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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA

May 12, 2019

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A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Washington at 1:30 p.m.

WASHINGTON-PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE

SEATTLE _ Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021. By Tom James. SENT: 1,100 words.

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NORTHERN BORDER DELAYS

DERBY LINE, Vt. _ Hundreds of border agents from across the U.S. are being temporarily transferred south ahead of the busy summer tourism season, worrying those along the northern border who rely on cross-border commerce — including U.S. innkeepers, shop owners and restaurateurs who fear their Canadian customers could be caught in backups at border crossings. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 731 northern border agents from land, sea and airports are in the process of being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they will help their southern counterparts handle the influx of families and unaccompanied children from Central America. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 785 words.

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PELVIC EXAMS-CONSENT

Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities. The Duke University medical student said the experience was a revelation. By Jennifer Mcdermott and Carla K. Johnson. SENT: 1,335 words.

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SEA LIONS

A big rebound in the sea lion population along the West Coast in recent years has created a constant battle to wrangle the protected animals. They’re smart and fun to watch from a safe distance, but also noisy, smelly and proving to be a headache for some coastal marinas. “It’s a free zoo kind of, just don’t pet ’em!” observed Dennis Craig of Olympia while he watched a pier at Washington’s Westport marina nearly sink under the weight of dozens of burly bulls jostling and snoozing in the sun. An AP Member Exchange by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network.

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EXCHANGE-SPOKANE OVERDOSE DEATH

SPOKANE, Wash. _ On June 13, 2018, Shane Carson lay on the bottom bunk in a cell at the Spokane County Jail, convulsing, hyperventilating and sweating profusely. Several agonizing hours later, he was dead. An AP Member Exchange by Chad Sokol, The Spokesman-Review.

SPORTS

MARINERS-HERNÁNDEZ-INJURED LIST

BOSTON _ The Seattle Mariners have placed right-hander Félix Hernández on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, a day after he became the 36th pitcher in major league history to reach 2,500 strikeouts. SENT: 180 words.

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IN BRIEF

_ PORTLAND-MOTHER’S DAY BUTTERFLIES _ In honor of Mother’s Day, a woman in Portland placed about 1,000 decorative butterflies on the graves of infants and children at a local cemetery.

_ JET SKI FATALITY _ Grant County authorities say a 27-year-old woman died after her jet ski was struck by another jet ski.