AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at email@example.com. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.
FORT LAUDERDALE - The panel investigating the Florida high school massacre is weeks from filing its initial report, but it has already had an impact - two sheriff’s officials are off their jobs and four school administrators were reassigned after allegations of malfeasance were presented at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s most recent meeting two weeks ago. Commission leaders and others say that unlike previous panels formed after tragedies that had little lasting impact, this group has a clear mandate, strong investigation and high-profile members and backers. But the head of the Broward County principals association said misstatements made to the panel by school Superintendent Robert Runcie forced him to punish administrators who did nothing wrong. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 p.m.
PARENT LUNCHROOM BAN
DARIEN, Conn. — One mother shed tears when she read the superintendent’s announcement. Another said it felt like a body blow. After struggling with growing numbers of parents in school cafeterias, the Darien school system said parents and guardians would no longer be welcome to visit with their children during lunch at the town’s elementary schools. By Michael Melia. SENT: 783 words with AP Photos. Story has Florida mention.
PIT BULLS EUTHANIZED — Three pit bulls that attacked another dog in north Florida have been euthanized. Alachua County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson tells the Gainesville Sun that the dogs belonging to Nathaniel Petttiford often had to be tranquilized while in the county’s care because they were so aggressive.
PLAYSTATION STABBING — Authorities in central Florida say a man was stabbed to death by his former housemates over a stolen PlayStation.
DECOMPOSING BODIES-FLORIDA — Investigators say a 47-year-old Florida woman apparently killed her 14-year-old son and then herself inside a home where a note warned of toxic chemicals.
FUGITIVE ARREST — Authorities in Florida say they’ve captured a man wanted for a homicide in Texas and a kidnapping in New Mexico.
FATAL DUI CRASH — A Florida man won’t go to prison for drunkenly crashing his Lamborghini into an SUV and killing an 82-year-old Uber driver.
JACKSONVILLE — Quarterback Cody Kessler and play-caller Scott Milanovich have replaced Blake Bortles and Nathaniel Hackett, hoping to provide a spark for the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m.
If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to email@example.com. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-836-9477.
The AP, Miami