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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory , WA

December 24, 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A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Washington at 1 p.m.

CYBER-SECURITY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The United States is rushing to catch up with what cybersecurity experts say are threats to critical infrastructure control systems by hackers to pipelines, hydroelectric projects and nuclear power plants. The Idaho National Laboratory next year will move into a massive cybersecurity building and another that will house one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers with a total cost approaching $100 million. Federal officials have also teamed with Idaho universities to fill an estimated 100,000-worker shortage in the cybersecurity field. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 880 words. AP Photos.

CHARTER SCHOOLS-BLACKS DIVIDED

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton Family Foundation is one of the leading supporters of America’s charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated. An Associated Press analysis shows the Waltons are spreading financial support to prominent and like-minded black national and community groups. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

WASHINGTON-COLLEGE FUND

SPOKANE, Wash. — The state’s new DreamAhead savings program for education expenses has nearly a billion dollars in it, most of it a result of transfers from accounts in another state plan, the Guaranteed Education Tuition program. SENT: 1,000 words.

BISTATE GROUSE-OFF ROADERS

RENO, Nev. — Off-road vehicle enthusiasts are suing the U.S. Forest Service over the bistate sage grouse in Nevada and California, arguing that a protection plan enacted this year could increase fire danger across rangeland habitat of the bird already proposed for threatened status. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 650 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBN--SEAHAWKS-LAYOFF BOUND

RENTON, Wash. _ Pete Carroll won’t admit it, but 2018 might be the best coaching job in his NFL tenure, taking a Seattle Seahawks team very few thought would be a playoff contender and leading them to the postseason for the seventh time in his nine seasons. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. By 3 p.m. PT.

IN BRIEF:

_CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS: Spokane Democrats to pay campaign finance violation fines.

_STRUCK TRUK-TRAIN DELAY: Train service delayed after truck gets stuck on tracks.

_GUNSHOT VICTIMS-YAKIMA: 2 people hospitalized after being shot in their car.

_HEAD-ON CRASH: Oregon man arrested after wrong-way crash.

_SEATTLE-FIRES: Authorities investigate multiple overnight fires in Seattle.

_CONVICTED DEALER-SEIZED PROPERTY: Convicted dealer seeks return of items seized by authorities.

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