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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 14, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ORLANDO — Investigators believe a felon in Florida shot four children in their sleep at the start of a 21-hour standoff that also left a police officer in critical condition with a head wound. Meanwhile, the mother of the children says she’s “heartbroken” and feels “completely alone.” UPCOMING: 500 words.


WASHINGTON — The brother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz and a company that helps people adjust after prison or addiction treatment are launching a national anti-bullying campaign. Zachary Cruz and defense attorneys have said bullying likely played a role in the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. UPCOMING: 500 words.


CAPE CANAVERAL — Spacewalking astronauts set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 300 words.


FLORIDA BEATING DEATH — A Florida man sentenced to death for hog-tying and bludgeoning a man is getting a chance to challenge his conviction because a juror said gay people are “morally depraved.”

PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED — A Florida man accused of dumping his pregnant wife’s body in a trash bin also has been charged with killing his father-in-law.

FLORIDA CITRUS — Florida’s citrus growers are blaming Hurricane Irma for one of their worst seasons in decades.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-SECURITY COMPANY — A Florida-based security company is being sued for allegedly ignoring warning signs that the man who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub was unfit to be a security guard.

MOTORCYCLE HIT-AND-RUN — Florida authorities say they’re looking for a driver who crashed into a motorcycle, causing the rider to lose his foot.

METH TEST — Authorities say a Florida man was arrested after complaining to deputies that he might have been sold the wrong drug.

ATTEMPTED POLICE IMPALEMENT — Two men who Florida police say tried to impale an officer with a tow truck are charged with attempted murder.

FLIGHTS CANCELLED — Allegiant Air has canceled several upcoming flights in Florida due to new aircraft delivery delays.



MIAMI — There’s going to be dozens of players left out in the cold at next week’s NBA draft after not getting picked. Udonis Haslem knows how they’ll feel. He also may be the example they’ll need. Undrafted in 2002, Haslem — who has spent his entire NBA career with the Miami Heat — has been in the league longer than just about any other active player. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


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