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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 5, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI — An invasive and destructive pest has been identified in the farmlands near Miami, Florida agriculture officials said Tuesday. Three male Oriental fruit flies have been found in traps in south Miami-Dade County since Friday, said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.


MIAMI — The former sheriff’s deputy who’s been called a coward for his actions during a mass shooting at a Florida high school said he’s haunted by what happened but he had no time to be scared because everything unfolded so quickly. “Those were my kids in there,” Scot Peterson said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today Show.” ″I would have never sat there and let my kids get slaughtered. Never.” SENT: 682 words with AP Photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE — It’s one thing when hotels open fitness centers, but quite another when fitness centers open hotels. Luxe gym Equinox is opening a hotel in New York’s new Hudson Yards neighborhood next year in a move that embodies the evolution of wellness travel. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 876 words with AP Photos.


ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND — The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and a county sheriff have sent an alert to authorities in six southern states in an attempt to identify a female believed to have been slain by a convicted serial killer.

EDUCATION-DEVOS — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says the federal commission on school safety set up after a Florida high school shooting won’t be looking at the role of guns in school violence.

MICCOSUKEE TRIBE-TAXES — A federal court has ruled that a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida must pay income taxes on profits from its casino.

MELANIA TRUMP — Melania Trump is planning her first public appearance outside the White House in nearly a month.

BEAR CAPTURED-WAFFLES — A black bear taking a stroll through a busy, urban section of one Florida city was lured to safety by a popular breakfast staple: waffles.

MILITARY EQUIPMENT EXPORTS — A Florida man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for conspiring to illegally export military-grade equipment to Russia.

OIL SPILL FRAUD — Federal authorities say a man charged with filing fraudulent claims in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been sentenced to just over three years in prison.



DAVIE — Miami Dolphins top draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick can’t hit anybody yet, but he’s already making a good impression in offseason drills. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


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