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CNN Radio News Day: December 14, 2012
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.
December 14th, 2012
04:36 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 14, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • A shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has left at least 27 people dead, including the suspected gunman. A majority of those killed were children. It's the latest incident in a series of mass shootings this year, and is another reminder of the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado. Dr. Frank Ochberg led the counseling teams following the Columbine shooting and he is a former FBI psychiatrist dealing with PTSD. CNN Radio talks with Ochberg about how best to cope and talk with survivors in the aftermath of such shootings:

  • There's still no solution to the fiscal cliff situation, but it's not for a lack of ideas.  In fact, there is one big money idea that economists say is a no brainer.  And they say it won't be very painful. But Elaine Hughes, National Secretary for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, disagrees:

"Perhaps you would not feel it so much over the next year or two but over the long-term is when it's really going to hurt."

  • By 2014 when the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is fully implemented, a lot of newly-insured Americans will be vying for the attention of a dwindling supply of doctors.  Debbie Polaski, who manages CVS's chain of Minute Clinics in Los Angeles, believes nurse practitioners will help take up the slack:

"We're going to be seeing  millions upon millions of people who have insurance through this Affordable Care Act and will be in need of doctors."

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