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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

June 3, 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. Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at canderson@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-GRADUATION

SUNRISE — The senior class from the Florida high school where 17 people died in February’s gun massacre is set to graduate Sunday afternoon, with plans to honor four members slain in the attack. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will present diplomas to the families of Nicholas Dworet, Joaquin Oliver, Meadow Pollack and Carmen Schentrup. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 700 words following 2 p.m. event. With AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-NUISANCE BEARS.

ORLANDO — Florida wildlife officials are on pace this year to put down fewer than 20 black bears that pose a risk to public safety — the smallest number in five years — a sign that bear-resistant garbage cans and “bear-wise” rules may be reducing conflicts between people and the state’s largest native land mammal. An AP Member Exchange by Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel. MOVED: 1,000 words.

EXCHANGE-PILOT RECOVERED.

JACKSONVILLE — Eight months and three days.That’s what it took for Drew Stokes to be able to get on board his huge P-3 Orion aircraft at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations at Cecil Airport and return to a job he loved. Smiling as he quipped Tuesday that he hadn’t made this walk “in a long time and it feels good,” Stokes well remembers “fighting for my life” after five bullets pounded into him outside a grocery store. An AP Member Exchange by Dan Scanlan, The Florida Times-Union. MOVED: 900 words.

IN BRIEF:

RACING BOAT CRASH —The driver of a racing powerboat has died following a collision with another boat that also injured three other racers during an event in Florida.

DUI-PEDESTRIANS KILLED — A Florida man is facing several charges after police say he crashed his sport-utility vehicle into two pedestrians, killing them both.

POT-SOAKED LEGAL PAPERS — A Florida man is charged with selling prison inmates around the country fake legal documents that had been soaked in a synthetic form of marijuana so the inmates could get high after eating them.

FRAUD RING — Seven people have been sentenced to prison terms after pleading guilty in Florida to orchestrating a variety of fraud scams that took in more than $7 million from victims across the U.S.

CYBERSECURITY-TAMPA BAY —The Tampa-St. Petersburg area is the 10th most vulnerable metro area in the country to cybersecurity threats, and other Florida counties ranked in the top 10 as well.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--RAYS-MARINERS

SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez looks to solve his first-inning woes as the Seattle Mariners go for a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Seattle has won 12 of 15 and moved into a tie with Houston in the AL West. UPCOMING: Game at 1:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.

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