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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, 1st Ld-Writethru, FL

May 7, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP-PANHANDLE

PANAMA CITY _ Residents in parts of the Florida Panhandle devastated by Hurricane Michael seven months ago hope President Donald Trump gets a glimpse of the continued suffering in the region when he arrives for a campaign rally this week. Area officials said the communities that were in the storm’s bullseye— Panama City, Mexico Beach and surrounding Bay County — had received about $1.1 billion in federal aid through mid-April. Mountains of debris have been removed, traffic lights work again and countless homes and businesses have been repaired. By Jay Reeves.

AVIATION-SAFETY RECORD

UNDATED _ With plane crashes making headlines over the weekend, one in Florida with no fatalities and another in Russia that killed dozens, travelers might question whether flying has become less safe. Aviation experts regard the recent incidents as a statistical blip, however, pointing out that such accidents and fatalities are a fraction of what they were as recently as the 1990s. By David Koenig and Tom Krisher. SENT: 806 words.

IN BRIEF:

GATOR IN PANTS _ Sheriff’s officials say a Florida woman pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants during a traffic stop.

FATHER-SON-FATAL SHOOTING _ A Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting his 20-year-old son during an argument.

SCHOOL FIGHT-STABBING _ Police say a South Florida high school student stabbed three other teens in the parking lot of a South Florida high school.

FATAL DUI CRASH _ A Florida man has been convicted in a fatal drunken driving crash.

IN SPORTS:

DIAMONDBACKS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG _ Opener Ryne Stanek will take the ball first when the Tampa Bay Rays continue a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with rookie Taylor Clarke in his first major league start. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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