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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 19, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRATION-CHILDREN’S SHELTERS

UNDATED _ Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. As the year draws to a close, some 5,400 detained migrant children in the U.S. are sleeping in shelters with more than 1,000 other children. Some 9,800 are in facilities with 100-plus total kids, according to confidential government data obtained and cross-checked by The Associated Press. By Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 2291 words with AP Photos, AP Video. Abridged version also moving.

IN BRIEF:

WOMAN KILLED _ Investigators in Florida are searching for a man who they say killed his wife and left her body for their four children to find when they woke up.

MURDER-SUICIDE-DEPUTY _ A Florida sheriff’s deputy killed three relatives, including a child, then got on the department’s radio to say he’d hurt his family before killing himself near a high school Wednesday morning, authorities said.

FLORIDA-POPULATION GROWTH _ Almost 2.5 million people have moved to Florida since the beginning of the decade. Figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau show Florida had 21.3 million residents, as of last July.

TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT-$2M SCAM _ Federal court records show a Florida man duped a Texas school district into transferring him nearly $2 million and then used the money to purchase a BMW and Rolex watches.

NEW BIKE-BOY _ Firefighters gave a 7-year-old Florida boy a brand new bicycle as a reward for calmly calling 911 when he found his mom “unresponsive” on the floor of their Orlando apartment.

RAYS BALLPARK _ Tampa Bay Rays officials say they’re dropping a bid to build a stadium in Tampa and remain mum on the team’s future in St. Petersburg.

FORT WORTH-PURSUIT-DEATH _ Texas police investigating a report of an armed man using social media to threaten to kill himself say he was found dead after an exchange of gunfire, a chase and a wreck.

WORKER-TRENCH DEATH _ The employer of the construction worker killed at a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant this week has been identified as a contractor that’s seen three other worker deaths this year.

PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED _ Police have arrested two teens who investigators believe fatally shot a 32-year-old pregnant woman and wounded her 13-year-old daughter.

WIFE STRANGLED _ A Florida man has been sentenced to about 20 years in prison for strangling his wife, who he told authorities had been romantically interested in someone else.

STOLEN CHRISTMAS WREATH _ A Florida man is accused of stealing a Christmas wreath off of the front door of a home and hanging it outside his own home.

GROVELAND FOUR _ U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on Florida officials to formally pardon four young African-American men who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman nearly 70 years ago.

FATAL HOME INVASION _ A second Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal home invasion.

RESTAURANT SLAYING _ A man convicted of killing two Waffle House employees will remain on death row. The Sun Sentinel reports Gerhard Hojan was sentenced to death for a second time on Tuesday.

HURRICANE IRMA-CONTRACTOR _ A Florida man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for taking advantage of people who suffered property damage last year during Hurricane Irma.

PONZI SCHEME _ A Florida man has pleaded guilty in Tennessee to charges relating to a $28 million Ponzi scheme.

IN SPORTS:

BKN--SPURS-MAGIC

ORLANDO _ The Orlando Magic tries to build on a two-game winning streak and climb back to .500 when they host the San Antonio Spurs. By Dick Scanlon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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