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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 10, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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FLORIDA-GOVERNOR-ENVIRNOMENT

UNDATED _ Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis began following up on a campaign promise to make the environment a priority by signing an order Thursday seeking to tackle Florida’s problems with blue-green algae in its rivers and red tide off its coast. DeSantis signed the order in Bonita Springs in southwest Florida, one of the areas where slimy algae has coated waterways because of pollutants flowing downstream from Lake Okeechobee. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 475 words.

IN BRIEF:

POLICE DOG-OVERDOSE REVERSED _ A police dog working at a Florida port was given medication used to reverse an overdose after he suffered a reaction from sniffing drugs on a passenger.

CRUISE-NOROVIRUS _ Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is returning to a Florida port a day early and giving passengers full refunds of their fare after 277 guests and crew members were hit with an outbreak of Norovirus as it sailed to Jamaica. Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told The Associated Press “we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health.”

PURDUE FAN-THREATS _ The FBI is now investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will be extradited to Indiana to face federal charges of intent to injure. He was arrested Monday.

POLICE SUBSTATION BURGLARY BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. _ To identify the burglary suspect who broke into a closed Florida police substation and ate an officer’s chicken dinner, detectives didn’t need to lift fingerprints or get DNA from the discarded meal. The ID cards authorities say the suspect left behind did the trick.

BEACH BANS SMOKING _ The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront.

DOG SHOT FROM BALCONY _ A Florida man says he accidentally killed an 8-year-old girl’s puppy when the dog wandered into the path of his pellet gun.

POLICE DOG KILLED _ A memorial service is scheduled for a Florida police K-9 killed in the line of duty during a Christmas Eve shooting. The Palm Beach Post reports that the public service will be held Thursday morning at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in suburban West Palm Beach.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--CELTICS-HEAT

MIAMI _ Boston brings a four-game winning streak into Miami on Thursday night, for the first of four meetings this season between the Celtics and Heat. Game begins 7:15 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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