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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 30, 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. Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at jnkay@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-ACCUSER

WASHINGTON — Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application. Legal documents from Maryland, Oregon and Florida provide a partial picture of a woman who stepped into the media glare amid the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination for the nation’s highest court. By Michael Kunzelman, Michael Biesecker and Martha Mendoza.

EXCHANGE-DRUG-PLANTING PROBE

MARIANNA — They were heading down the back roads of Jackson County in their beat-up old Camry when they passed a Sheriff’s Office patrol car coming from the other direction. On their way to a wedding, Jeffrey Helms and his girlfriend April Middleton watched from rear view mirrors as the deputy turned around and accelerated behind them with lights flashing. By Jeff Burlew.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING SUPERHERO

CLEARWATER — For two decades, Dale Pople patrolled the streets feeding the homeless, helping old people carry groceries, extinguishing a car fire. He wore a red, yellow and blue Spandex outfit with an SH emblem: “Super Hero.” By Paul Guzzo.

IN BRIEF:

BELUGA WHALE RESCUED-SEAWORLD — SeaWorld officials say an endangered beluga whale rescued off Alaska’s coast is thriving in his new theme park home.

FLORIDA-POLICE DOG SHOT — Authorities in Florida say a police dog was shot and killed while chasing an armed carjacking suspect.

DOG SHOT FROM BALCONY — Police say a Florida man on a balcony shot and killed a dog with a pellet rifle.

HORSES EUTHANIZED — Two horses were euthanized and their jockeys were injured after a collision during training at Gulfstream Park.

CATS CONFISCATED — A Florida woman faces dozens of animal cruelty charges after authorities found 37 cats inside a small moving truck.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--BLUE JAYS-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays wrap up a year in which they’ve won more games than most people expected, facing the Toronto Blue Jays in the season finale at Tropicana Field. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:10 p.m. ET.

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