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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCOTT-TRUMP

TALLAHASSEE — Asked this month whether President Donald Trump is doing a good job, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was happy with his friend’s decisions on offshore drilling and willingness to accelerate repairs to the Lake Okeechobee dike. Asked the question again, Scott paused and said, “I can tell you, what I want is results, and those are the results I like.” By Gary Fineout. SENTS: 807 words with AP Photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SUNRISE — Florida’s gun and mental health laws likely could not have prevented school massacre suspect Nikolas Cruz from buying in 2017 the semi-automatic rifle he allegedly used to kill 17 even if they had applied to him, the state commission investigating the shooting learned Thursday. Robin Sparkman, chief of the state’s Firearm Eligibility Bureau, told the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that even if Cruz had been subjected to an involuntary, three-day mental health evaluation under a state law called the Baker Act, he still could have purchased the AR-15 allegedly used in the Feb. 14 massacre. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OBIT-NATHANIEL REED

UNDATED — Nathaniel Pryor Reed, a tireless environmental advocate who helped craft the U.S. Endangered Species Act, has died in Quebec. He was 84. Adrian Reed told The Associated Press his father fell and clipped his head on a rock July 3 after catching and releasing a salmon on the Grand Cascapedia River, one of his favorites in Canada. He never regained consciousness, and died Wednesday. SENT: 356 words.

ABORTION-STATES

BOSTON — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are looking for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their own constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised both fears and hopes that a conservative court majority could weaken or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that created a nationwide right to abortion. That could fan an already raging battle in states over what should and should not be legal. By Davie A. Lieb and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 1077 words with AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-TEXAS COTTON-WEEDS

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Scientists at Texas A&M University are hopeful they’ve developed the kryptonite for what’s been a losing battle against herbicide-resistant weeds now choking cotton fields across the southern U.S. The San Antonio Express-News reports if it works as well in the San Angelo test field as it has in a campus greenhouse, the technology could prove revolutionary to a crop that in some regions has become vulnerable to weeds that have developed resistance to three generations of pesticides. By Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,290 words, pursuing photos.

IN BRIEF:

OFFICER SHOOTING-FLORIDA — A police officer and a suspected carjacker both received minor injuries during an exchange of gunfire. Lakeland police spokesman Gary Gross said in a news release that the shooting happened early Thursday following a brief pursuit.

ARMLESS MAN-TOURIST STABBED — A homeless, armless artist known for using his feet to paint pictures on Miami Beach is accused of stabbing a tourist from Chicago. Miami Beach police arrested 46-year-old Jonathan Crenshaw Tuesday and charged him with aggravated battery.

FLORIDA MAN-DUI — A Florida man told the officer who pulled him over that he was taking swigs of bourbon only when he stopped at traffic lights and stop signs — so he wasn’t drinking and driving.

VETERAN FRAUD — An 83-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to pretending to be a veteran so he could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits.

FIREFIGHTER FALL — A Florida firefighter is recovering from serious injuries after falling out of a fire truck on the way to a call.

BBURNING CAR-BODY — A body has been found in a burning car in Florida. Brevard County Sheriff’s officials say the burning car was found in Mims on Monday afternoon. When the fire was extinguished, authorities found a man’s body inside.

PUBLIX-SEX ASSAULT — Florida police say a man told a 17-year-old girl that he’d post a video online of him sexually assaulting her if she didn’t “act normal.” News outlets report 28-year-old Leandro Mlodziejewski was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious behavior.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--RAYS-TWINS   

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins open a four-game series at home against Tampa Bay, sending Kyle Gibson to the mound. Blake Snell pitches for the Rays, having won four straight starts with just two runs allowed in his last 28 2/3 innings. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m.

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