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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



MELBOURNE — A 22-year-old student pilot suspected of boarding a vacant passenger plane at a central Florida airport early Thursday has been charged with criminal attempt to steal an airplane, officials said. The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating and trying to determine a motive in the case, according to Orlando-Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker. She told news outlets the student pilot, whose name hasn’t been released, also faces a visa violation and criminal trespassing charges. SENT: 348 words.


NAKED YARD WORK — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who’s been doing yard work in the nude.

STUDENT STABBED-BUS STOP — Police in Florida say a 15-year-old girl stabbed a 16-year-old girl during an argument at a school bus stop.

DICKEY BETTS-ACCIDENT — Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is in “critical but stable” condition after slipping and cracking his head while playing with the family dog in Florida.

FIRED DEPUTY-DRUGS — Florida prosecutors are dropping charges in cases initiated by a former sheriff’s deputy who is under investigation for allegedly planting drugs on people during traffic stops.

ROAD RAGE-MOTORCYCLISTS — Police say a group of men riding motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles shot at another driver, followed him and assaulted him.

COLD CASE-DNA TESTING — New DNA testing has helped investigators in Florida solve a 19-year-old rape and murder case. News outlets report Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight announced the arrest Wednesday of 39-year-old Luke Fleming.

EARNS-DARDEN RESTAURANTS — Darden Restaurants Inc. reported a boost in first-quarter profit on higher sales at its key Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants, while raising its outlook for the year.

STUDENT DEATH-HEART CONDITION — A preliminary autopsy of a 17-year-old student-athlete who collapsed at his school and died says the boy had “abnormalities of the heart.”

FIRE ATTACK — Authorities say a Florida man set a woman on fire, leaving her in critical condition. A Fort Myers police news release says officers arrested 39-year-old Terry Palmer on Tuesday and charged him with arson in the first degree and arson causing great bodily harm.

SCHOLARSHIP-FRAUD CHARGES — A former high school counselor in West Virginia is charged with using a school computer program to inflate grades in order to obtain college scholarships for her daughter.



MIAMI — Among those who will attend the Miami-FIU game this weekend will be the coach who built the last Hurricanes team that won a national championship, the recruiting director for that team, the quarterback from that season and the person in charge of their strength and conditioning program at that time. They’ll all be in FIU colors. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos


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