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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

March 19, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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FLORIDA-FELON VOTING

TALLAHASSEE _ A Florida House committee considers a bill to implement the constitutional amendment that allows ex-felons to vote once they’re completed their sentences. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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CHARTER BUS CRASH-VIRGINIA _ Authorities in Virginia say two people are dead and others are injured after a charter bus overturned on an Interstate 95 exit while traveling from Florida to New York.

FELON ARRESTED AGAIN _ A man who was recently released from prison for causing a crash that killed a man is now in trouble for another traffic-related issue.

TEENS-KILLED-FATHER-ARRESTED _ A Florida man accused of killing his teenage daughter and niece will be extradited to Virginia from New York, where he’s been in custody since December.

FATAL CRASH _ Authorities say a Florida man and woman were killed when their vehicles crashed head-on. The News-Press reports that the crash happened early Monday morning on an Estero road.

FIRE ATTACK _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire. The Miami Herald reports that 49-year-old Jesus Alvarez was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to murder as part of a deal with prosecutors.

FRAUD SCHEME _ A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for defrauding investors out of $3 million. News outlets report 64-year-old George David George was sentenced Monday for the scheme that led to his 2015 arrest. He was accused of claiming to operating a social media network and taking investments that he then pocketed.

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