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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

March 15, 2019

Good morning! 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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

POLICE SHOOTING-CARETAKER HIT

MIAMI _ The fate of a police officer accused of shooting and wounding a severely autistic man’s caretaker is now in the hands of a Miami jury. North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda is accused of attempted manslaughter. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

PELICAN TACKLED-FLORIDA _ A Maryland man seen tackling a federally protected pelican on video is now wanted by Florida authorities on animal cruelty charges.

FLORIDA PLANE CRASH-LAWSUIT _ The father of a student pilot who died when his plane crashed during his commercial pilot lesson in Florida is suing Piper Aircraft.

UNIVERSITY BRIDGE COLLAPSE _ Florida International University plans a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the collapse of a pedestrian bridge that killed six people.

IGUANA IN TOILET _ A Florida man called 911 after going to the bathroom and finding a bright green iguana swimming in his toilet. Fort Lauderdale Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan tells the Miami Herald the man “freaked out and didn’t know what to do.”

FATAL TRUCK CRASH _ Authorities say three men were killed when their flatbed truck hit a semitruck on a Florida road. The Florida Times-Union reports that crash happened Wednesday in Putnam County.

TODDLER DEATH-PARKING LOT _ Authorities say a toddler died after his father accidentally ran him over with the family’s SUV in a Florida restaurant parking lot. The Tampa Bay Times reports that 3-year-old Jeremiah Rios died Tuesday night.

IN SPORTS:

GLF--PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

PONTE VEDRA BEACH _ Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley shared the lead going into the second round of The Players Championship. Tiger Woods was five back. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.

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