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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 17, 2018

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-APPOINTMENTS

TALLAHASSEE _ Florida’s combative former House speaker is going to become the state’s education commissioner. The State Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to select Richard Corcoran for the job. The board took the step after Governor-elect Ron DeSantis recommended the long-time Republican politician for the position. Corcoran just wrapped up a two-year term as House speaker. By Gary Fineout. UPCOMING: 500 words.

CHILD ABUSE-REPORT CARDS

UNDATED _ Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports to a child abuse hotline that included broken bones, burns and other confirmed abuse found otherwise. An increase only occurred on Saturdays after a report-card Friday. Though overall rates were small, there were almost four times more cases on those Saturdays than on other Saturdays. No apparent connection between report cards and abuse was found on other days of the week. By Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 613 words with AP Photos.

TRUMP-SPACE COMMAND

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and Trump could sign the order as soon as Tuesday. By Zeke Miller and Lolita Baldor. SENT: 238 words.

IN BRIEF:

WRONGFUL VOTING CHARGE _ A Florida man has been accused of voting in New Hampshire on Election Day in November 2016.

SANDHILL CRANE HATCHLINGS _ Three endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes that hatched earlier this year at a Florida conservation center have been reintroduced to the wild.

SANTA RUN-CHILDREN STRUCK _ Authorities say two children were struck by a vehicle during a “Santa Run” on Florida’s Atlantic Coast

BRIDGEWATER STABBING _ Police say a 27-year-old Leesburg, Florida man who was staying at a home in Massachusetts stabbed a couple who live there.

FATHER SHOOTS SON STUART_ A sheriff says a Florida father is “absolutely shattered” after fatally shooting his 30-year-old son who’d gotten into a confrontation with his younger brother over a game of pool.

IN SPORTS:

FBC-AP COACH OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998. Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama’s Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and 66 points and Central Florida first-year coach Josh Heupel was third with 33 points (five first-place votes). By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 631 words with AP Photos.

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