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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 22, 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. David Fischer is on the desk and can be reached at dfischer@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

TALLAHASSEE _ Cementing his push to remake the Florida Supreme Court, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed a top official from the administration of President Donald Trump for the final spot that remained open on the state’s most important court. DeSantis picked Carlos Muniz, who had been working as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. By Gary Fineout. SENT: 822 words.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA-BOOK

PARKLAND _ “Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories” needed to be written, its authors believe, but wish desperately it hadn’t. The book by 43 students and teachers who lived through February’s high school massacre gives a poignant, raw, and sometimes graphic look into the six-minute shooting spree where 17 died and its aftermath as a well-off Fort Lauderdale suburb suddenly found itself mourning in a global spotlight that has dimmed but will never reach black. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 806 words with AP Photos.

FLORIDA-MIMIMUM WAGE INITIATIVE

FORT LAUDERDALE - The Florida attorney who pushed the state initiative legalizing medical marijuana has a new target -- increasing the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. John Morgan told an Orlando news conference Tuesday that he is submitting enough signatures to get an initiative on the state’s 2020 ballot. The measure calls for raising the state’s current minimum wage from $8.46 an hour to $10 in 2021 with $1 an hour increases annually until it reaches $15 in 2026. By Terry Spencer. UPCOMING: 600 words.

TRAFFIC CONFRONTATION-HATE CRIME

MIAMI _ Miami prosecutors are investigating as a possible hate crime a traffic incident involving a gun-wielding white man and a group of black bicyclists on Martin Luther King Day. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a news release Tuesday that she has ordered her hate crimes chief to look into Monday’s confrontation. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

INMATE DEATH _ A 55-year-old inmate has been found dead of an apparent suicide in her jail cell.

BOATERS RESCUED _ The U.S. Coast Guard came to the aid of two men and a dog whose boat flipped over in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Big Bend.

FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL-BONDI _ Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is heading to Washington to take a new post with a leading lobbying firm.

DEPUTY SHOOTING-SCISSORS _ Authorities in Florida say a sheriff’s deputy shot a man who charged at him with a pair of scissors.

STARBUCKS-DELIVERY _ Starbucks is expanding its delivery service and aims to offer it at nearly one-fourth of its U.S. company-operated coffee shops.

MLK AFTER-PARTY-SHOOTING _ Police in Florida say two people have been killed and another wounded in a shooting at an unofficial after-party for St. Petersburg’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Dream Big Parade.

IN SPORTS:

HKN--PANTHERS-DEJA VU

SUNRISE _ The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break. They need to do even better now. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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