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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

March 24, 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. Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at jnkay@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-COSMETIC SURGERY

MIAMI - South Florida has become a hub for the freewheeling industry in trendy cosmetic surgeries, drawing a boom in medical tourism. However, complications and even deaths of several out-of-state women in recent years have spiked concerns over safety of the cosmetic procedures, prompting a bill before the Florida Legislature this year to impose stricter regulations. By Ellis Rua. With AP Photos.

PLASTIC BAG BAN-OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY _ Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one Oklahoma community say encroaches on their search for an innovative way to protect the environment from the problems of carelessly discarded bags. By Tim Talley.

EXCHANGE-MARIJUANA FARM

EUSTIS _ The emerging medical marijuana industry was supposed to provide pain relief to thousands of Floridians, but for one Eustis community, it’s nothing but a pain. Residents along a rural stretch of County Road 44A are taking exception to the noise and smells emanating from a medical marijuana farm that ramped up about a month ago. By Roxanne Brown, Daily Commercial Of Leesburg.

EXCHANGE-TRACK-WHEELCHAIR-FRIENDS

NICEVILLE _ It may seem like not much has changed for 23-year-old best friends Jack Massey and Tripp Davis in the five years since their Niceville High School’s relay team won a state track championship. The two men still work out together at the Eglin Air Force Base gym every day. In the evenings they train on the track for upcoming races, while their weekends are often spent in Jack’s childhood bedroom binge-watching TV shows, playing video games and talking about girls. By Heather Osbourne, Northwest Florida Daily News Of Fort Walton Beach.

IN BRIEF:

STOLEN BALLOON _ Florida authorities have recovered a hot air balloon stolen from its owner in Indiana.

FLORIDA-TOAD INFESTATION _ A Florida suburb is being plagued by thousands of poisonous toads.

IN SPORTS:

TEN--MIAMI OPEN

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. _ Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and defending champions John Isner and Sloane Stephens are all in action Sunday at the Miami Open. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

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