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AP-FL--Florida News Digest 6 pm, FL

January 8, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



TALLAHASSEE — With a possible run for U.S. Senate looming in the coming months, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will enter his final legislative session with a modest wish list that could aid him on the campaign trail. The Republican governor will lay out his priorities during his last State of the State speech on Tuesday - and some of it will echo Scott’s previous years where he called on for tax cuts and other steps that he says will improve the state’s economy. By Gary Fineout.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared to be looking for a way to side with Florida in its complaint that Georgia uses too much water and leaves too little for its southern neighbor. The justices heard argument in the long-running dispute between the two states. The fight is over Georgia’s use of water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers that serve booming metro Atlanta and Georgia’s powerful agricultural industry. By Mark Sherman.






ST. PETERSBURG — Handwritten letters show a neo-Nazi group leader hasn’t abandoned his “violent ideology” since his arrest on charges he stockpiled volatile explosive material in a Florida apartment where a friend killed their two roommates, federal prosecutors told the judge who will sentence the young man on Tuesday. In a court filing Sunday, prosecutors said 22-year-old Brandon Russell drew a diagram of how to make an explosive in a letter he apparently intended to deliver to another “Atomwaffen Division” member outside jail. The FBI obtained copies of other letters in which Russell drew plans for an “Airborne Leaflet Dropping Device” showing Nazi propaganda falling from the sky, prosecutors said. By Tamara Lush and Michael Kunzelman.


LAS VEGAS — The smartphones and other small machines that used to dominate the annual CES gadget show have been overshadowed in recent years by bigger mobile devices: namely, automobiles. Auto companies typically save more practical announcements about new cars, trucks and SUVs for the upcoming Detroit auto show. But major automakers like Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Ford have a noticeable presence at this week’s tech showcase in Las Vegas. CES is a chance for carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts and software to display their wilder and far-out ideas. By Matt O’Brien and Ryan Nakashima.




ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City’s most spectacular casino flop is getting another chance under new ownership and a new name. Colorado developer Bruce Deifik said Monday he had purchased Atlantic City’s former Revel casino hotel from Florida businessman Glenn Straub for $200 million. He plans to reopen it this summer, around the same time the former Trump Taj Mahal casino will reopen nearby under the Hard Rock brand. By Wayne Parry.




WASHINGTON — With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The U.S. had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005. By Seth Borenstein.


PHOENIX — A Florida-based private prison company must pay a settlement of $550,000 to be shared by 16 women who were dismissed from their jobs at Arizona correctional facilities after complaining of sexual harassment, U.S. officials said Monday. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the deal with the GEO Group, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, which operates the Central Arizona Correctional Facility and the Arizona State Prison-Florence West Facility.


LOS ANGELES — The Versace family is distancing itself from an upcoming TV series about the 1997 murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace. In a statement Monday, his family said it has neither authorized nor been involved in the series.


CSX-PERSONNEL — CSX has hired an operations executive to help its new CEO manage the railroad.

SOMALIA-US-DEPORTEES — A Miami federal judge has further halted the expulsion of 92 Somalis suing the U.S. government for turning them into potential targets of an extremist group with a botched deportation flight.

NURSING HOME DEATHS-GRAHAM — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham has paid Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s office $1,200 for public records related to 14 nursing home patient deaths after Hurricane Irma.

FLORIDA UNIVERSITY-RACISM CLASS — A sociology professor offering a course titled “White Racism” this semester has received so many disturbing emails and voicemails that at least two campus police officers will be watching over the first meeting of his class on Tuesday.

MOTHER-TWO CHILDREN DEAD — Authorities are investigating the deaths of a Florida woman and her two children after their minivan became submerged in a pond.

MISSING TEEN FOUND — A missing Florida teen has been found in Minnesota where two people have been arrested in the disappearance.

LIGHTNING DEATHS — Weather officials say stricter safety policies have reduced the number of fatal lightning strikes in Florida. .

POLICE SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Police in Florida say they have fatally shot a robbery suspect after he was located in a backyard during a one-hour search.

MANATEE DEATHS-FLORIDA — Florida wildlife officials say 538 manatees were found dead in the state’s waterways last year.

FIRE DESTROYS APARTMENT — More than a dozen people lost their home when a massive fire gutted a Florida apartment building.

TEEN-SOCCER FIRE — Authorities say a 19-year-old girl set fire to a public bathroom at a Florida soccer complex causing nearly $20,000 in damage.

DISNEY-FLORIDA RESIDENTS — Walt Disney World is offering a January promotion again for Florida residents to buy multi-day tickets.



JACKSONVILLE — Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue stood by his tweet but provided few details Monday about “weak racist slurs” he says Bills guard Richie Incognito used during their playoff game. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 4 p.m.


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