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the news editor and can be reached at Gary Fineout is on the desk and can be reached at A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA astronauts begin a 12-month celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing during the Apollo Celebration Gala. But moonwalker Buzz Aldrin is expected to be a no-show at the Saturday kick-off. The black-tie gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center features a panel discussion by astronauts, an awards ceremony and an auction of space memorabilia. By Alex Sanz and Mike Schneider. SENT: 455 words. Will be updated after start of gala.


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 13 proposed constitutional amendments, ranging from property tax cuts to banning greyhound racing. A roundup of political news including items touching on Neil Young, Papa John's and ad wars. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 798 words.


FORT MYERS — Mikayla Zariske's new abnormal stinks. And it gives her headaches. But that's not what worries the Cape Coral liveaboard most about the toxic algae slick surrounding her floating home. "I'm just really scared about what this might be doing to the baby," says the seven-months-pregnant Zariske, who stays with her husband, Will, on their sailboat "Hello Sunshine," moored in the 19-slip Rosen Park marina. By Amy Bennett Williams. News-Press of Fort Myers. SENT: 1089 words.


FORT LAUDERDALE — High school students can help save a pet's life and get credit from their school at the same time. Here's how: Some kittens and puppies are too young for the county pet shelter. High school students age 14 and older can earn mandatory high school community service hours by fostering the county's tiniest homeless pets until they are old enough for adoption. By Susannah Bryan. South Florida Sun-Sentinel. 385 words.


BRIBERY CHARGES-COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Federal authorities say a Florida businessman already charged with orchestrating a massive Medicare fraud scheme bribed a former university basketball coach to help get his son admitted to an Ivy League university.

FLORIDA DEPUTIES-KILLING - Authorities in Florida say deputies shot and killed a 38-year-old man who punched and shot dogs following a domestic dispute with his wife.

YOU'VE GOT MAIL-ARRESTS - Florida authorities are charging dozens of people as part of a sophisticated drug-smuggling operation that consisted of spraying synthetic drugs on mail sent to inmates.

FATAL BAR SHOOTING - A Florida man has once again been sentenced to life in prison for fatal shooting at a bar.

BABY DEAD CAREGIVER - A Florida woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the death of an 8-month-old baby left in her care.

BEACHED WHALE - Marine life experts have rescued a adult melon-headed whale that had become stuck on a Florida



The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. Analysis by Jimmy Golen. SENT: 890 words.


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