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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

October 3, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

DISASTERS-FIGHTING FEMA

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As the floodwaters recede and the recovery begins, communities swamped by Hurricane Florence soon will be facing deadlines to document the billions of dollars in damage it caused if they want to be reimbursed by the federal government. A missed deadline could be costly, even if it’s not directly the fault of the affected community, according to an Associated Press analysis of recent appeals decided by top officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The recent appeal denials for missed deadlines include a total of $67 million sought by the tornado-ravaged schools of Joplin, Missouri, and $3.3 million that FEMA ordered be repaid by the Miami suburb of Pembroke Pines for the cleanup of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. By David A Lieb. SENT: 950 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

STOLEN TRACTOR-ARREST — A Florida sheriff’s deputy used a stun gun on a man who tried to flee after he was pulled over while riding a stolen tractor.

STUDENT KILLED-SENTENCE — A 22-year-old Alabama man will spend the rest of his life prison for fatally shooting a teenager who prosecutors said came to the aid of a friend during an attempted robbery in the Florida Panhandle.

EARNS-LENNAR — Lennar Corp. (LEN) on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $453.2 million. The Miami-based company said it had profit of $1.37 per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, were $1.40 per share.

CAR CRASHES INTO APARTMENT — Authorities say two men are dead after their car crashed into an apartment in Florida.

TEACHER-CARJACKING — Two 13-year-old boys are under arrest in Florida after authorities say they tried to carjack a teacher outside a school and crashed just moments later.

SCHOOL THREAT — Authorities say a Florida teen has been arrested for making a threat against his former school.

KING MACKEREL-GULF OF MEXICO — Federal authorities say the commercial king mackerel season in the Gulf of Mexico will end at noon local time Friday.

IN SPORTS:

ACC-BUILDING BOOM

UNDATED — The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending facility arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope player-friendly project will give them an edge and help them keep up with their ACC peers — and other programs around the country. “The world of intercollegiate athletics, especially in the Southeast, is extraordinarily competitive,” Florida State President John Thrasher said. “You’ve seen what Alabama has done, Clemson has done, Florida does. We know that we need to stay competitive. Not better necessarily, not more, but competitive so that our student-athletes can have the same opportunities that the ones in the past have had and certainly hopefully ones in the future will have.” By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 1072 words with AP Photos.

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