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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 7, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-NEW GOVERNOR

TALLAHASSEE _ When Ron DeSantis becomes Florida’s next governor, he will continue a two-decade tradition of Republican control that has emphasized tax cuts, the growth of school voucher programs, and a deep skepticism about expanding the state’s health care safety net. But DeSantis, who defeated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum after a harsh and negative campaign, is not expected to be a carbon copy of past GOP governors when he assumes office Tuesday. Just 40 years old, DeSantis is the youngest governor in decades and the first to live at the mansion with young children in a half-century. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 650 words with AP Photos.

ELECTION SUPERVISOR-FLORIDA SUPERVISORTALLAHASSEE _ A federal judge is holding a hearing over whether to give a former Florida elections official her job back. Embattled former Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes will square off Monday in federal court against Gov. Rick Scott and Senate President Bill Galvano.

IN BRIEF:

PARAMEDICS-SHOOTING _ Police are trying to determine whether an ambulance crew was targeted with gunshots during an early morning call.

VENEZUELA-SUPREME COURT _ A Venezuelan Supreme Court justice who has been a longtime government loyalist has fled to the United States, saying he’s protesting President Nicolas Maduro’s upcoming second term.

HURRICANE MICHAEL-DAMAGED CEMETERIES _ Workers in the Florida Panhandle are clearing fallen trees and removing debris from cemeteries damaged by Hurricane Michael.

MCDONALD’S CUSTOMER-FIGHT _ A group of Florida fast food workers are striking after a female colleague was attacked by a customer.

FATAL CRASH-INTERSTATE FIRE-FLORIDA _ A pastor from Louisiana spoke about healing and his gratitude to the Gainesville, Florida, community following a fiery crash on Interstate 75 that killed five children who were heading to Disney World in a church van.

TRIPLE HOMICIDE-FLORIDA _ A body has been located in the backyard of a Florida home and authorities say it may be connected to a triple homicide.

FAMILY KILLED-INTERSTATE _ A suspected drunken driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 75 in Kentucky struck a vehicle carrying five family members from Michigan early Sunday, killing all six people, authorities said.

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