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BC-OR--Oregon News Coverage Advisory, OR

May 12, 2019

Our news coverage plans for Oregon. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Portland bureau at 503-228-2169. 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A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Oregon 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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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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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.