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BC-AK--Alaska News Coverage Advisory, AK

May 21, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 3:35 p.m.

FLOATPLANE CRASH-ALASKA

ANCHORAGE _An Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations, federal officials said Tuesday. By Rachel D’Oro. SENT: 480 words. May be updated following NTSB news conference scheduled for 4 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

ALASKA-HIKER FOOD

FAIRBANKS _ A hiker and his dog ate berries and moss while they were lost for days in Alaska. SENT: 250 words.

ALASKA-MEDICAID

ANCHORAGE _ Alaska is seeking an outside consultant to review the potential benefits of its plans to overhaul Medicaid. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COAST GUARD-FATALITY _ The Coast Guard has temporarily relieved the commander of a Coast Guard cutter after a member was killed in a crane accident in Homer.

_ STOLEN VEHICLE CRASHES _ A 20-year-old man suspected of stealing a crashed car and bashing at least six other vehicles has been charged with felony vehicle theft, theft, assault and eluding.

_ ALASKA-ABORTION _ Abortion rights activists rallied across from the Alaska Capitol Tuesday to oppose a bill that seeks to outlaw abortion in the state

_ ALASKA-DIVIDEND OFFICES _ The division that processes applications for checks from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund plans to close to the public on Wednesdays, starting next month.

_ RUSSIAN AIRCRAFT-ALASKA _ U.S. military officials say four Russian bombers and two fighter jets were intercepted off Alaska’s western coast by U.S. aircraft but had not entered U.S. or Canadian air space.

_ FELON-LOADED GUN _ A felon convicted of carrying a loaded gun in Juneau has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.

_ ALASKA-DEAD GRAY WHALES _ A second gray whale has been found dead along Alaska’s coast.

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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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