BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at email@example.com. Tamara Lush is on the desk and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
TALLAHASSEE _ An audit affirms problems with the Florida agency in charge of issuing concealed weapons permits and notes that the number of permits that were revoked was slightly more than initially reported due to a mathematical error. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 600 words. By Brendan Farrington
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TOKYO _ One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast early Thursday is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. By Mary Yamaguchi. SENT: 420 words with AP Photos.
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ST. LOUIS _ Roman Catholic Jesuit province that covers 13 Midwestern and Southern states, Puerto Rico and Belize said Friday that it has found “credible allegations” of sexual abuse involving 42 priests and other ministry leaders dating back to 1955. By Jim Salter. SENT: 726 words.
CHILD-ABDUCTION-SENTENCE _ A Delaware man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl before throwing her into a pond has been sentenced to life in prison.
LEAPING LEMUR-DUI ARREST _ A lemur surprised a Florida Highway Patrol trooper when it crawled from a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck that had been stopped for driving erratically and hitting other cars.
CHILD KILLED-FIRE _ Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida child has died in a house fire. Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear tells news outlets that the fire was reported early Friday at a home in Mims, which is near Melbourne on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
TEEN-MOTHER STRANGLED _ An attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a 15-year-old accused of killing his mother during an argument over bad grades.
CODE RED DRILL-SCHOOL _ Some parents are outraged that a Florida high school conducted an unannounced “code red drill,” sending students and teachers into a panic.
FATAL CRASH _ The Florida Highway Patrol has shut down a portion of Interstate 95 in South Florida after a crash involving a woman who witnesses say was run over by multiple vehicles.
GIANT SALAMANDER _ There’s a new swamp critter in Florida, and no, this isn’t a political joke.
HURRICANE MICHAEL-JOBS LOST _ A hospital on Florida’s Panhandle says it will lay off 800 employees — nearly half its staff — because it suffered such serious damage from Hurricane Michael.
GEORGE HW BUSH-KEYS _ Longtime residents of the Florida Keys remember the late George H.W. Bush and his sportfishing trips to the island chain before, during and after his presidency.
ORLANDO _ The Orlando Magic try to rebound from a loss that dropped them one game under .500 when they continue a homestand against the Indiana Pacers. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.
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