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BC-HI--Hawaii News Coverage Advisory, 10:30 am, HI

January 8, 2019

Here’s a look at AP Hawaii’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. A reminder this digest is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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Hawaii at 10:30 a.m.

FIRE AT SEA

HONOLULU _ A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren’t rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii. The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers abandoned the burning vessel, which stretches 650 feet (198 meters). SENT: 130 words.

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OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A group of nine Democratic lawmakers from different coastal states says it’s going to use the coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling. The lawmakers’ announcement Tuesday comes as new and re-elected legislators are entering office. It’s also about a year after Trump’s administration announced plans to expand drilling. The state lawmakers say their bills will seek to limit the possibility of drilling off their coasts. The lawmakers represent Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island. SENT 130 words.

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BAND TEACHER-SEX ASSAULT

HONOLULU _ A former band teacher at a Honolulu private school who was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail. Peter Rucci, 63, pleaded guilty in October to charges of second- and third-degree sexual assault, Hawaii News Now reported. SENT: 230 words.

BIG ISLAND STRANGULATION CASES

HILO, Hawaii _ Big Island prosecutors may take more punitive action against perpetrators of domestic strangulation after more than 50 cases were recorded last year, authorities said. Domestic strangulation is a felony crime in Hawaii punishable by up to five years in prison, but prosecutors could pursue higher charges, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported this week. SENT: 270 words.

SPORTS

FBC--CFP-NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP-TUA

SANTA CLARA, Calif. _ Tua Tagovailoa dropped back on Alabama’s third play of the game, threw in between two receivers and had the ball intercepted and returned for a touchdown. It proved to be that kind of night for the Crimson Tide’s uber-talented quarterback, who didn’t fare nearly as well as a starter in the College Football Playoff championship game as he did a year ago in relief. SENT: 620 words.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to aphonolulu@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Honolulu bureau at 808-536-5510 or aphonolulu@ap.org. Correspondent Caleb Jones can be reached at 808-536-5510 or cjones@ap.org.

The AP, Honolulu.

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