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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

February 6, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CAPE CANAVERAL _ Two tiny satellites have fallen silent millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars. The twin CubeSats, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA’s InSight lander to Mars last year. As the lander descended to the Martian surface in November, the briefcase-size satellites flew past the red planet, providing real-time updates to controllers in this first-of-its-kind experiment. By Marcia Dunn. UPCOMING: 600 words with AP Photos.


MISSING MAN-KILLING _ A Florida woman convicted of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

FLORIDA WATERWAYS _ A new report says Florida’s coasts and waterways are at a crossroads following a year when both were traumatized by red tide and blue-green algae.

ORLANDO AIRPORT-PASSENGERS _ Florida’s busiest airport had a record-breaking 47 million passengers passing through it in 2018.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-SCHOOLS _ A Florida county suffering a population drop after being hit hard by Hurricane Michael has voted in favor of temporarily closing three elementary schools.

BEACHED WOODEN CROSS _ A large, barnacle-covered wooden cross has washed ashore along a South Florida beach, captivating tourists who dragged it from the water’s edge.

MEDICARE FRAUD-FLORIDA _ An orthopedic surgeon, a nursing facility and several health care executives will pay $1.5 million to settle federal allegations of a kickback scheme involving Medicare and TRICARE patients.

KEY WEST-SUNSCREEN BAN _ City officials in Key West voted to ban sunscreens containing two ingredients that scientists have said are harmful to the coral reef ecosystem.

FATAL SHOOTING _ A Florida inmate has been sentenced to another 30 years in prison for a 1998 fatal shooting.

BUS CRASH _ Authorities say 11 people were injured when a stolen van crashed into a commuter bus in Florida.



UNDATED _ With only about 20 percent of the scholarships still available in FBS after the early signing period, the traditional signing day is about a handful of blue-chippers and schools like Miami and Southern California looking to finish strong after coaching changes. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


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