Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOW CLINTON, TRUMP PERFORMED IN FIRST DEBATE
The Democrat put the Republican on the defensive for much of the 90-minute presidential showdown, even as he tried to pin the nation’s economic and national security problems on her.
2. COLOMBIA ON PATH TO PEACE WITH HISTORIC ACCORD
After a half-century of combat in this South American nation, the government and leftist rebels have begun to settle their political differences.
3. HOUSTON GUNMAN HAD WEAPONS, AMMO
A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems randomly shot and injured nine people before he was killed by police, authorities say.
4. WHAT MALL SHOOTING SUSPECT DID BEFORE ATTACK
Arcan Cetin, charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the attack at a Washington state Macy’s, had dinner and told his stepfather he was headed to his job at a gym.
5. CHARLOTTE BLASTED OVER POLICE SHOOTING REACTION
Residents verbally lash council members, complaining about unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who fail to force change.
6. HOW ONE STATE IS TRYING TO REHABILITATE THE INCARCERATED
Michigan is trying to stop the boomerang effect of repeat offenders with a new program that moves soon-to-be-released inmates to a “vocational village” for job training.
7. IOWA CITY BRACES FOR HIGHEST FLOODWATERS SINCE 2008 RECORD
Residents of Cedar Rapids steel for the river to crest and hope a temporary floodwall shielding thousands of homes and downtown buildings will protect them.
8. NEW SAT EXAM TAKEN BY NEARLY 1.4 MILLION STUDENTS
High school students don’t appear to have been scared off by the newly redesigned college entrance exam, with more taking it this spring than last.
9. NEW FILM ACADEMY MEMBERS TALK #OSCARSSOWHITE
Actors Rita Wilson and Chadwick Boseman say the hashtag response to the crisis inspired them to join the organization.
10. TRIBE HEADING BACK TO POSTSEASON
The Cleveland Indians clinch their first AL Central title since 2007, overcoming an injury to ace right-hander Corey Kluber in a 7-4 victory over Detroit.