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CNN Radio News Day: April 1, 2013
A Mexican migrant worker cuts organic spinach during the fall harvest at Grant Family Farms on October 11, 2011 in Wellington, Colorado.
April 1st, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 1, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Over the weekend, two of the most powerful forces in American politics – big business and unions – agreed on a key piece of immigration reform. As part of a possible Senate bill, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO both signed off on a new type of visa called the "W" visa for lesser-skilled workers not working in agriculture:

"This is a major, major obstacle that's overcome," says U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

  • A massive manhunt is underway after a district attorney and his wife were gunned down in their home just two months after the assistant district attorney in the same Texas county was killed. Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their home Saturday night. Authorities are looking into possible connections with drug cartels or white supremacists. Dallas attorney Pete Schulte says these killings have ramifications far beyond Kaufman County:

"I mean this is our local criminal justice system. And taking out the elected DA in such a small county in Texas makes every elected DA vulnerable."

  • There are a slew of numbers out there that show the economy has hit the accelerator since 2013 began. The stock market has hit record highs, home values are creeping up and the unemployment rate has been falling. But even though job growth has been steady, quality of life may be a bit more stagnant for many Americans. CNN Money's Tami Luhby says new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows workers in seven of the 10 largest occupations typically earn less than $30,000 a year:

"We're seeing that  income inequality is growing. The rich are getting richer but the Middle Class and lower-wage workers are stagnating at best, if not losing pay,over the last decade or so. And one of the reasons why is because the new jobs being created are poorly paying."

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