Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, March 23, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHO BECOMES FIRST MAJOR CANDIDATE TO JUMP INTO 2016 RACE
“I am running for president,” says Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Twitter, just hours ahead of an event to formally launch his candidacy.
2. SYRIAN KURDS YET TO BE FULLY EMBRACED BY U.S. IN ANTI-IS FIGHT
Their fraught relations with Turkey and suspicions that they haven’t fully broken with President Bashar Assad explain their loose ties with the Pentagon.
3. LEE’S LEGACY MAY FALL SHORT IN SINGAPORE
The autocrat brought prosperity to the city-state but a system designed to outlast him might be ill-suited for the 21st century challenges.
4. POOR FAMILIES GET HOOKED ON TAX REFUND ADVANCES
Cash-strapped Americans too anxious to await tax checks turn to payment advances, prepaid cards or other high-fee services when receiving tax preparation help.
5. WHICH COUNTRY SEES TOURISM BOOM
Travelers rush to Cuba before McDonald’s claims a spot in Old Havana and Starbucks moves in on Cubita, the island’s premium coffee brand.
6. ROBERT DURST RETURNING TO COURT IN NEW ORLEANS
His lawyers plan to argue that the 71-year-old millionaire should be released because he was illegally arrested.
7. HOW GENDER EQUALITY BENEFITS BUSINESS
Having more women at the top of the corporate ladder leads to higher profits, surveys show.
8. SIBLINGS KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE HEAD TO ISRAEL FOR BURIAL
“They were so pure,” says Gabriel Sassoon, father of the seven children, during a eulogy.
9. “GAME OF THRONES” TO LIVE STREAM PREMIERE IN SAN FRANCISCO
Many of the series’ stars will attend the event at the War Memorial Opera House and answer fan questions submitted via Facebook.
10. ONLY THE SWEET 16 LEFT IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Kentucky needs to win four of those games to become the first undefeated champion since Indiana in 1976.