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CNN Radio News Day: May 24, 2013
It's been a week of destruction, mourning and recovery in Moore, Oklahoma.
May 24th, 2013
04:36 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: May 24, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:

  • It's the end of a traumatic week in Moore, Oklahoma in the wake of the destructive and deadly tornado that struck the town Monday. But tomorrow, Moore's three high schools will try to make the day special for graduating seniors in ceremonies held in neighboring Oklahoma City. Schools meanwhile, have been a focus in this tragedy, especially since one of the elementary schools lacked a shelter for its children and teachers. And there was death at Plaza Towers Elementary. There's now a push to raise money to build shelters for all schools in the region. Resident Tasha Hames says the move is past due:

"Shelters should be in place. We've gone through this in Moore. We've lived through this before, and this is even worse, and I hope it's an eye-opener."

  • Was Florida teenager Trayvon Martin a pot-smoking, gun-dealing street fighter? Or was he a typical teen unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time when he was shot and killed in February of last year? Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of killing Martin, claim the 17-year old was troubled.  They're basing that claim on pictures and text messages from Martin's cellphone just released as new evidence. CNN's Dave Mattingly says this is a shot across the bow of prosecutors:

"The defense attorneys are saying 'look, if you try to make character an issue in this case and go after George Zimmerman's character, we can do the same thing with Trayvon Martin."

  • The phrase 'sandy beaches' has a pretty good ring to it heading into this Memorial Day holiday weekend. But separate the words – sandy and beaches – and the meaning is quite different for people living along the Jersey Shore and coastal New York. Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit months ago, the region's been in a mad dash trying to get the area ready for the summer tourism season. This man owns a pizzeria across from the Jersey Shore beach:

"Things are going really well. We're back, and it's going to be better than ever. It's going to be a great summer."

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