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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

April 4, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 PASSENGER TRAIN-BRANSON

MIAMI -- Virgin Group’s Richard Branson visits Florida to tout how the state’s Brightline passenger trains are being renamed after his company after he invested in the new fast-rail project that is scheduled to connect Miami with Orlando. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 700 words, with AP photos.

FLORIDA CONSTITUTION

TALLAHASSEE _ A Florida House committee takes up a proposal seeking to require two-thirds voter approval to pass a constitutional amendment. The current threshold is 60 percent. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.

FLORIDA BUDGET

TALLAHASSEE _ The Florida House plans a floor vote on its $89.9 billion budget proposal a day after the Senate version cleared that chamber unanimously. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.

IN BRIEF:

GIRL SLAIN-PLEA DEAL _ An 18-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl who was caught in crossfire.

CHILD PORN SUSPECT-SHOOTING _ Police say a suspect in a Florida child pornography case fatally shot himself Wednesday evening after officers took his children during a traffic stop near Orlando.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK _ Authorities say they’re looking for a man who intentionally drove his SUV into a pedestrian in a Florida parking lot. A Broward Sheriff’s

BOATING DEATH _ Officials say one person was killed in a boating accident off Florida’s Gulf coast. The News-Press reports that the crash happened Wednesday morning in the Pine Island Sound, near Captiva Island and Cayo Costa.

BLUEFISH HARVEST _ Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018. Bluefish is an oily fish that is popular with some seafood fans on the East Coast, where it is fished commercially.

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