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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

October 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MEXICO BEACH — Florida authorities fielded a barrage of calls about people missing in Hurricane Michael’s aftermath as search-and-rescue teams Friday made their way through ravaged neighborhoods, looking for victims dead or alive. The death toll stood at 11 across the South. The number of dead was expected to rise, but authorities scrapped plans for setting up a temporary morgue, indicating they had yet to see signs of mass casualties from the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years. By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1107 words with AP Photos. AP Video.


PORT ST. JOE — The piano was washed into a ditch across the street. The dining room table became lodged against a neighbor’s tree. And the storm surge that gutted Rex and Nancy Buzzett’s home of 44 years scattered their other belongings as far as two blocks. By Russ Bynum.


TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — Tyndall Air Force Base suffered catastrophic damage when Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle, ripping roofs off airplane hangars, tossing vehicles around a parking lot and leaving a fighter jet that had been on display flipped over on the ground.





SCHOOL BUS INTO POOL — A Florida school bus plowed through a fence and into a backyard pool after a collision, but no one on board was hurt.

FLORIDA CITRUS FORECAST — Florida’s orange crop is expected to increase for the first time in seven years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that 79 million boxes of oranges are expected during the coming season, a 76 percent increase from the 45 million produced last season.

FATAL STABBING-FLORIDA — A Florida woman charged with killing her husband told investigators she accidentally stabbed him after tripping on a rug.

AVAILABLE LIGHTHOUSES — The U.S. government is trying to unload five lighthouses in the Florida Keys.

ORLANDO POLICE CHIEF — Orlando’s newest police chief is already making a name for himself. His name? Orlando.

HURRICANE SHELTER-CHILD MOLESTATION — Authorities in Florida say a man molested a 6-year-old girl at an emergency hurricane shelter.

OFFICER-DRIVER THEFTS — A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing from drivers he pulled over for traffic infractions. The Miami Herald reports 24-year-old Jose Acosta was also made to pay restitution after pleading guilty burglary, false imprisonment, grand theft and petit theft.

CHECK CASHING-MONEY LAUNDERING — A Florida check casher has pleaded guilty to laundering over $100 million in proceeds of health care, mortgage and identity theft tax refund fraud.

DOG CATCHER ENDORSEMENT — A Florida congresswoman says she wants a county sheriff candidate to stop using her picture in campaign fliers, claiming he’s not even fit to be the county’s dog catcher.

STRIP CLUB SHOOTING — A Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting another man outside a strip club.

PET PONY-PANTHER DEATH — A panther has killed a Florida family’s 500-pound pet pony named Maximus.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 14th-ranked Florida Gators know they face a serious test visiting the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Gators noticed Vanderbilt’s close road loss at then-No. 8 Notre Dame last month and last week’s loss to No. 2 Georgia. They’ve also battled the Commodores year in and year out even as Florida has won 26 of the last 27 in this series. Mix in a morning kickoff and a small crowd, linebacker David Reese says this game is more about the Gators and the energy they bring. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 650 words, photos


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