Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, July 17, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER
Federal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed four Marines.
2. JURY TO DECIDE WHETHER HOLMES WILL GET DEATH PENALTY
Despite the quick conviction in the Colorado theater trial, the sentencing phase will see more testimony about the shooter’s mental illness.
3. WHEN BANKS IN GREECE WILL REOPEN
With an emergency infusion of cash, the government is promising to reopen the nation’s banks on Monday – but customers won’t be able to withdraw money except at ATMs.
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4. UKRAINE, AUSTRALIA MARK ANNIVERSARY OF MH17
Somber events commemorate the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner carrying dozens of Australians over a small Ukrainian village a year ago.
5. WHO IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A WOMAN IN A TEXAS JAIL
The FBI is looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sandra Bland who authorities say hanged herself in her cell.
6. IOWA HOSTS FIRST FACE-OFF OF DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
All five Democrats running for president are set to speak at a party fundraiser in Cedar Rapids in the crucial early-voting state.
7. SENATE VOTES TO OVERHAUL ‘NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND’
The rewrite of the much-criticized federal law would return much of the control over public education to the states.
8. WHERE SOUTH KOREANS ARE LOOKING FOR WINTER OLYMPICS EXPERIENCE
The country, which will host the 2018 games, has sent a group of hockey players to Texas to train with Dallas team members who are still trying to reach the NHL.
9. OBAMA VISITS FEDERAL LOCKUP IN OKLAHOMA
The White House says he’s the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, as he pushes reforms meant to reduce the nation’s prison population.
10. JORDAN SPIETH OFF TO STELLAR START AT ST. ANDREWS
The 21-year-old American, seeking his third straight major, finishes with a 5-under 67 on Day 1 of the British Open.