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AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA

August 24, 2018

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

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WESTERN WILDFIRES-TOURISM

SAN FRANCISCO — Alarmed by as much as $20 million in lost tourism revenue in July due to visitors’ fear of wildfires, California’s state tourism agency said Thursday it is teaming up with Oregon and Washington state to reassure tourists it’s safe to visit. By Lorin Eleni Gill. SENT: 550 words. With AP photos.

KROGER-PLASTIC BAGS

CINCINNATI — The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags starting in Seattle as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment. SENT: 560 words. With AP photos.

TECH COMPANIES-ELECTION HELP

Tech companies want to protect U.S. political candidates from Russian hackers ahead of the midterm elections, but could that free help count as an illegal campaign contribution? That’s the question Microsoft asked the Federal Election Commission this week. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: 660 words. AP Photos.

OREGON COAST-AIRBNB

NEWPORT, Ore. — Hot housing markets in major cities like Seattle and Portland have pushed the cities to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb. But small Pacific Northwest towns popular with visitors are also struggling to balance the growth of Airbnb-type rentals with a tight housing supply. An AP Member Exchange by Tom Banse, Northwest News Network. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

WILDFIRES-DRONE MAPPING

BOZEMAN, Mont. — A drone assisted crews with a wildfire in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF

—VESPER PEAK SEARCH: Search suspended for hiker missing near Vesper Peak.

—TODDLER DROWNS: Toddler drowns in Aberdeen swimming pool.

—WILDFIRES-WASHINGTON: Mandatory evacuations over eastern Washington wildfire.

—NORTHWEST UNHEALTHY AIR: Smoke clearing in Seattle region but unhealthy air remains.

—HOOD TO COAST-AIR QUALITY: Hood to Coast watching air quality as race nears.

—PIT BULL BAN-YAKIMA: Yakima officials lift city ban on pit bulls.

—OFFICER-INVOLVER SHOOTING: 1 man killed in officer-involved shooting in Shoreline.

—CHILD ABDUCTION-PARK: Olympia abduction report a hoax.

—RAPE SUSPECT EXTRADITED: Native American activist accused of assaulting 3 women.

—COWLITZ COUTY KILLING: Man accused of 1986 killing ordered to state hospital.

—YMCA CAMP-SEX ABUSE: Lawsuit: YMCA knew counselors sexually abused campers.

—DEPUTY SHOOTING-TOMMY LE: Sheriff review board: Deputy shooting of Tommy Le justified.

—PREGNANCY FIRING: Woman says she was fired from restaurant for being pregnant.

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