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March 4th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Marriage equality elusive in traditional South

Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

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By Susanna Capelouto, CNN

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) - There are currently nine states in the U.S. which grant marriage equality, none of them in the South. As more and more Northern states accept same-sex marriages, gay and lesbian couples in the South are weighing their options.

Cameron Bridges decided to leave his native Georgia in December for Washington State, which approved same-sex marriage in November:

[:48] "More and more people are considering leaving areas that are not pro-marriage equality to areas that do have marriage equality," says Bridges. FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: March 4, 2013
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City.
March 4th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 4, 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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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Last week the Dow came very close to hitting its all-time high.  Many Americans think it's odd for the stock market to be doing so well, especially now that the forced spending cuts are a reality. So, what's the real story? What can those of us with a 401(k) or some extra cash invested in the stock market expect in the weeks and months ahead? CNN Business Anchor Christine Romans explains stocks remain attractive, in part, because of the Fed's stimulus efforts:

"Imagine this: A big huge fire hose of money, spraying out the windows of the Fed, everyday, to the tune of $40 billion a month, that's how much money the Fed is pushing into the economy, and some of that money is finding its way into the stock market." FULL POST

March 4th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

Businesses hit by Sandy struggle to recover

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – A few hundred people filled the parking lot at the Fairway supermarket on the waterfront in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY last Friday morning.

The store is reopening four months after it was flooded by Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge.

Owner Howard Glickberg says it took millions of dollars to repair the Fairway supermarket.

[2:06] “We’re lucky. We had the resources to open up this store. Luckily we had full insurance coverage. Other business owners didn’t have flood insurance. They didn’t have money to back them up. And a lot of businesses just aren’t going to open up again.”

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March 4th, 2013
09:12 AM ET

White smoke wagering; betting on the new pope

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – As the College of Cardinals decide when they’ll lock themselves away to begin the process of electing a new Pope, the odds makers are already at work.

Feilim MacAnIomaire with the online betting site PaddyPower, says betting on who the pope will be, from what country he will come, how long the conclave will last, how many ballots it will take, and what name the new pope will take is big business.

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March 4th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Gay parents battle ‘the Iowa anomaly’

By Nova Safo, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @nova_safo

Editor's Note: On March 26th and 27th, the US Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage. Every Monday and Tuesday in March, CNN Radio will feature stories about issues related to same-sex marriage.  

Listen to the full story in our player above, and join the conversation in our comments section below.

(CNN) - In Iowa, gay couples have been able to get legally married since 2009, when the state’s supreme court upheld a lower court ruling striking down a gay marriage ban.

But the Iowa Department of Public Health has refused to grant birth certificates that list both spouses in a gay marriage as the legal parents of newborn children. That decision has left families in legal limbo, and it led to a lawsuit that has thrust the gay rights debate right back to the state’s supreme court.

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