NEWSCASTER: Melissa Caceres
INCUE: “In New York, I’m Melissa Caceres”
OUTCUE: “Melissa Caceres, Columbia Radio News”
In New York, I’m Melissa Caceres.
The US military is looking into Russia’s role in Syria’s chemical weapons attack earlier this week. Officials say the country failed to control the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons. Ambassador Nikki Haley condemned Russia at the United Nations today.
NIKKI HALEY TAPE: It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. Or it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools. Telling them that there are no chemical weapons, all the while stockpiling them on their bases.
Earlier today, Senator John McCain told MSNBC he supports the recent missile strike against a Syrian airbase.
MCCAIN TAPE: I think it was appropriate but I would like to say despite all the enthusiasm, we see this morning, if I might quote Churchill, ‘it’s the end of the beginning. Not the beginning of the end.’
In Europe, Stockholm police arrested a suspect in connection with a stolen truck that plowed through a busy street. The truck hit several pedestrians and then crashed into a department store. Swedish media outlets report that at least four people died and 12 were injured in the attack. Officials are calling it a likely act of terrorism.
The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court today. The confirmation comes after weeks of political in-fighting. Yesterday, Republicans changed Senate rules to go around opposition by Democrats. The move known as the “the nuclear option” helped break the Democratic filibuster and cleared the way for Trump’s nominee. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the confirmation.
MCCONNELL TAPE: I think as we all know, this is a person of extraordinary credentials who will bring honor to the supreme court for many many years to come. So it is indeed a proud day.
Gorsuch is filling the seat left last year by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Jobs numbers are in. The US economy added fewer jobs than expected in March. The government and the private sector added only 98,000 jobs. That number is less than half what it was this time last year. But many economists say the weather could be partially to blame.
This March was colder than normal and there was a big snow storm in the Northeast during the time the surveys are compiling data. Which may have contributed to the reduction of overall payrolls.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate plunged to 4.5 percent, the lowest since May 2007.
It was a high of 48 degrees today. Tomorrow will be a high of 56. And it’ll be sunny throughout the weekend.
Melissa Caceres, Columbia Radio News.