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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 30, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLANDO — Since students in the Florida Panhandle county hardest hit by Hurricane Michael returned to classrooms in early November, they’ve dealt with power outages, sporadic internet, missing friends, larger classes and shared buildings. Students displaced from heavily damaged Bay County schools have moved into less damaged schools, where one school holds classes in the morning and the other school holds classes in the afternoon. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 778 words with AP Photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE — Mail pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc was accused earlier this year of throwing urine from his van at two women on a moped in an apparent road rage incident in Florida, according to a police report. The Hollywood Police Department report obtained Friday says Sayoc pulled up near the moped at a traffic light in his white van plastered with pro-President Donald Trump political stickers, began yelling obscenities and tossed two vials of urine at the women, drenching one of them. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 429 words with AP Photos.


VAULT-TRAPPED TEEN — A Florida teenager who got stuck inside a vault at an abandoned bank is facing a trespassing charge.

SCOTT-FINANCES — An appeals court is dismissing a lawsuit filed against Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott claiming that he underreported his income.

POT CANDY-STUDENTS — Six Florida middle school students were treated at a hospital after eating THC-infused gummy candies while in gym class. The Lakeland Ledger reports that a 12-year-old had the gummies and shared them with friends on Thursday.

EMBRY-RIDDLE-HACKING ARRESTS — Authorities say a 27-year-old Ph.D. student and a 32-year-old communications specialist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are accused of hacking into the school’s computer system.

PROPERTY APPRAISER-STRIPPERS-LAWSUIT — Two former managers in a local Florida property appraiser’s office are suing their former boss, claiming he created a hostile work environment, used taxpayer money for personal travel expenses, falsified documents for an audit and brought strippers to the office after hours.

POLICE-GIFT CARDS — “Operation Police Navidad” is underway in Pensacola, where police officers are handing out $50 gift cards to people they see doing good deeds.

BARRICADED MAN-SHOOTING — Authorities say a man fatally shot his nephew before killing himself during a six-hour standoff in Florida.

MURDER FOR HIRE-VIRGINIA — An Indiana Army veteran has testified in court that he was hired by a Florida man to kill the man’s wife and her 7-year-old son in Virginia.

BOTTLE DEATH — A Florida man who threw a bottle during an argument with his ex-girlfriend and hit a man has been convicted in the man’s death.

POLICE OFFICER-THEFT — Authorities in Florida say a police officer turned off her department-issued body camera before taking more than $1,000 from a man she was arresting.

WORKER-ARM LOST — Authorities say a construction worker’s right arm was ripped off by a piece of equipment in Florida.

ELECTRONIC MONITORING — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a pair of foundations are funding a suite of projects around the country designed to improve electronic fisheries monitoring.



ORLANDO — There are no shortcuts in unbeaten UCF’s quest for perfection. The seventh-ranked Knights are one victory away from their second straight American Athletic Conference championship, a likely New Year’s Six bowl bid and bolstering their argument that they are deserving of consideration for a berth in the College Football Playoff. None of that is possible, though, without beating Memphis in Saturday’s AAC championship game. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 2 p.m.


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