Dorothy Abernathy, The Associated Press’s business development specialist for West Virginia, shares the 10 things you need to know Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Look for full stories on these late-breaking news items and much more in West Virginia newspapers:
1. KENTUCKY CLERK’S JAILING PAVES WAY FOR GAY MARRIAGE LICENSES
Same-sex couples will return to the Rowan County Courthouse for the fifth time since June to ask for a marriage license. Only this time, jailed clerk Kim Davis will not be there to stop them.
2. BODIES OF DROWNED SYRIAN BOYS LAID TO REST
The Syrian man who lost his family during a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece returns home to Kobani to bury his wife and two young sons.
3. REFUGEES IN HUNGARY VOW TO WALK TO AUSTRIA
Hundreds of frustrated refugees stuck at a Budapest train station for days begin gathering up their belongings, vowing to make their way to Vienna on foot.
4. WHAT FRANCIS’ VISIT MEANS FOR BUSINESSES
While hoping to cash in on pope merchandise and the extra crowds, transportation security restrictions leave some stores and restaurants wondering how they’ll be able to operate.
5. HORSE INDUSTRY WORRIES ABOUT PLANS TO CURB SUBSIDIES
Of the 40 states with legalized gambling, 20 funnel a slice of revenues from casinos and slots parlors to prop up horse racing, but some states are starting to shift these funds elsewhere.
6. FIRED REGULATOR: BROWN PUSHED TO WAIVE OIL SAFEGUARDS
California regulators warned Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration in 2011 that his orders to override safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate laws protecting groundwater.
7. HOW PRESIDENT WILL PERSUADE A MONARCH
Obama welcomes King Salman of Saudi Arabia with assurances that a nuclear deal with Iran will also come with the resources to check its influence.
8. GOVERNMENT TO ISSUE JOBS REPORT
A healthy employment gain in August could provide one of the final pieces of evidence the Federal Reserve needs to start raising interest rates from record lows on Sept. 17.
9. MAY THE FORCE BE WITH … YOUR WALLET
The release of the new Star Wars movie is months away, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing “force” behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film.
10. STEELERS BACK BRADY IN ‘DEFLATEGATE’
Lineman Ramon Foster and his Pittsburgh teammates voted against the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL in 2011 because it gave Commissioner Roger Goodell too much power in issuing discipline