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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 22, 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. Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at canderson@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HURRICANE MARIA RALLY

WEST PALM BEACH — Activists marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico are staging a rally and caravan focused on President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Organizers say the Saturday afternoon event will include about 20 buses carrying Puerto Ricans and members of other Hispanic groups, along with faith leaders, progressives and others around the Palm Beach resort, with the rally to follow. By Ellis Rua. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m. With AP Photos.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN

MIAMI — Armando Tabora desperately wants to get his teenage daughter out of the government detention facility where she has been for more than three months. He has been stymied at every turn. The drama of parents being separated from their children at the border dominated the headlines this year, but thousands of immigrant families are experiencing a similar frustration: the increasing hurdles they must surmount to take custody of sons, daughters and relatives who crossed the border on their own. By Gisela Salmon and Claudia Torren. MOVED: 1,150 words. With AP Photos.

FLORIDA POLITICS

TALLAHASSEE — A look at major developments this week in key Florida political races, including the campaigns for governor and the U.S. Senate. By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington. MOVED: 800 words.

EXCHANGE-SUNKEN CARS

FORT LAUDERDALE — Ghostly, sunken cars lie in South Florida’s canals and lakes, hiding lost lives — sometimes for decades. While such crashes are rare, they occur most often during clear days on dry, rural roads, records show. Between 2011 and 2016, there were 168 water-related deaths from crashes in the state, according to a South Florida Sun Sentinel analysis of Florida Department of Transportation data. Bad drivers and alcohol were factors in about a quarter of the cases. An AP Member Exchange by Linda Trischitta, South Florida Sun Sentinel. MOVED: 1,300 words.

EXCHANGE-GUNS-KIDS

JACKSONVILLE — Even before the mass shooting at a video-game competition that left three people dead and 11 wounded, Jacksonville was in shock. Another shooting. This one as a crowd left a high school football game. One man was dead; two youths were wounded. An AP Member Exchange by Tessa Duvall, Florida Times-Union. MOVED: 2,100 words.

IN BRIEF:

DICKEY BETTS-ACCIDENT — Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts has had successful surgery after slipping and hitting his head while playing with his dog in Florida.

FATAL CRASH-AUTO THEFT — Police say a Florida man was arrested after fatally striking a man who stopped to help a motorist on an interstate highway and then stealing the victim’s car.

ARSON PLOT — A Florida woman has been sentenced to nine years and two months in prison for plotting to burn down a house occupied by two adults and six children.

BUS STOP DEATH — Authorities say a Florida man was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking his daughter to her school bus stop.

LAW SCHOOL GIFT — The University of Alabama is lauding the largest gift in its history — a $25 million donation to the School of Law from Florida businessman and attorney Hugh Culverhouse Jr.

DAY CARE DEATH — Officials say a toddler died a day after choking on a toy at a Florida daycare.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--T25-FIU-MIAMI

MIAMI GARDENS — Their campuses are separated by eight miles, but No. 21 Miami and FIU haven’t met in football in 11 years. That changes Saturday, with the Hurricanes looking to avoid an upset. Game begins 3:30 p.m. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos

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