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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA

April 5, 2019

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

4:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON SENATOR CAMBODIA

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen has registered as a foreign agent in order to consult and lobby for the country of Cambodia. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 650 words.

INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT EXPANSION

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington’s involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia. By Tom James. SENT: 820 words.

SMOKING AGE-WASHINGTON

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill raising the state’s smoking age to 21, making it the ninth state in the nation to enact such a change. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated.

ASYLUM BOND HEARING DELAYS

SEATTLE — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to give quicker bond hearings to immigrants caught on the border who pass initial asylum screenings. SENT: 190 words.

FORMER NAACP LEADER WELFARE FRAUD

SPOKANE, Wash. — A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud. SENT: 380 words. With AP photos.

BOEING PLANES SOFTWARE FIX

Boeing is cutting production of its grounded Max airliner this month to focus on fixing flight-control software and getting the planes back in the air. SENT: 210 words. Will be updated. With AP photos.

EYMAN LAWSUIT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ruled that anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman could potentially be punished with a lifetime ban on managing or directing the finances of a political committee. SENT: 470 words.

ETHIOPIA PLANE CRASH-WHAT’S NEXT

NEW YORK — A preliminary report released Thursday on the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month found that pilots followed all recommended procedures issued by Boeing, ratcheting up pressure on the plane maker that critics say has put profits before safety. By Bernard Condon. SENT: 780 words. With AP photos.

FAKE UBER DRIVER RAPE

SEATTLE — A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a Seattle woman who thought he was her Uber driver, police said. SENT: 400 words.

OREGON EXPORTING MARIJUANA

SALEM, Ore. — It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana. By Andrew Selsky. SENT: 590 words. With AP photos.

CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A third federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, ruling Friday that it poses a “substantial risk” of undercounting Hispanics and non-citizens. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 660 words. With AP photos.

SPORTS

BBA--MARINERS-WHITE SOX

CHICAGO _Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox won a wild home opener, beating the Seattle Mariners 10-8 on Friday. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 580 words. With AP photos.

BBA--MARINERS GORDON INJURED: Mariners’ Gordon leaves game vs White Sox with tight groin.

IN BRIEF:

_HUMAN REMAINS OLYMPIA: Possible human remains found in Olympia.

_HOSPITAL SYSTEM SHUTDOWN: Hospitals’ health records system shuts down.

_OB-GYN SEX CRIMES: OB-GYN gets license suspended after sex crimes with girl.

_INTERSTATE SPEED LIMIT: State reduces speed limit on Interstate 5 in Tacoma.

_HUMAN REMAINS: Remains discovered in Arlington not human.