AP FL Florida News Digest 6 Pm, 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 [email protected] Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at [email protected] Kelli Kennedy is on the desk and can be reached at [email protected] A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




SUNRISE Florida high school massacre suspect Nikolas Cruz allegedly told a woman months before the shooting that he might attack the school and that he might even kill her but she never called police. Giovanna Cantone's statement was one of many made public Wednesday as part of the prosecution of 19-year-old Cruz in the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people. Also released were more accounts of students who witnessed the attacks and statements from people who knew Cruz, including his brother Zachary. SENT: 823 words. By Curt Anderson and Terry Spencer.


FORT LAUDERDALE A second person has been arrested in the June shooting death of emerging rap star XXXTentacion, authorities in Florida announced Wednesday. Michael Boatwright, 22, is facing first-degree murder charges in the killing, the Broward Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Boatwright was initially arrested last week on an unrelated drug charge, investigators said. Jail records didn't list an attorney for him. Also charged in the killing outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle shop is Dedrick Williams, 22. His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 279 words with AP Photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.


TRENTON, NJ A Florida man has been charged with assuming a New Jersey doctor's identity to submit more than $1 million in fraudulent medical claims for services purportedly rendered at a medical center that didn't exist. SENT: 250 words


RACIST NOTE-HOTEL ROOM The Marriott is apologizing after an African-American family found a racist note that included the n-word in their Florida hotel room.

MINION ATTACKED A man has been charged with attacking a person dressed as a minion cartoon character along a popular Florida boardwalk.

ARMLESS MAN-STABBING A homeless South Florida man with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist.

SPEED TRAPS-FLORIDA After being number 1 for almost a quarter of a century, the Florida towns of Waldo and Lawtey are now no longer designated "Traffic Traps" by AAA.

FLORIDA-AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is endorsing state Rep. Matt Caldwell in Florida's race for agriculture commissioner. Caldwell's campaign announced the endorsement Wednesday. It's the first endorsement Rubio has made in a statewide primary this year.

DEAD BABY-OCEAN Six weeks after a baby was found floating in the waters off Florida's Atlantic coastline, police are still trying to identify the child and find her mother.

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA Police say a wanted man who led police on a car chase near Miami lost control of his vehicle and crashed, only to get out with an assault weapon and open fire on detectives.

WRONG-WAY CRASH Four people, including a deputy, have been injured in a wrong-way crash in Florida. Citing the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the Tampa Bay Times reports the agency learned Tuesday that Reginald Gambrell was driving the wrong way on a Tampa road.

1997 FATAL ROBBERY A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 21-year-old fatal robbery. The Sun Sentinel reports that 50-year-old Bennie Hall was sentenced this week. He was convicted in May of first-degree murder.

JACKSONVILLE-FRAUD Florida's governor has appointed replacement for two suspended members of Jacksonville's City Council. Gov. Rick Scott made the appointments Tuesday.

FATAL SHOOTING-FIGHT A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for chasing another man down and killing him after a fight.



MIAMI Rookie Freddy Peralta tries for his fifth victory Wednesday night when the Brewers complete a three-game series at Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET


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