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

April 1, 2019

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

MEASLES CASES

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials report that the number of measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018. This year’s numbers have been driven by outbreaks in several states, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington. By Mike Stobbe. DEVELOPING. AP Photos.

SODA TAXES

HARTFORD, Conn. — Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a special tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit — and bracing for a fight. Taxes on soda and other sugar-loaded drinks have taken effect in recent years in several cities - including Seattle - around the country, but lobbying from the beverage industry and its allies has been credited with helping to block statewide proposals. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 920 words. AP Photos.

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BKC--WASHINGTON ST-SMITH

PULLMAN, Wash. _ Washington State introduces new basketball coach Kyle Smith, who is charged with turning around a program steeped in futility. By Nicholas K. Geranios. Upcoming: 600 words by 3 p.m. PDT. Photos.

BBA--ANGELS-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ Demoted to No. 5 in the pitching rotation, Felix Hernandez makes his first start of the season on Monday night as the Seattle Mariners open a series with the Los Angeles Angels. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.

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