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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 13, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — President Donald Trump again weighed in on Florida’s election recount Tuesday, calling for the state’s Democratic senator to admit he lost and again implied two counties’ election officials are trying to steal the election from the Republicans without offering any proof. Trump tweeted out Tuesday morning, “When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to ‘find’ enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!” Nelson is narrowly losing his re-election bid to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who has also accused Broward and Palm Beach of fraud. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 871 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 850 words with AP Photos, AP Video.




FORT LAUDERDALE — At the center of Florida’s vote recount storm is an elections supervisor with a checkered past whose Democratic-dominated county has been the target of protests and accusations, including by President Donald Trump, that something fraudulent is afoot. Lawyers for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is in a razor-thin race with Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, have claimed that Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes committed fraud without presenting any evidence. Trump has echoed those claims on Twitter. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 871 words with AP Photos.


SANFORD — George Zimmerman is expected to enter a no contest plea to resolve a misdemeanor charge of stalking a private investigator in the latest run-in with the law for the neighborhood watch leader who killed Trayvon Martin. By Mike Schneider. UPCOMING: 350 words.


NEW ERA-NEW YORK PLANT — New Era Cap Co. is planning to close the western New York plant where caps for Major League Baseball are made.

FATHER KILLED — Police say a 25-year-old Florida man called 911 and told dispatchers he shot his father. Tarpon Springs police said in a news release that the call came in at 1:02 a.m. Tuesday.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Rain and the threat of flooding continue across the northern Gulf Coast. Forecasters say unofficial rainfall totals show parts of Alabama received as much as 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) of precipitation Monday, and it’s still raining.

RV CRASH — A Florida man is dead after a tire blew out on his RV on the highway. News outlets report that 47-year-old Jon MacDonough died Sunday afternoon while traveling on a stretch of Interstate 4 near Lakeland.

TODDLER POOL DEATH — Authorities say a toddler who fell into a backyard swimming pool in Florida has died. The Tampa Bay Times reports that deputies responded to a Brandon home Sunday afternoon.

CHEETAH CUBS — Four cheetah cubs are beginning to explore their habitat at a wildlife refuge in northwest Florida. The two female and two male cubs were born Oct. 6 at White Oak Conservation in Yulee, north of Jacksonville.

SHOPLIFTING-HIT-AND-RUN — Police in central Florida say a woman was hit by a getaway driver who was assisting a man who had just stolen a cart full of groceries.



CORAL GABLES — The Miami Hurricanes, who won their season opener last week, play Stephen F. Austin for the first time Tuesday. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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