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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 29, 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. Jennifer Kay is on the desk and can be reached at jnkay@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE _ The sheriff of a Florida county where a gunman killed 17 students and staff at a high school has outlined steps his agency has taken in response to the Feb. 14 massacre. UPCOMING: 300 words

DEPUTIES SLAIN-FLORIDA

TRENTON _ A man who killed two Florida deputies eating lunch in a restaurant had an “extreme dislike” for law enforcement, but investigators have found no specific plans or motive for the April shooting, according to a new report. SENT: 330 words.

GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

NEW YORK _ Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. By David Crary. SENT: 930 words.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG OFFENDERS

JACKSONVILLE _ Marcus Wilson remembers the first time he saw his mom use crack cocaine. He thinks he was about 9. She was doing it off a soda can,” he said. “To experience that, it was like, ‘Mom? Are you alright? Are you OK?’ ... It’s kind of scary.” Wilson’s life as a child was defined by adversity and suffering. Wilson’s mother had an abusive boyfriend who beat her and her kids. Wilson saw his father shot. Other times his father was behind bars. The family never stayed in the same house or apartment for more than a year or two, moving from one tough part of town to another. By Tessa Duvall. Florida Times-Union.

EXCHANGE-HURRICANE MICHAEL-TIMBER

BRISTOL _ Strewn in gnarled piles from Florida’s Gulf Coast up through South Georgia, the livelihood of timber farmers is on the ground. And, after the ravaging buzz saw of Hurricane Michael in early October, it will be a while until they begin to bounce back to prominence. Michael’s path carved though a part of the state where Floridians are most reliant on timber. More than 2.8 million acres of timber were damaged by Michael’s powerful 155 mph winds. By Karl Etters. Tallahassee Democrat.

IN BRIEF:

RED TIDE-FLORIDA DOLPHINS _ Federal scientists have linked over a dozen dolphin deaths off Florida to a toxic algae bloom that has persisted in the Gulf of Mexico for over a year.

BODY IN CANAL _ Authorities say a man drowned in a canal while fleeing police in Florida.

RIGHT WHALES _ Florida conservationists are reporting a right whale calf sighting off the state’s Atlantic coast.

PRETTY RICKY SINGER ARRESTED _ A member of the R&B group Pretty Ricky faces a DUI charge in Miami Beach.

DOG ATTACK-DEPUTIES _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for ordering his pit bulls to attack deputies who were trying to arrest his wife.

KEY WEST-NEW YEAR _ New Year’s Eve revelers in Key West can choose between six unusual “drops” planned on the eight-square-mile subtropical island.

RESTAURANT CRASH-DEATH _ Authorities say a car crashed into a Florida restaurant, killing one person and injuring another.

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