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March 12, 2019

Good morning! 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. Freida Frisaro is on the desk and can be reached at ffrisaro@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 A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet meet to discuss a range of state issues. By Curt Anderson. ON MERITS.


TALLAHASSEE _ A Florida House committee takes up bills that would make changes to the state’s gun laws. By Brendan Farrington. ON MERITS.


TALLAHASSEE _ A Senate committee hears a bill that would ban so-called sanctuary cities. By Brendan Farrington. ON MERITS.


TALLAHASSEE _ School board members in Florida would be limited to eight consecutive years in office under a bill up for consideration in a state Senate committee. By Curt Anderson. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MILWAUKEE _ Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party leaders or officials from the three finalist cities had expected. By Bill Barrow, Scott Bauer and Ivan Moreno. SENT: 1089 words with AP Photos, AP Video.


ET RIDE-LAWSUIT _ A lawsuit claims an 11-year-old boy visiting from Brazil had his foot and leg crushed at the end of the E.T. Adventure ride at Universal Studios in Orlando.

EVACUATING CHILD KILLED _ An Atlanta teen has pleaded guilty in the 2017 deaths of three pedestrians in Georgia, where two of them were trying to escape Hurricane Irma in Florida.

FATAL SHOOTING-MEMORIAL _ Police in South Florida are searching for the person who fatally shot a 41-year-old attending an impromptu gathering to memorialize the life of a friend.

FATAL ROBBERY _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for acting as the getaway driver in the fatal robbery of a taxi driver.

PANTHER DEATH _ An endangered Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. It’s the fourth fatal collision this year, out of six total panther deaths.


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