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Week In The News: North Korea, Dead Lawmen, Texas Manhunt

All eyes on North Korea. More dead lawmen, and a Texas manhunt.  Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion, wearing anti-chemical suits check mock chemical pollutants on each other for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognize the battalion's official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP)

Soldiers of the U.S. Army 23rd chemical battalion, wearing anti-chemical suits check mock chemical pollutants on each other for a demonstration of their equipment during a ceremony to recognize the battalion’s official return to the 2nd Infantry Division based in South Korea at Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, north of Seoul, Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP)

Korea and jobs – or not enough jobs – at the top of the news this week.  North Korea’s stream of threats got bigger.  Scarier.  We’re used to ignoring it.  This week, we’re not so sure.  The March jobs report – crummy.  Just 88,000 jobs added last month.  Down from 268,000 in February.

Lots of gun talk.  New state gun laws.  And lawmen, gunned down.  In Texas.  In West Virginia.  We may have an immigration deal coming.  We do have a big pipeline spill in Arkansas.  And a Rutgers coach, out over anger management.

This hour, On Point: our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Tom Gjelten, national security correspondent for NPR. (@tgjelten)

Margaret Talev, White House correspondent for Bloomberg. (@margarettalev)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

From Tom’s Reading List

CNN “North Korea stirred up fresh unease in Northeast Asia early Thursday, threatening attacks by a smaller, lighter and diversified’ nuclear force and warning, ‘The moment of explosion is approaching fast.’ The new threat came after the North Koreans locked South Korean workers out of a joint factory complex and announced plans to restart a nuclear reactor it shut down five years ago. Meanwhile, the United States announced it was sending ballistic missile defenses to Guam, a Pacific territory that’s home to U.S. naval and air bases”

Los Angeles Times “This North Texas community about 35 miles east of Dallas prepared early Thursday to mourn the sudden loss of Dist. Atty. Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. McLelland, 63, and his wife, 65, were gunned down at their home in nearby Forney on Saturday, less than two months after another Kaufman County prosecutor, Mark Hasse, 57, was shot and killed outside the courthouse. So far, no arrests have been made in connection with either shooting, authorities said.”

USA Today “Rutgers University has fired coach Mike Rice less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Outside the Lines aired video footage of Rice physically abusing players, the school announced on Wednesday morning. ‘Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice,’ the school statement read.”

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