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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 28, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — A conservative Republican congressman supported by President Donald Trump and the daughter of a former governor who is seeking to become the first female chief executive were trying to fend off other challengers Tuesday in primaries to choose nominees for the seat being vacated by Gov. Rick Scott. Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in the Republican primary for governor over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 969 words with AP Photos. Will be updated throughout the night.




PHOENIX — Shadowed by the death of six-term Sen. John McCain, Arizona voters are nominating candidates to replace his seat-mate in a primary contest that lays bare the fissures in a Republican Party dramatically remade by President Donald Trump. Arizona is one of three states holding elections Tuesday. Voters participating in Florida’s primary will tap nominees for governor, a position that will give the winner’s party an advantage in a key political battleground heading into the 2020 presidential campaign. A diverse Democratic field includes candidates hoping to be the state’s first female or first black governor. Trump appears to have tilted the Republican race toward Rep. Ron DeSantis, whom he endorsed late last year. By Julie Pace and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1141 words. Will be updated throughout the night.


TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters on Tuesday will select the nominees for governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and several congressional seats. Here’s a look at the races facing Florida on Election Day. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 854 words with AP Photos. Will be updated throughout the night.


TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to win the Republican nomination and enter an increasingly bitter — and expensive — showdown with incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that could play a decisive role in which party controls the Senate. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 650 words


MIAMI — Former Clinton administration Cabinet member and university president Donna Shalala is running for a U.S. House seat in Florida widely seen as one of the party’s best chances nationally for a pickup from the GOP. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words with AP Photos.


UNDATED — Voters in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma head to the polls in the final multistate elections of the 2018 primary season. They offer another test of President Donald Trump’s imprint on the Republican Party. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 974 words with AP photos.



BALTIMORE — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament had previously been hospitalized for mental illness, according to court records in his home state of Maryland reviewed by The Associated Press. Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore say that as an adolescent he was twice hospitalized in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. By Michael Biesecker and David McFadden. SENT: 560 words with AP photos. AP Video.




ASTRONAUT QUITS — For the first time in 50 years, an astronaut-in-training is quitting NASA. Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin has resigned halfway through his two years of training at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

WOMAN DIES-TRACTOR-TRAILER — The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a Florida woman has died after falling out of the cab of a tractor-trailer.

MISSING CHILDREN SEARCH — Authorities are searching for an Ohio woman who they say took her four children and may be traveling with her boyfriend.

TOURIST DEATH-SENTENCING — A 27-year-old Florida woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for leaving the scene of a crash that killed a New Jersey tourist.

CHIMP DEATH-ZOO — Visitors found Bocco the chimpanzee dead in his habitat at Zoo Miami. Zoo spokesman Ron Magill tells the Miami Herald that reports of the unresponsive chimp came in Monday afternoon and zoo staff quickly closed off the area to the public.

FATAL ROBBERY— A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in a fatal robbery.

PANTHER DEATH — An endangered Florida panther has been struck and killed by a vehicle. It’s the 18th fatal collision this year, out of 20 total panther deaths.

OPA-LOCKA CORRUPTION — The millionaire owner of a towing-and-scrap-yard business has been sentenced to two years and six months in federal prison for bribing a South Florida politician in a wide-ranging corruption scandal.



UNDATED — Seth Waugh first became involved in golf when he wanted to make sure Deutsche Bank Americas was getting its money’s worth in sponsoring a PGA Tour event. He gets back into the sport as chief executive of the PGA of America with an ambitious goal of sharing the wealth with the 29,000 club professionals at the heart of the game. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 811 words.


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