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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



JACKSONVILLE — The sentencing of a woman who kidnapped Shanara Mobley’s newborn from a Florida hospital and raised the child as her own should have brought closure to a 20-year nightmare. But in an interview with The Florida Times-Union, Mobley says there’s been no storybook ending. She expects to spend her first child’s birthday Tuesday alone with her heartache. UPCOMING.


EASTPOINT — More than 100 people have been waiting for temporary housing for almost two weeks since being displaced by a wildfire that burned through their tiny community in the Florida Panhandle.


SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Gusty winds began to hit the eastern Caribbean on Sunday as Tropical Storm Beryl advanced rapidly toward a region struggling to recover from last year’s deadly hurricanes. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Chris formed off the Carolinas, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was likely to grow into a hurricane while heading to the northeast, roughly parallel to the coast.


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — From the frothy assault of the Atlantic Ocean to the placid trespass of the Lake Worth Lagoon, sea level rise is a mounting concern for South Florida property buyers who are turning to science, and private companies, for guidance. The 3-year-old startup Coastal Risk Consultants was co-founded by the former director of Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Environmental Studies, and has amassed an advisory board of respected atmosphere experts from the University of Miami, Pennsylvania State University and Florida International University. By Kimberly Miller.


HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The Homestead baseball stadium has been a lot of things in its time — a practice field for striking major-leaguers, a clandestine clubhouse for kids, a place where petty criminals were booked and held before moving to county jail, but mostly, a bit of an embarrassing money-suck for the city. Now, Homestead is considering bids to demolish the aging structure, a move that could seal the fate of one man’s 30-year old dream that never came true. In the spring of 1989, an ambitious young city manager snatched millions in county tourism tax revenue out from under the usual Miami Beach recipients and used it to close a deal that he knew would change his South Florida city forever. By Sarah Blaskey.


FLORIDA-FLYING OCTOGENARIAN — A Florida man is the newest member of an elite aviation club: the United Flying Octogenarians.

DEAD BODY GUY — A former Ohio man who gained fame from playing corpses in television shows and movies is getting ready to say his final “good bye” and retire.

ANIMALS REMOVED — An animal shelter is caring for nearly 70 animals removed from a property in Florida’s Panhandle.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has dominated this season by The Big 3. Can anyone catch Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick in the second half of the season? By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


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