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BC-Washington News Coverage

February 13, 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A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 1 a.m.

BILL GATES-PHILANTHROPY-CRITICISM

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, say they are not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving. By Sally Ho. SENT: 760 words. AP Photos.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHWEST

SEATTLE — Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding in the western Washington and Oregon as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest. SENT: 540 words. AP Photos.

GUN INITIATIVE SHERIFFS

SEATTLE — The state attorney general says sheriffs who refuse to enforce Washington’s stricter new gun laws could be held responsible if they don’t perform expanded background checks and someone who shouldn’t have a weapon buys one and uses it in a crime. SENT: 540 words.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SHOOTING

SALT LAKE CITY — On what would have been slain University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey’s 22nd birthday, college officials provided a progress report Tuesday about changes being made to correct deficiencies exposed in the lead-up to last year’s fatal shooting of McCluskey on campus by her ex-boyfriend. SENT: 410 words.

BRIDGEPORT BREWERY-CLOSURE

PORTLAND, Ore. — BridgePort Brewery, one of Oregon’s oldest craft breweries and a pioneer in the craft beer industry, will stop making its beers immediately and close its brew pub next month, it said in a Facebook post Tuesday. SENT: 240 words.

STATE BUDGET-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ALBANY, N.Y. — The Cuomo administration’s top economic development official defended the deal to bring one of Amazon’s second headquarters to Queens, telling state lawmakers Tuesday that the project is “unprecedented” in New York state history in terms of jobs it could create and tax revenues it could generate. By Chris Carola. SENT: 500 words.

ALASKA EARTHQUAKE-LAB DAMAGE

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A state health lab was damaged in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck south-central Alaska, delaying scientists’ ability to test for tuberculosis, botulism and other dangerous diseases. SENT: 300 words.

COLORADO ELECTORAL COLLEGE

DENVER — Following Donald Trump’s 2016 victory over an opponent who won 3 million more votes, Colorado’s Democrat-controlled Legislature is fast-tracking legislation to join other states in picking the president based on the national popular vote. By James Anderson. SENT: 620 words. With AP photos.

SPORTS

BBA--MARINERS

PEORIA, Ariz. — Every day for several years, Felix Hernandez has walked past large photos of himself and Randy Johnson — the Seattle Mariners’ only Cy Young Award winners — in the hallway leading to the clubhouse of their spring training complex. By Jack Magruder. SENT: 720 words. With AP photos.

IN BRIEF

_REI CEO RESIGNS: REI leader resigns over undisclosed relationship. With AP photo.

_WINTER WEATHER NORTHWEST COWS: Winter storms blamed for 1,600 cow deaths in Yakima Valley

_OLYMPIA POLICE SHOOTING-LAWSUIT: Judge: Brothers’ lawsuit against Olympia officer to go ahead

_POLICE PURSUIT-SHOOTING: Sheriff’s department: Roy officer shoots 2 men after pursuit.

_BUS SHOOTING-CHARGES: Elderly man charged for fatal shooting aboard bus in Seattle.

_APPLE PRODUCER SOLD: Broetje Orchards sold to Canadian pension funds.

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