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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 27, 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. Freida Frisaro 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HEAT WAVE

COLUMBIA, S. C. _ A scorching heatwave weeks before summer starts continues in the Deep South. High temperatures were at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) Saturday in Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Fayetteville and Wilmington in North Carolina; Savannah and Macon in Georgia; and Gainesville, Florida. All those cities tied or broke daily records and several haven’t seen a hotter day in May since records were kept. By Jeffrey Collins. UPCOMING: 500 words with AP Photos.

EXCHANGE--VALEDICTORIAN-FOSTER KID

ST. PETERSBURG _ When she first got the email about her student, Amy Krusemark was perplexed. Robert Hurley, a tall freshman with a messy bun of curls in her geometry class at Boca Ciega High, would have to move away soon. He had been living in a St. Petersburg foster home, and the managers in charge of his case were pushing to relocate him. “It seems pretty preposterous that someone so sweet and loving would be in a system so long,” Krusemark remembered thinking. A former foster parent herself, with two open rooms at home, she thought about it some more. Then she approached Hurley. “I want to help you be you,” she told him. By Divya Kumar. Tampa Bay Times. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1755 words with AP Photos.

EXCHANGE-DISNEY STUNTMAN

ORLANDO _ The role was so secret that Kevin Brassard didn’t know what he was auditioning for. Some character named Jack, he thought. But when he found out the character was Indiana Jones, the 29-year-old actor knew he couldn’t say no. He got the part. “Heck, yes! Where do I sign?” Brassard said Thursday. That was 1989. By Gabrielle Russon. Orlando Sentinel. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 937 words.

IN BRIEF:

ESTEFAN STUDIO-DUMP TRUCK _ Authorities say a dump truck hit a sports utility vehicle before crashing into a recording studio owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan.

COAST GUARD-DRUG PATROL _ The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Valiant has returned to its home port at Naval Station Mayport after a nine-week counter-drug patrol in the eastern Pacific. The agency announced Monday that the crew patrolled over 14,000 nautical miles (25928 kilometers) in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force South.

RECENT GRADUATES KILLED _ Two teens who recently graduated from high school in Florida have died in a crash while traveling in Peru. Southeast High School in Bradenton tweeted that Albert Ales and Zachary Morris were killed Friday while exploring in Peru. The 18-year-olds had recently graduated from the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

CLEANING HEADSTONES-VETERANS _ A north Florida mailman spends his Sundays cleaning veterans’ headstones at rundown cemeteries. On Memorial Day weekend, 60-year-old Clarence Hollowell was at the Old City Cemetery in Springfield near Jacksonville.

ALLIGATOR ATTACK _ A 26-year-old Florida woman is recovering after being attacked by an alligator while wading in a pond. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say Nichole A. Tillman or Melbourne was airlifted to a hospital for treatment of her injuries, which weren’t thought to be life-threatening.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR-ISRAEL _ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading a delegation on a four-day trade mission to help boost the state’s economy and solidify its bonds with Israel. The Republican governor addressed 100 of the state’s top legislative policymakers, lobbyists, business brokers and academic leaders Sunday night.

FLORIDA STABBING _ Florida authorities are investigating a stabbing in which they say a man killed another before taking his own life. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday that deputies responded to a possible domestic violence call.

MARIJUANA FIGHT _ Florida authorities say a Louisiana woman beat her wife with a bedpost, apparently upset her spouse put their marijuana through a washing machine. The Pensacola News Journal reports that 30-year-old Ashley Perkins of Youngsville, Louisiana, was released from jail Thursday after being charged with aggravated battery.

IN SPORTS:

MARLINS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON _ The Marlins take on the Nationals in a National League East game on Memorial Day. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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