Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press bureau chief for West Virginia and Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Thursday, April 30, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items, upcoming events and stories in West Virginia newspapers:
1. A LIGHT AMID QUAKE TRAGEDY
Crowds cheer as a teenage boy is pulled from the wreckage of a Kathmandu building that collapsed five days ago when a massive temblor shook Nepal.
2. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BALTIMORE POLICE
Authorities tell the community they plan to turn over the findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray’s death to a state’s attorney by Friday.
3. OBAMA TO SIGN BILL TO BOOST ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The legislation aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes.
4. HOUSE PANEL PASSES DEFENSE BILL
The measure seeks to change military retirement benefits, challenges President Obama’s effort to shutter Guantanamo Bay and would keep the A-10 flying.
5. WHO ARE CASUALTIES OF SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR
With up to a million people hurt in the conflict, many fighters and civilians have suffered traumatic injuries that have left them handicapped.
6. HOW SOME IN MILITARY ARE MARKING FALL OF SAIGON
U.S. Marines who were part of the 1975 Saigon evacuation in Vietnam return to the old U.S. Embassy and share their stories of what happened that day.
7. POPULAR DESIGNER DRUG BEHIND BIZARRE CRIMES IN FLORIDA
Flakka can cause hallucinations, paranoia and violent outbursts and at $5 a hit, authorities fear it could quickly spread.
8. WHAT HAS GOP DIVIDED BEFORE HIGH COURT
The next big Supreme Court ruling is approaching on Obama’s health care law, and congressional Republicans have no consensus on how to respond.
9. KREMLIN: KIM NOT COMING TO MOSCOW
Putin’s spokesman says the leader of North Korea will not be attending celebrations for Victory Day.
10. `SUPER SATURDAY’ A MATCH MADE IN SPORTS HEAVEN
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, the Kentucky Derby, the NBA and NHL playoffs and the NFL draft – Saturday in sports has something for everyone.