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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 15, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



PARKLAND — When freshman Eden Hebron wanted to capture the searing experience of being in a classroom where a fellow student killed her best friend and three other people, she turned to poetry. The result was “1216,” named after the number of the room at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: “The screams blasting in my ear. The blood still won’t disappear. I scream for their names, call for my friends. Nothing else to do, they are gone, they are dead.” The community at Marjory Stoneman Douglas has become best-known for the handful of charismatic students who have channeled their grief and outrage over the Feb. 14 shooting to reignite the national debate on gun control. But most of the 3,000-plus students are coming to terms with the trauma in quieter ways — writing poetry, filming documentaries, reconstructing the crime scene and trying to balance their memories with the need to move on. By Jennifer Kay, Adriana Gomez Licon and Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1355 words with AP Photos, AP Video. An abridged version has also moved.


FORT LAUERDALE — Two parents who lost children in February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are running for school board, saying they want to improve safety and increase accountability in wake of the shooting that killed 17. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 300 words.




FLORIDA DROWNING DEATH — A Georgia teen has drowned in Florida less than two weeks before he was to graduate high school.

FLORIDA DEPUTY SHOT — A Florida sheriff’s deputy who was killed while responding to a dispute over a cat is being laid to rest. The funeral procession for Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry began Tuesday morning in the central Florida city of Sebring.

CORRECTIONS OFFICER CHARGED — Authorities say a Florida corrections officer has been charged with battery and official misconduct for unnecessarily pepper-spraying an inmate.

AIRPORT SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Court records say an Alaska man charged with killing five people and wounding six in a shooting rampage at a Florida airport has been found mentally competent and is scheduled to plead guilty later this month.

BANK MERGER — Cadence Bank and State Bank Financial Corp. are announcing a merger. Al.com reports that Cadence Bank’s corporate headquarters will move from Birmingham, Alabama, to Atlanta following the merger.

FATAL CRASH-POLICE OFFICER — A police officer has died following a fatal crash in Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a news conference Tuesday morning that the officer was responding to a traffic crash on Interstate 295 around 4:30 a.m. when he crashed his patrol vehicle.

MOSAIC MOVE — One of Minnesota’s largest public companies is moving its headquarters to Florida. The fertilizer giant, Mosaic Co., says it will relocate its corporate headquarters from the Twin Cities suburb of Plymouth to Hillsborough County, Florida to be closer to its phosphate mines and to accomplish long-term savings.

BALLOTS DESTROYED — A judge has ruled that a Florida elections supervisor violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 congressional race while they were the subject of a lawsuit against her office.

POACHING INVESTIGATION — Two alligators have been found dead with their tails missing in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets they were contacted Sunday about the alligators discovered in Myakka City.

INJURED DOLPHIN — Officials say a dolphin that was found covered in shark bites on a Florida beach appears to be getting better.

ROBBERY SUSPECT KILLED — Authorities say a Florida man was fatally shot while trying to rob three people. The Miami Herald reports that the shooting occurred Saturday night.

GOLD BAR THEFT-ARRESTS — A trial is set to begin for one of two men accused in the 2010 theft of a Key West museum’s 17th-century gold bar.



MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers try to break a four-game losing streak when they begin a three-game series Tuesday at Miami, with winless Alex Wood scheduled to start against Wei-Yin Chen. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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