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CNN Radio News Day: May 22, 2013
Macie Thompson looks over damage at Briarwood Elementary School after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 21, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.
May 22nd, 2013
04:23 PM ET

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

  • On May 22, 2011, the town of Joplin, Missouri changed forever. That's when a massive tornado flattened thousands of homes and killed 161 friends, neighbors and family members. Over two years' time, Joplin has been rebuilding, and on today's anniversary, its residents are holding a picnic at the city park to not only remember, but celebrate a rebirth. Contrast that to Moore, Oklahoma, which is only two days removed from its tornado disaster. Zach Wakefield is one of so many volunteers helping to remove debris. He tells CNN Radio that at this stage, he takes heart in small moments:

"It's overwhelming, but there's a patch of green grass over there, and it wasn't there 15 minutes ago." FULL POST

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Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts
Boy Scouts of America will vote this week on wether to allow gay boys to join local troops.
May 22nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America will hold a controversial vote at its annual meeting this week that could open the door to gay Scouts to join the more than 100-year-old organization. The new resolution however would keep out gay adult leaders.

If the resolution passes, it could mean that many conservative and church sponsors of troops may cancel those sponsorships, leaving troops without a place to meet.

Reverend Earnest Easley, Senior Pastor of the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, said his church could no longer sponsor the Boy Scouts if they admit openly gay boys:

[0:57] “We cannot be a sponsor of any group that openly embraces a moral agenda contrary to our beliefs.” FULL POST

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