Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. WHAT MESSAGE POPE PRESSES IN CUBA
Francis, who will arrive in Washington later today, encourages Cubans at a delicate point in their own history to overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.
2. EU HOLDS MORE MIGRATION TALKS
With bitterness and division in the air, its two emergency meetings this week won’t provide any quick solutions to ease the plight of tens of thousands of people seeking sanctuary in Europe.
3. TENSION ON CHINA STATE DINNER MENU
There could be some awkward undercurrents when the Chinese president is honored with a state dinner at the White House on Friday.
4. FOR WALKER, CASCADE OF TROUBLES ENDS RACE
The demise of his presidential campaign is brought by just about everything: financial troubles, a bloated staff, repeated stumbles and flip flops.
5. WHY FRUSTRATION GROWS AMONG YEMENI PRO-GOVERNMENT FORCES
Their push toward the capital against Shiite militants is stalled by no gains on the ground — despite an airstrikes’ campaign by a Saudi-led coalition that relentlessly pounds rebel positions.
6. VOLKSWAGEN SETS ASIDE $7.3 BILLION OVER EMISSIONS SCANDAL
The company says some 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software at the center of the U.S. exhaust revelations.
7. WHO FINALLY APOLOGIZES FOR SALMONELLA OUTBREAK
“All I can do is come before you and ask for forgiveness from you and the people back here. I’m truly sorry for what happened,” says the former Peanut Corporation of America owner, who is sentenced to 28 years in prison.
8. GUNMEN ABDUCT 3 FOREIGNERS, LOCAL FROM PHILIPPINE RESORT
The victims are a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman, the military and police say.
9. KENTUCKY CLERK COULD HEAD BACK TO COURT OVER LICENSES
Lawyers for two gay couples and two straight couples question the validity of the new marriage documents and ask a federal judge to order Kim Davis’ office to reissue them.
10. 5 YEARS AFTER FACEBOOK PLEDGE, NEWARK SCHOOLS STRUGGLE
Advocates see success in the most visible result so far — many more students in charter schools.