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

January 3, 2019

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

MORE AILING ORCAS

SEATTLE — The region’s expert on the demographics of the critically endangered southern residents says two more orcas are ailing and probably will be dead by summer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 11 a.m. With AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

Some juicy rematches highlight wild-card weekend, in which, well, just about any of the eight teams advancing wouldn’t be a surprise. Seattle beat Dallas early this season, and Baltimore handled the Los Angeles Chargers late. The Colts and Texans split two games. Only the Eagles and Bears didn’t face off. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 900 words, photos. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 900 words, photos.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-INJURIES

RENTON, Wash. _ The Seattle Seahawks are hopeful cornerback Shaquill Griffin will be able to practice on Thursday before the team leaves for Dallas. Griffin is among a number of injury concerns for the Seahawks. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 500 words. By 4:30 p.m. PT.

FBN--SEAHAWKS-COWBOYS-RUN GAME

FRISCO, Texas _ The Dallas Cowboys have the NFL rushing champion in Ezekiel Elliott. The Seattle Seahawks boast the league’s No. 1 run game with Chris Carson and some help. Both teams figure to try to control their wild-card matchup with the ground game. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. CT.

BBA--MARINERS-KIKUCHI

SEATTLE _ Yusei Kikuchi is the latest Japanese star to decide on calling Seattle home in the majors. The Mariners hope their new left-handed pitcher can help in their rebuild process. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words. Developing from 11 a.m. PST news conference.

BKC--EASTERN WASHINGTON-IDAHO

Eastern Washington plays Idaho at Cowan Spectrum. 5:15 p.m. PST game start.

BKC--SEATTLE-CAL STATE

Seattle plays Cal State Bakersfield at Icardo Center. 7 p.m. PST game start.

IN BRIEF:

_YAKIMA JAIL DEATH-CHARGES: Man pleads not guilty in death of Yakima County Jail inmate.

_HUMAN FOOT-EVERETT: Police: Human foot found on Jetty Island in Everett.

_SHIPYARD COMMANDER: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard getting new commander this year.

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