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editor and can be reached at Brendan Farrington is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



TALLAHASSEE — The man who could become Florida's first black governor on Sunday called on his opponent to refrain from name-calling and to focus on the issues. SENT: 313 words.


UNDATED — Tropical Storm Florence is moving quickly west and has strengthened slightly but still poses no threat to land. SENT: 212 words.


TAMPA, Fla. — As Felicitie Gillette entered the waters of Lake Hernando, there was no way for her to know she'd soon become the latest statistic in an alarming and exceptionally Floridian trend — alligator attacks. The American alligator, one of the Sunshine State's most ubiquitous reptiles, wasn't always so. At one point, they were hunted to near extinction and placed on the endangered species list until it was taken off in 1987. By Daniel Figueroa IV of the Tampa Bay Times. SENT: 1,009 words.


DESTIN, Fla. — On a blistering day in June, more than 100 people stood in line to board the Hannah Marie dolphin cruise on Destin Harbor. One of several dolphin cruise boats in Destin, the Hannah Marie offers five dolphin cruises a day during peak season, shuttling hundreds of tourists through East Pass and down the coastline to catch a glimpse of one of the Emerald Coast's original settlers: bottlenose dolphins. By Annie Blanks of the Northwest Florida Daily News. SENT: 1,261 words.


MISSING TODDLER — Florida authorities are searching for a 2-year-old boy after his mother said a stranger offered them a ride, knocked her unconscious and left her in the woods.

DIVER DIES — A woman is dead after getting separated from a group diving excursion in Florida.

TRIPLE FATAL CRASH — Three people are dead after a two-car collision in the Florida Panhandle.




TALLAHASSEE — When Florida State coach Willie Taggart makes his debut on Monday, most eyes will be fixated on Deondre Francois and how he leads an up-tempo spread offense. By Bob Ferrante. SENT: 889 words.


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