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 Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



IN THE EVERGLADES — Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis visits the Everglades shortly after announcing environmental plan. By Ellis Rua. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m. With AP Photos.


WILMINGTON, N.C. — Communities along the Southeastern coast buttoned up against the onslaught of Hurricane Florence as forecasters Wednesday warned that the monster storm could hesitate just offshore for days — punishing a longer stretch of coastline harder than previously feared — before pushing inland over the weekend. By Jonathan Drew. SENT: 804 words with AP Photos, AP Video.




ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the TV in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. But when it comes to deciding whether to flee this island where thousands of black residents trace their ancestry back to West African slaves who once toiled in the fields nearby, the opinions of family elders can carry as much weight as those of professional meteorologists. "If Mama won't leave, most folks aren't going to leave," Dais, 29, said Tuesday, recalling how he rode out Tropical Storm Irma last year and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 with relatives at his mother's home. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 691 words with AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald's workers have voted to stage a one-day strike next week at restaurants in 10 cities in hopes of pressuring management to take stronger steps against on-the-job sexual harassment. Organizers said the strike would target multiple restaurants — but not every local McDonald's — in each of the 10 cities: Chicago; Durham, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Los Angeles; Miami; Milwaukee; New Orleans; Orlando, Florida; San Francisco and St. Louis. By David Crary. SENT: 810 words with AP Photos.


FEMA MONEY-IMMIGRATION — The Homeland Security Department is pushing back against a Democratic U.S. senator's claim that the Trump administration transferred nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency to immigration enforcement.

BUSH-ELECTION CAMPAIGNING — Former President George W. Bush is visiting Florida to raise money for Gov. Rick Scott's U.S. Senate campaign as Republicans try to maintain their control of Congress in the midterm elections.

TEACHER-VIDEO VOYEURISM — Authorities in Florida have arrested a high school teacher who they say placed two camera phones in a changing room to secretly record female students undressing.

HORSE-CRASH — A vehicle hit a horse that had escaped from a farm near Tampa, causing a three-car crash and shutting down a highway for several hours.

FATAL CRASH-FLORIDA KEYS — Investigators say a man accused of crashing into a rental car and killing four Spanish tourists won't be going to jail.

FATAL FIRE — One person has died in a house fire in central Florida. Orange County Fire Rescue officials tweeted that crews found the home in Apopka engulfed in fire early Wednesday morning.

ECUADOR BRIBERY-GUILTY PLEA — A U.S. based financial adviser has pleaded guilty for his role in a bribery scheme involving Ecuador's state-owned energy company.

STOLEN POSTAGE — A Florida man is accused of using company checks from his employer to buy $5.4 million worth of postage stamps that were then resold through another company.

BUS-MOTORCYCLE CRASH — Authorities say a motorcyclist has crashed into a Florida school bus and died.

PANTHER DEATH — An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle. It's the 19th fatal collision this year, out of 21 total panther deaths.

BOMB THREAT-JUDGE — A Florida inmate has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for threatening a judge who presided over his case.



JACKSONVILLE — If the Jaguars are without running back Leonard Fournette on Sunday, they're confident T.J. Yeldon can handle a full workload. For Yeldon, it would be a chance to prove something on a national stage in a contract year. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


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