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BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA

December 24, 2018

Good morning. Our news coverage plans Tuesday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.

CYBER-SECURITY CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

The United States is rushing to catch up with what cybersecurity experts say are threats to critical infrastructure control systems by hackers to pipelines, hydroelectric projects and nuclear power plants. The Idaho National Laboratory next year will move into a massive cybersecurity building and another that will house one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers with a total cost approaching $100 million. Federal officials have also teamed with Idaho universities to fill an estimated 100,000-worker shortage in the cybersecurity field. By Keith Ridler. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

CHARTER SCHOOLS-BLACKS DIVIDED

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. The Walton Family Foundation is one of the leading supporters of America’s charter schools, which are publicly funded and privately operated. An Associated Press analysis shows the Waltons are spreading financial support to prominent and like-minded black national and community groups. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBN--SEAHAWKS-LAYOFF BOUND

RENTON, Wash. _ Pete Carroll won’t admit it, but 2018 might be the best coaching job in his NFL tenure, taking a Seattle Seahawks team very few thought would be a playoff contender and leading them to the postseason for the seventh time in his nine seasons. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. By 3 p.m. PT.

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