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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 21, 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. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ The Florida governor’s plan to hold a Cabinet meeting while in Israel is raising concerns about potential violations of the state’s open-meeting law. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 750 words.


SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA _ Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due in court for a status hearing in his death penalty case over the killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

FEMA BENEFITS-FRAUD _ A Florida man faces up to 20 years in prison for providing false information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in order to receive disaster assistance.

FLORIDA LENDER-RESTRAINING ORDER _ North Carolina’s attorney general has been granted a temporary restraining order to prevent a Florida-based payday lender from doing business in the state.

OBIT-D’ALEMBERTE _ Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, a former president of Florida State University and a former state lawmaker who left his imprint on Florida’s higher education and criminal justice systems, has died.

SWEDEN-BURGER KING _ Burger King will launch in Sweden a version of its Impossible Whopper, the plant-based burgers that have attracted attention in the United States for resembling meat far more closely than traditional veggie burgers.

TROPICAL WEATHER _The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season was fizzling out Tuesday over the western Atlantic, far from any shore.

BOAT FIRE _ Crews are searching for someone who may have fallen into the Intracoastal Waterway as firefighters were putting out a fire on a sailboat near a West Palm Beach marina.

ROAD RAGE DEATH _ Authorities say a Florida man is accused of fatally shooting a motorcycle driver during a road rage incident.

BOMB THREATS-EVACUATIONS _ Authorities say a Florida inmate made several bomb threats that led to evacuations at two federal buildings.

BICYCLE DEATH-BOY _ Authorities say a 9-year-old Florida boy was struck and killed by a truck while riding his bike to school. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Roman Miller died at a hospital shortly after Monday morning’s crash.



ST. PETERSBURG _ Clayton Kershaw gets the start when the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers begin a two-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays, who counter with opener Hunter Wood. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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