News Wrap: Flood-ravaged West Virginia braces for more rain

In our news wrap Monday, a new round of storms pounded West Virginia, where more than 20 counties braced for additional flooding. Since last week, floods have killed nearly two dozen people across the state. Also, a California wildfire consumed 250 homes and other buildings, stoked by record-breaking heat and ongoing drought.

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    Good evening. I'm Gwen Ifill. Judy Woodruff is away.

    On the "NewsHour" tonight: a major decision at the Supreme Court. Justices reject abortion restrictions in Texas, the biggest win for abortion rights advocates in 25 years.

    Also ahead this Monday:


    I'm Hari Sreenivasan in London. As the clouds of uncertainty roll by after the vote to leave the European Union, we explore the many uncertainties that still remain for the future of the United Kingdom.


    And what books to pack for the beach? We kick off Jeffrey Brown's summer reading week. Tonight, "The Girls," a debut novel that's already a bestseller.

    All that and more on tonight's "PBS NewsHour."



    It's the Supreme Court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter-century. By 5-3, the justices struck down a Texas law that forced many abortion clinics to close by requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. It had since been widely copied in other states.

    Opponents of the law celebrated, but both sides vowed the fight will go on.

  • NANCY NORTHUP, President, Center For Reproductive Rights:

    Today's Supreme Court decision is a game-changer in the unrelenting assault on women's health and rights that has been going on in state legislatures for years. This is a tremendous victory, and we will go forward in making sure that all of the laws that are blocking women's access to the constitutional rights will be overturned.

    PENNY YOUNG NANCE, President, Concerned Women for America: Unfortunately, the Supreme Court sided with big abortion. So we stand here as members of the pro-life movement saying that we will not give up. If anything, we're more resolute. This next election is about between one and four Supreme Court justices, hundreds of lower court justices, and 5,000 appointees for our government. We as a pro-life community must vote. This is a call to action. We will not give up.


    Also today, the court overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The unanimous decision is likely to make it harder to prosecute elected officials for corruption. We will explore today's court action after the news summary.

    In the day's other news: Britain's vote to quit the European Union weighed on world markets again and on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 260 points on top of the 600 points it lost Friday. It closed today at 17140. The Nasdaq fell 113 points, and the S&P 500 dropped nearly 37.

    Meanwhile, two debt rating agencies, Standard & Poor's and Fitch, stripped Britain of its top credit rating.

    A new round of storms rolled over West Virginia today, as more than 20 counties braced for new flooding. Since last week, floods across the state have killed nearly two dozen people and destroyed scores of homes. and police warned today of looting in some of the hardest-hit towns.

  • CAPT. JIM SIZEMORE, Fayette County Sheriff’s Department:

    We will be stepping up patrols in that area now that we're able to get in there easily. And the citizens have armed themselves. If you decide to loot and steal from people who have already been ravaged by these floodwaters, you will be lucky if we're the ones that catch you.


    There's no damage estimate yet, but it could be the state's worst in 30 years.

    A wildfire in Central California has now destroyed 250 homes and other buildings, and killed two people. The blaze has burned across 45,000 acres in Kern County, about 110 miles north of Los Angeles. The fire is about 40 percent contained. It was stoked by record-breaking heat and the state's ongoing drought.

    Another 165 pages of e-mails have emerged from Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. They include 34 that the Democratic presidential hopeful had not turned over to the State Department. Instead, the department obtained them from Huma Abedin, Clinton's deputy chief of staff. A federal court ordered them made public in a lawsuit by a conservative group.

    The governments of Israel and Turkey agreed today to normalize relations, ending a bitter six-year diplomatic rift. Turkey severed ties with Israel in 2010 after 10 Turkish activists were killed trying to run the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. Even today, the two sides appeared at odds over future access to Gaza.

  • BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, Prime Minister, Israel:

    I'm sure this is an agreement that is good for both sides, so I don't want to start quibbling on that, but I will say this: The security naval blockade remains in place.

  • BINALI YILDIRIM, Prime Minister, Turkey (through translator):

    Our first ship carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid will set sail. Therefore, the blockade there in Gaza will have been lifted with Turkey's leadership.


    The agreement does call for delivery of relief supplies to Gaza, plus an exchange of ambassadors. And Israel will pay compensation for the deaths of the Turkish activists.

    Turkey also moved today to improve relations with Russia. The Turkish government announced it will prosecute a man who allegedly killed a Russian military pilot shot down at the Syrian border. In a letter to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also apologized for downing the jet.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour": the Supreme Court's momentous ruling on abortion access; we're on the ground in London and in Scotland as the reality of Brexit remains foggy; Politics Monday — Elizabeth Warren goes to bat against Donald Trump; and much more.

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