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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 3, 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. Kelli Kennedy is on the desk and can be reached at kkennedy@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 GOVERNOR-SCHEDULE

TALLAHASSEE _ Instead of being sworn in with other senators elected in November, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s schedule has him starting the day at 3:15 p.m. for two hours of “staff and call time.” But that’s a busy day for him lately. Since the Nov. 6 election, Scott’s schedule has been blank for 41 days. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 650 words.

IN BRIEF:

COLOMBIAN OFFICIAL-BRIBERY _ A former Colombian anti-corruption official has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to U.S. money-laundering conspiracy charges in a bribery scheme.

OBIT-MALCOLM BEARD _ Malcolm Elmore Beard, a former sheriff and Florida state senator, has died. He was 99. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that Beard died Thursday.

MISSING BOATERS _ The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped searching for a 9-year-old Haitian child and a suspected migrant smuggler in the waters off Florida.

MANATEE DEATHS _ Florida boaters killed a record number of manatees in 2018 and the state reported a near-record of manatee deaths overall.

UNIVERSITY LAWSUIT _ A former University of Florida faculty member accused of having a sexual relationship with a female graduate student is suing the school, saying it breached a confidentiality agreement.

HOTEL CLERK-ATTACK _ Police in South Florida are searching for a man they say attacked an overnight hotel clerk, choking her around the neck before a hotel guest scared him away.

GRANDSON KILLED _ Authorities say an 8-year-old Florida boy was killed when he was hit by a race car that his grandfather was pulling into a garage.

HOSPITAL WORKER KILLED _ A worker at a South Florida hospital was struck and killed by a car outside the emergency room.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--T25-NC STATE-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES _ No. 18 North Carolina State, off to its best start in 13 years, tries for its seventh consecutive victory when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play Thursday at Miami. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game scheduled to begin 7 p.m. ET

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