BC-OR–Oregon News Coverage Advisory, OR

Editors, news directors:

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in Oregon. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Oregon News Editor Terrence Petty at 503-228-2169 or tpetty@ap.org.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

MEDICAID-EMERGENCY ROOM

SALEM — Proponents of President Barack Obama’s health care law have argued that expanding access to insurance would allow patients to seek care in doctors’ offices, relieving crowded emergency rooms burdened with providing expensive care to the uninsured. But a study by researchers at MIT, Harvard and Columbia found that people newly enrolled in Medicaid made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room, many of them for conditions that could be treated elsewhere. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 830 words.

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STATE GOVERNMENT MANAGERS

SALEM — The state of Oregon has completed an extensive evaluation of what its managers do, how many people they supervise and how much money they’re in charge of, as the first step to completely changing how the state’s management system is structured. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

PESTICIDES-BEE DEATHS

PORTLAND — An Oregon lawmaker is seeking to restrict home gardeners’ use of some pesticides suspected of killing bees in Portland and other cities last summer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon.

SPORTS:

BKN–BOBCATS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers, coming off a win in Oklahoma City, return home to host the Charlotte Bobcats. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC–T25-OREGON-UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY — The No. 10 Oregon Ducks open the Pac-12 season at Utah. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 5 p.m.

BKC–T25–OREGON STATE-COLORADO

BOULDER, Colo. — No. 20 Colorado opens its Pac-12 schedule against Oregon State on Thursday night and the Buffaloes are seeking their first 12-2 start in 35 years. The Beavers are 8-4. UPCOMING. 750 words, photos. Hometown lead. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC–PACIFIC-PORTLAND

PORTLAND — The Portland Pilots host Pacific. UPCOMING: 130 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— TRAILER PARK FIGHT — Douglas County authorities say a trailer park resident has been accused of firing a handgun during a New Year’s Day fight described by one officer as “a big drunken brawl.”

— OREGON LNG — An Oregon agency will take three months more to decide whether a proposed liquefied natural gas plant at Warrenton meets state coastal rules.

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