Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. TRUMP UNDERESTIMATED NO MORE
Once dismissed as a fringe candidate, the billionaire businessman is all but certain to lead the GOP into the fall presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton.
2. RESIDENTS EVACUATED AS WILDFIRES DEVASTATE CANADIAN TOWN
The evacuation of more than 80,000 people from the oil sands town of Fort McMurray, Alberta, is the province’s largest ever and property damage is said to be significant.
3. SYRIAN VOLUNTEERS IMPROVISE MINE-CLEARING METHODS
The sappers have minimal training and no specialized equipment while tackling one of the world’s most dangerous tasks.
4. WHAT OBAMA WILL TELL FLINT RESIDENTS
The president is travelling to the Michigan city to talk about their tainted drinking water and assure them that federal help will continue.
5. MURDER LEAVES NAVAJO COMMUNITY HEARTBROKEN
The FBI says a 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the abduction and death of 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike in a remote part of northwestern New Mexico.
6. OSCAR-WINNER KICKS OFF HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
A special screening of “Son of Saul” at Israel’s Yad Vashem museum acknowledges the unique role movies play in maintaining the memory of the Nazi genocide.
7. US GOVERNMENT’S LATEST SNAPSHOT OF SCHOOL SAFETY
The report paints a picture of safer schools with declines in violent crime, bullying and harassment because of sexual orientation.
8. WHO WAS CHARLIE KEATING IV
The Navy SEAL killed in Iraq was a former Phoenix high school star distance runner and the grandson of the late Arizona financier involved in the 1980s savings and loan scandal.
9. MEET THE NEXT SPORT OF THE MODERN AGE
Behold drone racing, a would-be sport in which men (and a few women) pilot remote-controlled copters on twisting courses at up to 80 miles an hour.
10. IT COULD BE WOODSTOCK 47 YEARS LATER
Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and Roger Waters are being brought together in October for one three-day blowout in California’s Coachella Desert.