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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 27, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



JACKSONVILLE — Marquis Williams and Taylor Poindexter at first thought they heard a balloon popping. When the loud bangs kept coming, the Chicago couple and fellow video gamers attending a weekend tournament recognized them as gunfire and began scrambling for an exit. As he fled, Williams, 28, said, he could see the back of the gunman’s head as the attacker appeared to be walking backward as he fired. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 800 words, photos.




TALLAHASSEE — The shocking mass shooting in Jacksonville on the eve of Florida’s primary prompted Democrats running for governor to renew their calls for strict new gun controls and to push back against the clout of the National Rifle Association. The Jacksonville shooting comes just months after the massacre in Parkland left 17 people dead and led to a rare moment of when the Republican-controlled state government passed a school safety/gun bill that included measures opposed by the NRA. Both GOP candidates running for governor have already said they would have not signed the bill. Survivors of Parkland hoped to spark a push for young people to get registered to vote, but so far it’s not clear if it has had a big impact, at least ahead of the primary. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 600 words.


FORT LAUDERDALE — The parents of two students killed in the Florida high school massacre are running for the school board, saying an emphasis needs to be placed on security. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 836 words with AP Photos.


FLORIDA PRIMARY — Nearly 2 million people have already cast ballots in Florida’s primary election, surpassing totals from previous years.


ORLANDO — Walt Disney World would be able to use more part-time workers and it would take longer for new workers to transfer jobs under a proposed contract that also would increase starting minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. By Mike Schneider. 350 words.


SCHOOL SECURITY-RHODE ISLAND — A number of school districts around Rhode Island are working to improve security systems in their buildings, in response to momentum sparked by the school shooting in Parkland, Florida earlier this year.

GUN CONTROL-FASHION SHOW — Gun control activists in Boston are staging a “back-to-school” fashion show featuring bulletproof vests, helmets and other safety gear.

COAST GUARD-MISSING MAN — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a 62-year-old man whose boat was reported overdue in the Florida Keys.

FALLING TREE BRANCH — Crews are removing a large oak tree branch that fell in a Florida shopping center’s parking lot, narrowly missing a woman who was putting her 4-year-old child in his car seat.

FALLEN POT — Two people arrested in south-central Nebraska are facing possible prison time for hauling marijuana, including some that had fallen onto Interstate 80.



UNDATED — Florida has named Feleipe Franks its starting quarterback to begin the season. The Gators announced the decision Monday, saying Franks will take the first snap when the Gators open against Charleston Southern on Saturday night. Franks, a 6-foot-6 sophomore who started eight games in 2017, beat out Kyle Trask in a competition that started in March and lasted through fall camp. By Mark Long. SENT: 417 words with AP Photos.


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