BC-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory, WA
Our news coverage plans for Washington today. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694. The West Regional Desk can be reached at (602) 417-2400.
A reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.
Washington at 1 p.m.
GUN INITIATIVE-AGE LIMIT
SEATTLE _ Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 500 words. With AP Photos.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Wyoming regulators said they will investigate problems with 911 calls in their state during CenturyLink’s nationwide internet outage last week. Wyoming Public Service Commission wants to know more about failures in a system that tells dispatchers the phone number and location of incoming 911 calls, senior counsel Chris Petrie said Monday. The Federal Communications Commission and Washington state regulators also are investigating the outage, which began Thursday and affected customers from New York to California. SENT: 320 words.
PASADENA, Calif. _ Floral floats and marching bands took to the streets under a sunny California sky as the 130th Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year’s Day and millions more watched on TV. Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry from the UPS Store that featured a book-reading, ballet-practicing ostrich named Olive decked out with more than 30,000 pale pink carnations. The parade features flower-covered floats, equestrian groups and marching bands. Among them are bands from Ohio State University and the University of Washington, whose teams are competing in Tuesday’s Rose Bowl. SENT: 440 words.
RENTON, Wash. _ Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer sat together and decided with their team winless after two games, there needed to be a change. What the Seattle Seahawks were trying to do on offense wasn’t working. The change in direction started in Week 3 against Dallas and has landed the Seahawks in the NFC playoffs against those same Cowboys. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words. By 3 p.m. PT.
BKC-CAL STATE FULLERTON-WASHINGTON
Cal State Fullerton plays Washington at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Washington plays Ohio State at the Rose Bowl.
_BODIES FOUND UNDER TARP: Two people were found dead in the yard of a Port Angeles home after family members asked officers to do a welfare check.
_INTERLOCK DEVICES-IDAHO LAW: An Idaho law has gone into effect that requires ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of first-time convicted drunken drivers.
_SHOOTING DEATH-ARREST: Bail has been set at $1 million for a Washington state man accused of shooting to death a 45-year-old man.
_HAWAII AVOCADOS: Avocado industry officials say shipments of Sharwil avocados from Hawaii and their resulting profits could expand exponentially.
_DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON: After a month-long delay, the Dungeness crab season is set to open in Oregon.
_FATAL CRASH: A 70-year-old Coeur d’Alene man died in a single-vehicle crash near Post Falls.
_POLICE SHOOTING-FATAL: Seattle police are investigating after an officer fatally shot an armed man following a chase and scuffle.
_HANFORD CONTRACT-HPM: The Department of Energy has awarded a Hanford contract valued at up to $152 million to a Kennewick company.
_OSO LANDSLIDE COURT RULING: A Washington appeals court has affirmed a ruling that shields Snohomish County from lawsuits seeking damages related to the 2014 Oso landslide.
_WASHINGTON SNOWPACK: State officials say Washington is near normal levels of snowpack after one of the slowest starts in 30 years.