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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 1, 2019

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



TALLAHASSEE _ Florida’s legislative session is headed to overtime. Negotiators reached a deal Tuesday night on a roughly $90 billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But it had not been distributed to lawmakers as of Wednesday morning, meaning the required 72-hour review period was not yet triggered. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 435 words.


TALLAHASSEE _ Florida is on the fast track to building three new major toll highways in mostly rural areas under a bill sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis by the state House on Wednesday despite concerns over their potential negative impact on the environment. The bill, passed on a 76-36 vote, creates task forces to study the potential routes and commits tens of millions of dollars for eventual construction of the highways. Supporters say the roads will spur rural job growth, relieve congestion on Interstate 75 and Interstate 4 — the main tourist road to Walt Disney World and other Orlando theme parks — and create new hurricane evacuation routes. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 517 words.


FORT LAUDERDALE _ A judge ordered the public defenders representing the former student charged with the Florida high school massacre to stay on his case while she determines if he remains indigent. Judge Elizabeth Scherer ordered Broward County public defenders on Wednesday to keep representing Nikolas Cruz while she determines if he’ll collect $432,000 from his late mother’s annuity. His attorneys argued he is no longer poor enough to be represented by them. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 500 words:


MIAMI _ A Mexican soap opera actor was charged with manslaughter Wednesday after a man he’s accused of punching in a road rage confrontation died. Pablo Lyle appeared at his arraignment before 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Alan Fine and pleaded not guilty. The 32-year-old star will continue under house arrest in Miami. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 502 words.


WEST PALM BEACH _ A judge says video surveillance from police busts at two massage parlors in Florida can’t be used in prosecuting prostitution charges against alleged patrons in cases similar to one involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. UPCOMING: 500 words developing from court hearing.


MIAMI _ In a non-descript building in North Miami, two dozen dancers in bouncing yellow skirts are high kicking the can-can, aerialists are spinning perilously high from silk cords and frantic seamstresses are hemming outfits in a 20,000 square-foot costume shop. They are all part of a company that puts on more live productions a year than Broadway and London’s West End combined. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 1084 words with AP Photos.


LAW OFFICE-STABBING _ Police say two men involved in an altercation at a law office have been taken to a hospital. Winter Park Sgt. Garvin McComie tells news outlets the incident happened Wednesday morning inside the law office.

1972 SLAYING _ A Florida man has been arrested in one of North Carolina’s coldest cases -- the 1972 slaying of a woman found bound and shot beside her 4-month-old baby.

HOME INVASION-SHOOTING _ Authorities say a homeowner shot at two men during an attempted home invasion, injuring one of them. St. Petersburg police say the shots were fired around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday after the two masked men entered the home.

DEPUTY SHOOTING-FLORIDA _ Sheriff’s officials say four deputies fired at a man who pointed a gun at them when they responded to a complaint about loud music.

FATAL DUI CRASH _ Authorities say two men are dead and a third is facing charges after an alcohol-related, wrong-way crash. The News-Press reports that the crash happened Monday night in Cape Coral.

FATAL ROBBERY _ A Florida man has been sentenced once again to life in prison for a fatal robbery. A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 29-year-old Thomas Byrd last week after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. News outlets report that his 2015 conviction was tossed by an appeals court.

DNR OFFICIAL-ASSAULT _ The director of West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources is no longer charged with assaulting his ex-wife at her Florida home.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ After a rainout, the Rays and Royals play a traditional double-header at Kauffman Stadium. By Marc Bowman. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. First game starts 12:15 p.m.; Second game starts 45 minutes after first ends.


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