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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

September 21, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who reminded Democratic primary voters about how he the only non-millionaire in the race for governor, has been paying higher taxes for his house without realizing it. Gillum has failed to claim a homestead exemption for his $400,000 home for several years now. When asked about it this week Gillum was unaware that he was not claiming the exemption. In his role as mayor, Gillum routinely votes on how much in property taxes to charge city residents. He also has come out in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the state’s current exemption. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 400 words.


UCF-MISUSED FUNDS — School officials say the University of Central Florida inappropriately used an additional $10 million of state funds geared for operating expenses on construction projects and building improvements.

FLORIDA UNEMPLOYMENT — Florida’s unemployment rate is staying the same. State officials announced Friday the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in August. That’s slightly lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.

UBER DRIVER ARRESTED — An Uber driver is accused of kidnapping and false imprisonment after a passenger told investigators she jumped from the window of a moving vehicle.

INSURANCE SCHEME — The Iowa Insurance Division has fined a Florida man and revoked his license, alleging he’d scammed people who were buying health insurance.

SEAWORLD-VR ROLLER COASTER — SeaWorld Orlando has gotten rid of virtual reality headsets that were installed on its Kraken Unleashed roller coaster a little more than a year ago.

POLICE SHOOTING-MIAMI — Police say a man wanted by the FBI for kidnapping was fatally shot by officers after he fired an assault rifle at them during a confrontation near Miami International Airport.

DRUNKEN DRIVING-POND — A Florida woman is accused of drunkenly driving a truck with an 8-year-old in the passenger seat and crashing into a retention pond.

PRISON GUARD-INMATE SEX — Authorities say a trainee guard at a Florida prison had sex with an inmate in exchange for drugs.

DRUG MANUFACTURING RULE — Attorneys general from West Virginia and 10 other states are asking the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to further tighten the manufacture of opioids.



ORLANDO — Florida Atlantic plays No. 16 UCF at Spectrum Stadium in a Friday night clash. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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