Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Jailed but Innocent: Record Number Exonerated in 2015
A record-breaking number of people were exonerated in 2015 — freed after serving time in American prisons for crimes they did not commit, according to a new report. Of the people wrongly convicted for homicides, the report notes, "more than two-thirds were minorities, including half who were African American." Read more in NEWS.
2. Blame Game: Feds, State to Spar at Flint Hearing
A congressional hearing into the Flint water crisis set for Wednesday is shaping up to be a finger-pointing affair, with state and federal officials each blaming the other for failing to prevent or halt the poisoning of an entire city. Read more in NEWS.
3. Sanders Sets His Sights on Winning New Hampshire
Bernie Sanders on Tuesday appealed for voters to come out en masse in New Hampshire to help him bag the state's primary following a razor-thin loss to Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses. The Iowa race Monday was so close the Democratic Party didn't announce a winner until Tuesday afternoon. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Clinton Ready to Compete in Sanders’ ‘Backyard’
Hillary Clinton and her allies have downplayed her chances for a victory in New Hampshire, arguing that voters there tend to favor candidates from their neck of the woods. Still, she said on MSNBC on Tuesday, "we're not leaving anything on the ground." Read more in POLITICS.
5. Dallas Reports First Case Sexual Transmission of Zika
Health officials in the city reported the first case of known sexual transmission of Zika in the current outbreak Tuesday. Zika is spreading fast across the Americas and the Caribbean, and WHO has declared it a public health emergency of international concern. Read more in HEALTH.
6. College Hoops Player Shot Dead Outside Gas Station
A 23-year-old basketball player from Georgia's Mercer University was shot dead while he sat in a car outside a downtown gas station Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Jibri Bryan — from Savannah, Georgia — was a guard for the Mercer Bears and a graduate student with a degree in marketing. Read more in NEWS.
7. Tornadoes and Flash Floods Batter Deep South
Residents were clearing up Wednesday after at least five tornadoes tore across Mississippi and Alabama, destroying homes and damaging buildings including a college, a church and a federal prison. Read more in NEWS.
8. Why ‘Serial’ Star Is Closer to a Retrial
Convicted killer Adnan Syed could get a fresh chance to clear his name when he returns to court Wednesday for a post-conviction hearing — one that leaves the fate of a new trial hanging in the balance. Syed was the subject of the first season of the popular podcast, "Serial," which dove into the question of his innocence in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend. Read more in NEWS.