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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 13, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham meets with a group of women to discuss why this year’s governor’s race will be important to preserving abortion rights. Graham is the only woman among the seven major candidates seeking to replace Republican Gov. Rick Scott. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.


SAN ANTONIO — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody. By Martha Mendoza and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1072 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana. Oklahoma’s proponents had even included a two-month deadline for the implementation in their measure so as to avoid the years of delays they had seen elsewhere. After more than 70 percent of Florida voters approved medical marijuana in 2016, the Republican-controlled Legislature there imposed a similar ban on smokable pot. A judge last month ruled that such a ban was unconstitutional. By Sean Murphy and Andrew Demillo. SENT: 760 words with AP Photos.


NURSING HOME-DUCT TAPE — Two Florida nursing home employees are charged with using duct tape to restrain and quiet a patient with dementia.

RAINBOW GATHERING-KILLING — Authorities in Kentucky used dental records to identify the woman killed after attending this year’s “Rainbow Family” counterculture gathering in a Georgia forest.

CHRISTIE-DRUG TREATMENT — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking on a new role in his efforts to help fight opioid addiction. Christie is joining the board of the Beach House Center for Recovery in Juno Beach, Florida. He’ll serve as executive chairman, helping to develop policy and related matters.

PASTOR-VIDEO VOYEURISM — A pastor in Florida is under arrest and out of a job after allegedly recording images under the dress of a parishioner as she bent over to put her child in a car seat.

AIRPORT SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A new lawsuit claims a detective’s retirement party got in the way of security before a 2017 shooting that killed six people at a Florida airport.

STRAY BULLET FATALITY — Sheriff’s deputies say a bystander was struck in the eye and killed when two other men traded gunfire across a parking lot. Also killed was the man whose bullet killed Daniel Strada while he stood outside a restaurant after watching a World Cup game.

DEPUTY SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Authorities say Florida sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a 60-year-old man who showed up at his estranged wife’s home and would not leave.

BALCONY FALL — A man was taken to the hospital after falling from a second story balcony of a house on a Florida Panhandle beach. The Pensacola News Journal reports the incident happened on Thursday afternoon.

TRUMP-FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN — President Donald Trump is tweeting his endorsement of a Florida congressman during his trip to Europe, writing that Rep. Matt Gaetz “is one of the finest and most talented people in Congress.” Trump is backing the Republican lawmaker on Twitter at the start of his second day in Britain.

GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-PUTNAM — Republican Adam Putnam is traveling to one of Florida’s top military cities to announce policy proposals for veterans if elected Florida governor.

SHOOTING-KIDNAPPING — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and shooting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. The Naples Daily News reports that 22-year-old Keyion Linton was sentenced earlier this week. He was convicted last month of kidnapping and aggravated battery with a firearm.

OIL LEASE SALE — The federal government’s Aug. 15 oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico will offer slightly more acreage than officials originally announced.



MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins send Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face his former team, and Nathan Eovaldi pitches for the Tampa Bay Rays. By Brian Hall. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. EDT.


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