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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

October 2, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

FLORIDA-SENATE DEBATE

MIRAMAR — Incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott have met in a spirited debate in their campaign for Florida’s highly competitive U.S. Senate seat. The two squared off Tuesday for the taped event in the studios of Telemundo 51 in Miramar. The hourlong debate will air at 7 p.m. in South Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. It also can be viewed on Telemundo’s website. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words. With AP Photos.

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

UNDATED — Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. Publicly, the rampage reignited the U.S. gun-control debate. Privately, it propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3817 words with AP Photos. Also sent abridged version with 1000 words.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL CRASH — Police officials in central Florida say four people have died in a head-on crash.

SEAWORLD ATTENDANCE — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says attendance at its 12 parks is up 9 percent for the year so far in a turnaround for a company that struggled after the release of a documentary critical of whale captivity five years ago.

FLORIDA-FRUIT FLY INFESTATION — Florida officials say an invasive and destructive agricultural pest has been eradicated from Miami-area farmlands.

CHILD KILLED-SENTENCE — A 29-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for the abuse and death of 8-month-old child left in his care.

ALPACA CRASH — The journey of 21 alpacas from New York to Florida was disturbed when a car fleeing Georgia authorities crossed the state line into Florida and hit the animals’ trailer. Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Dylan Bryan said one alpaca died in the Monday morning crash.

AMERICAN AIRLINES-CUBA ROUTE — American Airlines wants to move its flight to Havana from Charlotte, North Carolina, to its main Latin American hub at Miami International Airport.

WIFE SLAYING — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife and unborn child.

HOT CAR DEATHS — Authorities have identified a 4-year-old boy who was found inside a hot car in central Florida.

BOATING DEATH— A Pennsylvania woman has died after being struck by a boat propeller near a Florida beach.

FLORIDA-POLICE DOG SHOT — Florida authorities say a teenager has been charged in the armed carjacking that killed a police dog named Fang.

FATAL HOME INVASION — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal home invasion.

TODDLER DROWNS-POOL — Authorities in Florida say a toddler found unconscious in a family member’s swimming pool has died.

ATTEMPTED CHILD PURCHASE — Police say an 81-year-old attempted to buy an 8-year-old girl from her mother for $200,000 at a Florida Walmart.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES — The last time Miami won a home game against Florida State, the Hurricanes were still playing at the Orange Bowl. And that place was bulldozed about a decade ago. It’s been 14 years since the Hurricanes beat their archrivals before a home crowd, a streak that they’re eager to try and end when the programs meet again on Saturday night. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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