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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 5, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

GROUND GAME-ABORTION IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump’s popularity. Not anymore. A Supreme Court vacancy has pushed abortion to the forefront of election year politics, with both supporters and opponents suggesting that the emotional issue could drive more voters to the polls. That’s especially true in states like Iowa, where Republicans have enacted restrictive measures on abortion in the past two years. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1042 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

TROPICAL WEATHER — The second tropical depression of the 2018 hurricane season formed has formed over the Atlantic Ocean. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the depression formed Thursday morning.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING — Appeals lawyers for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are asking authorities for the recordings of interviews with a suspect in a triple-homicide in Massachusetts who was shot in 2013 during a confrontation with an FBI agent.

JULY FOURTH-CELEBRATORY GUNFIRE — Tampa police say a man was injured by celebratory gunfire while visiting Busch Gardens on July Fourth.

HOSTAGES-SHOOTING — Sheriff’s deputies in Florida fatally shot a man who they say was holding two hostages inside a home. The shooting happened Thursday morning in Eustis, near Orlando.

FREE BREAKFAST-SCHOOLS — Thanks to Hurricane Irma, all students in one Florida school system will qualify for free breakfast and lunch through 2022.

FIREWORKS INJURY — Officials say a Florida man lost part of his hand in a July 4th fireworks accident. Lauderhill Fire-Rescue posted on Twitter that the incident happened Wednesday night.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — Jeremy Hellickson pitches for the Nationals, who are trying to stop their losing streak at five against Pablo Lopez and the Miami Marlins in the series opener. By Patrick Stevens. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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