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CNN Radio News Day: April 24, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, MA - APRIL 24: Police officers enter the memorial service for slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier on April 24, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Collier was allegedly shot by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
April 24th, 2013
04:24 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 24, 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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  • Police officers in crisp blue uniforms were among the thousands that turned-out in Boston to remember Sean Collier. He's the MIT police officer gunned-down in his squad car by the suspected Boston marathon bombers last week. But while the Collier family gets closure out of a terror attack that resonated across the country, many families of the attacks of September 11, 2001 still wait for theirs. More than a thousand victims' remains are still missing, but recently recovered debris at the World Trade Center site has yielded bone fragments. Michael Burke still hopes for closure, after losing his firefighter brother Billy that horrible day 12-and-a-half years ago:

"It would be a relief to know that these sacred remains are no longer sitting in a landfill somewhere. Whatever we choose to do with them, they would be regarded with all due reverence. It would be nice I guess, even an envelope."

  • Rhode Island lawmakers are moving a step closer to legalizing gay marriage, possibly soon to become the 10th U.S. state to legalize. Gay marriage is just one of many divisive issues clogging-up Washington D.C. these days. But a lot of states find ways to get things done. Take for example guns. Sandy Johnson with Stateline.org says 15 states have passed laws to expand rights this year. Another four voted for stricter control. Johnson says it's because state legislatures are much less conflicted – because they're much less divided than the nation as a whole:

"There are 37 states where one party dominates both the governor's office and both chambers of the legislature – 25 of those are Republican. So they pretty much have their way with the legislation in those states."

  • There's a method to the success of many music artists. CNN Radio introduces you to one man instrumental in the success of one of them. Young Guru is the personal engineer who works the boards in the studio for Jay-Z.  He shares with CNN's Gavin Godfrey a key secret to Jay-Z's recording magic – one that many hip-hop artists miss:

“He'll take a half-hour to 45 minutes to memorize the song. In rock-and-roll, this is a normal concept. We don't go in the studio to make music, we go into the studio to record the music.”

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