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the news editor and can be reached at Gary Fineout is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 - Despite repeated requests from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, legislators will not go along with Gov. Rick Scott's push to get school districts an additional $58 million to hire more campus police officers. Scott in late August asked that legislators shift the money from the state's guardian program. But incoming Senate President Bill Galvano wrote Scott on Friday to tell him the answer is still no. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 400 words.


MIAMI - Tropical Storm Florence is becoming a "better organized" weather system that will likely strengthen into a hurricane late Saturday, weather forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said Saturday the storm was expected to become a "major hurricane" by Tuesday as it passes between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm is expected to approach the southeast U.S. Coast on Thursday. SENT: 207 words.



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 several proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. The following are items of political interest from the past week. By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout. SENT: 741 words.


PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Everglades snail kite, a raptor with red eyes and a knife-sharp beak, was sinking into oblivion a decade ago, its graceful arc on mottled wings fading from Florida skies forever. As humans watched the free fall with haphazard rescue attempts, an unwitting savior stalled the extinction countdown. By Kimberly Miller. The Palm Beach Post. SENT: 1085 words.


LAKELAND, Fla. — Lots of politicians have ridden on anger to elective office. And one local entrepreneur hopes anger will support a successful business. But Tisha Strohmier, owner of the Smash Room in Lakeland, said she wants to relieve anger, not stoke it. By Kevin Bouffard. The Ledger of Lakeland. SENT: 1014 words.


FLORIDA PROSECUTOR -WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS - A Florida prosecutor who got into a legal fight with the governor for her refusal to seek the death penalty is setting up a unit to look at possible wrongful convictions.

CHRISTMAS MYSTERY - Florida authorities have solved a 25-year-old missing person case after a convicted inmate admitted to murdering the North Florida woman.

TRANSGENDER SLUR-THREAT - Authorities in a North Florida county are investigating a threat and slur used against transgender people that was spray painted on a home garage.

UCF DONATION - A South Florida couple has made the largest alumni donation pledge in the history of the University of Central Florida.

ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTIONS - A Florida doctor has been sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for illegally selling prescriptions for painkillers.



GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 25 Florida tries to make it 32 consecutive victories against Kentucky when the teams open Southeastern Conference play in the Swamp. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:30 p.m.


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