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CNN Radio News Day: May 21, 2013
Dana Ulepich looks at the debris from her house destroyed by a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
May 21st, 2013
04:36 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 21, 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. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • One of the "most horrific storms and disasters that this state has ever faced." That's how Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin described what happened to her state late Monday afternoon. The day after a massive tornado with wind speeds of 190 mph pulverized the town of Moore, residents and emergency workers are trying to come to grips not only with the destruction, but loss of life. The death toll of 24, including nine children, is likely to rise. More than 200 are injured.  Survivors like Norma Bautista are having trouble processing the reality:

"I'm speechless. How did this happen? Why did this happen?...In an instant, everthing's gone."

  • There was a lot of talk about taxes on Capitol Hill today. The IRS got another round of tough questions over its targeting of conservative groups. But in a different hearing, there were also tough questions for the CEO of a powerful and influential company. A Senate report claims tech giant Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by setting-up offices in Ireland. Richard Harvey, an author of the report, says this says a lot about problems with U.S. tax law:

"The real question is whether it makes sense to have them being able to record 64% of their profits in an entity that has no employees and no real activity."

  • 1,400 leaders of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America will decide this week if openly gay boys can join their local troops. It's a proposal that's sparked controversy within the more than 100-year-old private organization. While some say admitting gay boys is going too far, others want this change – and more. Pierre Landry leads a troop in the Los Angeles-area. He says the door needs to be opened for gay men to be leaders too:

"Once you turn 18 we're going to hold you accountable and all these people that we've wanted you to spend time with and know and trust and use as leaders, we don't want you to associate with any of those people anymore. What kind of a message does that send the boy?'"

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