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 Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



GULFPORT, Miss. — Boaters evacuated to safe harbors, and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. People rushed to fill sandbags while red no-swimming flags flew along the shore where waves were kicked up. Some schools called off classes, and homeowners worried that their yards could soon be submerged under seawater. By Stacey Plaisance. SENT: 652 words with AP Photos, AP Video.





NAPLES — Filmmaker Tyler Perry and a prominent attorney have announced a lawsuit against a former Florida sheriff's deputy connected to the disappearance of two minority men almost 15 years ago. Perry and Benjamin Crump said Tuesday that the lawsuit in a state court alleges former Collier County deputy Steve Calkins was responsible for the death of Terrance Williams, a black man who disappeared in 2003. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.




HARTFORD, Conn. — A wave of sexual harassment complaints that accompanied the #MeToo movement is straining many of the state and local offices tasked with policing workplace discrimination of all kinds. Places such as New York City and Massachusetts have added resources to deal with the surge in complaints, but human rights agencies elsewhere say their small staffs are struggling to keep up with growing caseloads. Not all such agencies have seen a rash of complaints. Frank Penela, a spokesman for the Florida Commission on Human Relations, said his agency was bracing for an influx of sexual harassment complaints, especially after the high-profile resignations of a senator accused of sexual misconduct and a Florida Public Service Commission member accused of touching a senator inappropriately. But to the agency's surprise, there hasn't been a glut of sexual harassment complaints. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 914 words with AP Photos.


TRAIN DEATH — A commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian near Fort Lauderdale during rush hour. Tri-Rail spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold tells the Sun Sentinel that the pedestrian was trespassing just south of the crossing as the train was heading south on Tuesday morning. The train was carrying 124 people.

BOY-HEAD IN TOILET — Police and social workers are investigating a woman who was recorded repeatedly dunking her 3-year-old son's head in a toilet and flushing it.

BLOOD DRIPPING THROUGH CEILING — A neighbor's call to police after noticing blood dripping from the ceiling of a South Florida apartment led to a grim discovery in the upstairs unit.

MISSING TODDLER — Police have released the sketch of a man they're looking for in the case of a missing Florida toddler.

TRUCK HITS HOUSE — Authorities say a pickup truck crashed into a house in Florida, injuring a woman who was in her bed. St. Petersburg police said in a news release that 44-year-old Samuel Anderson was cited for careless driving on Monday evening.

DRUG DONATION — Authorities say employees at a Florida thrift store found 5 pounds of marijuana while sorting clothing donations. WTVT-TV reports the Sarasota thrift store workers were sorting clothing donations when they discovered a brown paper bag inside a plastic tote.



TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's Deondre Francois kept scrambling and kept taking hits. At least he kept getting up. Francois was back on the field one year after tearing a ligament in his left knee, but his return was as much of a dud as coach Willie Taggart's debut with the Seminoles. By Mark Long. SENT: 500 words, photos by noon.


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