Morning News Podcast: Monday, February 20th


Two of the students wounded in last week’s Michigan State campus shootings have had their conditions upgraded by hospitals. One is now in fair condition, another is serious but stable. Three more remain in critical condition. Three others were killed in two separate locations, apparently by the same gunman, who later took his own life after being confronted by police in Lansing.

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, the death toll stands at more than 46-thousand, and still climbing as crews continue to go through the rubble of thousands of buildings. Turkey has now pretty much ended rescue operations, believing there is likely no one left alive, and turned to recovery and rebuilding, as criticism mounts of government corruption and slow response. Things are worse in war-torn Syria.

Former President Jimmy Carter has entered hospice care. His grandson says the 98 year old Carter has decided to forego further medical intervention and spend his remaining days with wife Rosalyn and family in the Plains, Georgia home they built in 1961. Carter was president from 1977 to 1981, defeating Gerald Ford to win the office, and losing four years later to Ronald Reagan.

Notre Dame football will formally introduce Gerad Parker as its new offensive coordinator today, as he and head coach Marcus Freeman meet with reporters later this morning. Parker steps up from tight ends coach.

Basketball: the 10th ranked Notre Dame women dominated at Pittsburgh Sunday, winning 83-to-43. The Irish men lost Saturday at Virginia, 57-55.

In the Big Ten, Purdue over Ohio State on Sunday, 82-55. Saturday, Indiana edged Illinois 71-68, and Michigan downed Michigan State in Ann Arbor, 84-72.

Hockey: the Blackhawks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in Chicago, 5-to-3. The Detroit Redwings are at Washington tonight.