Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, May 15, 2014. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers.
1. DEATH TOLL CONTINUES TO RISE IN TURKEY MINE
The relentless task of carrying bodies from a coal mine goes on as more than 270 bodies are recovered with 150 miners still missing in the country’s deadliest-ever mining accident.
2. WHY TURKEY’S MINES ARE SO DANGEROUS
Researchers say that cultural attitudes toward workplace safety and poor oversight contribute to problems in mining in the country, where 100 deaths a year were reported from 2001-2012.
3. THOUSANDS EVACUATE AS CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES SPREAD
Strong winds and dry conditions fuel several fires in San Diego County, including one in Carlsbad that has burned at least 30 homes.
4. WHERE CHILD LABOR IS BEING SCRUTINIZED
A rights group is pushing the government to protect children on U.S. tobacco farms, claiming they work long hours under hazardous conditions.
5. KENTUCKY SUES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OVER HEMP SEEDS
Saying it needs to plant its crop, the state’s agriculture department sues for the release of 250 pounds of seeds that have been held by customs officials for over a week.
6. ARKANSAS COURT: JUDGE WENT TOO FAR ON VOTER ID LAW
The state’s supreme court tossed out a ruling striking down the law, but stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of the measure.
7. WHAT THE SEPT. 11 MUSEUM SYMBOLIZES
It took nearly 13 years to reach fruition, but as it prepares to open the struggle to build it is trumped by the unity that it took to make it a reality.
8. NO SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN ARKANSAS
The state’s supreme court refused to put on hold a ruling that overturned the ban on gay marriage, but same-sex weddings still came to a halt amid confusion about what’s next.
9. TODDLER SURVIVES 11-STORY FALL
A 15-month-old boy in Minneapolis who survived a fall from an 11-story high-rise balcony has been dubbed “the miracle baby.”
10. MASTHEAD CHANGES AT THE NEW YORK TIMES
The newspaper gave no reason why executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two-and-a-half years on the job.