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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 28, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Miami bureau at 305-594-5825 or miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

MICHELLE OBAMA-VOTING RALLY

MIAMI — Former First Lady Michelle Obama is heading to Miami along with some celebrity guests to encourage residents to vote in the upcoming November election. By Kelli Kennedy. AP Photos. Doors open at 4 p.m.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s two senators, echoing a sharply partisan divide nationally, are splitting over whether to support U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. By Gary Fineout. 480 words. Moved.

IN BRIEF:

KANGAROO ESCAPES-FLORIDA Seven kangaroos have been removed temporarily by Florida wildlife officials from a home-based sanctuary where a 5-year-old kangaroo escaped earlier this week.

FLORIDA-BANNED ANIMALS — Yellow anaconda snakes, mongooses and bush-tail possums could soon be officially banned in Florida.

BREASTFEEDING MIX-UP — A new mother says a mix-up at a north Florida hospital caused her newborn son to be breast-fed by another mother.

RAPE-DEPORTATION THREAT — Authorities in central Florida say a man posing as a police officer raped an undocumented woman and threatened to have her deported if she told anyone.

VACUUM CLEANER-BATTERY — A Florida woman faces a criminal charge after authorities say she battered her husband with a vacuum cleaner attachment while cleaning their house.

MIAMI-MUSIC FESTIVAL — One of the world’s top electronic music festivals is getting the boot from Miami’s waterfront.

TROPICAL WEATHER-KIRK — The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Kirk is likely to dissipate after dropping heavy rain and causing flooding in the eastern Caribbean.

MIAMI AIRPORT-THERAPY DOGS — If you’re travelling through Miami International Airport, you might notice a few new travelers.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED — Authorities say a teenager suspected in a fatal shooting in Connecticut last year has been arrested in Florida.

COLOMBIAN COUNCILMAN-DRUGS — A former city councilman from Colombia has been sentenced in Florida to 14 years in prison for conspiring to distribute cocaine by speedy boats generally used for delivering contraband.

PANHANDLER-HIT-AND-RUN — Florida police say a panhandler widely known as Popeye has been killed by a hit-and-run driver.

IN SPORTS:

COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

BC-FBC-T25-FLORIDA-MISSISSIPPI ST.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Coach Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville will grab most of the headlines when his Florida Gators travel to face No. 23 Mississippi State on Saturday. By David Brandt.

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