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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 13, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official conclusion that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico from last year’s Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration’s response to the Category 4 storm that smashed into the U.S. territory last September. Trump visited the island in early October to assess the situation amid widespread criticism over the recovery efforts. By Cathering Lucey, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1117 words


TALLAHASEE — President Donald Trump is roiling Florida’s upcoming elections yet again. Florida Republicans, who have spent months trying to shore up support among Puerto Ricans who have fled to the state after Hurricane Maria, quickly said Thursday that they do not agree with Trump’s rejection of the death toll in Puerto Rico. Trump’s comments, in which he blamed Democrats for inflating the death toll numbers, were even rejected by Ron DeSantis, who ran a television ad this summer touting how much he supports Trump and his agenda. Gov. Rick Scott, who has visited Puerto Rico seven times since Maria, also said he disagrees with the president. The timing, however, comes just as U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson ran a Spanish language ad touting Trump and Scott as friends. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 600 words.


ORLANDO — Like many Puerto Ricans who fled to the mainland after Hurricane Maria, Jose Santiago has been scrambling to find a place to live. The federal vouchers that pay for his hotel room near the Orlando airport expire at checkout time Friday. He has visited apartment complexes, but his name gets put on waiting lists. He has applied for assistance for apartment housing from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but it won’t give him any money unless he has a lease. And he can’t sign a lease without money for a deposit and first and last months’ rent. By Mike Schneider and Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 906 words with AP Photos.


WILMINGTON, N.C. — The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic stay along the Southeast coast that could drench the homes of as many as 10 million people. By Jonathan Drew and Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 880 words. Will be updated throughout the day.




WASHINGTON — Three lawmakers want to see a U.S. intelligence assessment of the threat posed by technology that lets anyone make fake but realistic videos of real people saying things they never said. Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of California and Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida say they worry adversaries will use the fake videos to undermine American democracy. By Deb Riechmann. UPCOMING: 500 words.


LONG PRISON SENTENCE — A man has been sentenced to 92 years in prison for a series of violent crimes in South Florida.

ARREST-BURGLARY HOMICIDE — Kentucky State Police say troopers have arrested a man wanted in Florida on murder charges.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say everyone is safe after a school bus was involved in a crash with a dump truck north of Tampa.

BEAR CONFLICT FUNDING — Florida wildlife officials are giving a total of $500,000 to 10 communities to help them reduce conflicts between humans and bears.



CORAL GABLES — There’s a large burden of expectation on Miami defensive back Al Blades Jr., whose father and two uncles were Hurricane legends. And now, after only two games in his career, he’s serving as a Miami captain. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.


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