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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-ESPY AWARDS

MIAMI — The ESPYs are breaking tradition for this year’s Best Coach Award, awarding it posthumously to three Florida high school coaches who died shielding their students from gunfire. Family members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon will receive the honor during the award show on July 18 in Los Angeles, the ESPN network announced Wednesday. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 342 words with AP Photos.

GUN RESTRICTIONS-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey on Wednesday enacted measures to tighten its already strict gun control laws. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the half-dozen bills that began advancing after the fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February that left 17 people dead. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon joined Murphy on stage. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 410 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

MARS ROVER

CAPE CANAVERAL — A NASA rover on Mars has fallen silent as a gigantic dust storm envelops the planet and blots out the sun. Flight controllers tried late Tuesday night to contact Opportunity, but the rover did not respond. The storm has been growing since the end of May and now covers one-quarter of the planet. By Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 500 words following news conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA-INMATES — Authorities said a Florida woman they arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into a state prison managed to distribute a highly potent synthetic marijuana to inmates after she was booked into a county jail.

PUPPIES KILLED-FIRE — Authorities say nine puppies have died in a Florida house fire. The Northwest Daily News reports the fire broke out Tuesday evening in Freeport, which is in the Florida Panhandle.

SPIRIT AIRLINES-NORTH CAROLINA — Spirit Airlines will be offering new flights from North Carolina to Florida in September. Spirit plans to offer flights three times a week between Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greensboro and Orlando International Airport starting Sept. 7.

OPRAH-CRUISE — Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam (pronounced new STAHT-un-dam). In a video recorded with her pal Gayle King, Winfrey recounted “sailing to Alaska last year” on a Holland America ship, adding that she is “setting sail again.” By The Associated Press.

BABY LEFT FOR DEAD — Police in Florida say a woman gave birth to a premature baby and left her near a backyard shed covered by an empty plant bucket. News outlets report 20-year-old Martha Godinez-Diaz was arrested Monday on felony child abuse and neglect charges. The baby survived.

FOSTER CARE-SUICIDE — A 15-year-old girl who had been placed on suicide alerts during at least a dozen stays in state custody took her own life at a juvenile justice facility in Florida.

PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED — Authorities say a Florida man fatally shot his pregnant wife and dumped her body in a trash bin.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--BLUE JAYS-RAYS   

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays go for a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with reliever Wilmer Font opening against left-hander J.A. Happ. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

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