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BC-AK--Alaska News Coverage Advisory, AK

March 18, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Alaska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Anchorage bureau at 800-770-7549 or at apanchorage@ap.org. News Editor Mark Thiessen can be reached at 907-272-7549 or mthiessen@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Alaska at 8:35 a.m.

IDITAROD DOG DIES

ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ Iditarod race officials say a dog on a racer’s team has died of pneumonia, and the musher has been withdrawn from the event. SENT: 300 words. Moved late for Monday AMs.

ACROSS THE STATE:

SCHOOL-BUYS HOTEL

ANCHORAGE, Alaska _ A rural Alaska school district has purchased a former hotel to allow students to take classes in the state’s largest city. The Lower Yukon School District paid $2.7 million in February for the former Long House Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage, the Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. SENT 280 words.

OLD GROWTH TIMBER-SALE

JUNEAU, Alaska _ The U.S. Forest Service is planning the largest sale of Alaskan old growth timber in years. The Prince of Wales Island Landscape Level Analysis project will harvest as much as 225 million board feet (about 53,094 cubic meters) of old growth lumber from Prince of Wales Island in Tongass National Forest, KTOO reported Saturday. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ALASKA COLD CASE _ A Maine man who is fighting extradition to Alaska for a murder charge is due back in court for his case. Steven Downs has been charged by Alaska authorities with the 1993 sexual assault and murder of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He’s due in Androscoggin County Superior Court in Auburn on Wednesday morning.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Alaska and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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