Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, May 30 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOW THE VETERANS AFFAIRS CHIEF PLANS TO FIX PROBLEMS
Eric Shinseki is expected to outline corrections for the troubled VA health system in a speech to a homeless veterans group.
2. TEXAS: EXECUTION DRUGS SUPPLIER CAN BE KEPT SECRET
The state attorney general’s decision agreed with law enforcement arguments that suppliers face “a substantial threat of physical harm.”
3. STILL FEELING THE PAIN, 25 YEARS AFTER TIANANMEN SQUARE
A lot has changed in China since the student demonstrations. But some who were there lost their freedom, or went missing, or yearn to fulfill the dreams of those who died.
4. WHY WATER WOES ARE EASING IN ISRAEL
The perennially parched country had its driest winter on record — but an aggressive desalination program is transforming the region.
5. SPELLING ‘STICHOMYTHIA’ AND ‘FEUILLETON,’ 2 SHARE NATIONAL TITLE
Sriram Hathwa and Ansun Sujoe are co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the first joint win in 52 years.
6. EX-MICROSOFT CEO WINS BID TO BUY LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion offer would be a record deal if the NBA approves it. Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale, but Donald Sterling says he’s not signing off on it.
7. ‘RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN’ BY GOOGLE BEGINNING IN EUROPE
The company has a new website for requests by Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from search results. It’s in response to a court ruling.
8. GRIEVING FATHER SEEKS ACTION, NOT SYMPATHY
Richard Martinez finds himself on center stage of the gun debate after his son was killed by the Santa Barbara shooter: “I just want to try to make it possible so that other people don’t have to go through this.”
9. WHO’S GIVING $120 MILLION TO SAN FRANCISCO AREA SCHOOLS
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have made philanthropy a central theme of their life together.
10. SPACEX SHOWS OFF CRAFT TO LOWER THE COST OF GOING TO SPACE
“You can just reload, propel it and fly again,” founder Elon Musk says of the cone-headed Dragon V2.