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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 24, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PARKING DISPUTE SHOOTING

ST. PETERSBURG — Florida authorities have released hundreds of new pages in the case of a white man accused of shooting a black man in a parking lot dispute in July. According to a transcript of Michael Drejka’s interview with detectives, he acknowledged that if Markeis McGlockton had retreated, or even stayed still, he wouldn’t have used his gun. “He made his step towards me, and that was that,” he said. By Tamara Lush.

PRIEST-ASSAULT PLEA

PORTLAND, Maine — A former Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused a 9-year-old boy at a Maine church in the 1990s is going back to prison after pleading guilty on Monday. By Maria Villeneuve.

TRAFFICKING ACT-SEX WORKERS

NEW YORK — Recent crackdowns targeting the sex-for-hire industry have reduced the number of commercial ads on the internet and helped fight online trafficking. But activists and police say the efforts may have had unintended consequences — landing women and girls back on the streets, where dangers also lurk. By Alexandra Villarreal.

PRESERVATION GRANTS

NEW ORLEANS — A preservation group is inviting the public to vote on 20 sites across the country that showcase the nation’s diversity and the fight for equality as part of a $2 million historic preservation campaign. By Rebecca Santana.

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IN BRIEF:

DISNEY WORLD-PRICING — Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary based on the date a visitor picks under a new online planning tool debuting next month.

IRMA DEBRIS REMOVAL — The federal government is reviewing debris removal costs in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma last year.

DEPUTY-WIFE SHOT — Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot his wife and then killed himself in Florida early Monday, leaving four children in their home.

FLORIDA-ROUGH SURF — Authorities say more than 70 people needed rescue from rough surf along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS-TEACHER — Florida education officials have permanently revoked the teaching license of a former high school music director accused of making sexual advances toward a student.

COLLEGE PROFESSOR PAY — A new study says the University of Florida is ahead of the rest of the state when it comes to bumping up pay for its professors.

AUTO SHOP FIRE — Fire officials say a Florida auto shop erupted in flames when a vehicle crashed into it.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--MEDIA DAY-HEAT

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is ready to begin what he calls his last dance. The Miami Heat guard is entering his 16th and final NBA season, and discussed his decision to delay retirement on Monday. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, photos

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