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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 23, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI — U.S. House candidate Bettina Rodriguez Aguilar has a long list of accomplishments to bolster her campaign in Florida. But the thing she is perhaps best known for is claiming that she was abducted by space aliens as a child and that she communicated telepathically with them. She’s running for the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words.


ST. PETERSBURG — A Florida judge has decided not to reduce the bail of a white man charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man in a store parking lot. Pinellas County Judge Joseph Bulone ruled Thursday that the $100,000 bail amount for Michael Drejka should stand. He called it “a fair and a reasonable bond under all the facts and circumstances of the case,” since Drejka faces anywhere from 11 to 30 years in prison if convicted. By Tamara Lush. SENT: 492 words


Residents are defending a Louisiana public library’s plan to host fraternity brothers who are going to read to young children while dressed as drag queens. Similar events have been held in Atlanta, New York City and Orlando, Florida. SENT: 378 words.


GUN CONTROLE MARCH — Students in Massachusetts have set off on a 50-mile march to Smith & Wesson’s headquarters to call for stricter gun control.

CHILD NEGLECT-FAMILY — Authorities say a father and grandfather are facing child neglect charges in Florida after they were found passed out in a vehicle with two young children in the back seat.

FLORIDA-BILINGUAL BALLOTS — Newly-arrived Puerto Ricans are suing to have 32 Florida counties print ballots and other elections materials in Spanish ahead of November’s midterm elections.

HIGH SPEED CHASE — Two Florida men are in custody after authorities say they found 20 pounds of marijuana in a car following a high-speed chase on Interstate 80 and through Lincoln.

GIRL SLAIN — Authorities have arrested a fifth person suspected in the shooting death of a 7-year-girl who was sitting in a car with her father outside a Florida store.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH — Authorities say a car was smashed between two school buses in Florida. The News-Press reports that the crash happened Wednesday afternoon in Lehigh Acres.

LEGOLAND-NEW HOTEL — Legoland might be getting a second hotel in Florida, nearly doubling the current number of rooms available at the park.



MIAMI — NL East-leading Atlanta opens a four-game series in Miami on Thursday, the first meeting between the teams since Marlins pitcher Jose Urena sparked a melee by hitting Braves standout Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch last week. Urena won’t pitch in this series because of an MLB suspension. Game begins 7:10 p.m. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


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