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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 16, 2019

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. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ABORTION-STATE BATTLEGROUNDS

NEW YORK _ On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women’s access to the procedure. For abortion opponents, many of whom will rally Friday at the annual March for Life in Washington, there’s a surge of optimism that sweeping abortion bans might have a chance of prevailing in the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court that includes Donald Trump’s appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Legislators in at least five states — Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina — are expected to consider bills that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, possibly just six weeks into a pregnancy. By David Crary. SENT: 1211 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

PRISON SEX ABUSE _ A former federal prison employee in West Virginia has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing female inmates.

KEY WEST-SUNSCREEN BAN _ Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

DEPUTY-STRIP CLUB FIGHT _ A Florida sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being arrested on charges that he battered a couple at a strip club.

ROAD RAGE DEATH _ A 38-year-old Florida man was killed in what authorities are calling a road rage shooting. Investigators with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are looking for anyone who witnessed the Tuesday night shooting that killed Scott Bartolotti.

GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-APPOINTMENTS _ Florida’s newly hired education commissioner is getting paid nearly $300,000. State records show that former House Speaker Richard Corcoran is getting paid $276,000.

STUDENT GUN THREAT _ Authorities say a Florida high school student was arrested after telling a teacher he had a gun to get her attention.

RABID OTTER _ Authorities say a Florida police officer fatally shot a rabid otter several days after people reported attacks. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Maitland police officer put the sick animal down last week near Lake Maitland.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MIAMI-FIU SITE

MIAMI _ The site of the long-demolished Orange Bowl still has special meaning to FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia. That’s why he fought to have Miami and FIU play there this coming season at Marlins Park. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

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