- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

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 [email protected] Ian Mader is the news editor and can be reached at [email protected] Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at [email protected] A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



MIAMI - A federal judge holds a key hearing in a Securities and Exchange Commission case claiming a Miami businessman misused a U.S. visa program to defraud investors in a Vermont development project out of about $200 million. Lawyers for Ariel Quiros are challenging the SEC’s claims and want the judge to lift an order freezing most of his assets. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


FERGUSON, Mo. - Ferguson’s first black police chief is taking over as the St. Louis County town introduces reforms intended to address concerns about racial bias. Veteran Miami officer Delrish Moss will be sworn in Monday afternoon. UPCOMING: 400 words with AP Photo.


WASHINGTON - The White House and Democrats are pressuring congressional Republicans to act on President Barack Obama’s demands for money to combat Zika, but even the onset of mosquito season that probably will spread the virus has failed to create a sense of urgency. Republicans from states at greatest risk, such as Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Georgia, have been slow to endorse Obama’s more than 2-month-old request for $1.9 billion to battle the virus, which causes grave birth defects. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 931 words with AP Photos.


WAYCROSS, Ga.- Detectives are investigating the killing of a former Miami-Dade County commissioner during what police describe as a domestic dispute at a home in south Georgia. Paramedics and firefighters forced open the door to a locked room and found James “Jimmy” C. Burke, 68, with gunshot wounds, Waycross Police Chief Tony Tanner said. SENT: 318 words.


MERCURY-TRANSIT - Mercury has begun a relatively rare move across the sun.

ALLIGATOR BITES MAN - Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead. Orlando television station WESH reported Sunday that 41-year-old Bryan Rohm was bitten on the thumb and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

UAB PLAYER SHOT - Police in Florida are searching for clues after a shooting that killed a University of Alabama Birmingham football player.

BOY DROWNS - A 6-year-old boy has drowned after falling into a retention pond in Jacksonville. Local news outlets report that the boy fell into the water after he and his brother were playing near the edge of the pond Sunday.

EXPANDING HEALTH CENTERS - The Obama administration is giving nearly $11 million to help 12 health centers around the state offer preventive health services to more low-income patients.

CLINTON-TRAYVON MARTIN - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be the keynote speaker later this month in Fort Lauderdale during a conference organized by the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA-BIDEN - Vice President Joe Biden will give a speech in Tampa on his vision for U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere.

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