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BC-FL--Florida News Digest 130 pm, FL

January 2, 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. Terry Spencer is on the desk and can be reached at tspencer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE _ The commission investigating the Florida school massacre has approved its initial report. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD INJURED-ZOO _ Officials at a Florida zoo where a toddler stumbled into a rhinoceros exhibit say the welfare of the animals was never compromised and the rhinos won’t be punished in any way.

TRIPLE HOMICIDE-FLORIDA _ Police conducting a welfare check in a retirement community found three human bodies in an “advanced state of decomposition,” along with three dead dogs.

WHEELCHAIR-POOL DEATH _ Officials in Florida say a 68-year-old man drowned on New Year’s Eve when his wheelchair fell into a backyard swimming pool.

ATV FATALITY _ Officials say an all-terrain vehicle crashed onto its side in a water-filled ditch, trapping a 22-year-old Florida man underneath. Polk County Sheriff’s spokesman Scott Wilder said in a news release that Matthew Ryan McGrath of Boca Raton was last seen riding the ATV around 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day. An off-duty Frostproof firefighter found the crash site later that afternoon.

BRIGHTLINE TRAIN-DEATH _ Authorities say a high-speed train struck a pedestrian along the railroad tracks and threw him into a canal. The incident happened on New Year’s Day in Fort Lauderdale.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--UCONN-SOUTH FLORIDA

TAMPA _ UConn looks rebound from a lopsided loss to Villanova when the Huskies open American Athletic Conference play at South Florida, which has won six straight games entering the new year. By Mark Didtler. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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