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BC-FL--Florida News Digest, FL

March 18, 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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

XGR-Importing Prescription Drugs

TALLAHASSEE _ Legislation that would open access for Floridians to prescription drugs from Canada and other U.S.-approved countries is taken up by a state House committee. The measure is a top priority for Gov. Ron DeSantis. By Curt Anderson. Upcoming: 500 words.

ABORTION-GEORGIA

ATLANTA _ Abortion rights activists chanted “shame” as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, has passed the House and now could go quickly to the floor of the GOP-controlled Senate. Republicans are moving to enact tough abortion restrictions in the state legislatures they control, even though they’re certain to be challenged in court. Similar “heartbeat” bills just passed the Ohio Senate and the Tennessee House, and are advancing in Mississippi, Florida, and South Carolina. By Sanya Mansoor and Ben Nadler. SENT: 547 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

PANCAKE BATTER-ARREST _ A 45-year-old Florida man is accused of throwing a bowl of pancake batter at a woman who was making dinner.

CAR FALLS ON MAN _ Sheriff’s officials say a Florida man was killed when the car he was working on fell on top of him. Monroe County Sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said in an email that Amer Izzo Yasin was found by his roommate on Sunday afternoon outside their home in Big Pine Key.

FATAL DEPUTY SHOOTING _ A Florida sheriff’s fatally shot an armed 33-year-old man during a domestic violence call.

DEPUTY’S GUN STOLEN _ Authorities say thieves stole a handgun and a rifle from the patrol car of a sheriff’s deputy.

CAR WINDOW-FATALITY _ A 23-year-old Florida woman fell from the rear passenger window of a car she was riding in and was run over and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho tells news outlets that Mariah Logan was in the car with three friends when the she fell into the road early Sunday. She fell while “hanging out” of the window.

IN SPORTS:

BKC--TEN-MIAMI OPEN

MIAMI GARDENS _ The Miami Open begins Tuesday in its new home at the Dolphins’ stadium complex. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are among those scheduled to compete in the tournament, which moved after more than three decades on nearby Key Biscayne. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

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