Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, June 25, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. WHO IS THE LATEST PERSON ARRESTED IN PRISON BREAK
Prison guard Gene Palmer, who delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped, faces arraignment.
2. SLAIN PASTOR’S LEGACY LIVES ON
Parishioners of Emanuel African Methodist Church vow to carry on the work of Clementa Pinckney in the Charleston community.
3. HOW MASSACRE IS SHAPING WIDER CONVERSATION
The debate over the Confederate flag in South Carolina prompts a new look at Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol.
4. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP STORMS SYRIAN CITY
The militants storm government-held neighborhoods in the predominantly Kurdish northeastern city of Hassakeh, capturing several areas of the city.
5. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FOES
Obama overcomes an embarrassing defeat on trade and maneuvers his way back to a rare victory under a Republican-controlled Congress.
6. WHAT CONSERVATIONISTS ARE CALLING A GAME-CHANGER
A pledge by a Chinese official to stop the ivory trade in his country may help curb the slaughter of elephants.
7. WATCHDOG BLAMES IRS WORKERS
Investigators say mistakes by employees may have led to the loss of thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal.
8. OBAMA SCOLDS HECKLER IN WHITE HOUSE
At a gay pride event in the East Room, the president fires back at a protester for being disrespectful in “my house.” OBAMA-GAY MARRIAGE
9. WHAT MAY SPUR INCREASED TRAVEL THIS 4TH OF JULY
A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in bigger numbers. ‘
10. WAIT NEARLY OVER FOR NBA HOPEFULS
Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell are expected to go 1-2-3 in the NBA draft.