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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
- Only about half as many jobs as expected were added to the economy last month. Hiring fell sharply in March, with just 88,000 jobs created. That's the lowest monthly increase since June of 2012. Many economists were expecting an increase of 190,000. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate did inch down to 7.6%, its lowest rate since 2008, but that's not good news because nearly 500,000 people simply quit looking for a job. CNN's Ali Velshi explains it's a damper on the economy:
"The jobs market, it's been growing for 36 or 37 straight months, but it is not growing at the speed we need it to and that is holding the economic growth back in this country."
- A federal judge in Brooklyn has ordered the FDA to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter to people of any age. The move reverses an Obama administration decision requiring girls under 17 to get a prescription for the pill. CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen reports the sales restrictions of the drug were challenged in court by the Center for Reproductive Rights:
"What the arguments have been over the years is: Why is it okay for a 17-year-old to take it but not a 16-year-old? There's no medical reason, and FDA is supposed to focus on medicine and science – not on morality."
- If you were in Chicago last weekend, you might have seen a very strange scene in the streets. Hundreds of teenagers descended on one of the most popular districts in downtown last Saturday, starting fights, assaulting and robbing people. Local papers called the event, 'a violent flash mob.' Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly says the city's economic well-being is at stake:
"We're out there aggressively recruiting new conventions to come here to town. We're reaching out to visitors around the world. But, that's harder to do when you have negative headlines suggesting that it might not be safe to be in the central core."
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