AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at email@example.com. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
UNDATED — Governors have a wide range of priorities they want to tackle in the coming year, from tax reform to education. Yet it’s a topic that receives less attention on the campaign trail and in their speeches that could determine their success — natural disasters. In the last two years alone, storms and natural disasters have killed scores of people, damaged or destroyed tens of thousands of homes and cost tens of billions of dollars. By Geoff Mulvhill. SENT: 1227 words with AP Photos.
CAPE CANAVERAL — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, using a mechanical mole to tunnel 16 feet (5 meters) deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 820 words with AP Photos.
JACKSONVILLE — Sue Towler figures that she and the troubled dogs she loves are like the residents of The Island of Misfit Toys, from the old stop-motion “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Christmas special. “We’re all misfits,” sing the unwanted toys on the TV show. That could be the motto at Jacksonville’s Kamp Kritter, a small no-kill shelter that’s home to some of the most troubled, most difficult to adopt dogs around: the old and the traumatized, the sick and the dying. By Matt Soergel. The Florida Times-Union. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1318 words with AP Photos.
CRAWFORDVILLE — Shelby Joiner’s brother dropped out of Wakulla High School after his sophomore year and enrolled at a welding academy. Then he ended up at the top of his class. “He tells me about it all the time,” his little sister said. After all those stories, Shelby went to a cookout with her high school’s welding students, who were searing elk and charring oysters on grills they’d made themselves. And soon, she was coming around to the humid welding workshop between classes. Petite, soft-spoken Shelby learned to tie red bandannas around her bare ankles and shoelaces to keep them from burning and to guide the blue flame so it melds metal in painterly lines. By Claire McNeill. Tampa Bay Times. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 2243 words with AP Photos.
SHOE SALE GONE WRONG — Authorities say a man shot 2 women during a shoe sale gone wrong and then stole a car, ditched it and attempted to carjack another woman before taking off on a stolen bicycle. Orlando police say the man then spotted a car left running while the owner opened a gate.
SOCCER COACH ARRESTED — The varsity soccer coach at a South Florida school is accused of sending sexually suggestive messages to a female student who volunteered with the boys’ team.
CONVENIENCE STORE SHOOTING — Police in Miami say two people are dead and two others are recovering from injuries suffered during a shooting outside a convenience store.
DOLPHINS COOPERATE —MARATHON, Fla. — A year-long study conducted in the Florida Keys shows that bottlenose dolphins work together to perform and complete tasks.
HOUSE CRASH — Authorities say a Florida man stole a pickup truck and then crashed it into a house. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 68-year-old Saintfort Octave was captured and hospitalized Friday with serious injuries.
LANDLORD ATTACK — Authorities say a Florida man attacked his elderly landlord with a machete after the older man confronted the tenant about unpaid rent.
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State has a chance to salvage its season against No. 13 Florida (8-3, No. 11 CFP). The Seminoles can extend the nation’s longest bowl streak — an impressive, 36-year run — with a victory against the rival Gators, who need a victory to lock up a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at noon.
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