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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. Bobby Caina Calvan is on the desk and can be reached at bcalvan@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 broadcast versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

GOP CONVENTION-JACKSONVILLE

Jacksonville city officials are seeking reimbursement for more than $150,000 in expenses for law enforcement costs, consulting fees and other funds spent preparing to host the National Republican Convention that never took place in their city. SENT: 259 words.

EXCHANGE-BLACK STALLION-HOUSE

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation listed the Venice home once owned by “The Black Stallion” author Walter Farley on “Florida’s 11 to Save” this summer at a virtual conference hosted in conjunction with Florida Main Street. The Florida Trust releases its list annually as a springboard for education efforts on the value of specific structures as part of Florida’s history. SENT: 967 words. Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

EXCHANGE-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CHARITIES

For the past 100 years, the Salvation Army in Orlando has launched its biggest annual public fundraising event — the iconic, bell-ringing Red Kettle Campaign — on the day after Thanksgiving. This year, amid a tragic, bizarre, life-altering pandemic, it started the week after Labor Day. The charity calls it an attempt to “rescue Christmas.” SENT: 1,090 words. By Orlando Sentinel.

IN BRIEF

CRUISE SHIP RESCUE

MIAMI — A Carnival Cruise Line ship has rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles off the Florida coast, the cruise line said Saturday.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE — The number of coronavirus infections in Florida seesawed downward, as state health officials on Sunday reported 2,500 new cases. UPCOMING.

IN SPORTS:

ALCS-ASTROS OUSTED

The Houston Astros spent this odyssey of a season as baseball’s biggest villains. When Aledmys Diaz flied out with a runner on first to end Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, the bad guys finally lost. SENT: 961 words. By Greg Beacham.

BBN--MARLINS-HILL

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins executive Michael Hill’s 19-season tenure with the franchise has ended. Hill was president of baseball operations for the past six years and provided continuity after a 2017 change in ownership, but his contract expired and he will not be back next season. By Steven Wine. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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