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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 1:30 pm, FL

July 15, 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. Tamara Lush is on the desk and can be reached at tlush@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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SUNRISE, Fla. — The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre is learning about what happened before, during and after, but perhaps even more importantly what didn’t happen that may have prevented the tragedy. The panel is tasked with coming up with recommendations aimed at ensuring no repeat of such a deadly school shooting. By Terry Spencer. AP Photos. 818 words. SENT

CANADIANS-US TOURISM

UNDATED — The United States and Canada are engaged in a trade dispute, angering Canadians, but it doesn’t seem to be having an impact on tourism. Not yet, anyway.

In Old Orchard Beach, popular with Quebecers, innkeepers report that Canadian tourism remains strong despite the harsh words last month when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed that Canada “won’t be pushed around” and President Donald Trump called the prime minister “weak” and “dishonest.” By David Sharp. AP Photos. 662 words. SENT

WORLD SERIES OF POKER

LAS VEGAS — The 2018 World Series of Poker champion is an Indiana resident and professional player who barely missed the cut for the final table two years ago. John Cynn won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that included his dad. He eliminated Tony Miles on the 442th hand of the final table, after playing 199 hands just against each other with bricks of $100 bills and a gold bracelet at the table. By Regina Garcia Cano. AP Photos. 774 words. SENT.

IMPLANTS-LAWSUIT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville plastic surgeon accused by hundreds of women of botching their surgeries has settled the bulk of their lawsuits and the women’s lawyers have shifted their focus to the breast-implant manufacturer they say profited from the misfortune. The Times-Union reports Loren Clayman first came under scrutiny when three women filed lawsuits against him in 2015. 606 words. SENT

EXCHANGE-GRASSROOTS PILOTS

BRADENTON, Fla. — You could call Airport Manatee the opposite of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Instead of passenger jets and miles of tarmac, Airport Manatee has a turf runway and an assortment of taildragger aircraft. By James A. Jones Jr. The Bradenton Herald.

EXCHANGE-REUNITED FAMILY

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Mika Cheesman clenched her hands as she sat down recently with a private investigator. She’d flown from the state of Washington, to a house on the beach, to find out who she really was. Lynn-Marie Carty put her hand on Mika’s shoulder and opened a purple photo album to a yellowed newspaper article. By Leonora Lapeter Anton. The Tampa Bay Times.

IN BRIEF

LAKE O-PROTEST — Residents of one southwest Florida community will protest the continuation of releases from Lake Okeechobee and the spread of blue-green algae throughout the region.

SPEED ENFORCEMENT — Georgia joins Alabama and three other states in a week-long speed enforcement operation beginning Monday.

SEA TURTLE-NET — The rescues of two sea turtles within the last month on Florida’s Panhandle might lead to a new and improved device to bring the animals to land after they get hooked on a fisherman’s line.

SOLAR TREES — Across South Florida, zoos, museums, airports and parks will be home to 24-foot-high “solar trees.”

IN SPORTS

BBN--PHILLIES-MARLINS

MIAMI — Enyel De Los Santos will be called up from Triple-A to start Sunday for the Phillies against the Marlins and Jose Urena. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos Game scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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