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BC-Washington News Coverage, ADVISORY

February 14, 2019

Our news coverage plans for Washington today. 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A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 4:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE-PUBLIC RECORDS

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Media representatives and open government advocates argued Wednesday against the latest effort by Washington lawmakers to set limits on what the legislative branch needs to release under public disclosure laws. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 610 words. AP Photos.

PLASTIC BAG BAN

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A ban on single-use plastic bags advanced in the state Legislature, the second of a pair of bills on the subject to move past initial hearings. By Tom James. SENT: 420 words.

LAST CARIBOU-LAWSUIT

SPOKANE, Wash. — Environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent extinction of the Selkirk Mountain caribou herd that once roamed a remote area of Washington and Idaho. “Fish and Wildlife Service officials sat on their hands for decades while the last wild caribou in the lower 48 states went extinct,” said Andrea Santarsiere, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 450 words. With AP photos.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHWEST

SEATTLE — Rain, snow and flooding continued to cause problems in parts of Washington and Oregon, with several major roadways closed following more than a week of severe winter weather. SENT: 420 words. AP Photos.

WESTERN STORMS

LOS ANGELES — More rain, snow and wind hit the West on Wednesday, flooding roads, toppling trees and cutting power while raising threats of debris flows from wildfire scars. By John Antczak. SENT: 720 words. With AP photos.

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY

Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls. The legislation calls for state-funded task forces and other actions amid deepening concerns that law enforcement lacks resources to understand the scope of the crisis. An Associated Press review found that lawmakers in Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, Washington, New Mexico and Arizona have sponsored measures on the issue. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 670 words. AP Photos.

ELK HOOF DISEASE

BOISE, Idaho — A disease that afflicts elk and leaves their hooves broken and deformed has been found in Idaho for the first time, officials said. SENT: 210 words.

SUPREME COURT-HEALTH ISSUES

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors. The day before the Supreme Court began its term in October 1949, Justice William Douglas broke 14 ribs and suffered a punctured lung when he was thrown from his horse on a trail in the Cascade Mountains in Washington. He didn’t return to the bench for nearly a half year. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS

BKC--PACK-12 THIS WEEK

Conference leader Washington at Washington State headlines the week in the Pac-12. The Huskies hold a three-game lead with a month left in the season. The Cougars are coming off their first road sweep of the Arizona schools since 2007. By John Marshall. SENT: 470 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF

_EMERGENCY LANDING-RENO: 5 passengers injured after turbulence forces flight destined for Seattle to land in Reno.

_GOOGLE US INVESTMENT: Google to invest $13 billion in new US offices, data centers.

_VATICAN-MICROSOFT-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Vatican, Microsoft team up on artificial intelligence ethics.

_COLD CASE ARREST: King County detectives make 2 arrests in 1995 killing.

_NUCLEAR SITE-LOCKHEED MARTIN: US sues Lockheed Martin for fraud at Hanford.

_PROFESSOR LEACH: Mike Leach urges WSU students to take his class.

_NEW ALASKA PUBLISHER: New publisher named for Homer, Kenai papers.

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