AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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 email@example.com. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at email@example.com. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
FORT LAUDERDALE — A new report by Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families says the number of uninsured children in the United States has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. In Florida, the uninsured rate went from 288,000 in 2016 to 325,000 in 2017. South Dakota, Utah, Texas and Georgia also saw significant increases. By Kelli Kennedy. UPCOMING: 450 words.
VAULT-TRAPPED — Officials say a teen has been freed after spending more than three hours in the vault of an abandoned Florida bank.
FLATULENCE COMPLAINT-ASSAULT — A Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say she passed gas in line at a dollar store and pulled a knife on a man who complained about it.
POOL DEATH-NEGLECT CHARGE — Police say a Florida woman who found her 2-year-old nephew dead in her pool and the back sliding glass door open has been charged with child neglect.
STEM TEACHERS-GRANT — The University of Florida College of Engineering is using a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide professional development for STEM teachers in 11 school districts.
MARINERS RESCUED — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four mariners whose sailboat lost its mast in a storm off the North Carolina shore.
DNA-COLD CASE — Authorities in Florida say a DNA match discovered during a project to clear a backlog of unanalyzed rape kits has led to an arrest in an 18-year-old case.
SHERIFF-SPANISH SOCIAL MEDIA — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has launched two social media accounts to better communicate with the region’s Spanish-speaking population.
SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say no injuries were reported when a Florida school bus driver backed into an SUV after apparently missing a turn. The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the crash occurred Wednesday in Summerfield.
HOUSE FIRE-PET DEATHS — Authorities say at least four cats were killed and a dog was seriously injured in a Florida house fire. The Ledger reports a fire destroyed a Lakeland home on Monday.
SMALL PLANE CRASH — Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued four people after a small plane crashed in Florida’s Tampa Bay.
JACKSONVILLE — All those yellow flags thrown against the Jacksonville Jaguars have coach Doug Marrone seeing red. By Mark Long. SENT: 650 words, photos
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