CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The regional bureau of The Associated Press shares 10 things you need to know Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. WHAT LIES AHEAD FOLLOWING OPIOID JUDGMENT
Oklahoma’s $572 million ruling against Johnson & Johnson will likely be followed by more trials and legal settlements.
2. IN MISSISSIPPI, CATHOLIC ABUSE CASES SETTLED ON CHEAP
A famed Catholic religious order settled sex abuse cases by secretly paying two black Mississippi men $15,000 each and requiring them to keep silent, AP finds.
3. HOW TRUMP VIEWED G-7 SUMMIT
Despite differences with world leaders on China, trade, Russia, Iran and more, the U.S. president claimed “flawless” unity.
4. AMAZON FIREFIGHT A GRUELING MISSION
With hoses and machetes, Brazilian firefighters battle one blaze among many in the Amazon — a vast region described by world leaders as critical to the health of the planet.
5. UIGHUR CULTURE, LANGUAGE TESTED IN CHINA
More than 400 prominent Uighur academics, writers, performers and artists have been detained, advocacy groups say, a move critics equate to cultural genocide.
6. IRANIAN PRESIDENT NOT INTERESTED IN ‘PHOTO OP’
Hassan Rouhani back-pedals on possible talks with Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran before agreeing to meet.
7. EPSTEIN ACCUSERS GET DAY IN COURT
Up to 30 women are expected to take a judge up on his invitation to speak at a hearing after the financier killed himself before facing sex trafficking charges.
8. MISSISSIPPI VOTERS TO CHOOSE GOP NOMINEE FOR GOVERNOR
Both Gov. Phil Bryant and former Gov. Haley Barbour have endorsed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves over retired state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr.
9. WHO WON BIG, Honoured AT MTV VMAS
The MTV Video Music Awards pays tribute to Missy Elliott’s creativity and influence, and Taylor Swift wins video of the year for “You Need to Calm Down.”
10. NO DRAMA IN US OPEN ROUT
Serena Williams plays nearly perfect tennis and beats Maria Sharapova for the 19th straight time.