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CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 2013
November 1976: Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher makes a 'victory' sign outside her home in Chelsea, London.
April 8th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early this morning. Her spokeswoman said she suffered a stroke yesterday. She was 87-years-old. Reaction to Thatcher's death has come from all corners of the globe today. Nicknamed the Iron Lady, Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and a towering presence both at home and abroad. Chris Collins served as Thatcher's archivist and he had this to say of her legacy:

"It's no accident that her name and face are so well recognized and have been because they were pioneering ideas and they've become enshrined and entrenched in just about one country or another."

  • Congress is back! Capitol Hill is buzzing with activity after two weeks off and there's a whole lot going on. This week lawmakers take up the hot topic of gun control and CNN's Lisa Desjardins takes a look at a surprising trend: high-profile measures passing with bi-partisan support. Former Senator Olympia Snowe says from the outside, things look a bit better:

"I think they finally recognize that it was unacceptable. That the partisan divide was so great it impeded progress on these issues that on their face were obviously and evidently compelling."

But not everyone is so impressed. Check out the podcast for all the details.

  • Today is the day that the world remembers the terrible toll of the Holocaust. But even now some whose lives were impacted by those events are still awaiting proper reparations. CNN's Jim Roope tells the story of Serena and Rita Rubin. The two sisters grew up in Romania. When they were just teenagers their whole family was killed and they were put in concentration camps. Despite their incredible suffering these two have received only a pittance, explains Serena Rubin:

“Nothing can replace the loss of our parents and our families. Money will not replace anybody’s life. But we need it.”

The German government has paid out some $91 billion in reparations since 1951.

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