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19 dead after TX school shooting, Biden calls on lawmakers: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: 19 children killed in Texas school shooting

The nation is struggling to make sense of the latest mass shooting. Plus, hear reactions to the shooting from politics to sports, reporters Jessica Guynn and Jayme Fraser look at how Black women are still largely being denied high paying executive jobs, Depp v. Heard continues and reporter Marina Pitofsky tells us how the rich got richer during the pandemic.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 25th of May, 2022. Today, 19 children are dead after the nation’s latest mass shooting. Plus, two years since the murder of George Floyd, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines.

  1. North Korea launched two ballistic missiles toward the sea yesterday. The firings came three days after the US and South Korea agreed, during President Joe Biden’s visit, to consider expanded military exercises to deter North Korean nuclear threats.
  2. The US today will close the door on the last chance for Russia to pay its billions in debts to international investors. That makes the country’s first default on its debts in more than a century all but inevitable.
  3. And the UN says more than a million children under the age of five will likely face the most severe form of malnutrition in Afghanistan this year.

Taylor Wilson:

A gunman killed 19 children at a Texas elementary school yesterday. It was the deadliest shooting at a US grade school since the 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Speaker 2:

Are you injured?

Speaker 3:

Oh my God!

Speaker 2:

Where? Where? A kid?

Speaker 4:

They shot a kid?

Taylor Wilson:

That was the scene yesterday afternoon as some parents frantically waited outside a police perimeter, trying to find out what was going on. An 18 year old wearing body armor fired hundreds of rounds inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a city between San Antonio and the US/Mexico border. In addition to the 19 children, the gunman also killed two adults. A US border protection agent later shot and killed the attacker. Officials said he also shot his grandmother before traveling to the school. She was airlifted and was in critical condition this morning.

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