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AP-AK--Alaska News Coverage Advisory, AK

May 17, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Alaska. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Anchorage bureau at 800-770-7549 or at apanchorage@ap.org. News Editor Mark Thiessen can be reached at 907-272-7549 or mthiessen@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 and digests will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

Alaska at 8:30 a.m.

OF ALASKA INTEREST:

SEA OTTERS-COMEBACK CHALLENGE

MOSS LANDING, Calif. — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that’s falling apart in their absence.

Southern sea otters, nearly wiped out by centuries of industrial-scale hunting for their fur pelts, have rebounded from as few as 50 survivors in the 1930s to more than 3,000 today, thanks to federal and state protection.

But there’s a problem. Southern sea otters, a top carnivore that normally helps keep other populations in check and ecosystems in balance, “are kind of stuck,” says Teri Nicholson, a senior research biologist at the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,100 words. With AP Photos. AP Video. Moved nationally.

With:

SEA OTTERS-ALASKA SEAFOOD

ANCHORAGE — Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska’s Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state’s finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition.

Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface and float on their backs as they eat, sometimes using rocks to crack open clams and crab. The furry marine mammals, which grow as large as 100 pounds (45 kilograms), eat the equivalent of a quarter of their weight each day. By Dan Joling. SENT: 745 words.

AP Photos FX501, FX502.

AROUND THE STATE:

ALASKA MARIJUANA

FAIRBANKS — The number of applications for marijuana business licenses is outgrowing the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office’s approval process. There are 467 applications being processed with another 46 businesses set for inspection, according to a Marijuana Control Office spreadsheet dated May 8. SENT: 300 words.

SUMMER SEMINAR

SITKA — Outer Coast College in Sitka has secured 16 students for its inaugural Summer Seminar program. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by noon.

COOK INLET GAS STORAGE

KENAI — Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska in Anchorage is planning to spend about $41 million to back up its ability to store and dispense fuel gas after built-up sand in a well and a failed dehydration unit caused the facility to lose about 20 percent of its capacity in March. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ANCHORAGE STREET SHOOTING — Anchorage police have detained a suspect in the shooting of two people on a city street.

— FATAL PLANE CRASH-PILOT IDENTIFIED — Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the pilot killed in a crash near Whittier.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to apanchorage@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. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Alaska and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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