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CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 2013
An activist places crosses on the National Mall for victims of gun violence April 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The activists gathered to begin a 24 hour vigil on the National Mall with over 3000 crosses for victims of gun violence in the United States since the Sandy Hook School shooting last December.
April 11th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 11, 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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  • Today the Senate decided that a bill to expand background checks on firearms will hit the floor for debate. The vote broke an attempt by some Republican senators to filibuster. All of it was procedural but important – a sign that the nation's lawmakers will at least consider gun control measures. Still, this is the first tiny step in a long, hard climb for gun control advocates. Dan Baum, author of the book 'Gun Guys', is a self-described liberal but also a gun enthusiast. He's frustrated at how the gun conversation is panning-out:

"The post-Sandy Hook wave of anti-gun sentiment and the impulse to ban guns, I actually think has made us less safe." FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 2013
Journalists photograph copies of US President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal to be distributed to Senate staff on Capitol Hill.
April 10th, 2013
04:44 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 10, 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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  • A Republican and a Democrat who both support gun rights announced today that they'd reached a compromise deal on the controversial issue of background checks. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin say if their plan becomes law it would expand background checks for firearms sold on the internet and at gun shows. After the news conferene, Manchin was asked how he thought Newtown familes would respond:

"I would hope they would look at the positive things and the positive steps we’ve taken to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people – I really would."

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CNN Radio News Day: April 9, 2013
Connecticut Senators speak to the media after meeting with families impacted by the Newtown tragedy.
April 9th, 2013
04:48 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 9, 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.

You don’t have to be at this blog to listen, we want you to take us with you! Click the download button in the SoundCloud player and put us on your smart phone or tablet and bring us with you in the car, on the train or while you’re working out.

(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Yesterday President Obama met with the families of the Newtown shooting victims in Connecticut. Today he brought 12 of them to back Washington. He's hoping to sway 14 Republican senators who have signed a letter promising to filibuster any gun control measures that could hit the Senate floor this week.  Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut:

"It is insulting to the families of Sandy Hook, Connecticut who have gone through this tragedy to not even get a vote on the floor of the United States Senate on a gun violence package that 90 percent of Americans support. What's become of this democracy?" FULL POST

CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 2013
November 1976: Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher makes a 'victory' sign outside her home in Chelsea, London.
April 8th, 2013
04:26 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 8, 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.

  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early this morning. Her spokeswoman said she suffered a stroke yesterday. She was 87-years-old. Reaction to Thatcher's death has come from all corners of the globe today. Nicknamed the Iron Lady, Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and a towering presence both at home and abroad. Chris Collins served as Thatcher's archivist and he had this to say of her legacy:

"It's no accident that her name and face are so well recognized and have been because they were pioneering ideas and they've become enshrined and entrenched in just about one country or another."

FULL POST

April 7th, 2013
06:00 AM ET

Violent teen ‘flash mobs’ confound cities

By Nova Safo, CNN

Follow on Twitter: @nova_safo

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(CNN) - The city of Chicago is grappling with how to respond to a strange event on a recent weekend afternoon, when hundreds of teens suddenly took over part of the city's downtown. There were fights among the teens, a reported assault on a passerby, and other disturbances. The local media dubbed it a violent teen "flash mob."

The incident alarmed residents, and some city officials, including Alderman Brendan Reilly who represents the area where the violence occurred. Reilly quickly called for a more visible police presence, and for businesses to be able to hire off-duty police officers as private security. The alderman believes the stakes are high for Chicago:

[2:52] “We’re out there aggressively recruiting new conventions to come here to town, we’re reaching out to visitors around the world, marketing this beautiful, great, safe city. But that’s harder to do, when you have negative headlines suggesting that it may not be safe to be in the central core.” FULL POST

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