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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 10, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ROLLER COASTER DERAILS

MIAMI — Investigators say excessive speed caused a roller coaster to derail at a Florida boardwalk. Two riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car was left dangling from the track June 14. By Jennifer Kay. UPCOMING: 400 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SUNRISE — A commission investigating the Florida high school massacre heard Tuesday the suspect’s late mother allowed him to buy a gun even though his mental health counselors opposed the idea and agreed that a diversion program for students who commit minor on-campus crimes played no part in the shooting. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, chairman of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission, told members that Lynda Cruz was “an enabler” who interfered with efforts to get her son Nikolas Cruz treatment. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 896 words with AP Photos.

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SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST

ALGAE BLOOM-FLORIDA

STUART — Tourism, fishing and public health are being threatened by a variety of contaminants discoloring stretches of beaches at the southern end of the Florida peninsula. Blue-green algae that covers much of Lake Okeechobee has been growing and flowing through canals connecting the freshwater lake to sensitive estuaries on both the east and west coasts of the state. Residents and business owners fear the thick, toxic slime could strand their boats in marinas during peak tourism months. By Jennifer Kay. SENT: 577 words.

IN BRIEF:

DISNEY WORLD-WORKER DEATH — Sheriff’s officials say a man was injured in an industrial accident at Walt Disney World, hours after another man was killed in a separate incident.

TSA FINDS SNAKE — A man with a python hidden inside an external hard drive was stopped from boarding a Florida plane headed to Barbados.

FATAL STABBING — A Florida man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing one woman and wounding another.

OFFICER THEFT — A Florida police officer accused of stealing on the job has agreed to give up his badge.

LARGE ALLIGATOR — Visitors to the Newport Aquarium in northern Kentucky have two more months to see Mighty Mike, the largest American alligator outside of Florida. The Kentucky Enquirer reports the aquarium is saying see you later to the alligator this fall.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--RAYS BALLPARK   

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Rays unveil the design for a new ballpark the team wants to build in a Tampa neighborhood. What the club has yet to say is how much of the cost the Rays are willing to pay. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

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The AP, Miami

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