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the news editor and can be reached at David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum announced their running mates for Florida governor Thursday, with DeSantis choosing the first Cuban-American woman to be on the ballot for lieutenant governor and Gillum picking an Orlando-area businessman who competed against him in the primary. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 640 words with AP photos.




ORLANDO — Gov. Rick Scott is headlining a rally featuring the Florida Republican candidates running for statewide offices in November, including GOP gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis. The kickoff rally for the Florida Republicans is being held Thursday at a motor-themed restaurant in downtown Orlando. By Mike Schneider. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.


SUNRISE — A commission investigating the Florida high school massacre learned that many of the state's school districts did not take crime reporting and security assessments seriously before the February slayings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission heard Thursday that of the state's approximately 3,900 public schools, only 16 completed an optional security assessment in 2017. In separate crime reports filed with the state, Stoneman Douglas reported zero incidents of bullying among its 3,200 students between 2014 and 2017 and three incidents of vandalism. The commission heard that such underreporting was common. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 500 words.


ORLANDO — Thousands of Walt Disney World workers are voting Thursday on whether to approve a new contract that increases the starting minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years while enabling Disney to use more part-time workers and require new workers to stay in their positions longer before transferring. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 536 words. UPCOMING: 550 words following vote tally around 8 p.m.


DETROIT — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection. DeVos was born in Grand Rapids, not far from Ada, the community about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Detroit where he later lived and died. By Corey Williams. SENT: 632 words with AP Photos.


BOMB THREAT-FLORIDA MOSQUE — A Florida man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for phoning bomb threats to a mosque.

MISSING TODDLER — The foster parents of a 2-year-old Florida boy who police say was killed by his birth mother are asking for a "fundamental re-examination" of the state's child protective services system, while records show the victim was the focus of state social workers from the time he was 3 months old.

PREGNANT WOMAN SHOT — Police say a pregnant woman flagged down an officer after being shot and was taken to a hospital where she delivered her baby. Tallahassee police said in a news release that a shooting was reported around 12:44 a.m. Thursday.

DISNEY THREAT-ARREST — Investigators in Florida say they've arrested a New Jersey tourist who told greeters at a Disney World resort that al-Qaida sent him to "blow the place up." Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested 56-year-old Gregory Lazarchick on Tuesday on a charge of making a false bomb threat.

BOATING DEATH — Officials say one person is dead after a boat capsized near Florida's Atlantic coast. The Palm Beach Post reports that 76-year-old Luz Mirian Cajiao Canizales died Tuesday evening.

TEACHER DEATH — Officials say a longtime substitute teacher collapsed at a Florida high school and died.



MIAMI — Udonis Haslem is barely given the chance to play anymore, and the Miami Heat wanted him back anyway.  A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Haslem and the Heat have agreed on a one-year, $2.4 million contract that will keep him with his hometown team for a 16th season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 350 words.


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