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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

April 2, 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. 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

TEAMSTERS-DISNEY WORKERS

ORLANDO _ The Teamsters’ top boss is trying to quell a rebellion by Mickey, Minnie and their costumed friends. International Brotherhood of Teamsters general president James Hoffa ordered a hearing in Florida last weekend to determine whether leaders should be removed from the local Teamsters union that represents Walt Disney World’s costumed character-performers, among others. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 562 words.

XGR-HEMP-FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE _ Legislation authorizing Florida farmers to begin growing hemp as a crop for industrial uses is poised to clear House and Senate committees, nearing a floor vote. By Curt Anderson. Upcoming: 400 words.

XGR-PLASTIC STRAWS-SUNSCREEN

TALLAHASSEE _ A moratorium preventing the banning of single-use plastic straws and sunscreen by local Florida communities is part of legislation being considered by a Senate committee. The bill would place a moratorium on local plastic straw ordinances and require that only the state can enact rules regarding use of sunscreen. By Curt Anderson. Upcoming: 450 words.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the board of the state’s economic development agency. By Brendan Farrington. On Merits.

CONGRESS-DISASTER AID

WASHINGTON _ Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states. By Andrew Taylor. UPCOMING: 850 words.

IN BRIEF:

PELICAN TACKLED-FLORIDA _ A Maryland man accused of abusing a pelican has returned to the Florida Keys to face charges.

CAREGIVER ARRESTED _ A Florida caregiver is accused of abusing a 94-year-old amputee at an assisted living home. The Orlando Sentinel reports 64-year-old Soebhagwatie Changoer was arrested last week after the woman’s son placed a camera inside her room at the facility in Clermont.

OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR-CANDIDATE CHARGED _ A jury on Tuesday began deliberating the case of an ex-Oklahoma zookeeper and former candidate for governor accused in an attempted murder-for-hire plot.

BANK COMPANY SALE-JOB CUTS _ Officials say more than 40 Dubuque jobs will be lost after MidWestOne’s purchase of ATBancorp is completed.

HOUSE CRASH _ Authorities say a man crashed his car into a Florida home and left a large amount of marijuana and cash when he fled the scene. The Tampa Bay Times reports that the crash occurred early Monday morning in a Holiday neighborhood.

CHILD-DRUGS _ Authorities say a 2-year-old child is recovering after eating a prescription opioid. Florida Today reports that 28-year-old Jacquelyn Donnelly was arrested and charged with child neglect after the child was hospitalized Sunday.

PANTHER DEATH _ An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the sixth fatal collision this year, out of eight total panther deaths.

IN SPORTS:

BBN--METS-MARLINS

MIAMI _ Marlins right-hander Jose Urena, who had a rough outing in an opening day loss to the Rockies, makes his second start of the season Tuesday against the Mets’ Jason Vargas. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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