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Published Oct. 6, 2014

In the past year, companies announced plans to create 4,532 new jobs and make $614 million in capital investment in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. said Friday. The EDC said the tally, for the 12-month period that ended Tuesday, was the organization's highest job creation numbers in over a decade and the largest amount of capital investment ever. Among major milestones, the agency cited the Amazon fulfillment center, the largest build-to-suit industrial project in county history, and the announcement by USAA of the largest build-to-suit office project in the county since 2001.

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Record-high ballot mailings expected

The Hillsborough County supervisor of elections expects to send out more than 150,000 vote-by-mail ballots Monday - a record for its initial mailing. Voters have until 5 p.m. Oct. 29 to request that a mail ballot be sent to them. Voters can visit any of the four supervisor of elections offices or go to to request a mail ballot. Hillsborough's mail ballots come with a postage-paid return envelope, so once voters have marked their ballot and signed the envelope, they can drop it in the mail. The ballots must be received by the elections office by Nov. 4 by the time polls close at 7 p.m.

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Police seek man accused of lurking

Temple Terrace police were looking for a man who followed a girl home from her school bus stop Thursday afternoon and might also have been seen elsewhere in September. Thursday's incident happened about 2:30 p.m. near Raintree Boulevard and Laketree Lane. Police said the man followed the Greco Middle School student in his car but did not make contact. The man, who had red hair and a red beard, was driving a newer model black Nissan sedan with tinted windows. Police said the suspect appears to match the description of a man who also was seen near Greco Middle on Sept. 9 and near the Temple Terrace Family Recreation Complex on Sept. 8. Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Temple Terrace police Detective Tom Carroll at (813) 506-6538 or