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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 14, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PANAMA CITY — Contending that Florida has a “talent gap” when it comes to jobs, the top Republican contender for governor wants the state’s middle and high schools to dramatically boost their vocational and technical education programs. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is rolling out details of his plan Monday at campaign stops in the Tampa area and Panama City. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.


ORLANDO — The drivers are summoned by a Lyft app. They are expected to entertain with storytelling as they whisk passengers around Walt Disney World in what are known as “Minnie Vans,” named after Minnie Mouse. And now these drivers can be represented by a union. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 372 words.


WASHINGTON — Renewed tensions between the U.S. and Cuba aren’t stopping the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from shining a spotlight on the island’s rich cultural heritage during what’s being billed as the largest Cuban arts festival ever held in the United States. By Luis Alonso Lugo. SENT: 468 words.


HUSBAND KILLED-FUGITIVE — A Minnesota woman accused of killing her husband and a Florida woman before leading authorities on a cross-country manhunt has entered a not guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge.

LIGHTNING STRIKE-PREGNANT WOMAN — A pregnant Florida woman who was struck by lightning last year just days from her due date is expecting another child. WINK-TV in Fort Myers reports Meghan and Matt Davidson are expecting a baby in October.

POND SEARCH-FLORIDA — Authorities in Florida have identified a woman whose body was found in a retention pond. Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said in a news release Monday that officials have made the next of kin notification in the death of 19-year-old Tamara Lamour.

JETTY CRASH — Sheriff’s officials say seven people were injured when a boat crashed into the jetties along a Florida Panhandle beach. The News Herald reports seven people were on the boat when it crashed Sunday night.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-BROTHER — The 18-year-old brother of a Florida school shooting suspect said he just wants to finish high school and “live my life” when he moves to Virginia to serve his probation for trespassing. Zachary Cruz spoke to the Palm Beach Post Sunday while preparing to drive to Staunton, Virginia.

WILD PROM — A Florida high school decided to take the jungle theme for prom a bit too seriously for some students. Students, parents and teachers from Christopher Columbus High School took to social media to say that a wild tiger at last Friday’s prom was animal abuse.



Only two of 41 teams that fell behind 2-0 in the NHL conference final round have ever come back to win the series. That’s the hole the Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves in right now, and they must rediscover the identity that helped them breeze through to this point before it’s too late with Game 3 at the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, file photos by 5 p.m.


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