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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 22, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-GOP CANDIDATE

TALLAHASSEE — Once Florida’s presumed Republican nominee for governor, the state’s agriculture commissioner is struggling to shake off a series of mistakes by his agency while he works to rebound from the president’s endorsement of his rival. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 750 words with AP Photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-GUARDIANS

TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislative leaders are rejecting Gov. Rick Scott’s push to give school districts an additional $58 million to hire more campus police officers. Incoming House Speaker Jose Oliva and incoming Senate President Bill Galvano said Wednesday the money should remain budgeted for the state’s guardian program, which allows districts to hire armed civilian security guards and arm non-teaching employees. By Gary Fineout and Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.

DISNEY-TUITION

ORLANDO — The Walt Disney Co. is offering to pay full tuition for hourly workers who want to earn a college degree, finish a high school diploma or learn a new skill, the entertainment giant said Wednesday. As many as 80,000 hourly workers in the United States could be eligible for the program, which pays upfront tuition for employees taking online classes starting this fall. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 220 words with AP Photos.

SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-MANAGING LAWSUITS

NEW YORK — When a small business is involved in a lawsuit, an owner’s concern can’t only be about winning or losing — it also has to be about making sure the company stays on track. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 904 words.

IN BRIEF:

TWINS-PRISON ESCAPE — Miami authorities are trying to determine the identity of a detained man who claims he was mistaken for his twin brother who escaped from a Georgia state prison.

CHILD ABUSE ARREST — A Florida sheriff is crediting an observant elementary school teacher for speaking up when a student came to class with a cut and bruises on his face.

EMERGENCY LANDING-FLORIDA — Authorities say a Spirit Airlines flight from New Jersey to South Florida made an emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport due to a hydraulic issue.

INCOGNITO ARRESTED — Former NFL offensive lineman Richie Incognito bonded out of an Arizona jail Tuesday after being arrested on charges he threatened to shoot employees of a funeral home a day earlier, authorities said.

UNIVERSITY BRIDGE COLLAPSE — A judge has ruled that the Florida Department of Transportation must release public records that might shed light on a bridge collapse in Miami that killed six motorists.

OLIVE GARDEN-PASTA PASS — Olive Garden customers who can’t get enough pasta have a chance to enjoy unlimited servings for a year.

FATAL FIRE — Fire officials say a woman has died in a central Florida house fire.

MOTHER ARRESTED — Sheriff’s officials in Florida have arrested the mother of a 3-year-old girl who was left in a locked inside a hot car.

GIRL DIES — Authorities say a 2-year-old girl has died days after being found unresponsive in a swimming pool at a South Florida vacation home.

FLORIDA DEPUTY-CHILD PORNOGRAPHY — A former Florida deputy has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

CARNIVAL CRUISE-PORT CANAVERAL — Carnival Cruise Line says it will bring its largest ship to Florida’s Space Coast.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-INEXPERIENCED RECEIVERS            

TALLAHASSEE — No. 19 Florida State heads into the season with just two players that have more than 10 college receptions, senior Nyqwan Murray and junior Keith Gavin. Murray and sophomore D.J. Matthews are the only receivers who have a touchdown catch. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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