AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA
Good morning. Our news coverage plans Wednesday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.
SEATTLE — A tax on large companies like Amazon that was meant to fight a growing homelessness crisis got rolled back during a raucous Seattle City Council meeting. Tuesday’s vote exposed divisions over how much companies that have fueled booming economies should help pay to alleviate the downsides of success. It remains to be seen whether Seattle’s retreat will have a chilling effect on other cities considering taxes on big tech companies to help mitigate the effects of growth. By Phuong Le. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos.
DENVER — A wildfire erupted Tuesday in an area of Colorado known for its ski resorts, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes and marking the latest in a series of blazes that have ignited in the drought-stricken U.S. West. By Colleen Slevin. SENT: 560 words. AP Photos.
SEATTLE — Now with the third-best record in baseball, the Seattle Mariners send Marco Gonzales to the mound on Wednesday afternoon looking for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout has four homers in the first two games of the series but no wins for the Angels. UPCOMING: Game at 1:10 p.m. PT. 700 words.
MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first 48-team tournament. The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. By Rob Harris and Graham Dunbar. SENT 630 words, photos.
—CITY MANAGER INVESTIGATION: Prosser city official resigns without explanation.
—OPRAH-CRUISE: Oprah to serve as godmother of new Holland America ship.
—CHILD SEX ABUSE IMAGES-ARREST: 47 arrested in child-sex image sharing sting.