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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 15, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge slammed Florida on Thursday for repeatedly failing to anticipate election problems, and said the state law on recounts appears to violate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that decided the presidency in 2000. “We have been the laughing-stock of the world, election after election, and we chose not to fix this,” U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in court. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 824 words with AP Photos, AP Video. Will be updated throughout the afternoon.

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SUNRISE — The commission investigating the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High Schools hears testimony from the county sheriff and school superintendent, while a court holds a hearing in the case against the alleged shooter. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 585 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 700 words with AP Photos.

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EXPLOSIVE DEVICES

NEW YORK — The Florida man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges carrying a potential mandatory penalty of life in prison. SENT: 119 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

JUDGES-FACEBOOK FRIENDS — The Florida Supreme Court says it’s OK for judges to be friends on Facebook with attorneys who have cases before them.

HARVEY-WATERWAY CRUISERS — Six tourist boats in a Houston-area community are getting a new home after being damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

AIRPORT HOTEL — The Northwest Beaches International Airport will soon have a hotel on property to accommodate increasing passenger traffic.

CAMPUS FREE SPEECH-OHIO — The creation of so-called “free speech zones” designated for protests and demonstrations would be prohibited at Ohio’s public college campuses under legislation introduced by two Republican lawmakers, who say it’s aimed at protecting free speech.

FATAL TRAIN CRASH — Authorities in central Florida say a commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking along the tracks.

POLICE DOG BITE — Officials say a Florida sheriff’s office K9 bit a teacher who accidentally opened the door of a marked cruiser.

OPA-LOCKA CORRUPTION — A seventh person has been sentenced in a wide-ranging corruption scandal in a Florida city.

LOBSTER THEFT — Authorities say an intoxicated Florida woman yelled at a restaurant manager and stole a live lobster.

FUGITIVE-MOLESTATION — Authorities in Mississippi say a traffic stop has led to the arrest of a man wanted in Florida on molestation charges.

IN SPORTS:

CAR--NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-TRUCKS

HOMESTEAD — Brett Moffitt won’t tell what engine will be under his hood when he races for the Truck Series championship. His team has flipped back and forth this season between NASCAR’s spec engine and one from Joe Gibbs Racing — and it is a bone of contention among the title contenders. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 600 words by 8 p.m. 

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