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 Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at Brendan Farrington is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Andrew Gillum, who engineered a surprising upset victory in Florida's Democratic primary this week, is picking up endorsements, money and plenty of national attention in the aftermath of his win. But as the Tallahassee mayor mounts his bid to become Florida's first black governor, he is already coming under swift attack from Republican opponents who are trying to use a slow-moving corruption investigation into Tallahassee city government to portray Gillum as untrustworthy. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 912 words, AP Photos.


TALLAHASSEE — Florida's 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor's office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments. The following are items of political interest from the past week. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. SENT: 622 words.


DAYTONA BEACH — If anyone wonders whether old-fashioned sleight-of-hand still has the capacity to amaze in an era of instant news and talking smart devices, a visit to Daytona Magic reveals that it does, as fast as you can say "Abracadabra." Actually, no magic words were required as this month owner Harry Allen and his staff entertained shoppers with coin tricks, metamorphic playing cards and other prestidigitation accessories at the shop that has been a fixture in Daytona Beach since 1976. By Jim Abbott of The Daytona Beach News-Journal. SENT: 852 words.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — While many people view South Florida's invasive iguana population as an annoyance at best and a pandemic at worst, Ishmeal Asson sees something else: lunch. The Fort Lauderdale resident and native Trinidadian considers eating iguanas to be a way of life. Growing up, Asson learned to roast the island critters at roadside and backyard gatherings. Iguana is a staple in the Caribbean, where the reptiles are a native species and are known as "pollo de los árboles," or chicken of the trees. Their meat contains more protein than chicken, and members of some cultures believe it has medicinal properties. By Ellie Rushing of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. SENT: 1,133 words.


SUSPECT DROWNED — Florida authorities say a suspect fleeing from deputies drowned after jumping into a retaining pond.

DEPUTIES-SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Florida authorities say deputies fatally shot a man who refused to put down a weapon.

FATAL TURNPIKE CRASH — Authorities say two people were killed and three others were injured when an SUV they were riding in crashed on Florida's Turnpike.

DRUG DRIVE-THRU — Authorities say they've arrested two people who were running a drug business out of a mobile home with its own walk-up and drive-thru window.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-ELECTION — The Florida county where 17 people were slain in a high school shooting rampage will hold an election recount to determine whether a school board member staved off a challenge from a victim's father.




ARLINGTON, Texas — Malik Rosier and the Miami Hurricanes had quite a breakout in coach Mark Richt's second season with a 10-0 start. The finish wasn't all that good. The No. 8 Hurricanes have their highest preseason ranking in 14 seasons despite ending 2017 with a three-game losing streak. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 946 words.


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