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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

RUSSIAN RADIO STATION

WASHINGTON _ The owner of a Washington, D.C., area radio station that broadcasts Sputnik International 24/7 has been ordered to register his Florida-based broadcasting company as a Russian foreign agent. WTOP-FM reports Judge Robin Rosenburg ruled Tuesday that RM Broadcasting must register with the U.S. government. RM and a Russian government-owned news agency agreed in 2017 that the station would broadcast the agency’s communications continuously without edit until 2021.UPCOMING: 400 words.

CALIFORNIA MARIJUANA-SEED to SALE

LOS ANGELES _ When California voters broadly legalized marijuana, they were promised that a vast computer platform would closely monitor products moving through the new market. But 16 months after sales kicked in, the system known as track-and-trace isn’t doing much of either. As of last month, just nine retail outlets were entering data into the network established under an estimated $60 million state contract, even though 627 shops are licensed to sell pot in California. According to the state, the California tracking network created by Florida-based Franwell Inc. has been functional since Jan. 2, 2018, the day after broad legal sales began. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 1158 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

DETECTIVE DRAGGED _ A detective was injured while being dragged by a sports utility vehicle during a traffic stop in Florida. Coral Springs police spokesman Chris Swinson tells the SunSentinel that the plainclothes detective was wearing a badge when he stopped the BMW on Tuesday afternoon.

DEPUTY STABBED _ A Florida woman who set her ex-boyfriend’s house on fire and stabbed a deputy has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

OFFICER DEATH-TRAINING _ Authorities say a Florida police officer died after collapsing during a training exercise. The Sanibel Police Department posted on Facebook that 63-year-old Anthony Neri died Monday after being rushed to a local hospital. Officials didn’t say what kind of training Neri had been doing, but the post says he died of natural causes.

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