Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, July 23, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. GREECE CLEARS FINAL REFORM HURDLE BEFORE NEW BAILOUT TALKS
Parliament approves fresh creditor-demanded reforms despite a revolt among hardliners in the main coalition partner.
2. TRUMP’S BORDER TRIP COMES AS GOP TRIES TO WOO HISPANICS
The Republican presidential candidate’s visit promises new challenges for the GOP’s years-in-the-making push to attract Hispanic voters.
3. U.S. DEFENSE CHIEF IN BAGHDAD ON UNANNOUNCED VISIT
Ash Carter is assessing progress Iraq is making in healing sectarian divisions and hearing plans for the Iraqi army’s coming attempt to recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State group.
4. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO DEFEND IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL
Secretary of State Kerry will try to reassure lawmakers despite concerns that Tehran will use billions from sanctions relief to further destabilize the Mideast.
5. HIGHER MINIMUM-WAGE PROPOSALS GAIN GROUND
New York is embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.
6. TV CHANNEL FOR ISRAELI ARABS CHALLENGED
A new Palestinian-funded satellite station for Israel’s 1.7 million Arab citizens already found its studio closed by Israeli authorities before it could even fill its airtime — a sign of the region’s tensions.
7. HOW CHATTANOOGA SHOOTING UNFOLDED
It took only three to five minutes for the gunman to blast his way through a Navy-Marine reserve center in Tennessee, killing four Marines and a sailor.
8. WHY CHARLESTON CASE MAY BE EASIER TO PROVE
A legal expert says that while most hate crimes are difficult to adjudicate, prosecutors may have an easier time in the case of Dylann Roof, accused of fatally shooting nine at a black church.
9. RIDE-HAILING COMPANY REACHES SURPRISE DEAL WITH BIG APPLE
Averting a city council vote, Uber cars can continue to be a growing presence on the streets of New York City.
10. U.S. SOCCER UPSET IN CONCACAF GOLD CUP SEMIFINALS
Jamaica stunned the Americans with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and holds on for a 2-1 victory.