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BC-HI--Hawaii News Coverage Advisory, 9:30 am, HI

March 28, 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 A reminder this digest is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 9:30 a.m.

TAIWAN-US ARMS REQUEST

BEIJING_ Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said her government has asked to purchase advanced new fighter jets and tanks from the U.S., a request that if approved, could set off new tensions between the U.S. and China. Beijing considers self-governing Taiwan part of China, to be annexed by force if necessary. Speaking during a visit to Hawaii on Wednesday, Tsai said requests have been submitted for F-16V fighters and M1 Abrams tanks. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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HAWAII VOLCANO

HILO_ Scientists have downgraded the alert level for Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano in response to reduced activity, saying the next eruption is likely a few years away. SENT: 250 words, photo.

PAY RAISES-ELECTED OFFICIALS

HONOLULU_ Hawaii’s state legislators should receive a series of annual pay raises beginning in 2021, according to recommendations by the state Commission on Salaries. SENT: 275 words.

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The AP, Honolulu.