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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 1, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — President Donald Trump’s Florida rally couldn’t have come at a better time for Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and may have locked up a primary victory as he seeks to become Florida’s next governor. Thousands of people attended the Tuesday rally in Tampa as thousands of absentee ballots are arriving in mailboxes across Florida. Just the fact that Trump endorsed DeSantis earlier in the campaign helped him surge past Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Republican primary polls. Now with headlines and photos of DeSantis and Trump together on nearly every major newspaper’s front page and on television news around the state, that support is in reinforced with a Republican base that loves the president. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 600 words.


TAMPA — President Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries, and he is accusing Democrats of obstructing his agenda and stalling confirmation of his Supreme Court nominee. By Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin. SENT: 680 words.


SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A Florida school district is suspending its investigation into a school massacre, saying it conflicts with a state inquiry.

NURSING HOME-DUCT TAPE — A third Florida nursing home employee is charged with using duct tape to restrain a patient with dementia.

INDIAN RIVER LAGOON-SEWAGE — Officials say hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage have leaked into Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.

OFFICER ARRESTED-PUNCHING TEEN — Charges have been dropped against a Florida law enforcement officer arrested for punching a handcuffed teenager in the face.

EARNS-AUTONATION — AutoNation Inc. (AN) on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $97.6 million.

FLORIDA-FATAL BEATING — A Florida teen has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for helping his older brothers beat a man to death.

HOT CAR-PUPPY — Authorities say two people have been arrested after leaving a pit bull puppy in a car at a Florida beach.

PILL MILL-DOCTOR SENTENCED — A former Florida doctor previously convicted in the overdose death of one of his patients has been sentenced 157 years in prison for drug trafficking.



ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A day after being acquired in the Chris Archer trade, right-hander Tyler Glasnow makes his debut for the Tampa Bay Rays against Nick Tropeano and the Los Angeles Angels. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


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