BC-FL--Florida News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, FL

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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk. AP-Florida News Editor Terry Spencer can be reached at 305-594-5825 or tspencer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI — Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is entering the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by his close friend Marco Rubio, who is running for president. By Sergio Bustos. UPCOMING: 500 words developing from 1:30 p.m. event.


MARIJUANA-CIVIL CITATIONS — Leaders in Alachua County are considering whether to lighten the penalties for marijuana possession.

OFFICER RUN OVER — A 17-year-old boy faces an attempted second-degree murder charge after police say he attempted to run over an officer during an Orlando traffic stop.

DISNEY RESORT-CHILD DEATH — Authorities in Florida say a 3-year-old boy found in a pool at Disney's Art of Animation Resort has died.

MARINELAND-NEWBORN DOLPHIN CALF — Marineland Dolphin Adventure has a new main attraction.

ART BASEL-DIRECTOR — Art Basel has a new director who will concentrate solely on the art world in the Americas.

DUI TEEN-COUSIN KILLED — A Florida teen is facing up to 20 years in prison for charges related to the DUI death of his 16-year-old cousin.

MORTGAGE FRAUD— Guilty pleas by three more people have brought to 25 the number convicted in a $64 million Miami mortgage fraud scheme involving government-backed loans.

GRAYSON DIVORCE — A Florida judge has annulled the 25-year marriage of the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Alan Grayson and Lolita Grayson.

BABY DUCKS-RESCUED — Officials say four baby ducks have been rescued from a South Florida storm drain.

TAMPA-RIDE SHARING — The Hillsborough Public Transportation Commission is upholding a previous ruling that the commission can fine the ride-sharing company Lyft for allowing drivers to operate without a county permit.

MULTIPLE OVERDOSES — The Brevard County Sheriff's Office is trying to confirm whether a combination of heroin and Fentanyl is responsible for at least at least 11 overdoses that resulted in one death in Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island.

LOGGERHEADS-HOME AQUARIUM — A Florida man has been cited for keeping two Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in an aquarium at his Jupiter home.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Florida and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.