CNN Radio News Day: October 9, 2012
October 9th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 9, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • A new CNN poll shows the battleground state of Ohio still in Obama's column, but within the margin of error.  Both President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are campaigning in the Buckeye state tonight where the battle is on for the remaining undecided.

[1:41] "There were some on the fence voters who knew they weren't all that happy with Barack Obama but weren't sure that Romney was an acceptable alternative, "   says Joe Hallett, politics editor with the  Columbus Dispatch,  after visting Toledo.

  • A Pew Research poll shows that the number of Americans who do not identify with a religion increased by 25 percent over the past five years.  One in five Americans now have no religious affiliation at all.  CNN's Dan Gillgoff says:

[7:42]  "Thirty-seven percent of these people say they are spiritual, but not religious. You really have to drill down deep and not presume that these people are atheists just because they don't identify with a particular tradition."

  • Before there was ever a thought of Justin Bieber, his mother Pattie Mallette struggled with the will to live. Six months later, Mallette found out she was pregnant with a child who would later become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.  She shares her story with us.

[13:35] "When I was in the hospital for trying to commit suicide I was desperate and I just literally cried out to God and said if you are real you have to come and help me and if you have a purpose and a plan then it’s gotta be better than what I’m doing so let’s see it."

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