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the news editor and can be reached at Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



FORT LAUDERDALE — Before she found herself presiding over one of the highest-profile cases in the country, Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer did little to draw attention. Her rulings tended to be non-controversial. Appellate judges found fault with only two of her decisions — an impressively low number for someone who has been on the bench for six years. By Rafael Olmeda. South Florida Sun Sentinel. MOVED: 960 words. With AP Photo.


JACKSONVILLE — Writer Tim Gilmore likes to poke around in the stranger corners of Jacksonville's history, so it was almost inevitable that he would one day make it to the Goat Man. That would be Rollians Christopher, a squatter and hermit who made national news in the 1950s as the state tried, in the name of progress, to kick him off a sandy, muddy island in the St. Johns River known as Goat Island. By Matt Soergel. The Florida Times-Union. MOVED: 1,100 words. With AP Photo.


UNIVERSITY-BIRDS KILLED — Federal documents show a University of Florida research unit killed more than 150 birds in the past 10 years to protect plant science work.

PLANE-INTERSTATE LANDING — Two people escaped injury when a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Florida's Alligator Alley highway.

OBIT-ROBLEY WILSON — Writer Robley Wilson, a novelist and poet whose works won numerous awards and who also was an editor and teacher, has died at his home in Florida. He was 88.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN RESIGNATIONS — Four members of the Bethune-Cookman University's board of trustees have resigned amid a financial crisis that has alumni and others calling for their ouster.

BAT-RABIES ALERT — A rabies alert has been issued in a Florida city after a bat tested positive for the dangerous disease.

COAST GUARD-VESSEL STOPPED — The Coast Guard halted the voyage of the 48-foot pleasure craft with 18 people aboard in the Miami River after discovering several safety violations.



MIAMI — Butch Davis wasted no time in his quest to turn Florida International into a winner. He's now trying to see if FIU can win consistently. By Tim Reynolds. MOVED: 715 words.


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