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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 28, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



FORT LAUDERDALE _ Prosecutors are seeking mental health and medical records of the former student charged with last year’s Florida school massacre. Prosecutors will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Tuesday to order a psychologist and an orthopedic clinic turn over Nikolas Cruz’s records. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 500 words following 1:30 p.m. hearing. With AP Photos.


MIAMI _ A man whose wife disappeared while they honeymooned at sea was sentenced by a federal judge to eight years in prison. Lewis Bennett, 42, apologized to the family of Isabella Hellman during a Tuesday hearing before U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 394 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.


NEVADA JAIL DEATH-SETTLEMENT _ A federal judge will monitor inmates at a rural Nevada jail for four years as part of a $2 million settlement agreement with the family of a drug-dependent Texas woman who died while imprisoned for unpaid parking tickets.

DEATH PENALTY-FLORIDA _ A Florida prosecutor who got into a legal fight with the governor for her blanket refusal to seek the death penalty says she won’t seek re-election in 2020.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR-ISRAEL _ Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed agreements with Israel officials to work on issues like space technology, agriculture, protecting water and cybersecurity. The agreements were part of a full schedule Tuesday, the third day of DeSantis’ trade mission to Israel. His delegation also a toured of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation.

SNAKE BITE-GIRL _ An 11-year-old girl is recovering after being bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake while camping at Blue Spring State Park. Kelly Bajek tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that the family was walking to the spring on Sunday when Abigail Bajek screamed she’d been bitten by a snake.



MIAMI _ Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Giants when they open a series at Miami trying to break a five-game losing streak. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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