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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 4, 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. Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at jnkay@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. By Brendan Farrington.


NEWPORT, R.I. — MJM Yachts has already felt the sting of tariffs. CEO Bob Johnstone was negotiating the sale of a 53-foot (16-meter), $2.2 million yacht to a buyer in Monaco when the European Union announced a 25 percent tariff on American-made boats as retaliation for the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel. The deal is now dead. So is the Rhode Island-based company’s plan to expand sales into Europe. American boat makers are getting pummeled on multiple fronts by tariffs and stand to be among the industries hardest-hit in an escalating trade war. By Michelle R. Smith.


MIAMI — In South Florida, clubs are open late, booze flows freely and the public transportation system leaves a lot to be desired. But the number of drunk drivers on the road appears to be going down. At least the number of them getting caught is. By Charles Rabin. The Miami Herald.


SARASOTA, Fla. — Few people have ever heard of Kenneth Samuels or his contributions to the Apollo 11 moon landing. He’ll tell you it’s no big deal. But the Sarasota man, now 85, who was working as an engineering grunt for Ling-Temco-Vought (the now defunct LTV Corporation) in the spring of 1969, solved the problem of a leaking orb that prevented astronauts from communicating with NASA during re-entry. By Carlos R. Munoz. Herald-Tribune.


BUILDING COLLAPSE-FLORIDA — A Florida man has died nearly two weeks after being injured when a 13-story building collapsed.

POLICE CHASE-ARREST — A Florida man is jailed after authorities say he led police on a 36-mile (58-kilometer) chase in upstate New York, barreling his car toward a blockade and drawing fire from a trooper before crashing into an embankment.

MIAMI BEACH-POLICE SHOOTING — A Miami Beach police officer will not face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of an attempted bank robber who was armed with a razor and claimed to have a bomb.

FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOOTING — Authorities say a Florida sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who grabbed his stun gun during a struggle.

FLORIDA PANHANDLE-ROUGH SURF — Authorities say dozens of swimmers needed rescues from rip currents and rough surf in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Panhandle.

BOATING DEATH — The owner of a Florida charter boat has been charged in a death that occurred during one of the yacht’s trips.

TODDLER DEATH — Authorities say a Florida woman and her live-in boyfriend have been charged in the death of the woman’s 2-year-old son.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — All-Star Blake Snell returns from a stint on the 10-day disabled list as the Tampa Bay Rays continue a weekend series against lefty Carlos Rodon and the Chicago White Sox. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:10 p.m. ET.


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