Dorothy Abernathy, regional media director of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. GRIEVING AND DEVASTATED ECUADOR HIT WITH ANOTHER EARTHQUAKE
A magnitude-6.1 temblor struck in the early morning hours off the coast of Muisne, just days after a massive 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 500 people.
2. WHAT RESOUNDING WINS DID FOR FRONT-RUNNERS
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump quiet their critics and move closer to clinching their parties’ nominations after winning primaries in New York.
3. HOW VIRGINIA LGBT RULING COULD HAVE WIDER IMPACT
A federal appeals court ruling on transgender bathroom access in public schools threatens a key provision of a North Carolina law limiting protections for the gay community.
4. FALLOUT IN FLINT CONTINUES
Michigan’s top prosecutor will announce criminal charges against two state regulators and a Flint employee, alleging wrongdoing related to the city’s lead-tainted water crisis, officials tell the AP.
5. REFORMS EXPECTED TO BEGIN QUICKLY IN FERGUSON
The agreement between the St. Louis suburb and the U.S. Justice Department includes diversity training for police, outfitting officers with body cameras and municipal court reforms in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting death by an officer.
6. FUTURE BLEAK FOR SCENIC SPOT IN JAPAN
A mountain village that attracted retirees, tourists and agriculture students to a college campus faces a grim future after last week’s devastating earthquake.
7. BANKING WOES EASING FOR SOME LEGAL POT BUSINESSES
New federal data show the number of banks and credit unions willing to handle marijuana money have jumped five-fold in the past two years.
8. BETTER PREEMIE PAIN RELIEF SOUGHT AMID NEW CALL FOR ACTION
Experts say efforts to relieve the tiny babies’ discomfort are often inadequate, but many hospitals are increasingly trying to remedy that.
9. SURPRISE DISCOVERY AT MALCOLM X’S BOYHOOD HOME
An archaeological dig at the property in Boston turns up kitchenware, ceramics and other evidence of an older settlement dating to the 1700s.
10. WHY RAW FISH FANS WON’T LIKE THIS NEWS
The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers’ favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels.