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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

October 5, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

COMMERCIAL SPACE

CAPE CANAVERAL — The debut of SpaceX and Boeing crew capsules is off until next year. NASA said this week that the first commercial test flights have slipped from late this year into next. SpaceX is shooting for a January shakedown of its Dragon capsule, without anyone on board. Boeing is aiming for a March trial run of its Starliner capsule, also minus astronauts. Those tests would be followed by flights with crews next summer. SpaceX is targeting June and Boeing, August. That would be eight years after astronauts last rocketed into orbit from the U.S. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 212 words with AP Photos.

ELECTION 2018-GOP ENTHUSIAM

NEW YORK — On the brink of a political gender war, President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is threatening to erode Democrats’ enthusiasm advantage as the fiery debate over his Supreme Court nominee enters its final phase. Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP’s enthusiastic embrace of Brett Kavanaugh despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct may have shifted the political landscape — at least temporarily — by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.“The idea that it’s a terrible time to be a young, white guy is completely absurd,” said Florida-based Democratic strategist Steve Schale. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1027 words with AP photos, AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL CRASH-DEPUTY — Authorities say a 34-year-old man who was stopped at a red light in central Florida died when a sheriff’s deputy crashed into his pickup truck.

MICROWAVE-URINE — A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave. Parul Patel says he’s become “sick and tired” of people walking into his BP gas station and On the Fly convenience store in Jacksonville to warm their containers of urine.

PROTECTED BIRD SHOT — Officials in the Florida Keys say they euthanized a protected bird that was shot off a ship’s mast. Key West Wildlife Center Executive Director Tom Sweet tells the Miami Herald the osprey had been rehabilitating since it was injured in August.

CHARTER SCHOOL INDICTMENTS — The founder of a company that operated charter schools in several Florida counties was found guilty of using those schools to steer millions of dollars into his personal accounts.

EMPLOYEE ARRESTED-THEFT — Investigators say a Florida woman used some of the money she stole from her employer to purchase an exotic cat, rare lizards and to make a $12,000 down payment on a car.

POLICE CHIEF ARRESTED — An Alabama police chief has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for actions at a Florida beach. News outlets reported 44-year-old Billy Maurice Driggers was arrested Thursday at his office in Level Plains, Alabama.

WHALE DEATH — Officials say a sperm whale calf died shortly after washing ashore on a Florida beach. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a Flagler Beach police officer spotted the animal Wednesday night. The officer and several residents tried to help the calf, but it didn’t survive.

CONSTRUCTION DEATH — Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a construction worker who fell into a Florida river during a dredging project near a bridge. The Florida Time-Union reports that Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office found the body Thursday afternoon after several hours of searching the St. Johns River near downtown Jacksonville. Officials didn’t immediately identify the worker.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-FLORIDA STATE-MIAMI PREVIEW

MIAMI GARDENS — There have been bigger games in the Miami-Florida State rivalry. Games that have thwarted undefeated seasons, games that have cost a team the national championship. None of that applies this time — yet to the Hurricanes and Seminoles, it’s still enormous. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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