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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 11, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLANDO — Police officers in Florida responding to an overnight domestic dispute were met with gunfire that seriously wounded an officer before the gunman barricaded himself in an apartment with four young children. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said Monday that the officer is expected to live despite “very significant injuries.” SENT: 321 words with AP Photos FLORL 201-202.


MIRAMAR — Four Democratic candidates for Florida governor are set to appear at a debate sponsored by several labor, immigration and progressive groups. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and businessman Chris King are scheduled to appear Monday night near Fort Lauderdale. By Terry Spencer and Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 600 words from debate that begins at 7 p.m.


NEW YORK — AT&T and drug giant Novartis got nothing but bad publicity when they asked Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for help with business, but a Florida immigration firm that tapped him appears to have gotten nearly everything it wanted. When Nicholas Mastroianni II hooked up with Cohen last year, his business was threatened by a looming regulatory crackdown on the federal EB-5 program that offers foreigners permanent residency visas if they invest in certain U.S. real estate projects. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 1166 words. With AP Photos.


TAMPA — Newly released public records in the case of a man accused of terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood by randomly slaying four people show he visited porn sites on his cellphone after three of the shootings. Suspect Howell Donaldson’s iPhone data showed a “significant amount of Internet activity” close to the deaths in fall 2017, the Tampa Bay Times reported . SENT: 577 words.


LIGHTNING STRIKE — A man has been taken to a hospital after being struck by lightning in Florida. Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Chief Dan Booker tells the SunSentinel the man was struck just before noon Monday outside a condominium complex.

FATAL BOAT CRASH — Divers in Florida have recovered the body of a man who went missing after a boat crash.

TONY AWARDS-DRAMA TEACHER — A drama teacher recalled all the lessons she learned in the arts as she barricaded students in a closet during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

CAR DEALERSHIP-THREAT — A man has been charged with threatening to “shoot up” a Florida car dealership because of his vehicle’s mechanical problems.

STRAY BULLET-BOY WOUNDED — Authorities say a child has been grazed by a stray bullet while riding in a pickup truck on a Florida highway.

JELLY FISH STINGS — Lifeguards along a stretch of central Florida beaches treated more than 600 people for jelly fish stings over the weekend.



GAINESVILLE — Auburn and defending national champion Florida play a deciding game in their best-of-three super regional, with the winner advancing to the College World Series. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Begins at 8 p.m.


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