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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 7, 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. Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at jnkay@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ROCK SHRIMP KING

TITUSVILLE, Fla. —A seafood once considered trash is celebrating 50 years as a popular Florida cuisine. Rock shrimp’s climb to fame was enabled by Rodney Thompson and his family. In the late 1960s, Thompson started bringing home buckets of rock shrimp and dropping them in the middle of the kitchen. He ordered his four children to figure out a way to get past the hard spiny shells so they could experiment with ways to cook the meat inside. Thompson’s challenge to his children lasted months, until his oldest daughter had the idea to split them open and broil them like lobsters. They were delicious. By Mike Schneider.

HURRICANE BERYL

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Beryl weakened to a tropical storm Saturday but is still expected to dump heavy rain over the Lesser Antilles at the end of the weekend on its way to the eastern Caribbean, bringing a new threat to islands still rebuilding from last year’s storms. By Danica Coto.

FLORIDA POLITICS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A look at developments in Florida politics over the past week. By Brendan Farrington.

EXCHANGE-INVASIVE IGUANAS

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — South Florida’s not quite Jurassic Park, but it’s getting close. Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at record numbers. By Ellie Rushing.

EXCHANGE-CIA COUPLE

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Leaving the Air Force as a nuclear missile officer meant he already had the highest security clearance available. But he was “still a hippie at heart,” so he applied to the Peace Corps, thought he’d feed hungry children, maybe learn to play guitar. The caller ID read “703.” The voice asked: Would you consider serving your government in some other way? By Christopher Spata.

IN BRIEF:

CRASH-PUPPY KILLED — Police in Florida say a heartbroken driver intentionally crashed his vehicle, causing a five-car pileup that injured two people and killed a puppy.

ALLIGATOR ATTACK-VICTIM — Relatives of a Florida woman killed in an apparent alligator attack say they plan to open an animal shelter in her honor.

BABY SITTER CHARGED — A Florida baby sitter has been sentenced to a year in jail for an infant’s death.

AIRPORT GUN — Authorities say a Florida man tried to take a loaded handgun through airport security.

FLORIDA-FRENCH SHIPWRECK — A U.S. federal court has ruled that a shipwreck off Florida’s Atlantic coast belongs to France and not the salvage company that found it in 2016.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-STUDENT JOURNALISTS — Two student reporters who covered a mass shooting at their Parkland, Florida high school have gotten a special invitation to share their experiences and learn from professionals at a week-long journalism program in New York.

IN SPORTS:

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott starts from the pole at Daytona International Speedway, still looking for his first career victory. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words. Begins at 7:30 p.m.

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