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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA

December 21, 2018

Good morning. Our news coverage plans Friday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.

AMAZON AIR

NEW YORK — Amazon is expanding its airplane fleet as it tries to diminish its reliance on major delivery services like UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service. The company said Friday it will lease 10 Boeing 767s planes, bringing its total fleet to 50 with the goal of getting orders to people faster and more reliably. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 250 words. AP Photos.

TOYS FOR TOTS-TOYS R US

HIALEAH, Fla. - The recent closure of Toys R Us created some collateral damage _ the Toys for Tots charity drive. From Florida to Spokane, Washington, several Toys for Tots campaigns say the closures hurt. More than 250,000 toys donated by consumers and $5 million, 40 percent of corporate giving, came through Toy R Us last year, holes the annual Marine Corps’ community effort is working to fill. By Terry Spencer and Joshua Replogle. SENT: 800 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS

FBN--SEAHAWKS-FORD

RENTON, Wash. _ This year’s undrafted rookie to make an impact for the Seattle Seahawks has been defensive tackle Poona Ford, and he’s coming off the best game of his young career. UPCOMING: 550 words. By 4 p.m. PST.

FBC--T25-ROSE BOWL-WASHINGTON’S DUO

SEATTLE _ A relationship that may have started a bit rocky between Washington’s Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin has turned into one of the more remarkable partnerships in college football. The two four-year starters will close out their careers in the Rose Bowl. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words. By 4 p.m. PT.

BKC--T25-DENVER-GONZAGA

SPOKANE, Wash. _ Denver plays at Gonzaga on Friday night. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6 p.m. PST. AP Photos.

BKC--SACRAMENTO STATE-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE - Sacramento State plays Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Game start at 6 p.m. PST.

BKC--WALLA WALLA-EASTERN WASHINGTON

CHENEY, Wash. - Walla Walla plays Eastern Washington at Reese Court.

IN BRIEF:

_SODA TAX: Seattle soda-tax collections top $16M in 9 months.

_NORHTEST STORM: Tens of thousands still without power following storm.

_UNION EMBEZZLEMENT-PLEA: Hillsboro man embezzled more than $32K as union president.

_MISSING BOY-BODY RECOVERED: Body of missing 2-year-old boy recovered near Skagit Bay.

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