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

August 18, 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. Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at canderson@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The following are items of political interest from the past week. By Gary Fineout. MOVED: 700 words.

EXCHANGE-END OF YAPPY HOUR?

JACKSONVILLE BEACH — The state health department is trying to kick dogs out of local craft brewpubs, where they’ve long been as much of a tradition as cornhole, vintage board games and extra-hoppy India Pale Ales. Brewpubs are banding up to fight back, mounting a petition drive that asks local politicians to push the issue and allow man’s (and woman’s) best friends to lie around in the pub with their humans. By Matt Soergel. The Florida Times-Union. MOVED: 570 words.

EXCHANGE-MEETING TAYLOR SWIFT

TAMPA — The Florida sun burned through my black pleather top as I hurried around Raymond James Stadium. I tried to grip a set of metal plates used at the Tampa Bay Times printing press, but my hands kept slipping. The sweat had little to do with the heat. Days before, I had published a project in the Times called “Look What Taylor Swift Made Me Do,” analyzing lyrics of her six albums over three years. My quest was to learn about my favorite singer, who is notoriously private, by decoding her lyrics. By Tara Mccarty. The Tampa Bay Times. MOVED: 830 words.

IN BRIEF:

DEADLY CAR FIRE-DISNEY — Authorities say a body has been found in the wreckage of a vehicle fire near Walt Disney World in Florida.

FIVE-VEHICLE CRASH — Authorities say two people have died after a tractor-trailer, an SUV, and three cars collided on a Florida interstate highway.

HURRICANE IRMA-KEYS CLEANUP — A $50 million clean-up project to remove debris from Hurricane Irma has begun in the Florida Keys where a crew lifted a sunken motorhome from a canal.

BURROWING OWLS-NESTS DESTROYED — A Florida man has been charged with destroying the nests of six burrowing owls. The birds are protected by the state.

NEW MEDICARE CARDS — Check your mailboxes Florida residents because your new Medicare card is coming soon.

SEX ABUSE-SCHOOL BOARD SUED — A lawsuit has been filed against a Florida school board for allegedly allowing an elementary school substitute teacher fired for fondling a child to be hired by another school.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--JAGUARS-VIKINGS

MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins makes his first appearance at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Vikings send their quarterback out to face the Jacksonville Jaguars and the AFC’s stingiest defense of last season. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1 p.m. EDT.

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