Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP SHAKES UP CAMPAIGN STAFF AGAIN
Slipping in the polls, the Republican presidential nominee is bringing in Breitbart News’ Stephen Bannon as campaign CEO and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
2. WHY OPIOID EPIDEMIC HAS FAR-REACHING EFFECTS
More than 28,000 Americans died from overdosing on opiates in 2014, a record mark that impacts millions of family members, first responders and taxpayers.
3. LOUISIANA FLOOD CRISIS STAGGERING
At least 40,000 homes damaged, 30,000 people rescued and 11 people killed in some of the worst flooding in the state’s history.
4. MONSTROUS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE DRIVES OVER 80,000 FROM HOMES
The blaze northeast of Los Angeles turns into a 28-square-mile monster that had burned an untold number of homes in the Cajon Pass near Interstate 15.
5. WHAT MESSAGE MOSCOW MAY BE SENDING TO WASHINGTON
By using an Iranian air base to bomb targets in Syria, Russia puts overt pressure on the Obama administration to join a military partnership.
6. WHO MILWAUKEE VICTIM WAS
Sylville K. Smith, the black man killed in a police shooting, suffered from cognitive and mental health issues, and he carried a gun because of past violence against him, his grandfather says.
7. TURKEY TO RELEASE 38,000 FROM JAIL
The move to reduce its prison population apparently would make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of an investigation into last month’s failed coup.
8. ROMANCE NOVELS CHALLENGE TRADITIONS IN NIGERIA
Dozens of young women in Kano are rebelling by writing books that rail against a strict interpretation of Islam propagated by extremist group Boko Haram.
9. POLITICAL FAMILY MAKING COMEBACK
Liz Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, sweeps to victory in a crowded race for the Republican nomination for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
10. BLIND AMERICANS CAN NOW FEEL A PART OF OLYMPICS LIKE NEVER BEFORE
NBC is airing the Rio Games in prime time with two narrators who describe what’s going on in between the pronouncements from announcers.