Hop Aboard The KPEL News Topic Train (Audio)
Every morning on "Acadiana's Morning News," host Rob Kirkpatrick puts on his conductor's hat and takes listeners for a ride on the Topic Train.
The Topic Train starts your day by wrapping up the major national headlines from the day/week before and clues you in on what you may expect to hear during your new day.
Unfortunately, it was a very tragic week, with much of it centered in the city of Orlando with the mass shooting and the alligator attack. But, internationally, Jo Cox became the first British lawmaker to be killed in office. Even in the entertainment world, Meatloaf collapsed on stage last night.
A bright spot this week: sports. Team USA soccer appears to be back on track and reaching heights it's only seen once before. And, we are now set up for a Game 7 in a championship series - the NBA Finals between the defending champion Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
So, hop aboard the Topic Train and get caught up on the news that matters.
Every day brings fresh revelations about Omar Mateen - what he did before the Pulse nightclub attack and during. Yesterday, we learned he texted his wife two hours into the massacre, asking if she'd seen the news. When she tried calling him back after learning what was going on, he didn't respond. He also vented on Facebook during the attack. We also learned that about a month ago, Mateen tried to buy body armor and 1,000 rounds of ammo from a gun store. It turned him down and called the FBI.
There are so many reasons Jo Cox's death is so stunning. A) She's the first British lawmaker to be killed in office in more than two decades. B) She was gunned down in public, in a nation with some of the tightest gun laws. C) And it may have been over Brexit. Cox had pushed for Britain to stay in the EU, an unpopular position with some right-wing groups, including one called Britain Her attacker reportedly yelled "Put Britain first" before shooting her.
Disney says it'll start putting up alligator warning signs as soon as possible after a gator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves. There are "No Swimming" signs at that lagoon, but none about gators. Officials have caught or killed at least five gators from the lagoon and think the one responsible for Lane's death is dead, but they're not totally sure. The boy's family is back home in Nebraska.
Team USA is in the Copa America semis after a nail-biting 2-1 win against Ecuador. This is a big deal, folks: It's only the second time in the cup's history that the U.S. has made it this far . Meanwhile, in the NBA Finals, King James played Superman, scoring 41 points in the Cavs' win over the Golden State Warriors. Sunday night, the Cavs could become the first team to climb out of a 3-1 hole to win a Finals series.
Rocker Meat Loaf collapsed on stage last night while belting out the song he's best known for: "I'd Do Anything for Love." At first, fans at the Edmonton show it was all part of the act. But when the 68-year-old singer didn't move and stage hands rushed to his side, they realized it was serious. The singer had postponed a concert in Calgary earlier in the week "due to illness." We don't have an update on his condition just yet.
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