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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

January 24, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



SEBRING _ A gunman who took over a SunTrust Bank branch in Florida apparently made the five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of their heads, police said Thursday. Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said there’s no indication Zephen Xaver intended to rob the bank, and no apparent connection among him, the bank or the victims. Xaver, 21, has been charged with five counts of premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of the four bank employees and a customer. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 908 words with AP Photos, AP Video.




MARIANNA _ Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an announcement along with the state’s emergency management director. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 500 words.

TRAFFIC CONFRONTATION-HATE CRIME MIAMI _ Prosecutors have begun taking sworn statements from a group of black teenagers as they weigh possible hate crime charges against an armed white man who confronted them during a housing inequality protest on Martin Luther King Day. By Curt Anderson. 500 words. With AP photos.


ELECTION 2018-FLORIDA SUPERVISOR _ A federal judge is officially ending the legal skirmish between former Gov. Rick Scott and a former Florida elections official.

CANADA-SICK PASSENGERS _ Officials in Canada say five people were taken to the hospital after falling ill on an Air Transat flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just before takeoff.

INFANT KILLED _ A Florida father has been found guilty of manslaughter and child abuse in his 4-month-old son’s death.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ALLIGATOR _ A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

PURSE SNATCHED _ Police in Florida say a man snatched an 81-year-old woman’s purse in a Walmart parking lot before clipping her and another woman with his car as he fled.

FLORIDA WEATHER _ Authorities say a possible tornado damaged several homes and downed trees and powerlines as a line of storms crossed central Florida.

MISSING CRUISE CREWMEMBER _ The Coast Guard is searching for a crewmember from a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

FLORIDA COMMISSIONER-MUSLIM CONGRESSWOMAN _ Commissioners in a South Florida city are reprimanding a fellow councilmember over remarks on a Facebook post about the first Palestinian-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress.

FATAL BAR SHOOTING _ A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting that followed an earlier fight.

TRAIN DEATH _ Authorities say a bicyclist has been fatally struck by South Florida commuter train. News outlets report that a Brightline train hit the man Wednesday afternoon in Oakland Park.

CONSTRUCTION DEATH _ Officials say a construction worker has been killed at a Florida country club. The Naples Daily News reports that the accident happened Tuesday morning at Bonita National Golf and Country Club.



DAYTONA BEACH _ The cars are usually the stars of the glittery Rolex 24 at Daytona. This annual kickoff of the motorsport season is both an action-packed endurance race and a festival for the car collecting set. But this year, the 50th anniversary season for the IMSA sports car series, the race has superstars and storylines to rival the gorgeous machinery. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 800 words by 6 p.m.


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