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Driving and distractions a challenge for teens
Teens are put to the distracted driving test.
April 22nd, 2013
05:29 PM ET

Driving and distractions a challenge for teens

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By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Car accidents are the number-one cause of death for teenagers. And 25 percent of all teen driving crashes are due to distracted driving.

Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, events are being held all over the country to try and focus teens behind the wheel.

Bonny Spray knows first-hand, the dangers of distracted driving:

[2:06] “Six years ago on this date, my daughter was pronounced dead following a single-car accident from texting and driving.”

Spray and her 19-year-old daughter Amanda were trading text messages about a fight Amanda was having with her roommate.

[2:43] “The last text I got was, ‘I‘m not doing too well.’”

Spray now goes to high schools to share her daughter's story and talk about the dangers of distracted driving.

Outside John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, teen volunteers get set to take the distracted driving challenge; an obstacle course that’s more about the distractions inside the car than those outside it.

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CNN Radio News Day: April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013, Medford, Massachusetts. The funeral procession passes a sign for 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, who was one of three people killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
April 22nd, 2013
04:47 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 22, 2013

CNN Radio News Day is an evening news program providing an informative, thoughtful and creative look at the day's events. It's posted Monday through Friday at 4:30 pm ET.

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • The city of Boston this afternoon marked one week since the marathon bombings with a moment of silence throughout the city. Meanwhile, the surviving bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is facing federal charges that could allow the government to seek the death penalty against the 19-year-old.  CNN's Deborah Feyerick  reports:

"He is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. Those are the two preliminary charges upon which he is being held." FULL POST

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Living with Grandma and making it work
Peggy Casey and her mother Marguerite Stentz at their home in suburban Atlanta.
April 22nd, 2013
09:09 AM ET

Living with Grandma and making it work

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

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Three years ago Peggy Casey found herself in a situation that's increasingly common in the United States. She needed to sort out elder care for her mother. So Casey went hunting for options. She found an assisted living home that she thought would do nicely.

[:46] "My idea was I'll pluck her out of this home that has all these problems and I'll put her down in this gorgeous place full of luxury and of course she didn't see it that way at all."

That's putting it mildly. Maguerite Stentz laughs at the memory:

[:57] " I would have hated it. I would have had my own little apartment upstairs and I'm not a people person. It would have been unbearable."

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