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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Gun violence and what to do about it take center stage today in a number of states, as many legislatures begin their sessions. Following the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, President Obama asked Vice President Biden to head a task force to find solutions to the problem of gun violence in America. Biden's recommendations are due next Tuesday. He's met with many of the stakeholders, including pro-gun groups and major firearm retailers. Now, Bill Pound, executive director of the National Conference of State Legislatures, says states are altering their legislative agendas:
"The gun issue will be prominent in a lot of states. Whether there will be action taken on it is another question."
- A triple killing in France has political implications thousands of miles away in Turkey. This morning, authorities say the bodies of three women were found near a busy Paris train station with gunshots to the head. The women were political activists – one a founding member of a Kurdish nationalist group known as the PKK. The group is officially recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and Turkey, which has battled the group in a guerilla war for decades. Hugh Pope is with Belgium-based International Crisis Group, which seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts. He says the Paris murders come at a politically sensitive time for Turkey:
"We're seeing the longest-pitched battles between the PKK and the army, we're seeing a wide-spread campaign of kidnapping, suicide bombings, terrorist attacks by the PKK."
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