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.

TEACHER STRIKES-BLUE STATES

SEATTLE = — Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from widespread teacher strikes in more conservative states. The latest disputes are particularly acute in Washington, a state that has infused at least $1 billion for teacher pay to resolve a long-running court battle. By Sally Ho. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos.

SNIPER SHOOTING-LAWSUIT

SEATTLE — The city of Lakewood, Washington, its police chief and two officers have agreed to pay the family of an unarmed black man $13 million who was killed as he clutched his 4-year-old son following a four-hour standoff. SENT: 470 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--YANKEES-MARINERS

SEATTLE — The New York Yankees make their only visit to Seattle to open a three-game series against the Mariners on Friday night. Masahiro Tanaka starts for the Yankees against James Paxton for Seattle. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.

BKL--WNBA FINALS

SEATTLE — Sue Bird and league MVP Breanna Stewart lead the Seattle Storm against Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 6 p.m. PT. 600 words.

FBC-T25--NORTH DAKOTA-WASHINGTON

SEATTLE — Sue Bird and league MVP Breanna Stewart lead the Seattle Storm against Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game at 6 p.m. PT. 600 words.

FBC--SAN JOSE ST-WASHINGTON

Washington State coach Mike Leach is looking for his team to improve heading into a game against stumbling San Jose State on Saturday.

FBN---SEAHAWKS-SHAQUEM'S START

SEATTLE - Shaquem Griffin's story will likely add another unplanned chapter on Sunday in Denver. It's one nobody could have expected on the day he was drafted by Seattle. He'll do more than just play in his first NFL regular-season game. Griffin will be one of the starting linebackers for the Seahawks with K.J. Wright out due to minor knee surgery. By Tim Booth. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF

—HOSTAGE SITUATION-SHOTS FIRED: Suspect in custody after hostage situation near Tacoma.

—PORT TOWNSEND SHELTER: Port Townsend shelter sees increase of older clients.

—CONSTRUCTION STRIKE: Strike by crane operators, others appears to be over.