BC-FL-Florida News Digest, FL

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s 2018 midterm election is one of the most important in years. The governor’s office and all three Cabinet seats are on the ballot; Republican Gov. Rick Scott is challenging three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; several congressional seats will be competitive; and Floridians will vote on several proposed constitutional amendments. By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout. SENT: 630 words.


WASHINGTON — A Florida man with a criminal history and a fervor for President Donald Trump sent at least 13 mail bombs to prominent Democrats, Justice Department officials said, crediting DNA, a fingerprint match and misspellings for the key break in a case that spread fear of election-season violence with little precedent in the U.S. By Michael Balsamo, Eric Tucker and Colleen Long. SENT: 1,300 words. AP Photos. AP Video.




HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Every day, Mayra Garcia wakes up with the same thoughts. Is today going to be the day? Will she get the call telling her there’s a match for her young son? Will he finally get the bone marrow transplant to save his life? By Carli Teproff. AP Photos.


YBOR CITY, Fla. — Asked to describe his newly opened SpookEasy Lounge in Ybor City, you’d expect EvanChristopher Traver to go with any number of words. "Goth." ”Victorian." ”Hidden." Even an on-the-nose "spooky speakeasy" would have worked. By Christopher Spata.


PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amid a crushed water bottle, a sandwich bun and upside down disaster relief meal box was an assortment of little girl’s shoes. Size 3. This particular small, well-worn section of grass at an affordable housing complex was a showcase of childhood and chaos: Silver ballet-style flats, chocolate brown thick-padded boots, a Western set in pink and brown and a look-a-like pair of Buster Browns. By Eileen Kelley.


TROPICAL WEATHER — Forecasters say this hurricane season’s 15th named storm is strengthening over the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s no threat to land.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-ALABAMA STUDENTS — Dozens of University of Alabama students are spending their short fall break to help with hurricane recovery efforts in the Florida Panhandle.

GUN IN COUCH-GIRL SHOT — Authorities say a 7-year-old Florida girl shot herself in the arm after finding a gun under a cushion on her living room couch.

FLORIDA-VOTER REGISTRATION — More than a quarter million Floridians have registered to vote in the months since the last registration deadline for the primary elections.

ROBBERY-DOUBLE HOMICIDE — A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal stabbings of two women during a crime spree.

HUMAN SMUGGLING DEATHS — Three Colombian men have pleaded guilty to a human smuggling operation that left two Cuban migrants dead.

CHILD FALL-UNCONSCIOUS WOMAN — Authorities say a Florida woman was unconscious when a 5-year-old boy she was watching fell from a second-floor window.



MIAMI — Portland has scored at least 120 points in all four of its games to start the season, and visits defense-minded Miami on Saturday night. Game begins 8:10 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


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