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May 20, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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METOO-TEACHING CONSENT — In the era of #MeToo, lawmakers, educators and teens themselves are re-examining whether sex education needs to evolve to better address some of the issues in society today. Central to the conversation is whether schools should expand curriculums to help kids understand consent — a concept often defined differently from state to state. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 1,820 words, photos, video.

DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS — A new survey shows that public transportation agencies are using drones in nearly every state. The report obtained by The Associated Press shows a sharp increase in their use over the last few years, reflecting the rapid adoption of the technology by governments. In Utah, drones are hovering near avalanches to watch roaring snow. In North Carolina, they’re searching for the nests of endangered birds. In Kansas, they could soon be identifying sick cows through heat signatures. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP-POLICING POLLUTERS — Worried for years about coal-ash contamination from a power plant, residents of a small town in Oklahoma are warning communities about the Trump administration’s environmental policies. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

CHINA-PIG PLAGUE — Pork lovers worldwide are wincing at prices that have jumped by up to 40 percent as China’s struggle to stamp out African swine fever in its vast pig herds sends shockwaves through global meat markets. China produces and consumes two-thirds of the world’s pork, but supplies are falling as Beijing destroys herds and blocks shipments. Importers are filling the gap by buying pork as far away as Europe, boosting prices and causing shortages in some markets. By Sam McNeil and Joe McDonald. UPCOMING: 1,120 words by 4 a.m., photos. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS-HIGH-TECH ESTONIA — Online voting in the European elections has begun in Estonia, the only country in the world to allow internet voting for the entire electorate, in every election. Internet voting — or i-voting —has been available since 2005 and the percentage of voters has increased with each election, reaching 44% of voters in the last national election, in March. The electoral commission say i-voting increases turnout for Estonians abroad and for people living more than 30 minutes away from a polling station. By David Keyton. UPCOMING: 900 words by 5 a.m., photos.

ISLAND-INCREASED-VACCINATIONS — An idyllic island near Seattle known for its counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates is seeing an increase in the number of children vaccinated for measles and other diseases. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

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BUSINESS/TECH

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US-CHINA TRADE-TECH THEFT — China’s technology tactics irk its trading partners and government has resisted change. By Business Writer Joe McDonald. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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CHICAGO MAYOR — Lori Lightfoot will have a powerful ally after she’s sworn in as Chicago mayor in seeking to fulfill a campaign promise to overhaul the police department in the nation’s third-largest city: a judge with authority to hold reform slackers in contempt. SENT: 780 words, photos. UPCOMING: Inauguration begins at 11 a.m.

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SPORTS

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MAJOR KOEPKA — Brooks Koepka, now a four-time major champion after winning the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, doesn’t need dominance or style points to prove his worth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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