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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 30, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

HURRICANE MICHAEL-911 CALLS

PANAMA CITY _ A flood of 911 calls hit emergency operators in Florida’s Panhandle as Hurricane Michael roared ashore.

FOSTER CHILDREN

ST. PETERSBURG _ An analysis of state child welfare records shows that thousands of foster children in Florida have led transient lives, staying just a few nights in one place before being moved to another family or group home.

NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20 cents, to $8.78. The reason: Missouri’s minimum wage is rising. Wiggins said the price hikes are necessary to help offset an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 in additional annual pay to his staff as a result of a new minimum wage law taking effect Tuesday. By David Lieb.

_With NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE-GLANCE

EXCHANGE-LOST DOG

GAINESVILLE _ The story of three-legged Bella’s eight-month odyssey into the wilds near Haile Plantation near Gainesville is a testament to one dog’s stubborn attempts to stay alive. And her return is testament to the just-barely-more-stubborn group of humans who latched onto her story and wouldn’t let go. By Mickie Anderson. The Gainesville.

EXCHANGE-ROOFTOP SOLAR

CORAL GABLES _ In Coral Gables, land of manicured lawns, stylish Spanish Mission-style homes, and strict rules for keeping itself beautiful, how good your solar is depends on which direction you face. Just ask Daniel Martinez. By Jenny Staletovich. The Miami Herald.

IN BRIEF:

FLORIDA MALL PANIC _ Authorities say 18 people were injured at a Florida shopping mall when a crowd fled loud noises they mistook for gunfire.

FATAL ATV ACCIDENT _ Authorities say a 24-year-old Florida woman has died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle on Christmas Day.

SEA TURTLE SURGERY _ A loggerhead sea turtle that required surgery to remove a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from its body cavity has been released back into the waters off the Florida Keys.

IN SPORTS:

FBC--MIAMI-RICHT RETIRES

MIAMI _ Mark Richt stepped down as Miami coach on Sunday, an announcement that caught the school off-guard and comes just days after the end of an underachieving season. By Tim Reynolds. _______

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