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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



JACKSONVILLE — U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam meet in the second of two debates ahead of Florida’s Republican primary for governor. The pair will debate Wednesday, just more than a week after President Donald Trump held a rally in Florida to pump up DeSantis’ campaign. Trump’s endorsement has helped the congressman overcome Putnam’s early advantage in the race. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 600 words following debate scheduled to end at 9 p.m. EDT.


SUNRISE — The sheriff leading the state commission investigating the Florida school massacre said Wednesday the suspect’s behavior before the shooting was a “roller-coaster,” where he would have stretches of good conduct before it deteriorated. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that Nikolas Cruz’s fluctuating behavior through the years made it difficult for school officials to determine how he should be handled. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 500 words. Will be updated.


FORT LAUDERDALE — When classes resume at Marjory Stoneman Douglas next week, visitors will have only one way in to enter the school and screened through a video intercom system before entering. Classroom doors will remain locked at all times, new fences and gates, 18 security monitors and potentially metal detectors. By Kelli Kennedy. UPCOMING: 450 words.


CAPE CANAVERAL — A red-hot voyage to the sun is going to bring us closer to our star than ever before. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft to “touch” the sun, hurtling through the sizzling solar atmosphere and coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers) of the surface. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 989 words with AP Photos, AP Video.


MIAMI — Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona can pursue a lawsuit in the U.S. against his ex-wife claiming she misappropriated some of his money to buy Florida real estate, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 337 words with AP Photos.


UNIVERSITY GRADUATION THREAT — A Florida university is making plans for make-up dates for students whose graduation ceremony was canceled by what officials called a “credible threat.”

CRIME-FIGHTING COWS — A herd of 16 cows helped police officers in Florida corral a fleeing suspect who bailed out of a car and ran through a pasture.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Police in South Florida fatally shot a man who started a fire inside his home and confronted officers who had responded to the scene.

SEA TURTLE DEATH — A barstool floating in the Gulf of Mexico became a death trap for one of the most endangered sea turtles.

MISTAKEN RIDE-DEATH — A Florida man who knocked on a New York City car window because he apparently thought it was his Uber ride has died after the driver got out and punched him. Sandor Szabo’s employer says the Boca Raton resident died on Tuesday.

FATAL APARTMENT FIRE — A Florida man has died in an apartment fire despite rescue efforts by construction workers and one of his neighbors.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-SURTERRA — Medical marijuana grower Surterra Wellness has announced that William “Beau” Wrigley Jr. has joined its board of directors as chairman.

CITY HALL-GENDER-NEUTRAL RESTROOM — Orlando’s City Hall is installing its first gender-neutral restroom. Officials said Tuesday that it will be the first of its kind of any government building in Florida.



MIAMI — John Gant is scheduled to pitch against Trevor Richards when the Cardinals face the Marlins in their series finale Wednesday night. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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