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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSSEE — Democrat Andrew Gillum’s campaign now says it’s prepared for a possible recount in the Florida governor race that he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night.  Developing. By Brendan Farrington.


FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida greyhound racing will soon hit the finish line as the sport suffered a rout at the ballot box. The state voted 69 to 31 percent Tuesday to pass Amendment 13, which bans the sport beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.


BROWNSVILLE, Texas — In 2015 trucks started rolling, dumping more than 300,000 cubic yards of locally sourced dirt at the future SpaceX launch pad site where S.H. 4 dead-ends at Boca Chica beach in South Texas. The Brownsville Herald reports the technical term is “soil surcharging,” compressing the underlying soil in order to stabilize it — in this case to create a suitable foundation for launch-complex structures. That process is now complete, leading to the artificial mesa being leveled by earthmovers. SpaceX will then install a 95,000-gallon liquid oxygen tank and an 80,000-gallon methane tank that the company has taken delivery on in recent months. By Steve Clark, the Brownsville Herald. SENT: 840 words, pursuing photos.


VETERAN’S SERVICE DOG STOLEN — Two Florida women are accused of stealing a service dog from a 67-year-old Vietnam veteran.

WORKER KILLED-INTERSTATE 80 — Authorities say a man was fatally struck by a semitrailer that he’d helped repair along Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska.

VALET PUNCHED — A Florida gun store owner has received a 30-day jail sentence after he was convicted of sucker punching a hotel valet in an altercation caught on camera.

CHILD ATTACKED — Investigators say a Florida man told them that “the devil” made him act out during a dispute that began as an argument with his grandmother over a television remote control and ended with a 3-year-old child being cut on the lip with a knife.

BUS CRASH — Six children and two adults adult were injured in a crash involving a pickup truck and a private bus taking children home from an aftercare program in South Florida.

FLORIDA BUTTERFLIES — New research shows the number of butterflies and caterpillars in North Florida has been declining substantially over the last decade or so.

HURRICANE RELIEF-AMERICAN AIRLINES — American Airlines volunteers are gathering to pack 5,000 boxes of food for Florida communities affected by recent hurricanes.

GIRL KIDNAPPED — The FBI wants people to surrender surveillance video recorded near where a 13-year-old girl was kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.

TAMPA’S RIVERWALK — A Tampa neighborhood has won what could be described as city planners’ version of “The People’s Choice Awards.”



CARLSBAD, Calif. — Speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter Mallex Smith has been acquired by the Seattle Mariners from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia as part of a five-player deal. The deal was announced Thursday at the baseball general managers’ meetings.


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