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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

July 9, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TROPICAL WEATHER

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Monday as remnants of the new season’s first hurricane provided an initial test of how far they’ve recovered from last year’s devastating storms. Tropical Storm Beryl disintegrated after rushing over Dominica and into the eastern Caribbean, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the remnants still could bring 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain pounding down on homes in Puerto Rico still damaged by September’s Hurricane Maria. Forecasters said this could unleash flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. By Danica Coto. SENT: 694 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

GUITAR-SHAPED HOTEL — The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is topping off its guitar-shaped hotel, which is slated to open next year in South Florida.

RESCUERS-YARD WORK — When a Florida man suffered a heart attack while laying sod in his front yard, the first responders did something extraordinary.

RAINBOW GATHERING-KILLING — Authorities in Kentucky say a Florida man has confessed to killing a woman he met at the massive “Rainbow Family” counterculture gathering in a Georgia forest.

CELLPHONE-DRIVER-HORSES KILLED — Police in Florida say a man was reaching for his cellphone when he struck and killed two horses and seriously injured a young girl and a woman.

FATAL FIRE — A 9-year-old girl died and her grandmother was severely injured in a Florida house fire.

MISSING BOY-CANAL — Authorities say a 5-year-old boy with autism has died after being pulled from a canal behind his house.

FLOATING COCAINE — A floating bale of cocaine has been recovered in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--BREWERS-MARLINS    

MIAMI — Chase Anderson starts Monday night for the NL Central-leading Brewers when they open a three-game series at Miami against Jose Urena. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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