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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 3, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



FORT LAUDERDALE — A judge has refused to prevent the release of a report on the education background of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer told a hearing Friday that the report protects Cruz’s privacy rights and doesn’t seem to threaten his right to a fair trial. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.


ORLANDO — The 16-year-old American daughter of a former Marine held back tears as long as she could Friday before her family was split in two. Her mother, Alejandra Juarez, was finally leaving for Mexico, rather than be sent off in handcuffs, after exhausting all her options to stop her deportation. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 542 words with AP Photos.


KEY LARGO — Just as they prepare for a crucial harvest in the wake of Hurricane Irma, lobster fisherman in the Florida Keys fear a trade war with China could undermine storm recovery in the island chain. Lobsters are among the seafood and other U.S. goods hit by Chinese tariffs in early July, after the Trump administration put tariffs on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 747 words with AP Photos.


TAMPA — A woman accused of drowning her screaming 4-year-old daughter in a Florida river was denied bail Friday on first-degree murder charges. SENT: 395 words.


CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA has assigned the astronauts who will ride the first commercial capsules into orbit next year and bring human launches back to the U.S. SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules to the International Space Station by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by next spring or summer. By Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.


AIRPORT SHOOTING-FLORIDA-DEPUTY — The sheriff’s deputy who arrested the suspect in a mass shooting at a Florida airport is being honored as a hero.

METRORAIL-CONCRETE — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to falsifying quality reports for concrete used in the multi-billion project to extend the D.C. region’s Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport.

FATAL SHOOTING-DEPUTIES — Five Florida sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a 19-year-old man who opened fire on them as they tried to serve his arrest warrant.

WAYNE HUIZENGA-ESTATE — The riverfront estate that belonged to the late H. Wayne Huizenga is on the market for $26.95 million. The college dropout who built an empire that included Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports teams died in March at the age of 80.

FLORIDA DUI SENTENCE — A Florida man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a fatal drunken driving crash. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that Nick Nicholas admitted to drinking two shots of alcohol at an Orlando restaurant several hours before he stopped his SUV in the left lane of Interstate 4 near Lakeland.

PANTHER DEATH — Another endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle. It’s the 17th fatal collision this year, out of 19 total panther deaths.

OFFICER CRASH — Authorities say Florida police officer flipped his patrol car last month because he fell asleep while driving. The Ledger reports that the Lakeland Police Department released its finding Thursday for the July 13 crash.



ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays, who’ve won three straight, send Ryne Stanek to the mound in the opener of a weekend series against Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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