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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

May 14, 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 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

RUSSIA PROBE-FLORIDA VOTING

TALLAHASSEE _ Russian hackers gained access to voter databases in two Florida counties ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday. DeSantis said the hackers didn’t manipulate any data and the election results weren’t compromised. He and officials from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were briefed by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security on Friday. By Brendan Farrington. UPCOMING: 600 words.

RUSSIA BROADCASTER-FOREIGN AGENT

MIAMI _ A federal judge has ruled a Florida-based broadcasting company that provides Russian programs to a Washington radio station must register as an agent of a foreign government. The Justice Department said in a news release Tuesday that RM Broadcasting of Jupiter, Florida, was essentially providing publicity for Russia through an agreement with state-run Rossiya Segodnya. That entity’s “Sputnik” program is broadcast all day on WZHF-AM in the Washington area. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 500 words.

TEEN DETENTION CAMP-FLORIDA

MIAMI _ Three Democratic lawmakers are requesting a government watchdog agency investigate how a private company tied to former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly secured a no-bid contract to hold migrant children in a Florida facility. South Florida U.S. representatives Donna Shalala, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General in the Health and Human Services Department. They asked to probe Kelly’s role in the contract negotiations given he was a board member by the umbrella company Caliburn International. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 400 words.

CLIMATE CHANGE-REAL ESTATE

SALISBURY, Mass. _ For sale: waterfront property with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Waves erode beach regularly. Flooding gets worse every year. Saltwater damage to lawn. Asking price: anyone’s guess. Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values. But other climate scientists note shortcomings in the studies, and real estate experts say they simply haven’t seen any ebb in demand for coastal homes. In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, higher-elevation properties are appreciating faster than lower ones as companies and deep-pocketed buyers increasingly consider climate change risks, a study in the publication Environmental Research Letters found last year. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 959 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

CAGED ANIMALS-ABUSE _ A South Florida man faces animal cruelty charges after authorities found 29 caged animals in a U-Haul with no access to food or water.

TIGER WOODS-LAWSUIT _ The parents of a drunken driver who died in a car crash last year are suing Tiger Woods. They blame the golfer and his girlfriend for allowing their son to drive home from their Florida restaurant while intoxicated.

FREEZER-BODY _ Authorities in South Florida are trying to figure out how a woman who went missing nearly six years ago ended up in an upright freezer that was brought to a scrap metal warehouse in February.

FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER-ARREST _ A judge set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player accused of violating a protective order. Greg Spires says he is innocent in a video arraignment Monday from jail in Concord, New Hampshire.

HEPATITIS A-FLORIDA _ Health officials in Florida say that despite giving out 6,900 free hepatitis A vaccines last week, the state saw its biggest increase in new cases.

FATAL FIRE-SUSPICIOUS _ Authorities say they’ve arrested a Florida man who killed his ex-boyfriend and set his apartment on fire.

SNORKELING DEATH _ Authorities say a woman is dead after collapsing during a snorkeling trip in the Florida Keys.

IN SPORTS:

FBN--DOLPINS-QBS

DAVIE _ The Miami Dolphins’ first game is nearly four months away, but the quarterback competition is under way, and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick is trying to make his case in minicamp this week in a matchup against newly acquired Josh Rosen. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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