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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 2, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-DEMOCRATS

PALM BEACH GARDENS — The five Democratic candidates for Florida governor are having their final debate. The Florida Press Association is sponsoring Thursday night’s debate in Palm Beach Gardens between former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and businessmen Jeff Greene and Chris King. By Terry Spencer and Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos from 7 p.m. debate.

IN BRIEF:

BEST NEIGHBORHOODS — A real estate research firm has picked a neighborhood in southwest Florida as the nation’s “best neighborhood” based on schools, crime, property taxes and the unemployment rate.

FATAL HIT-AND-RUN CRASH — Sheriff’s officials in Florida say a vehicle struck and killed a woman on a scooter and a second vehicle hit an active-duty member of the U.S. Army who stopped to help.

IRMA-RESORT REOPENING — Nearly a year after Hurricane Irma wiped out a portion of the Florida Keys, a landmark resort plans to reopen in time for Labor Day Weekend.

TOURIST DROWNS — Authorities in the Florida Panhandle are investigating the apparent drowning of a 19-year-old woman from Mississippi.

TRACTOR TRAILER CRASH — New Hampshire state police say one tractor trailer struck another and rolled over on Interstate 95, leaving debris that caused additional crashes on the highway.

WAYWARD MANATEE — A manatee famous for traveling as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has died after being hit by a boat back home in the Florida Keys.

OFFICERS INJURED-CRASH — Two Florida police officers were injured when a patrol car hit a tree while responding to an emergency call. Tampa police said in a news release that the crash happened late Wednesday in Tampa.

PEDESTRIAN HIT-BEACH — Authorities say a 9-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when she was hit by a car on a Florida beach. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the accident occurred Wednesday afternoon in Daytona Beach Shores.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--FLORIDA’S DISCORD  

GAINESVILLE — Florida opens its first fall camp under coach Dan Mullen with as many questions off the field as on it. Several players are facing disciplinary actions for an altercation with locals and there are more concerns about Mullen’s recruiting than his quarterbacks. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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