Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. VIOLENCE WRACKS MICHAEL BROWN ANNIVERSARY PROTEST
A man who opened fire on officers in Ferguson, Missouri, is in critical condition after being struck when the officers returned fire, police say, marring what had been mostly a peaceful weekend.
2. TRUMP’S POLICIES LACK DETAILS
The Republican frontrunner’s precise position on health care, illegal immigration and job growth has not been part of his campaign so far.
3. WHY POPE IS BIPARTISAN DARLING
Francis thrills Democrats with his teachings on climate change, social justice and immigration. And his message on life and the Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion comfort Republicans.
4. MICHIGAN CONSIDERS COMPENSATING EXONERATED
The Great Lake State is poised to join 30 other states who provide the wrongfully convicted with financial support.
5. WHAT HAS HINDERED EMERGENCY RESPONDERS
Drones have interfered with firefighting aircraft 13 times so far this year, up from only four fires last year, prompting calls for more oversight and self-policing.
6. STINKING MATS OF SEAWEED PILING UP IN CARIBBEAN
Beaches are being fouled by algae that is attracting biting sand fleas and smells like rotten eggs, a development that has tourists changing plans.
7. NEW HEARING BEGINS FOR DETAINED REPORTER
The trial of a Washington Post journalist held in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage resumes, a case condemned by press freedom groups.
8. NEW TEST GAUGES DOGS’ CITY SAVVY
The American Kennel Club’s new “urban canine good citizen” test recognizes abilities that make city living more manageable for dogs, owners and others.
9. ‘JACKASS’ STAR ARRESTED
Steve-O climbed a crane in Hollywood, inflating a large killer whale balloon and lighting fireworks in a protest against SeaWorld.
10. ON FIELD, IN THE BOOTH, A WINNER
Frank Gifford, who died at 84, was as well known for being a buffer for Don Meredith and Howard Cosell on “Monday Night Football” as for his versatility as a MVP player for the New York Giants.