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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA

March 28, 2019

Good afternoon. 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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SEATTLE SHOOTING

SEATTLE — A man opened fire on motorists in a Seattle neighborhood in what authorities are calling a “random” attack that left two dead and two injured Wednesday afternoon. By Lisa Baumann and Gene Johnson. SENT: 500 words. With AP photos.

FAA-SENATE HEARING

WASHINGTON -Under fire from lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the two deadly Boeing crashes, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday defended the FAA’s practice of relying on aircraft makers to help certify their own planes for flight. By Tom Krisher, David Koenig and Marcy Gordon. SENT: 970 words. AP Photos.

SMOKING AGE WASHINGTON

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a change. By Tom James. SENT: 540 words. With AP photos.

PUSHED OFF BRIDGE

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A woman who pleaded guilty to pushing her 16-year-old friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver has been sentenced to two days in jail and 38 days on a county work crew. SENT: 280 words. With AP photos.

WESTERN HOSPITAL FINED

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s largest psychiatric hospital has been fined $4,900 for failing to protect workers from assaults by patients. SENT: 340 words.

NEPAL-EVEREST SCIENTISTS

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming. The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region collecting samples and studying the ice, snow and vegetation. By Binaj Gurubacharya. SENT: 390 words. AP Photos.

IRANIAN HACKERS MICROSOFT

Microsoft said it seized 99 websites used by Iranian hackers to steal sensitive information and launch other cyberattacks. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: 350 words. With AP photos.

MONTANA POWER GENERATION

HELENA, Mont. — The state Senate has endorsed a bill to allow NorthWestern Energy to buy an additional portion of a coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana for $1 without the approval of state utility regulators. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 630 words.

COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT PLAN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. Martha McSally vowed Wednesday to take quick action on a plan to preserve the drought-stricken Colorado River, which serves about 40 million people in the U.S. West and Mexico. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 710 words. With AP photos.

SPORTS:

SOC--AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

All offseason, the Seattle Sounders vowed they would not repeat what happened a year ago when the club had an awful spring and found themselves among the worst in Major League Soccer near the midseason mark. So far, Seattle is backing up what it hoped to accomplish. By Tim Booth. SENT: 760 words. With AP photos.

BBA--RED SOX-MARINERS OPENER

SEATTLE — Before J.D. Martinez and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox take the field to begin the regular season, they’re already playing catch up in the American League race. By Tim Booth. SENT: 780 words. With AP photos.

BKC--WASHINGTON STATE SMITH

Washington State has hired Kyle Smith as its new men’s basketball coach following the disappointing tenure of Ernie Kent. By Josh DuBow. SENT: 780 words. With AP photos.

BKC--NCAA WEST REGION PREVIEW

ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the palm trees outside to the big men inside, the Western portion of the Sweet 16 looks strikingly familiar. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 810 words. With AP photos.

BKC--NCAA FLORIDA STATE COFER

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Phil Cofer is not with Florida State but he was very much on the minds of his teammates as they practiced Wednesday. By Joe Reedy. SENT: 770 words. With AP photos.

BKC--USF COACH: AP Source: San Francisco hires Todd Golden as new coach.

BKC--NCAA INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS: International players dot rosters across NCAA Tournament.

IN BRIEF:

_NO PROSECUTOR-CASES DISMISSED: Lacking prosecutor, Wapato dismisses 33 criminal cases.

_SAGE GROUSE ENERGY LEASES: Critics seek to block easing of oil and gas rules in West.

_MAN SHOOTS BROTHER: Sheriff: Man fatally shoots brother at construction site.

_BUMP STOCKS-BUYBACK: Washington state conducts bump stock buyback.

_QUARRY EXPANSION: Company proposes expansion to quarry in Washington state.

_BORDER PATROL OFFICER-CHARGES: US border protection officer charged with child molestation.

_VOLKSWAGEN-AMAZON-CLOUD COMPUTING: Volkswagen to network factories in the cloud with Amazon.

_DENTISTS-SETTLEMENT: Vancouver dentists to pay $1 million to Medicaid.

_IRANIAN HACKERS-MICROSOFT: Microsoft: Seizure of sites Iranian hackers used for attacks.