CNN Radio News Day: February 18, 2013
People wait for a subway at a Manhattan station in New York City. The city has been experiencing a rash of high-profile incidents involving individuals being hit by trains in suicides, accidents and people being pushed to their deaths.
February 18th, 2013
04:28 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: February 18, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • This weekend the heat was suddenly turned up on the immigration debate, all thanks to a leak.  A reporter for 'USA Today' obtained a draft copy of an immigration reform plan from the White House and it's caused quite a stir.  CNN's Lisa Desjardins says members of both the House and Senate were already working to put together their own immigration bills:

"Think of this as a back up plan from the White House. It's also sort of the White House poking Congress in the shoulder and telling Congress if you don't come up with a bill we're going to have one waiting." FULL POST

February 18th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Killing Warren Hill

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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UPDATE: Twice-convicted killer Warren Lee Hill was granted final-hour stays of execution, his attorney said. For the full update click here.

Editor's Note: Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - It’s funny how everyone shows up asking for mercy in the end - when mercy’s all that's left.

Now they’re asking for mercy for Warren Hill who’s scheduled to die tonight in Jackson, Georgia. Hill has been on death row since 1991 for murdering one of his cellmates in prison. He was there for murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1985.

Now, Warren Hill’s lawyers and a lot of other people are asking the state of Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court to spare Warren Hill because of his mental retardation.


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February 18th, 2013
11:03 AM ET

Preventing death on NYC's subway tracks

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – A recent rash of subway deaths has New York City Transit officials looking at ways to prevent people from falling, or worse, being pushed onto the tracks.

However, there’s no easy fix in an extremely complex system that’s over 100 years old.

[3:05] “There are 468 subway stations in New York City. They’re all designed differently with curves and island platforms and side platforms,” said Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign, a subway riders advocacy group. “Over the last ten years there have been about 135 people a year being struck by trains either on the platform or on the tracks and about 35 of them being killed.”


February 18th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Hagel and the new balance of power

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @LisaDCNN

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Capitol Hill (CNN) – The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense has hit a snag. Not just by questions about the former senator, the attack in Benghazi, and partisan politics. It's also caught on what may be a massive shift in the balance of power between Congress and the President.

[:23] Don Ritchie, historian of the U.S. Senate says, “Since WWII, at least, the executive branch has taken over a great deal of power…And Congress has sort of felt that they’ve lost in this process.”

To wrest power back to the legislative branch, Ritchie says Congress has employed a number of means, with the blocking of presidential nominations in the Senate at the top of the list.



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