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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

August 26, 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. Brendan Farrington 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

FLORIDA PRIMARY-NEWS GUIDE

TALLAHASSEE — Florida voters on Tuesday will select the nominees for governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, and several congressional seats. Here’s a look at the races facing Florida on Election Day. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 1095 words.

SENATE-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE — Caught in one of the toughest campaign fights in his lengthy political career, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s recent comments that Russians are meddling in Florida’s election system has triggered a firestorm for the mild-mannered politician. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 907 words, AP Photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES

UNDATED — As the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct began snaring politicians, state legislatures across the country vowed to re-examine their policies to prevent harassment and beef up investigations into complaints of sexual wrongdoing. About half of all state legislative chambers have followed through with at least some sort of change to their sexual harassment policies. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1515 words, AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-RETIRING PALEONTOLOGIST

LARGO — Twenty-something years ago, James Pendergraft took a reporter to a fossil site in Polk County. On that day, he was dazzling, spotting and identifying the ribs and teeth of extinct dugongs and sharks and mammoths. Now, in 2018, he walked Indian Rocks Beach, scanning for forgotten flip flops, washed-up foam buoys and cheap sunglasses. This had become part of his ritual, most days around sunrise. By Christopher Spata of the Tampa Bay Times. SENT: 1723 words.

EXCHANGE-SERVICE DOG DILEMMA

DELAND — People have become emboldened to bring their pets along on public outings thanks to legal gray areas and widespread availability of service animal insignia. When Eric Jakob’s blood sugar levels are out of balance, Tinkerbell knows. By Suzanne Hirt of The Daytona Beach News-Journal. SENT: 1614 words.

IN BRIEF:

STILT HOUSE BURNS — The American flag stilt house off Florida’s coast was destroyed by fire after a lightning strike.

FLORIDA VOTING — In-person early voting is coming to an end before Florida’s primary election.

IN SPORTS:

BBA--RED SOX-RAYS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — All-Star Blake Snell gets the start against former teammate Nathan Eovaldi when the Tampa Bay Rays try to extend their seven-game winning streak with a weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m.

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