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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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FLORIDA-NEW GOVERNOR

TALLAHASSEE _ Former Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis was sworn in as Florida’s new governor on Tuesday with promises to keep taxes low and to make schools and the environment a priority. In a speech filled with naval references, the former Navy officer also promised to be tough on illegal immigration and to appoint Supreme Court justices who won’t “legislate from the bench.” Brendan Farrington. SENT: 518 words with AP Photos.

_WITH: FLORIDA-NEW GOVERNOR-THE LATEST

FLORIDA FELON-VOTING RIGHTS

ORLANDO _ The right to vote was restored for most Florida felons as of Tuesday, increasing the pool of eligible voters by as many as 1.4 million people in a battleground state infamous for its narrow margins in key elections. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition planned to get people together over breakfast before registering online or going to their local election supervisors’ offices to fill out the forms. By Josh Replogle and Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 311 words. UPCOMING: 770 words with AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL SHOOTING-FLORIDA _ A status hearing is set for Nikolas Cruz in the Florida school massacre that killed 17 people last year. The hearing Tuesday is likely to be mainly procedural in nature, with many months to go before the case gets close to trial.

WATER PARK-AUTISM _ SeaWorld officials say its Aquatica Orlando park is becoming the world’s first water park to be credentialed for visitors with autism.

PET CAT’S TRAVELS _ A cat who went missing from suburban Detroit for two months turned up more than 1,000 miles away in Florida. Dearborn resident Judy Sanborn was shocked when she received a call in December from BluePearl pet hospital in Tampa, The Detroit Free Press reported.

FATAL BEATING-WIFE ARRESTED _ Investigators say an 86-year-old Florida woman fatally beat her 89-year-old husband with a walking cane. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Officials say Ramona Maxine Lund is charged with murder and is being held in the jail’s infirmary on $250,000 bond as authorities work together to evaluate whether she suffers from dementia.

CHILD SHOT _ Police in Tampa say a 3-year-old boy is recovering from surgery after being shot in the stomach at an apartment complex. Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said in an email that the shooting happened around 10 p.m. Monday in an apartment near Busch Gardens.

DEPUTY CRASH _ Authorities say a 94-year-old man was killed after making a U-turn into the path of a Florida sheriff’s deputy whose emergency lights and siren activated.

ROBBERY-SUSPECT KILLED _ Prosecutors say a Florida jewelry store owner who fatally shot a teen during a robbery won’t be charged.

PANTHER DEATHS _ Wildlife officials reported 30 Florida panther deaths in 2018, matching the previous year’s total. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says 26 of last year’s deaths were from vehicle strikes, while only 24 of the big cats were hit by vehicles in 2017. Two of the panthers found dead last year were killed by other panthers, and officials didn’t know what killed the other two.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--FLORIDA’S FAILINGS

GAINESVILLE _ Florida coach Mike White has a few players he count on for consistent effort, and seniors Jalen Hudson and KeVaughn Allen aren’t among them. It’s a huge problem for the Gators. By Mark Long.  UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

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