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CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 2013
An activist places crosses on the National Mall for victims of gun violence April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The activists gathered to begin a 24 hour vigil on the National Mall with over 3000 crosses for victims of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook School shooting last December.
April 11th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Today the Senate decided that a bill to expand background checks on firearms will hit the floor for debate. The vote broke an attempt by some Republican senators to filibuster. All of it was procedural but important – a sign that the nation's lawmakers will at least consider gun control measures. Still, this is the first tiny step in a long, hard climb for gun control advocates. Dan Baum, author of the book 'Gun Guys', is a self-described liberal but also a gun enthusiast. He's frustrated at how the gun conversation is panning-out:

"The post-Sandy Hook wave of anti-gun sentiment and the impulse to ban guns, I actually think has made us less safe." FULL POST

Sandy victims fight for insurance funds
Eileen McCormack is fighting with her lien holder to get the cash from a Sandy insurance claim.
April 11th, 2013
01:08 PM ET

Sandy victims fight for insurance funds

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) – Five months after super-storm Sandy flooded tens of thousands of homes in New York and New Jersey many people are still fighting to get the cash already awarded to them by insurance companies.

Some banks and mortgage companies are being criticized for holding on to the money.

[1:45] “They are holding us hostage and I am very angry,” said Eileen McCormack, a homeowner in Freeport, NY who had over three feet of water in the first floor of her home.

Her insurance claim was settled for over $50,000 but her mortgage company won’t release the funds. An agent told her it’s because she’s behind in her payments.

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