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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 130 pm, FL

August 10, 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. Kelli Kennedy is on the desk and can be reached at kkennedy@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is demanding that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state’s election systems. Scott, a Republican, is running against Nelson, a Democrat, this year and during a Friday campaign stop in Tampa said Nelson “must come clean.” By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 500 words.


LONGBOAT KEY — Piles of dead fish. A smell so awful that you gag with one inhale. This is a snapshot of Florida’s southwest gulf coast in the summer of 2018, and no one’s happy about it. Blame it on red tide, a naturally occurring toxic algae bloom. By Tamara Lush. UPCOMING: 500 words. With AP Photos.


KANSAS CITY — A Florida company kept more than 100 temporary farmworkers in “inhumane” and “unsanitary” working conditions while not paying them what they were due as they harvested watermelons in southeast Missouri, according to federal labor officials. The U.S. Labor Department issued a preliminary injunction against Marin J Corp. of Avon Park, Florida, after witnessing conditions for 107 workers hired under the federal H-2A program, which allows foreign workers into the U.S. for temporary agriculture work, The Kansas City Star reported . SENT: 448 words.


UNDATED — When LaShell Eikerenkoetter cast her vote for Wesley Bell in the St. Louis County Democratic primary on Tuesday, she took the spirit of Michael Brown with her to the ballot box. She had a sole purpose on Election Day: Get rid of Bob McCulloch , the veteran prosecutor who did not get an indictment against the white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who fatally shot the unarmed, black 18-year-old four years ago this week. By Errin Haines Whack. SENT: 1001 words.


MINNEAPOLIS — Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia (JAN’-ree-koh fa-ROO’-jah) takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy, who is retiring. The world-renowned health care organization based in Rochester, Minnesota, made the announcement Friday. Farrugia has been CEO of Mayo’s Jacksonville, Florida, campus since 2015. He tells The Associated Press he’ll work closely with Noseworthy during the transition period. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: 300 words.


NEW YORK — The parents of a Florida man who died after he was punched by an assistant basketball coach at Wake Forest University said Friday they don’t accept the coach’s condolences. Bob and Donna Kent told NBC’s “Today” show that the coach, Jamill Jones, should have tried to save their son Sandor Szabo’s life after punching him early Sunday.


PREHISTORIC BONE — Crews who were working on an underground utilities extension project in southwest Florida uncovered a bone fragment that could be 2.6 million years old.

ACCOMPLICE DEATH — A Florida man has been sentenced for a second time to life in prison for the death of his accomplice in a burglary.

SEMINOLE CASINOS-PLASTIC STRAWS — The Seminole Tribe of Florida plans to eliminate plastic straws at its six casinos in the state. Seminole Gaming announced in a news release this week that its casinos, which include Hard Rock locations in Tampa and Hollywood, would shift to earth-friendly drinking straws by next month.



MIAMI — Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start for the Mets when they open a three-game series at Miami on Friday. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7:10 p.m. ET.


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