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CNN Radio News Day: February 4th, 2013
Irving,Tx - February 04- Will Oliver, Eagle Scout , Greg Bourke, former Assistant Scoutmaster, Jennifer Tyrrell, former Cub Scout Den Mother, and Eric Andresen, former Scout leader, deliver boxes containing 1.4 million signatures urging the Boy Scouts of America to reverse the organization's ban on LGBT Scouts.
February 4th, 2013
04:34 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 4th, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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  • 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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  1. Michael Zinna`

    The Boy Scouts of America has a LONG history of being a MORAL, religious organization. NO, they should Not end the ban on Gays. One, Gays amount to such a Trivial amount of the population, why do they have such a large say in things? Majority rules... Two, the Bible says they are an Abomination, do not let them sit at your table, do not associate with them!!. enough said. I don't want some gay man camping in the wilderness in tents with my boys. Not to mention it is sending the WRONG message to my boys that being gay is o.k... IT IS NOT. I don't care what is "Politically correct" or not.. being gay is Sick..distrubing..unnatural AND goes against my religion!

    February 5, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
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