BC-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. David Fischer 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
FORT LAUDERDALE _ They rallied hundreds of thousands to march for gun reform, landed on the cover of Time magazine and raised millions of dollars from celebrities like Oprah and George Clooney. But could the teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting actually motivate unpredictable young voters to cast their ballots? Newly released data reveals that young Florida voters did hit the polls at a significantly higher rate — 15 percentage points more — compared with the previous midterm election. About 37 percent of the state’s 18- to 29-year-olds voted in November, compared with 22 percent who voted in 2014. That’s especially notable for midterm elections when turnout is typically low. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 787 words with AP Photos.
FORT LAUDERDALE _ A Florida detective told investigators the former deputy entrusted to protect a high school where 17 people died in a mass shooting last year gave an initial statement filled with inaccuracies about his actions. Broward Sheriff’s Office Detective John Curcio told investigators that ex-deputy Scot Peterson’s story about what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland contains many inconsistencies when compared with video evidence. SENT: 551 words with AP Photo.
BLUE ORIGIN LAUNCH
CAPE CANAVERAL _ Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, Blue Origin, launched NASA experiments into space Wednesday on a brief test flight. The New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas, hoisting a capsule containing the experiments. The eight experiments were exposed to a few minutes of weightlessness, before the capsule parachuted down. The rocket also landed successfully, completing its fourth spaceflight. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 240 words.
CAPE CANAVERAL _ NASA has replaced an astronaut assigned to Boeing’s first launch with a crew. By Marcia Dunn. With AP Photos, AP Video.
MISTAKEN UNIVERSITY ACCEPTANCE _ A Florida college says it mistakenly sent out more than 400 acceptance letters for applications still under review.
FRONTIER AIRLINES-ALABAMA _ Frontier Airlines will offer direct flights from coastal Alabama to Chicago and Denver later this year. News outlets reported Frontier will offer the service from a new passenger terminal using the Downtown Mobile Airport.
CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-TRIAL _ A federal trial began Tuesday for lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a plan that a different court blocked last week.
FATAL ROBBERY _ A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal robbery. The News-Press reports that 42-year-old Bubba O’Connor was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of murder and other charges.
FATAL CRASH _ A Florida teen has received a six-month driver-license suspension and 20 hours of community service for a fatal crash.
CORAL GABLES _ The Miami Hurricanes’ 5-foot-7 Chris Lykes is an unorthodox, unpredictable player, and coach Jim Larranaga describes him as crazy _ but also crazy good. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.
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