CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The regional bureau of The Associated Press, shares 10 things you need to know Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers.
1. HOUSE VOTE CONDEMNS TRUMP’S TWEETS
The Democratic-led U.S. House votes to denounce Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by the president’s GOP congressional allies.
2. HOW ELECTORATE VIEWS TRUMP’S TWEETS
Democrats mainly found the president’s willingness to lodge racial attacks appalling and unforgiveable. For many others, particularly Trump supporters, the tweets were a mere sideshow.
3. FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS DIES
The bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the high court’s leading liberal was 99.
4. CONFUSION, FEAR ON MEXICO BORDER WITH NEW US POLICY
The Trump administration says that migrants seeking asylum can no longer pass through a third country, all but eliminating refuge claims by Central Americans.
5. FEDS LOOK AT REDUCING INSPECTIONS AT REACTORS
The cost-cutting move by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is backed by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety, AP learns.
6. WHO BECAME ISRAEL’S LONGEST-SERVING PRIME MINISTER
Benjamin Netanyahu solidifies his place as the country’s greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation.
7. WHAT FEDERAL DATA SHOWED DURING OPIOID CRISIS
How drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of the painkillers across the U.S. as the nation’s addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012.
8. IRAN BACKTRACKS ON MISSILE REMARKS
Tehran says comments by a top official about the Islamic Republic’s missile program possibly being up for negotiations with the U.S. meant to challenge Washington’s arms sales policy to the region.
9. WHERE #METOO MOVEMENT IS BEING FELT
In Asia with its entertainment industries grappling with many of the sexual misconduct issues that have upended careers in America and beyond.
10. EDGAR MARTINEZ TO BE ENSHRINED IN HALL OF FAME
The Seattle Mariners great overcame an eye condition to become arguably the best right-handed hitter of his generation.