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Associated Press

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 9:00 PM

The news editor is Terry Spencer. The supervisor in Miami is Suzette Laboy. If there are questions about stories, photos or photo contributions please call the Miami bureau at 1-800-824-5498 or 305-594-5825. If you have other statewide stories or breaking news of interest to AP members in Florida, send them via e-mail to Miami(at)ap.org; or fax to (305) 594-9265. The AP's general website is http://www.ap.org. The Florida AP's website is http://www.ap.org/Florida/. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. Reruns are also available from the Service Desk (800-838-4616) or from the Miami bureau.

FLORIDA DEMOCRATS

LAKE MARY — Long-time fundraiser Allison Tant was elected chairwoman of the Florida Democratic Party on Saturday and immediately set her sight on defeating Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Tant, of Tallahassee, defeated Tampa-area activist Alan Clendenin, 587 to 448. In a show of unity, Clendenin was then elected vice chairman and the pair stood grasping hands over their heads. By BRENDAN FARRINGTON. MOVED.

GULF FISH HATCHERY

NEW ORLEANS — Marine biologists are trying to learn whether they can increase populations of two of the Gulf of Mexico's most popular sport and food fish — and perhaps further relax quotas on one of them — by raising and releasing small fry. Hundreds of thousands of spotted seatrout, known locally as speckled trout or specks, and thousands of red snapper fingerlings have been released in recent years, all identifiable by tiny wire tags. The problem is finding them again. By JANET McCONNAUGHEY. MOVED.

JET DRAGSTER STUDENTS

DAYTONA BEACH — On just the first day of her internship, Moriah Counts was intensely installing screws and other components on Larsen Motorsports' new jet dragster. Counts, 20, of Columbia, Md., is a junior aerospace engineering student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University focusing her studies on propulsion systems with hopes of designing military planes one day. She hopes working on the jet engines in the dragster cars will give her an edge up. By Deborah Circelli, The Daytona Beach News-Journal.

ALSO:

BROWARD DEPUTY ARRESTED — A Broward sheriff's deputy has been arrested for possessing a controlled substance.

MIAMI-COMMISSIONER — Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones plans to seek re-election.

HOTEL DRUG RING — Authorities in Brevard County are looking for two suspects in a hotel drug ring investigation after arresting ten other suspects.

HIT AND RUN — A Pinellas County man has been charged in a double hit-and-run that left one person dead and another with serious injuries.

PRESCRIBED BURN — Visitors to a state park in Hobe Sound will see a prescribed burn this week.

SPORTS:

BKN--HEAT-ALLEN'S RETURN

MIAMI — The last time Ray Allen played in Boston, fans serenaded him with cheers as he left the court. It almost certainly won't be the same reaction on Sunday, when Allen returns to the Celtics' home floor — as a member of the rival Miami Heat. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds.

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The AP, Miami

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