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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 1:30 pm, FL

May 13, 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. Joe Reedy is on the desk and can be reached at jreedy@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



The man who took an AR-15 rifle from a gunman at a Tennessee Waffle House met with students from the Parkland high school where 17 people were killed. MOVED. 331 words.


PENSACOLA, Fla. — A National Park Service team of historic preservation experts has turned its attention to Battery San Antonio at Pensacola Naval Air Station. The Maryland-based team transitioned to the project earlier this week after doing major repairs at Fort Pickens on Gulf Islands National Seashore. By Penacola News Journal writer Melissa Nelson Gabriel. MOVED. 581 words


ORLANDO, Fla. — Efforts are underway in Central Florida to restore the habitats of the monarch butterfly, crucial to helping plants grow, including many foods people eat. The iconic orange and black insect is one of nature’s key pollinators. Environmentalists say its decline, which they blame in part on climate change, threatens the ecological health of the region, and other crucial insects may be suffering as well. By Orlando Sentinel writer Ryan Gillespie. MOVED. 668 words


FLORIDA KEYS-TURTLE RELEASE — A young female loggerhead sea turtle has been released off the Florida Keys, after convalescing for about three months at the Keys-based Turtle Hospital.

SCOTT-ISRAEL — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is visiting Israel and will be on hand for the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson had a seven-shot lead going into the last round of The Players Championship, a lead from which no one has ever lost in PGA Tour history. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 8 p.m.


TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals look to win on the road again and take a 2-0 lead over Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference final. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to miami@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Florida and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.


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