’s game could have added importance to USF, which could be playing for a…

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Rick Scott touts Orlando lighting company expansion to create 35 new jobs

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Orlando is next on the list of cities Gov. Rick Scott is touting for job creation. The company Industrial Lighting Products is expanding its operations in the Central Florida city to include 35 additional jobs. The company currently employs 160 people. “The Orlando metro area is leading the state in job creation because of job creators like ILP. ILP is one of the many great companies that have found success in Florida, and I am proud to join ILP’s hardworking…

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With Alan Grayson set to announce a Senate bid, the political dominoes are about to fall in Central Florida

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Rumors surrounding U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and his designs on the Senate seat Marco Rubio will soon vacate are nothing new. But with word spreading the self-proclaimed “Congressman with Guts” will officially announce tomorrow, efforts to prepare for the electoral domino effect he will leave in his wake are gaining a new urgency. Grayson’s decision to give up a coveted seat in the U.S. House to tussle with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for the Democratic Senate nomination opens up anew a rich vein of speculation…

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Joe Saunders mulling possible comeback in House District 49

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Former Democratic state Rep. Joe Saunders is “talking to family and friends about what the future may hold” now that state Rep. Rene Plasencia — who narrowly defeated Saunders in a razor-thin contest in District 49 last November — has opted to run in a more Republican-leaning adjacent district in 2016. Saunders took to social media on Sunday and later caught up with SaintPetersBlog to address the shifting electoral landscape in Orlando. “The news that Rene Plasencia won’t seek re-election in House District 49 has given me…

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