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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 18, 2019

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. Adriana Gomez is on the desk and can be reached at agomez@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



BARTOW _ Two years ago, Christopher Paul stood at his father’s graveside in Bartow’s Wildwood Cemetery as Jerry Paul was laid to rest with full military honors. He walked away feeling comforted, he said, knowing that his father, a Vietnam veteran, was at peace. By Suzie Schottelkotte. The Ledger.


FORT MYERS _ Lizandra studied the paper on her desk, but her mind was not on freshman math. She was thinking of ways to commit suicide. Maybe she could use scissors. A pencil. A knife. Later she searched online for information on the anti-depressant she was taking; she has forgotten the name, there were so many. She read that suicidal thoughts could be a side effect and wondered, Why would they give me this? By Janine Zeitlin. The News-Press.


ORLANDO _ Authorities say a former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from two theme parks. The Orlando Sentinel reports 24-year-old Patrick Allen Spikes faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges. UPCOMING: 250 words.


SCHOOL SHOOTING THREAT _ Authorities say a Florida woman was arrested for posting a threat on social media she would “shoot everyone” at her nearest elementary school.

CONGRESSMAN-JUDGE THREATS _ A Florida man has been convicted of threatening a judge and a congressman.



MIAMI _ Mets left-hander Steven Matz returns from a forearm injury to pitch for the first time since May 3 when he faces the Marlins and Pablo Lopez, who gave up a career-high 10 runs to New York in his most recent outing. By Christopher Stock. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game scheduled to begin 4:10 p.m.


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