BC-Washington News Coverage
Our news coverage plans for Washington. 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.
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Washington at 1:30 p.m.
PHOENIX _ An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country. The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. Many of these locations have more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities, with some of the nation’s biggest immigration advocacy groups based in places like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. The downside for the immigrants would be a high cost of living in the cities. By Astrid Galvan and Morgan Lee. SENT: 1,050 words.
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YAKIMA BASIN WATER
YAKIMA _ Irrigation districts in the upper Yakima Basin — where a drought has been declared — are hoping for enough mountain precipitation this spring to stave off any serious water rationing. Gov. Jay Inslee issued a drought emergency for the upper basin after the Bureau of Reclamation reported a water forecast of only 74 percent supply in that area this season, one percentage point below the 75 percent that triggers such a declaration. The declaration allows irrigation districts and biologists to seek funds for closer monitoring and quicker initiation of drought relief programs. By Phil Ferolito. SENT: 935 words.
EXCHANGE-NEW SMOKING AGE
LONGVIEW, Wash. _ After waiting years to turn 18 and get “all the privileges that come with it,” Rainiah Larsen was upset when she learned about a new state law that takes one of those privileges away. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, Larsen and anyone under the age of 21 will no longer have the right to buy cigarettes and vaping products in Washington. By Mallory Gruben. SENT: 1,170 words.
SPOKANE _ Spokane’s school district has given notice to school librarians that their jobs will be eliminated next year. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3:30 p.m.
The Astros visit the Mariners
_ DEPUTY KILLED _ A Washington state sheriff’s deputy died after he was shot while responding to a report of a disabled vehicle.
_ POWER POLES-CAR _ The chief executive officer of Seattle City Light says company officials still don’t know why 26 utility poles collapsed near the Museum of Flight.
_ POLICE OFFICER DRAGGED _ Police in Burlington are seeking the driver of a pickup that dragged an officer attempting to make an arrest.