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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 3, 2019

Good morning! 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 Legislature meets for the final day to pass bill other than the budget. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.


TALLAHASSEE _ Florida lawmakers open debate on a $91.1 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, with final passage expected Saturday. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.


MIAMI _ Sen. Rick Scott will host an event with people from Venezuela, Colombia and Cuba in Doral, Florida to discuss the need for U.S. military support to supply humanitarian aid and other efforts to oust socialist president Nicolas Maduro. By Adriana Gomez Licon. 400 words. Event starts at 10 a.m.


CAPE CANAVERAL _ SpaceX delayed a supply run Friday to the International Space Station, back to full power and accepting deliveries after quick repairs. A Falcon rocket was poised to blast off before dawn Friday, with a Dragon cargo capsule. But an electrical problem cropped up at the last minute with the ocean platform needed to recover the first-stage booster following liftoff. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 234 words. Launch now scheduled for 2:48 a.m. Saturday.


PATROL CRUISER STOLEN _ The Florida Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old man stole a cruiser from a trooper who’d stopped to help him and led law enforcement officials on an 11-mile (17-kilometer) chase.

UNIVERSITY BRIDGE COLLAPSE _ The bankrupt construction company that built a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed has reached a deal with its insurers to pay up to $42 million to the victims and their families.

SWIMMERS RESCUED-FLORIDA _ A pair of Florida teens saw their prayers answered after becoming stranded about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from shore.

SHARK FISHING _ The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.


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