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 Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PARKLAND — Metal detectors will not be installed for the start of classes at a Florida high school where 17 students and faculty were slain on Valentine's Day.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that left eight students and two teachers dead. Among the steps that Texas apparently won't be taking anytime soon is tightening restrictions on gun access for people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. By Jim Vertuno.


CLEARWATER, Fla. — Robert Kantor thought he was going to die. Then he quickly snapped back to reality. He had to fight for his life — and his son's. By Mckenna Oxenden. Tampa Bay Times.


SHILOH, Fla. — Rehabilitating malnourished, abused and neglected horses is only a part of what happens through the Horse Protection Association of Florida. Training is a key element to readying the animals for adoption. Bringing many rescued horses back to good health is just one of the missions of the Horse Protection Association of Florida. The group also works in partnership with a star equine Paralympian and Parelli Professional to provide training for the horses to help better their chances for adoption. By Susan Smiley-Height. The Gainesville Sun.


FLORIDA-DEPUTY SHOOTING — A Florida sheriff says a deputy was justified in fatally shooting a man who grabbed his stun gun during a struggle.

TUITION FUND-GAY TEEN — After raising nearly $130,000 to cover tuition, the gay Florida valedictorian who says his parents kicked him out will pay nothing to go to college this fall.

FLORIDA VETERAN-MEDALS — A 94-year-old Florida veteran has finally received the medals he earned for serving as a pilot during World War II.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Chicago White Sox go for a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays, sending James Shields to the mound against Hunter Wood in the series finale. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m. ET.


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