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

January 5, 2018

Good morning. 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.

CAPITAL BUDGET-WATER DISPUTE

SEATTLE — The state still doesn’t have a capital budget after a dispute over water-related legislation last year held up approval for about $4 billion in new school, sewer and other construction throughout the state. But recent comments by top legislative leaders suggest there is still a divide on the issue. By Phuong Le. UPCOMING: 550 words by 3 p.m.

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS-SNOWPACK

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — America’s space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick. NASA’s earth science arm is funding research that recruits citizen scientists on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to measure the depth of snow in backcountry locations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. By Dan Joling. SENT: 750 words, AP Photo.

TRUMP-OFFSHORE DRILLING-Q&A

WASHINGTON — The energy industry is cheering the Trump administration’s proposal to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling, saying it will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign supplies and create jobs. By David Koenig and Matthew Daly. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF

—ESTATE THEFT-SENTENCING: Woman sentenced to prison for stealing from woman’s estate.

—INFLATED HOME PRICES-LAWSUIT: Lawsuit: Realtor, developer conspired to inflate home prices.

—BODY-TRUNK: Man’s body found in trunk of car towed to Pierce County lot.

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