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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



FORT LAUDERDALE — Florida reacted to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre by becoming the first state to require police or armed guards at all public schools. It’s a mandate many districts are struggling to meet, financially and logistically. In the first comprehensive statewide examination of the program, an Associated Press survey of Florida’s 67 countywide school districts found all campuses will be covered when they reopen this month, but many districts are having difficulty finding and funding additional police officers. About a third are supplementing officers with armed civilian security guards, including, in some cases, school staff members. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 900 words with AP Photos.


FORT LAUDERDALE — A Florida newspaper faced an ethical dilemma after a school district’s mistake exposed details that were supposed to be redacted from its lengthy examination of the education of school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz. The material that two judges ordered kept secret shows that Broward County school officials failed to follow state and federal laws that provide for disabled students. It lays out in abundant detail why Cruz needed the school system’s therapeutic services. It describes how bureaucratic failures essentially left the mentally disturbed 18-year-old without support for 14 months leading up to the attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 850 words.


MIAMI BEACH — A year after Will and Daniel Payne lost their mom, and nearly two decades since their father’s death, it was time to follow their wishes for the afterlife. As they board a boat with three generations of family, the brothers slip into flippers and de-fog their masks. Will, who became a certified scuba diver just days earlier, checks his oxygen tank and jumps into the azure waters to secure a concrete marker mixed with their ashes at a memorial reef about three miles out to sea. By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 801 words with AP Photos. AP Video.


NEW YORK — Office Depot’s emphasis on product innovation and expanded services helped push second-quarter revenue and profits beyond Wall Street expectations. Under CEO Gerry Smith, who took over the company late last year, the Boca Raton, Florida, chain is attempting to expand beyond selling office supplies, to become a one-stop shop for business. Office Depot is maneuvering itself to provide services ranging from technology consulting and installation, to logo design. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 440 words.


ENGAGEMENT RING FOUND — A Tennessee man’s plan to propose to his girlfriend on a Florida beach almost failed when he lost the ring in the Gulf of Mexico. For 45 minutes last Friday, Taylor Farrar of Sevierville, Tennessee, and his friends frantically searched for the plastic bag that held the ring, a bank card and a driver’s license.

TROPICAL WEATHER — Subtropical Storm Debby has formed far out over the north Atlantic but is expected to be a short-lived storm. The storm’s maximum sustained winds Tuesday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says Debby is expected to dissipate in a few days.

MISSING SWIMMER-BODY — Authorities in Florida say they’ve found the body of a 37-year-old man who went missing after jumping out of a boat to swim with friends in a lake. Orange County Sheriff’s officials say the group was swimming in Lake Down near Orlando on Sunday afternoon. Divers found the man’s body Tuesday morning.

SPACEX LAUNCH — SpaceX used its newest style booster for a second time to put a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

TREE TRIMMER DEATH — Authorities say wasps had swarmed a 57-year-old landscaper just before he fell from a tree in Florida. The Florida Times-Union reports Joseph English died Sunday, a day after he suffered severe head trauma and a broken back while trimming a tree at a home on Jacksonville Beach.

NEVADA EXECUTION — Fifteen states are siding with Nevada as it fights drug companies battling the use of their products in an inmate’s execution. Republican attorneys general from 15 states filed documents Monday with the Nevada Supreme Court arguing that drug company Alvogen’s claims are a part of a “guerrilla war against the death penalty.”

BEACH DEATHS — Three people, including a child, have died in separate incidents at Florida beaches over the weekend. The Pensacola News Journal reports that a swimmer in Navarre Beach drowned Saturday after sinking to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

FATAL INTERSTATE CRASH — Authorities say a Florida woman and child have died after crashing a vehicle into a semitrailer and a tree. The Gainesville Sun reports that the crash happened early Sunday on Interstate 75 near Gainesville.

ORLANDO AIRPORT — Passenger traffic at Florida’s busiest airport is up almost 7 percent in the first six months of 2018. Orlando International Airport reported having more than 24 million travelers in the first half of the year. Most of those passengers — about 21 million — came from within the United States, an increase of 6 percent.



DAVIE — When John Denney goes to work everything is upside down, and he’s long accustomed to the view. Denney is heading into his 14th season as an NFL long snapper, all with the Miami Dolphins. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m.


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