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AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA

July 8, 2018

Our news coverage plans. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694. The West Regional Desk can be reached at (602) 417-2400.

A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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YAKIMA, Wash. — U.S. hop acreage is forecast at a record 53,282 acres this year, up 4 percent over last year, with new acreage and plantings entering full production. The Capital Press reports that the 2018 forecast for Washington is 39,273 acres, which is 71 percent of total U.S. acreage, according to a July 2 report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Idaho is projected at 8,217 acres, or 15 percent of the total, and Oregon is projected at 7,849 acres, or 14 percent. Idaho shows the largest increase in acreage, up 1,224 acres, or 17.5 percent. SENT: 230 words.



KEYPORT, Wash. — For the past 100 years, Keyport has been home to one of Navy’s primary efforts to research, develop and test torpedoes, which earned the small, waterfront community the moniker of “Torpedo Town, U.S.A.” Now, Keyport’s Naval Undersea Warfare Center is becoming the modern testing ground for a new type of technology that silently operates in the depths — unmanned undersea vehicles, which are known as UUVs. SENT: 1600 words. An AP Member Exchange by Julianne Stanford, The Kitsap Sun.


YAKIMA, Wash. — Javier Serrano was returning with his family from vacation five years ago when his 2-year-old daughter Joanna began yelling in a panic as they drove through Oregon. He took her to a hospital emergency room, where she was given oxygen because she wasn’t getting enough. She had a respiratory infection and was later diagnosed with asthma, Serrano said. Joanna is among an increasing number of children being diagnosed with asthma in Yakima County’s rural agricultural areas. SENT: 1,000 words. An AP Member Exchange by Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic.



SEATTLE — The Colorado Rockies go for a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon. The Rockies have won five straight to move back into the wild card conversation in the National League before the All-Star break. UPCOMING: Game at 1:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.


—FATAL TRAIN ACCIDENT: A 55-year-old woman was struck and killed by a BNSF train while attempting to cross a railroad crossing in Kent, Washington.

—DIVING ACCIDENT: A 19-year-old Lewiston, Idaho, man likely will be paralyzed after hitting his head in the Snake River while diving at Hells Gate State Park.

—FATAL ATV CRASH: Two men were involved in a fatal all-terrain vehicle crash near Elk River, Idaho.

—DUI DRIVER HITS TROOPER: Police say a DUI driver crashed into a Washington state trooper’s car that was parked on the shoulder of a roadway.

—DRUG DEALER-KILLING: An Idaho drug dealer serving 35 years for forcing a man to eat a large quantity of meth, which killed him, must serve out his prison term.

—DRIVE-BY SHOOTING-DEPUTY: A man accused of shooting at a Spokane sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

—Hit-And-Run Injures Children: A 13-year-old girl was released from the hospital Saturday after a hit-and-run driver injured her and two siblings in Tacoma.

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