AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA
Good morning. Our news coverage plans Wednesday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.
NUCLEAR SITE-WORKER COMPENSATION
RICHLAND, Wash. — The federal government is threatening to sue Washington state to block new legislation that helps workers at a former nuclear weapons production site win more compensation claims for illnesses. The U.S. Department of Justice recently told Gov. Jay Inslee that the law violates the U.S. Constitution because it “purports to directly regulate” the federal government and discriminates against it and its contractors. SENT: 430 words.
HAWAIIAN POTATO CHIPS-LAWSUIT
HONOLULU — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers. Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles filed the suit last month, alleging Pinnacle Foods Inc. is using false and deceptive advertising and fraudulent and unfair business practices, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday. SENT: 250 words.
CLARINDA, Iowa — Two Iowa departments say they’re investigating complaints of restraints, assault and sexual abuse at a foster home and treatment facility for troubled youths from Iowa and other states. A federally mandated protection and advocacy organization in the state of Washington alleged earlier this year that foster children were being held against their will at the Clarinda facility, were subjected to excessive restraint and were verbally abused. SENT: 160 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.
FBC--T25-PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
SALT LAKE CITY — Redshirt freshman Jason Shelley will be making just his fourth start for Utah when he leads the Utes into their first-ever Pac-12 championship game against No. 10 Washington on Friday night. He’ll be doing it coming off an emotional come-from-behind victory against rival BYU and riding a three-game winning streak that coincides with his rise to the top of the depth chart. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. MST.
Northwest University plays Seattle at the Redhawk Center.
—PLASTIC BAG BAN-WASHINGTON: Washington state leaders are calling for a new way to limit the use of plastic bags.
—NORTHWEST STORM-FLOODING: A strong thunderstorm dumped copious amounts of rain in the South Sound, leading to some urban flooding in Tacoma, Washington.
—MISDEMEANOR WARRANTS-QUASH REQUEST: Seattle city attorneys have asked a court to quash over 200 misdemeanor arrest warrants.
—POLICE CHASE-SHOTS JUSTIFIED: A Kitsap County prosecutor says that the shooting and wounding of a 72-year-old man after he allegedly pulled a gun on officers in May was lawful.
—NORTH CASCADES HIGHWAY CLOSES: The North Cascades Highway will close on Wednesday for the season.
—ILLEGAL ELK HUNT: A Quileute tribal member has been sentenced to community service after she was convicted of illegally hunting a bull elk.
—OLYMPIA HOMELESS CAMP: Olympia will start clearing away tents, pallets and trash that cover a city-owned parking lot downtown next week.