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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

December 22, 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. Brendan Farrington is on the desk and can be reached at bfarrington@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EXCHANGE-CLIMATE CHANGE-NEIGHBORHOOD

MIAMI BEACH _ Miami Beach’s answer to sea levels pushed higher and higher by climate change — raised roads — has been endorsed by international experts and scientists as the future of infrastructure in a warming world. But at home, the idea has split a tiny, tony neighborhood in two, with some residents developing an opposition homeowners group to battle what they call a “coup” from the original association. They say the elevated roads will push water onto their yards and sink their property value. By Alex Harris. The Miami Herald. MOVED: 850 words.

EXCHANGE-VIRTUAL SMELLS

ORLANDO _ In a tiny office in east Orange County, a company called Global Technology Integrators is creating thousands of smells meant to bring even more life to virtual reality. And that means the hallway that leads to GTI’s office can smell like chocolate chip cookies — or something really, really foul. By Marco Santana. Orlando Sentinel. MOVED: 521 words.

In Brief:

ANCIENT SHIPWRECK-FLORIDA-FRANCE _ France and Florida have signed a “declaration of intent” to preserve, protect and research a 16th century shipwreck off the state’s coast.

MISS AMERICA-STATE LEADERS _ The Miss America Organization has chosen new leadership groups for the pageant in three states and reinstated the leadership in a fourth.

OFFICER SHOOTS DOG _ Authorities in Florida released body camera video of an officer fatally shooting a dog.

SOCIAL WORKER-CHILD PORN _ A Florida child welfare worker is under arrest for possessing child pornography.

FATALHIT-AND-RUN _ A Florida man has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash with a pedestrian.

WETHERELL-FUNERAL _ Hundreds of people from state and local politics, higher education and the business community have gathered to pay their final respects to former Florida State president and former Florida House speaker T.K. Wetherell.

In Sports:

BKN--BUCKS-HEAT

MIAMI _ MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks take on Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Saturday night. The Heat have won a season-high three straight. Game begins 8:10 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

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