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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

October 4, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

FLORIDA GOVERNOR-FINANCES.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s blind trust might not be so blind. When the multimillionaire governor took office in 2010, he established the trust — which is supposed to keep his investments secret from him — to shield him from potential conflicts of interest in his duties as governor. During his eight years in office, Scott was required to file forms disclosing his investments. Now that he is running for U.S. Senate, however, his wife is also required to reveal her own investments and they seem to mirror those in Scott’s trust. “That doesn’t sound like a very blind trust, that’s the bottom line,” said Richard Painter, a former ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s administration and a former Republican. By Gary Fineout. AP Photos.

RED TIDE-FLORIDA

MIAMI — Some beaches north of Miami are closed because of a rare red tide outbreak along Florida’s Atlantic coast. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez tweeted Thursday that public beaches north of Haulover Inlet were closed after lab tests confirmed the presence of the toxic algae that has caused massive fish kills on Florida’s Gulf coast. By Tamara Lush and Jennifer Kay.

PRIEST ABUSE-FLORIDA

TAMPA — Florida, home to an estimated 2 million Catholics, has launched a statewide criminal investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic priests and is asking past victims to share information with legal authorities. Attorney General Pam Bondi, who asked for people to come forward Thursday, said that at least 15 victims of past abuse have already come forward to state authorities recently.

IMMIGRATION-TEMPORARY STATUS

When Sudanese citizen Hiwaida Elarabi learned the U.S. government was putting an end the temporary status that had let her live and work legally in the country for two decades, she sold off the restaurant that had been her life’s dream. Terrified to return to Sudan and unable to fathom a life without proper legal documents, the 55-year-old was one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who got some relief Thursday after a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from moving ahead with its plans. By Philip Marcelo, Amy Taxin and Jennifer Kay.

BEYOND PLUTO

CAPE CANAVERAL — The NASA spacecraft that explored Pluto has adjusted course as its next target looms. New Horizons fired its thrusters late Wednesday way out in our solar system’s so-called Kuiper (KIE-per) Belt, or Twilight Zone. That puts the spacecraft on track for a New Year’s Day flyby of a teeny, frigid world dubbed Ultima Thule (THOO-lee). The name comes from medieval maps and literature. By Marcia Dunn.

IN BRIEF:

CITY COMMISSIONER-SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Authorities in central Florida say a city commissioner fatally shot a customer during a dispute over a hatchet inside the Army Navy surplus store he co-owns.

CHILDREN-HOT CAR-ARREST — Authorities say an off-duty police officer rescued a little girl and a baby left in a hot car atop a hospital parking garage in Florida.

MALL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A restaurant where three people died during a shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament is planning to reopen.

TODDLER CAR DEATH — A Florida woman is accused of leaving her toddler in a hot car for more than eight hours and waiting before driving him to a hospital.

FATAL SHOOTING — Authorities say a man fatally shot his wife and then himself behind a Florida strip mall.

ATV CRASH — Authorities say a Florida man was killed in an ATV crash.

WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA-ZOO BIRTH — A critically endangered western lowland gorilla at a Florida zoo has given birth.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--DOLPHINS-DRAKE

DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins want more plays so they can get more touches for running back Kenyan Drake, who is averaging less than 30 yards rushing a game. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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