Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. MARATHON IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS TO END WITH MIXED RESULTS
Iran and six world powers will agree to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials say.
2. BIG RIGS OFTEN GO FASTER THAN RUBBER CAN HANDLE
AP Exclusive finds that many tractor-trailers are driven on tires built to handle speeds no greater than 75 mph — but 14 states now have speed limits of 75 or more.
3. DOCUMENTS UNCOVER FURTHER CLINTON EMAIL USE
AP’s Jack Gillum reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton used multiple devices for email and mixed work and personal concerns at least once during her tenure as secretary of state.
4. WHERE RELIGIOUS OBJECTION FOCUS TURNS NEXT
Arkansas is poised to enact a “religious freedom” measure, proposals that are facing increasing criticism from those who call them discriminatory against gays and lesbians.
5. LUFTHANSA MOBILIZING CRASH VICTIMS FUNDS
The German carrier says its insurers are setting aside $300 million to deal with possible costs resulting from the Germanwings jet crash.
6. QUESTIONS REMAIN AS FORT MEADE PROBE CONTINUES
The FBI hasn’t revealed what the motive might be for two men dressed as women attempting to breach the gates of the NSA, except to say it’s not believed to be terrorism.
7. DESPONDENT GAZANS RETURN TO DESTROYED HOMES
Dismayed over the slow pace of post-war reconstruction, Gaza Strip residents are returning to uninhabitable structures while they wait for promised aid to arrive.
8. BOOZE BATTLE ERUPTS IN VOLUNTEER STATE
Two distillers say economic development in their small town is being hampered by a law governing what can be marketed as “Tennessee Whiskey.”
9. WHAT TREND IS EMERGING IN LATE-NIGHT TV
The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart’s replacement on “The Daily Show” spotlights a preference for hosts with a more worldly perspective.
10. WHO IS PULLING FOR UNBEATEN NCAA SEASON
Quinn Buckner says he and his 1976 Indiana teammates are hoping Kentucky can go 40-0 and end the 39-year wait to add another member to the exclusive club.