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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- This week the Boy Scouts of America could decide to lift its longtime ban on gay members. The group's executive board is meeting in Texas and is considering the idea after a den leader was forced-out of her post because she's openly gay. Eighteen-year-old Tom Murphy is gay. He was also, until recently, a boy scout:
"Say that there is, you know, someone who has a crush on another boy and would want to flirt with him. I don't think that it should be such an awful thing for a straight boy to have to endure..."
- It's been nearly one week since Jimmy Lee Dykes allegedly shot a school bus driver to death and took a five-year-old boy hostage. The 65-year-old Dykes and the boy are holed-up in an underground bunker on Dykes' property. CNN and HLN Law Enforcement Analyst Mike Brooks says as long as there is dialogue between negotiators and Dykes authorities don't need to do anything more:
"Some people have said to me, 'Why don't they just put gas in there?' Well, if you recall back a number of years ago in the Soviet Union, there was a hostage taking in a theater. And they pumped gas in there and a number of people were killed, because you don't know different people's tolerances."
- Over the weekend French President Francois Hollande visited Mali and dropped in on the town of Timbuktu. There were celebrations there as well as in the city of Gao. The trip came just days after French troops liberated the towns from Islamic militants. Dr. Dave Sloggett is a senior research associate for the security company IHS Global Insight. He says those insurgents may not be gone forever:
"They may well choose to melt away over the border into Algeria or Niger looking for other ungoverned spaces from which to launch an insurgency against the forces deployed in northern Mali."
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