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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

November 20, 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. Terry Spencer is on the desk and can be reached at tspencer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — Trump-allied Republican Ron DeSantis was formally elected governor of Florida and outgoing Gov. Rick Scott elected U.S. senator on Tuesday when the state certified election results two weeks after tight margins prompted tumultuous recounts. The Elections Canvassing Commission met at the Florida Capitol to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election after two weeks of contention and finger-pointing. The meeting lasted a mere five minutes. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 832 words with AP Photos.




FORT LAUDERDALE — The Parkland students who created an international movement to raise awareness for gun violence after a deadly school shooting were awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize on Tuesday. During a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu presented the award, calling the student organization March For Our Lives one of the most significant youth-led mass movements in living memory and its founders “true change-makers.” By Kelli Kennedy. SENT: 553 words.


CAPE CANAVERAL — Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years: a three-legged, one-armed geologist to dig deep and listen for quakes. NASA’s InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, after a six-month, 300 million-mile (480 million-kilometer) journey. It will be the first American spacecraft to land since the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the first dedicated to exploring underground. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 1127 words with AP Photos.


SODA CAN CRASH — Two crashes left Florida roadways littered with thousands of soda cans and swarming bees.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has two new leaders. Sen. Bill Galvano was selected Tuesday as the new Senate president, while Rep. Jose Oliva was chosen as the new House speaker.

COCAINE COWBOY-DEPORTED — One of Miami’s former drug kingpins from the “cocaine cowboy” era has been deported to the Dominican Republic after serving prison time.

CRUISE SHIP DEATH — Two children of a 52-year-old Alabama woman who died on a cruise from Florida to Aruba say she was nervous about taking the trip.

FISH BOOST — Federal fishing regulators are going to allow fishermen to catch more of an economically important species of fish on the East Coast.

DENGUE-FLORIDA — Health officials in Florida have confirmed the state’s first case of dengue. The Florida Health Department of Health said in a news release on Monday that the case emerged in Miami-Dade County.

GOOD SAMARITAN-BABY —Police in South Carolina say a woman lied when she told authorities an unknown woman handed her a newborn and fled.

COLD-CASE KILLING — A Florida death row inmate has pleaded guilty to a 1975 murder.

HOUSE FIRE-HOMICIDE — Florida detectives say they’re investigating after firefighters found three homicide victims inside a burning house. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office reports that the bodies were discovered last week in Tampa.



DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins may be on the verge of a decision regarding whether quarterback Ryan Tannehill returns this week after a five-game absence because of a shoulder injury. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.


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