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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 12, 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. Curt Anderson is on the desk and can be reached at canderson@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

FLORIDA REPUBLICANS

ORLANDO _ If there were any doubts about what Florida Republicans were focused on during their annual meeting this weekend, the giveaway was the book every registrant received upon checking in: “Trump’s Enemies.” By Mike Schneider. UPCOMING: 500 words.

BORDER WALL-FUNDRAISER

FORT LAUDERDALE _ A Florida man says people who contributed more than $20 million online to help build a wall along the southern U.S. border can get refunds or shift their support to a new nonprofit effort. By Curt Anderson. SENT: 380 words.

EXCHANGE-SEA RISE-SEPTIC TANKS

MIAMI _ Miami-Dade has tens of thousands of septic tanks, and a new report reveals most are already malfunctioning — the smelly and unhealthy evidence of which often ends up in people’s yards and homes. It’s a billion-dollar problem that climate change is making worse. As sea level rise encroaches on South Florida, the Miami-Dade County study shows that thousands more residents may be at risk — and soon. By 2040, 64 percent of county septic tanks (more than 67,000) could have issues every year, affecting not only the people who rely on them for sewage treatment, but the region’s water supply and the health of anyone who wades through floodwaters. An AP Member Exchange by Alex Harris, The Miami Herald. SENT: 835 words.

EXCHANGE-LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. _ When Dolphin experienced what likely was her first romp in a garden, the yellow lab showed her amazement in the most basic way, digging in the dirt and plopping herself down in the middle of it. That might not have done much for the cleanliness of Ginger Smith’s Clearwater home, but it did a bunch for her heart. An AP Member Exchange by Barbara Behrendt, Tampa Bay Times. SENT: 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

KEYS SOLDIER RIDE _ Wounded military personnel and their supporters have bicycled across the Seven Mile Bridge and sections of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway during the annual Soldier Ride event from Key Largo to Key West.

ROOMMATE SHOOTING _ A Florida man has been convicted of fatally shooting his roommate.

MISSING WOMAN-MANSLAUGHTER _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of his former girlfriend.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-DUKE-FLORIDA ST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ No. 1 Duke looks for its ninth straight win as the Blue Devils play at No. 13 Florida State. Coach Leonard Hamilton has four career wins over a No. 1 team, including a victory over Duke in January 2011. Game starts at 2 p.m. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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