Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. SC LAWMAKERS MOVE FROM CONFEDERATE FLAG DEBATE TO GRIEVING
They are now focusing their attention on saying goodbye to a colleague whose slaying in a church shooting has reignited debate about Civil War symbols in the South.
2. HOLLANDE HOLDS EMERGENCY MEETING OVER NSA INTERCEPTS
The move comes in response to WikiLeaks documents saying that the U.S. eavesdropped on the last three French presidents.
3. DOCUMENT OUTLINES NUKE HELP TO IRAN
The U.S. and other nations negotiating with Tehran are ready to offer it high-tech reactors if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms, according to a confidential document obtained by The AP.
4. SENATE POISED TO HAND OBAMA BIG VICTORY
Lawmakers are preparing to give the president more clout with final passage of “fast track” authority to negotiate trade deals.
5. HOW CONVICTED SAUDI EXTREMISTS REHABILITATE
They dabble with art therapy, play soccer and enjoy perks like an Olympic-size pool and a sauna at a special center for extremists.
6. WHO LOOKS READY TO JUMP INTO 2016 RACE
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is set to launch a long-shot campaign for the Republican presidential nomination that rests on courtship of evangelical voters.
7. NATO RETOOLS FOR STANDOFF WITH RUSSIA
The alliance is adapting to what it fears could be years of confrontation with a resurgent and unpredictable Moscow.
8. WIND, RAINS COOL PAKISTAN HEAT WAVE THAT KILLED AT LEAST 749
Power outages, little running water and the majority of people fasting for Ramadan had worsened the situation.
9. OSCAR-WINNING ‘TITANIC’ COMPOSER DEAD AT 61
James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies.
10. WHAT’S NEXT IN TOM BRADY’S APPEAL
It is uncertain how soon NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.