Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press’s business development specialist for West Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. POLICE SEEK 2 NEW SUSPECTS IN BANGKOK BOMBING PROBE
A Thai woman and a foreign man of unknown nationality are suspected in the blast at the Erawan Shrine, which killed 20 people and injured more than 120 others.
2. WHAT AWAITS OBAMA IN ALASKA
Shrinking glaciers, Arctic temperatures and a mix of messy energy politics are likely in store for the president as he begins his historic trip to the nation’s largest state.
3. AFGHAN AIRFIELDS BUILT FOR WAR SEEN AS ECONOMIC HUBS
Airports, constructed by NATO to fight the Taliban, are being handed over to the government in a civil aviation upgrade that optimists hope will fuel regional trade and tourism.
4. WHO LOOKS TO IOWA TO REGAIN MOMENTUM
Scott Walker wowed Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January, but after some missteps and a lackluster debate performance, he has to reshape his campaign.
5. CHINA GIVES LITTLE CREDIT TO NATIONALIST WWII VETS
Instead, the government promotes the idea that Mao Zedong’s Communists were the saviors of the nation, battling against Japanese forces that began occupying parts of the country in 1931 before launching an invasion in 1937.
6. HOW SOME CALIFORNIA FAMILIES COPE IN DROUGHT
Residents of Okieville, 5 miles outside of Tulare, intend to form their own water district and apply for state and federal grants to pay for two wells.
7. HORROR MOVIE DIRECTOR WES CRAVEN DIES AT 76
“He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever,” says Weinstein Co. co-chairman Bob Weinstein, whose Dimension Films produced “Scream.”
8. LAST TITANIC LUNCH MENU GOING TO AUCTION
It was saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called “Money Boat” before the ocean liner went down and is expected to bring $50,000 to $70,000.
9. MTV VMA MEMORABLE MOMENTS
Taylor Swift wins video of the year, Miley Cyrus flashes one of her breasts and Kanye West announces that he plans to run for president in 2020.
10. ARRIETA PITCHES NO-HITTER FOR CUBS IN 2-0 WIN OVER DODGERS
“You see other guys around the league do it and you want to be a part of something like that,” he says.