i'm pretty sure that the fist news story i remember has to be the challenger explosion. i was in the 1st grade at the time, and all three 1st grade classes gathered together in one room to watch the teacher go into outer space on the tv brought down on cart from the janitor's closet.
i remember seeing it happen, the rocket takes off into the sky and it explodes. i remember that i understood what happened. that the mission failed and the teacher and the astronauts died, but oddly enough i have no recollection of how it was dealt with in the moment. i imagine that it must have been upsetting. but i don't remember that at all. i don't remember kids crying or teachers explaining or any of that. all i remember was seeing the explosion.
i also remember that my cousin mike made a model of the space shuttle and gave it to my grandfather/papa later that year. i can still picture it. it is possible that my nana still has it but i am not sure.
anyway, that was the 1st news story i remember.
the 2nd was that baby jessica who fell down a well and was trapped for days and rescued and there was a made for tv movie about it and it was my favorite movie. i assume my obsession with that story had to do with the fact that i had been trapped in a laundry chute 2 years earlier, and although it was not as huge of a deal as baby jessica, it was still quite scary for me at the time. fire department came and all kinds of craziness. i was playing hide and seek. it was a good spot... at first. lol.
the 3rd story i remember is probably charles stuart. a guy from my town who shot his pregnant wife and killed her and shot himself in the foot and blamed it on a black guy and started a race riot with cops arresting any black man they could find. and then right before they figured out it was charles stuart, charles jumped off the tobin bridge and killed himself...
the story can be heard in the song wildside by marky mark