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news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



TALLAHASSEE — Of the five major Democrats running for Florida governor, only one reflects the type of candidate that historically has been elected to lead the state: a white, Christian man. If the Democratic nominee goes on to win in November, voters could elect the state's first woman or black governor, or only the second Jewish governor since Florida became a state in 1845. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 750 words.


TALLAHASSEE — Federal authorities are telling Florida election officials they have not seen any "new or ongoing compromises" of state and local election systems. The joint letter sent Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security comes after U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Russians had penetrated the systems of certain counties and "have free rein to move about" ahead of this year's election. By Gary Fineout. UP


MIAMI — Patricia and Jeff Rodgers figured they did everything right to get rich beyond their wildest dreams selling Herbalife health and personal care products. They attended all of the "Circle of Success" events, brought in new recruits, met their quotas on buying Herbalife goods to sell and even set up a storefront shop. But they didn't get rich. Instead, Patricia Rodgers estimates the couple lost over $100,000, including about $20,000 spent on attending Herbalife events. Now, the couple and others are suing the multi-level marketing company that sells its products through a network of distributors who recruit more distributors. The potential class-action case could involve more than 100,000 plaintiffs and might mean as much as $1 billion in damages. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 1050 words with AP Photos.


BETHUNE-COOKMAN WOES — Faculty members at Bethune-Cookman University marched to the president's office to express their concerns about the historically black Florida school's financial woes.

FATHER SHOT-TEEN — A 15-year-old Florida boy is accused of trying to kill his parents after they'd tried to make him stop seeing his girlfriend.

GIANT GATOR CAPTURED — An airline pilot and two friends captured an alligator nearly 12-feet (3.6-meters) long on Florida's Lake Okeechobee.

ALPACA-SNACK FOOD DEATH — A young alpaca has died after eating whole peanuts that were dumped in a Florida field by a man in a blue car.

GIRL SLAIN — Authorities in Florida say they've arrested a fourth person in death of a 7-year-old girl who was struck by a stray bullet.

BUILDING CRASH — A chiropractor says he was cost an hour's worth of customers when a SUV crashed into a Florida shopping plaza.

FATAL SUV FALL — Authorities say a Texas woman died after falling off the side of an SUV in Florida.

DONATION JAR THEFT — Authorities say a Florida woman stole a donation jar full of cash meant for the family of a little girl killed in a shooting.

FATAL SHOOTING — Authorities say a Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting another man.



MIAMI — One homer shy of the 300 milestone, Giancarlo Stanton plays in Miami for the first time since being traded to the Yankees when they open a two-game series at the Marlins on Tuesday night. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING:  600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.


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