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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 1:30 pm, FL

July 14, 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. Tamara Lush is on the desk and can be reached at tlush@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. A roundup of political news. By Brendan Farrington, 773 words, SENT


PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — The 17-month-old boy left in a car for about eight hours died after one of his parents parked the car and went to work. Pembroke Pines Police said the toddler’s parent left him in the car Friday morning after parking in a hospital parking lot. Pediatric vehicular heatstroke killed 742 children between 1998 and 2017, the National Safety Council found. The average age of victims was 21 months. 335 words, SENT


NAPLES, Fla. — A different kind of superhero stalks the streets at night in North Naples. Armed with a large white bucket, an industrial-style flashlight and black latex gloves, 10-year-old Landen Grey is the Toad Trapper. Accompanied by his father, Landen has been hired by North Naples residents to rid yards and condo complexes of cane toads, a poisonous invasive species that puts pet cats and dogs and other animals in danger. The toads are especially prevalent during the summer. 652 words, SENT


MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Ivis Brioso walked along the beach with her 3-year-old grandson on a Thursday morning, searching for a place to sit and enjoy the sun. But a big chunk of sand was missing. The beach dropped off steeply from the level of the nearby walking path, leaving only a narrow strip of sand near the water’s edge. By Kyra Gurney. The Miami Herald, 929 words, SENT


WALDO, Fla. — After nearly 23 years, the cities of Waldo and Lawtey are no longer designated “Traffic Traps” by AAA. AAA recently announced that it had approved a request from the cities to remove the designation after they “made significant improvements” to traffic enforcement, said Matt Nasworthy, AAA’s Florida public affairs director. The improvements, Nasworthy said, include increased warnings, officer training and participation in national traffic safety campaigns. By Daniel Smithson. The Gainesville Sun. 727 words, AP Photos, SENT


PRIMARY BALLOTS — Primary election ballots are on their way to far-flung Florida voters who requested ballots and who live overseas or are stationed in the military.

BRIDGE-SALT SPRAY — One Miami bridge has been damaged by an unusual culprit: waverunners.

HOMELESS-PSYCHIATRISTS — A group studying homelessness in one Florida city has recommended hiring a psychiatrist to hit the streets, counsel homeless who might have mental problems and administer medication to those who need it.

FAKED CANCER — A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison.

OFFICER CRASH — Authorities say Florida police officer suffered minor injuries when he flipped his patrol car.

SEXUAL Battery-Deputy — A Florida deputy has been convicted for trying to rape a woman he met during a call.



MIAMI — Aaron Nola tries to become the NL’s first 13-game winner when he pitches for the Phillies on Saturday against Miami and Trevor Richards. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m. ET.


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