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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.

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.

  • 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 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.

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.

  • 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."

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CNN Radio News Day: April 5, 2013
A package of Plan B contraceptive is displayed on April 5, 2013.
April 5th, 2013
04:29 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 5, 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.

  • Only about half as many jobs as expected were added to the economy last month. Hiring fell sharply in March, with just 88,000 jobs created. That's the lowest monthly increase since June of 2012.  Many economists were expecting an increase of 190,000.  The Labor Department says the unemployment rate did inch down to 7.6%, its lowest rate since 2008,  but that's not good news because nearly 500,000 people simply quit looking for a job. CNN's Ali Velshi explains it's a damper on the economy:

"The jobs market, it's been growing for 36 or 37 straight months, but it is not growing at the speed we need it to and that is holding the economic growth back in this country."

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CNN Radio News Day: April 4, 2013
Taliban fighters stand handcuffed near seized weapons as they are displayed to the media at a police headquarters in Jalalabad on March 2, 2013. Seven Taliban insurgents have been arrested with their weapons by Afghan border police during an operation in Ghani khel District of Nangarhar province.
April 4th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: April 4, 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.

  • A NATO airstrike has killed four Afghan police officers and two civilians in Eastern Ghazni Province.  A local official says the policemen were examining a destroyed vehicle when the attack happened. It's a stark reminder that the war in Afghanistan isn't over.  But the Obama administration has already announced that a majority of U.S. troops will leave the country by the end of 2014. CNN's Anna Coren reports:

"Despite all the fighting, all the hundreds of billions of dollars that is being spent, the thousands of lives lost, U.S. is yet to win this war."

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April 4th, 2013
01:07 PM ET

Atlanta schools head looks beyond cheating scandal

By Tommy Andres, CNN

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(CNN) - This week, 35 former Atlanta Public Schools (APS) teachers and administrators, including the former superintendent, Beverly Hall, turned themselves into police. They were indicted on charges ranging from racketeering to theft, all tied to a district-wide cheating scandal dating back to 2009 test scores.  It's been described as the largest school cheating scheme in the history of the United States.

The teachers are accused of erasing and changing standardized test answers to improve scores. Those scores are tied closely to state and federal funding as well as teacher bonuses.

The arrests were another step towards closure of a three year saga that's left an indelible mark on Atlanta.

Errol Davis took over as superintendent when Beverly Hall resigned in 2011. It was only days before the cheating scandal became public.

CNN Radio interviewed Davis about his journey through the scandal and about changes he's made on testing security at Atlanta's public schools.

[3:03]  "We have put in clear expectations, we have trained people, we have put in testing protocols, we have automatic triggers now for investigations when we see test scores go in one direction or another."

Davis also started mandatory annual ethics training for all APS employees. He makes no excuses for the cheating scandal and when asked where the responsibility lies, he told CNN:

[4:07]  "It's a very simple mantra. All failures  are leadership failures and what I see in this entire milieu is failure at every level"

Before becoming superintendent of APS,  Davis was chancellor of  the University System of Georgia.  He had also been a Chairman of the Board at Alliant Energy Corporation.

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