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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 9, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SUNRISE — The parents and spouses of the 17 students and staff who died in the Florida high school massacre are calling for the removal of the school board in the upcoming election, saying they have failed to adequately improve campus security. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.


JACKSONVILLE — A forum with five Democratic candidates for governor is scheduled for Thursday night in Jacksonville. By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 600 words developing from 8 p.m. EDT event.


WASHINGTON — The lone military identification tag that North Korea provided with 55 boxes of human remains last month belonged to Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, an Army medic from Indiana who was killed in the opening months of the Korean War. The Army on Wednesday handed McDaniel’s slightly corroded dog tag to his sons, Charles Jr., of Indianapolis, and Larry, of Jacksonville, who were so young when their father perished that they have little memory of him. Charles, 71, told reporters he was moved to tears when he got the phone call at home in Indianapolis last week informing him that his father’s dog tag had been returned. By Robert Burns. SENT: 817 words with AP Photos.


HURRICANE FORECAST — U.S. forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane season may be less active than they previously predicted. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s updated outlook predicts nine to 13 named storms, including four to seven hurricanes.

DOG ABUSE-SENTENCE — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to stomping and choking a Yorkshire Terrier and leaving the dog to die outside a supermarket. The Miami Herald reports 41-year-old Sigman Hernandez agreed Wednesday to spend 270 days in jail for the 2017 death of the dog, named Lily.

OFFICER SHOT-WAFFLE HOUSE — A police officer is recovering from injuries suffered during an exchange of gunfire outside a Waffle House in northeastern Florida. Officer William Eierman is in stable condition at a hospital after being shot twice Wednesday night, Jacksonville Beach police Chief Patrick Dooley told a news conference Thursday morning.

ROAD RANGER CRASH — A motorist struck a Road Ranger driver as he picked up traffic cones on northbound Interstate 95 in Florida. Florida Highway Patrol Alvaro Feola says the accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday near Boca Raton.

SATANIST-MEETING PRAYER — A Florida religious freedom activist and self-proclaimed Satanist who objects to prayers before government meetings has been convicted of disrupting a meeting.

UTAH BASE-EXERCISES — Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.

COMMUTER TRAIN DEATH — Authorities say a man was killed by a commuter train in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the SunRail train hit the man Wednesday afternoon.



JACKSONVILLE — Rookie receivers Tre’Quan Smith (New Orleans) and DJ Chark (Jacksonville) look to build on impressive training camps when the Jaguars host the Saints in an exhibition game Thursday night. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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