AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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TALLAHASSEE — A bitter and expensive clash between Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson appears to be heading to a recount, despite Scott’s declaration of victory. Nelson has not conceded. His campaign says it’s preparing for a recount and will have observers in every one of the state’s 67 counties to monitor the process. Scott’s lead narrowed slightly Wednesday morning to 30,161 votes out of more than 8.1 million cast — a margin of less than one half of 1 percent. Under state law in Florida, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate’s margin is 0.5 percentage points or less. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 767 words with AP Photos.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida Democrats tried something new and got the same result, losing the sixth straight governor’s race, likely losing a U.S. Senate seat and possibly losing all three Cabinet seats on Tuesday’s ballot. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 900 words.
FLORIDA-FELON VOTING RIGHTS
UNDATED — With a single vote Tuesday, Florida added 1.4 million possible voters to the rolls when it passed Amendment 4, which said that most felons will automatically have their voting rights restored when they complete their sentences and probation. “This was not a political vote. It was a vote of love,” said Desmond Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the non-profit group that spearheaded to put the amendment change on the ballot. By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 350 words.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-SOURED PARTNERSHIPS
NEW YORK — Nearly a year after Courtney Jackson launched her clothing business, she took on a partner to help manage the company’s growth. A month into the partnership, something was wrong. Jackson’s partner was supposed to handle half the company’s workload, but that didn’t happen. So, Jackson began taking on more of the responsibilities. When Jackson tried to discuss the division of work, “she was a little defensive at first, and asked me to be patient.” The situation didn’t improve, and they agreed to part at the end of last year, just three months after the partnership began. But under their partnership agreement, drawn up without an attorney, dividing the company’s assets would have weakened it financially. The partners decided to close, and Jackson lost her company. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 1003 words with AP Photos. Includes Florida angle.
HURRICANE MICHAEL-POWER — Utilities in the Florida Panhandle are reporting that all power has been restored in counties devastated by Hurricane Michael.
ALL-LGBT COMMISSION — A city in the shadows of Fort Lauderdale has become the first in Florida to have an all-LGBT city commission.
ZOO VANDALISM-CROCODILE — A 23-year-old man was injured after breaking into an alligator farm in Florida and jumping into a pond full of crocodiles, police said.
GIRL KIDNAPPED — The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward in the case of a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park.
NEW SHERIFF — The police chief who led the Orlando Police Department during the Pulse nightclub massacre has been elected sheriff of Orange County.
DEPUTY-CRASH — A Florida sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a recent crash that killed pickup truck driver was in another crash.
SCHOOL GUARD-DRUGS — Authorities say a security guard at a Florida high school sold drugs off campus while he was supposed to be working.
HEALTHY KIDNEY REMOVED — A Florida surgeon removed a woman’s healthy kidney while she was undergoing back surgery because he believed the vital organ was a cancerous tumor.
PANTHER DEATH — An endangered Florida panther has been killed. It’s the 27th panther death this year.
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins safety Reshad Jones talks about taking himself out of the team’s most recent games, and his relationship with embattled defensive coordinator Matt Burke. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m. ET.
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