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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 18, 2018

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 miami@ap.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at imader@ap.org. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@ap.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s two candidates for governor have come up with widely disparate plans for education. Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday released a plan that would largely keep intact many of the education policies that the GOP has put in place the last two decades, although he says he want to boost classroom spending. DeSantis is also firmly behind the state’s private school voucher programs and wants to expand their use. This is contrast to Democrat Andrew Gillum who is advocating a $1 billion tax increase that would be used to boost teacher salaries and expand other education programs. Gillum says the state to needs to focus on public, not private schools. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 600 words.


ORLANDO — SeaWorld and two former executives have agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle fraud claims that it misled investors over the impact of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish” was having on its business. By Mike Schneider. 400 words.


ORLANDO — Some drivers who transport Walt Disney World visitors around the resort after being summoned by a Lyft app want to put the brakes on joining a union. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 429 words.


TOLEDO, Ohio — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there’s a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It’s making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can’t do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking “Alegae Bloom” beer made by Maumee Bay Brewing Co., which relies on Lake Erie for its water, is a good conversation starter that reminds customers about the toxic algae that show up each year in the shallowest of the Great Lakes, said brewery manager Craig Kerr.Some brewers, like Maumee Bay, are serving up seasonal batches to draw attention to pollutants that threaten Florida’s aquifers and Colorado’s mountain streams. By John Seewer. SENT: 738 words with AP Photos.


UNIVERSITY-BRIDGE COLLAPSE — Contractors that worked on the bridge near a Florida university that collapsed, killing six people, have been fined more than $86,000 for workplace violations.

LAW PROFESSOR KILLED — Two defendants charged in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Florida university professor will not go on trial anytime soon. A circuit judge on Tuesday agreed to postpone the trials of Sigfredo Garica and Katherine Magbanua because one of Magbanua’s attorneys has been battling a “life-threatening medical condition.”

COLLEGE LOCKDOWN — Police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they say injured another man in a shooting that placed a Florida college on lockdown for several hours. Officials at Rollins College issued a “shelter in place” alert on Monday afternoon.

FINANCIAL ADVISER-SWINDLING — A 35-year-old financial adviser is accused of swindling a now-deceased couple out of nearly $900,000 and using the money to buy a car, guns and pay off credit cards.

BRIGHTLINE TRAIN-PASSENGER STRUCK — Authorities say a high-speed commuter train struck and injured a man in South Florida. The Palm Beach Post reports the man was struck Monday night while walking along the tracks with another man.

EXPLOSIVE FUSES — A Florida felon has pleaded guilty to possessing thousands of pounds of explosive fuses.

PANTHER DEATH-ZOO — A one-eyed Florida panther named Uno has died at a Florida zoo. The Naples Daily News reports the 6-year-old cat died Sunday at the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens.

POND DEATHS — Officials say two Florida toddlers have fallen into ponds near their homes and died.

DRUG CRASH — Florida police say a driver under the influence of cocaine and fentanyl fatally struck a bicyclist who was riding on a sidewalk.



CORAL GABLES — There are only five players in major college football with more all-purpose yards this season than Miami’s Jeff Thomas. On average, those five he’s chasing have gotten 57 touches so far. Thomas has gotten only 19. When he gets the ball, big things happen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 4 p.m.


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