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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 20, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MANATEE DEATHS

According to Florida wildlife officials, there have been more manatee deaths so far this year than all of last year. A total of 540 manatees have died through Aug. 12, whereas 538 died in 2017. Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and the toxic red tide algae in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalities. About 100 deaths are blamed on red tide. By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 600 words.

CHINA TARIFFS-PLEAS FROM US COMPANIES

WASHINGTON — Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported Chinese goods: Don’t do it. The Trump administration will hold six days of hearings starting Monday in Washington on the next barrage in an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies: Trump’s proposed tariffs of 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese goods that could kick in as early as next month. By Paul Wiseman. SENT: 994 words with AP Photos.

SOUTHERN GAYS-HIDDEN HISTORY

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A new project is documenting the history of LGBTQ people in the Deep South, a region that once all but forced gays, lesbians and others to live in hiding. Bob Burns, who is gay, both lived through some of the toughest times for LGBTQ Southerners and documented them through years of activism. Now 66, he compiled a trove of information from years that included the AIDS epidemic and the systemic oppression of gay people in the Deep South. The Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has thousands of books and artifacts documenting LGBT cultural and social history across the nation, and the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco tells the story of the Bay Area community. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 771 words with AP Photos, AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

PRISON ABUSE PROBE — Federal authorities are investigating allegations of prison abuse in a central Florida prison.

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER-MARIJUANA — A Florida candidate for agriculture commissioner says Wells Fargo terminated her campaign account because she supports medical marijuana.

SCALLOPS-RED TIDE — Wildlife officials say the scallop population is rebounding following a bout of red tide in Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Panhandle.

FATAL CRASH — The Florida Highway Patrol says three people died in a head-on crash north of Tampa.

PRIEST RESIGNS-THEFT — A South Florida priest has resigned after being accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the church.

EDUCATION AMENDMENT — A Florida judge is throwing a proposed amendment dealing with charter schools off the November ballot.

FUGITIVES ARRESTED — Police say two fugitives who fired on a deputy in North Carolina are in custody after a standoff with a SWAT team in Florida.

ANIMALS KILLED-FIRE — Authorities in Florida say two dogs and a cat have died in a house fire.

GUNSHOTS-FOOTBALL GAME — A Florida school district is making security changes after shots rang out during a high school football game, injuring two people on the outskirts of the stadium.

FLORIDA PRIMARY — More than one million voters have cast ballots in the state’s crucial primary election.

STOLEN GUN-VIDEO — An Instagram video tipped off police looking for an assault rifle that had been stolen from a sheriff’s deputy’s unmarked car.

TAX COLLECTOR-MUSLIM POST— An elected official in Florida says he’s got nothing against Muslims, despite his social media posts that are stirring up controversy.

KEYS BOATERS-SHOTS FIRED — Authorities say a Florida Keys woman is facing felony charges after a confrontation in which shots were fired near boats she wanted to scare off.

CAUSEWAY CRASH — Police say a Florida man has died after he drove the wrong way on a causeway in the Tampa Bay area and his car flipped upside down into the water.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MIAMI-EXPECTATIONS   

CORAL GABLES— For the first time in 14 years, Miami is opening the season as a top-10 team — ranked No. 8 in the preseason AP Top 25 that was released Monday. So there is the burden of expectations now for the Hurricanes to carry, but defensive coordinator Manny Diaz says no pressures from the outside can top what the team is putting on itself. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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