Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. IN BUMPY CORONATION, TRUMP TAKES THE CROWN
The roll call of states delivers Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, which he welcomed by saying: “This is a movement, but we have to go all the way.”
2. HOW TOM VILSACK’S POLITICAL STOCK SOARED
The agriculture secretary’s journey has taken him from an orphanage to a Cabinet position — and now he’s being considered as running mate to Hillary Clinton.
3. TOP OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS ISLAMIC STATE STRATEGY
Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations are gathering in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the extremist group.
4. WHAT HAS MILITARY VETERANS CONCERNED
Service members fear the records of the gunmen in Dallas and Baton Rouge will feed the perception that combat veterans are volatile and violent.
5. NO EXIT: WHY IRAQ BOMBING BECAME INFERNO
Baghdad’s worst suicide bombing early this month was made deadlier because the buildings had no fire exits or safety measures.
6. ARBORISTS CLONE SOME OF WORLD’S TALLEST, OLDEST TREES
Experts believe that sequoias have some of the heartiest genetics and that propagating them will help reverse climate change, at least in a small way.
7. WHO IS VULNERABLE IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS
Statistics show more bullets this year have hit children, many of whom were doing normal kid things like playing with sparklers, drawing on the sidewalk or holding their mother’s hand.
8. EMPTY-NESTERS MISSING CHANCE TO SAVE
Parents whose children have moved out should have more money to invest — but many are missing the opportunity to start saving for retirement, a study finds.
9. GARRY MARSHALL DIES AT 81
The writer-director’s deft touch with comedy and romance led to a string of TV hits that included “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley” and the box-office successes “Pretty Woman” and “Runaway Bride.”
10. MACY’S TESTS A.I. TO IMPROVE SERVICE
The mobile tool would let shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in — like where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock.