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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- The simple wooden casket of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was given blessings by a priest and others early this morning. It came only hours after the country's leader died following a long battle with cancer. He was 58. That casket, draped in the Venezuelan flag, was carried by mourners through the streets of Caracas. CNN's Shasta Darlington was there:
“There are just thousands of people in the streets streaming towards the military academy which is where Chavez's body will lie in state, many of them in the red t-shirts the emblematic sort of uniform of their idol, of what many people call 'Saint' Chavez..."
- In an Arizona courtroom, a sensational trial has been playing out for weeks. It reads like a made for TV movie. Sex and lies. Salacious audiotape and pictures – and a gruesome murder. Jodi Arias is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in June of 2008. Today marks day 16 on the stand for Arias. HLN's Vinnie Politan says today Jodi Arias is answering questions from the jury because Arizona is one of the three states that allows it:
"This is absolutely amazing. Because ultimately a trial is a search for the truth, right? And who do we put in charge of finding out and determining the truth? It's the jury. But for years it was only the lawyers controlling the questioning. So now, the jury gets to ask the questions that haven't been answered yet. You know, the things that will make a difference to them in determining what happened."
- There are some things we all like to talk about – it might be the weather, or gridlock in Congress... or the inconvenience of getting through airport security. So it is with the TSA’s announcement that beginning April 25th flyers will be able to carry their Swiss Army knives on board. Plus their hockey sticks and Wiffle bats. Confused? Christopher Elliott is the reader advocate for National Geographic Traveler magazine. He knows the topic of airline security is serious, but he says after watching the TSA all these years, it’s hard not to bring a sense of humor to the news:
"Who takes their ski poles on a plane with them? I mean really. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you're going to. Ski poles are the kinds of things that you do pack in your checked luggage. I've never actually seen a ski pole on a plane..."
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