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AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA

September 11, 2018

Good morning. Our news coverage plans Tuesday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.


SEATTLE — Voters in Washington state will be asked this fall to do what state and federal leaders have been reluctant to: charge a direct fee on carbon pollution to fight climate change. If the ballot measure passes, it will be the first direct fee or tax charged on carbon emissions in the U.S. Experts say it will prove that states can take action on climate even if the Trump administration doesn’t and may nudge other states to follow. Initiative 1631 would charge industrial emitters that use or sell fossil fuels in the state for every metric ton of carbon emissions. The fee starts in 2020 at $15 per metric ton and increases $2 a year. It stops in 2035 if the state meets its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By Phuong Le. UPCOMING: 850 words by 1 p.m. With AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Watch out for the 7-foot box on the doorstep. Amazon plans to sell and ship fresh, full-size Christmas trees this year. But a live tree is no paperback book. Amazon says the Christmas trees, including Douglas firs and Norfolk Island pines, will be bound and shipped without water in the usual sort of box. Amazon said they’ll be sent within 10 days of being cut down, possibly even sooner, and should survive the shipping just fine. Amazon.com said the trees, wreaths and garlands will go on sale in November. Some will qualify for Prime free shipping, and Amazon will offer pre-orders so shoppers can choose a delivery date. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 300 words. With AP Photos.



SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners open a brief two-game interleague series against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. The Padres swept a pair from Seattle last month that put a dent in the Mariners playoff hopes. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words. With AP Photos.


RENTON, Wash. — Throughout of the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks said they were going back to being a run-first team. Then in the opening loss to Denver, the Seahawks abandoned what they claimed and ran just 16 times. The run game could be even more important in Week 2 with wide receiver Doug Baldwin likely out for a few weeks. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Developing from 3 p.m. PT availability.


—ROBBERY-SENTENCE: A man who beat another man with an aluminum baseball bat during a robbery has been sentenced.

—FERRY SYSTEM-WASHINGTON: The Washington State Ferry System’s 20-year long-range plan asks for five more Olympic class ferries.

—ATTORNEY GENERAL-EYMAN: A Thurston County judge has doubled the daily contempt-of-court fines against Tim Eyman.

—BAIL SET-KIDNAPPING CHARGES: A man accused of holding people hostage at a Parkland, Washington, auto repair shop has been ordered held on a $2.5 million bail.

—FATAL HIKER FALL: The King County Sheriff’s Office says an Olympia woman and Mountaineer member died while hiking near Snoqualmie Pass.

—MINING EXPANSION-YAKIMA LAWSUIT: The Yakama Nation has filed a lawsuit over a mining company’s plan to expand operations.

—CHILD CARE EMPLOYEE-ARREST: Charges have been dismissed against a former employee at a Gig Harbor child care center.

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