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AP-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 17, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI — A crucial vote is set for a gigantic $4 billion retail and entertainment complex near Miami and close to the Everglades that would become the largest mall in North America once completed. The Miami-Dade County Commission scheduled a final vote Thursday for American Dream Miami. More than a mall, its developers say it would include theme-park attractions such as an indoor ski slope, submarine ride, water park, skating rink, retail shops and restaurants and 2,000 hotel rooms. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.


FORT LAUDERDALE — The brother of the teen charged with killing 17 at a Florida high school says the suspected gunman pointed a rifle at him and another time at their mother, but they didn’t call 911 - which a former prosecutor says may have been a failed opportunity to prevent the massacre. Zachary Cruz told The Miami Herald in an interview published Thursday both incidents happened just months before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly committed the February rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. UPCOMING: 700 words


HURRICANE CENTER DIRECTOR — The new U.S. National Hurricane Center director says learning about specific storm hazards is key to preparing for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.

SINKHOLE-FERTILIZER PLANT — Crews have sealed a giant sinkhole that opened up beneath a fertilizer plant waste pond nearly two years ago sending millions of gallons of polluted water into Florida’s main drinking water aquifer.

AIDS THREAT-ARREST — The Florida Highway Patrol says a driver who fled after he crashed into a utility pole threatened to “spit AIDS blood” at troopers who investigated.

FPL RATES — The Florida Supreme Court is ruling in favor of the state commission that regulates utilities over an environmental group that challenged a rate hike by the Florida’s largest electricity provider.

TURNPIKE PIZZA-LAWSUIT — New Jersey once again has been told to hit the road in its legal battle with a Florida-based pizza franchise over its logo.

FLORIDA-POLICE SHOOTING — Authorities say a police officer shot a man armed with a gun during a disturbance call. The shooting happened Wednesday night near the Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — On a whim, a Florida high school senior asked the Crocs shoe company to supply its foam shoes for her and all of her female classmates to wear to graduation, and the company said OK — if her request could get 2,018 retweets.

FIRED SHERIFF’S DEPUTY-SHOOTING — A fired Florida sheriff’s deputy won’t spend any time in prison for shooting a handcuffed man during a traffic stop.

PANTS FALLING DOWN ARREST — A Florida motorist trying to elude police didn’t get too far when he bailed out of his pickup truck. That’s because his pants fell to his ankles as he was running away.

SKIN CANCER BUS — As the summer sun beats down on Florida, a big yellow RV designed to diagnose and treat skin cancer will be roaming the streets.

BOATING ACCIDENT REPORT — Officials say the number of boating accidents in Florida is rising.



MIAMI — Kenta Maeda is scheduled to start for the Dodgers when they try to break a six-game losing streak against the Miami Marlins, who won the first two games of the series. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game


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