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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 25, 2019

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. Brendan Farrington is on the desk and can be reached at bfarrington@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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FLORIDA GOVERNOR-ISRAEL

TALLHASSEE _ Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis begins a trade mission to Israel, a trip that will include a meeting of the state’s Cabinet. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-HURRICANE MICHAEL-AIR FORCE BASE

BRADENTON _ Longtime Sarasota-area resident Chris Dillon is no stranger to hurricanes. Riding out a direct hit from Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Force Base in October tested the veteran Florida Army National Guard lieutenant colonel’s nerve and spurred him to double down on preparedness plans for his family. By Vicki Dean of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. SENT: 1892 words.

EXCHANGE-POLICE HEADQUARTERS

ST. PETERSBURG _ Down the hall, past desks that could be straight out of the 1970s TV series S.W.A.T. and an interview room where a defendant once escaped through the drop ceiling, descends a stairwell that leads to nowhere. No one seems to know why it’s here and the only way to reach it is through a toddler-sized hole in the wall. That puts the staircase high on the list of weird features in this time capsule of a building that, until this year, housed the St. Petersburg Police Department. By Kathryn Varn of the Tampa Bay Times. SENT: 1068 words.

IN BRIEF:

TEEN KILLED- Florida: Florida authorities say they’ve extradited from New York a man who killed the teenage daughter of a woman he dated.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ The Washington Nationals host the last-place Miami Marlins in the second game of a four-game series Saturday. Starts at 4:05 p.m. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

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