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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 23, 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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

EXECUTION-SERIAL KILLER

STARKE _ Serial killer Bobby Joe Long, who murdered 10 women and raped dozens of others, is scheduled to be executed Thursday, 35 years after a killing spree that terrified the Tampa Bay area. By Brendan Farrington.

BIG CITIES-SLOW GROWTH

ORLANDO _ Big cities in the U.S. aren’t growing like they used to. Most of the nation’s largest cities last year grew by a fraction of the numbers they did earlier in the decade, according to population and housing unit estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 427 words with AP Photo.

TRAVEL-BEST BEACHES

KALUA, Hawaii _ In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches. Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias “Dr. Beach” since 1991. By Caleb Jones. SENT: 711 words with AP Photos, AP Video.

IN BRIEF:

DEPUTY FIRED-ELECTION _ A Florida deputy was fired a day after filing to run against his boss in a 2020 sheriff’s race. The Orlando Sentinel reports Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson fired Deputy Marco Lopez last week after he refused to resign.

WITNESSES-HIRED KILLING _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to hire someone to kill three witnesses against him, including a child he was accused of molesting.

PROM BASH-BUSTED _ Sheriff’s deputies foiled plans for a post-prom bash at a Florida Airbnb that had been stocked with liquor, pot and stripper poles.

SCHOOL THREATS _ A 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy are accused of threatening to shoot up a Florida middle school.

ROUNDUP-WEED KILLER-FLORIDA _ A Florida city is no longer using a popular weed-killer on city-owned property after a California jury ordered the product’s maker to pay $2 billion to a couple claiming it caused cancer. The Miami Herald reports that the Key West City Commission voted unanimously this week to ban herbicides that contain glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup Ready. The ban doesn’t apply to private property.

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