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BC-FL-Florida News Digest, FL

March 20, 2019

Good morning! 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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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XGR--SCHOOL SECURITY-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE _ A number of new Florida school security measures would be enacted under a bill set for a Senate committee vote, including allowing classroom teachers to become armed guardians on campus. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.

XGR--FLORIDA-HOUSE

TALLAHASSEE _ The Florida House goes into session to consider several bills. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.

XGR-IMMIGRATION-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE _ A Florida House committed considers a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities. By Brendan Farrington. On MERITS.

HAZING-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida’s felony law against hazing would be expanded under legislation to be considered in a House committee. By Curt Anderson.  ON MERITS

FLORIDA-GILLUM

MIAMI _ Former Tallahassee mayor and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum makes an announcement in Miami. By Ellis Rua. On MERITS.

IN BRIEF:

EPCOT-CONSTRUCTION WORKER DIES _ Authorities say a man who died in an industrial accident at Disney World’s Epcot theme park fell from the elevated basket of a cherry picker.

SPRING BREAK-MIAMI BEACH _ The Miami Beach Police Department says additional officers will start patrolling Ocean Drive this weekend to keep an eye on a raucous spring break crowd.

CHARTER BUS CRASH-VIRGINIA _ A survivor described a bus swerving “like a roller coaster” and tumbling “five or six times” as it overturned early Tuesday along a Virginia interstate, killing two passengers and injuring others aboard.

STORE CRASH _ Authorities say a Florida man fell asleep while driving and crashed into a store. The Miami Herald reports that the crash occurred Tuesday morning at a shopping plaza.

FATAL DUI CRASH _ A Florida woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally striking a pedestrian with her car while she was high on drugs.

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