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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 12, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE — A spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign says the lawyer for incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson “seems to be content filing frivolous and laughable lawsuits.” The Nelson campaign sued the Florida Department of State on Monday in an effort to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked before Election Day but not delivered before the polls closed Tuesday. Attorney Marc Elias says voters should not be disenfranchised because of mail delivery delays that weren’t their fault. By Kelli Kennedy and Terry Spencer.

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IN BRIEF:

THEME PARK GROWTH — The global theme park market grew 5 percent last year but it was the smallest growth in the past five years, according to an industry group.

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL — AAA predicts this year will have the highest volume of Thanksgiving travel since 2005.

DEEP SOUTH-WEATHER — Forecasters are warning about the potential for drenching rain and severe weather on the northern Gulf Coast.

FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING-VOTE — The man accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school registered to vote while behind bars awaiting trial.

FINGERTIP BITTEN OFF — Authorities say a drunken Florida man bit another man’s fingertip off at a campsite in the Florida Keys. Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in a news release that the victim and his wife had a campsite next to 54-year-old Aurelio Rodriguez at Bahia Honda State Park.

STRAY BULLET-WOMAN KILLED — Police say a Florida woman sitting on her front porch has died after being struck by a stray bullet. St. Petersburg Police say 38-year-old Alesha Kendrick was sitting on her front porch Sunday morning when a man shot at a passing truck.

COFFEE MUG FIGHT — Police say two women wielding shards of a broken coffee mug attacked each other at a Florida school bus stop in Florida.

IN SPORTS:

ON FOOTBALL-HIDE YOUR EYES

UNDATED — To say the Jets, Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole. To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate. There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. In the New York and Tampa Bay areas, much of the chatter will be about removing Todd Bowles and Dirk Koetter as head coaches of their respective outfits. At least Jon Gruden won’t be worrying about job security with a Raiders team he has torn asunder, and he has the job security to rebuild. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 844 words with AP Photos.

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