Newsfeed Now: President Trump touring Alabama tornado damage; Heated debate on Ark. bill

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On Newsfeed Now for March 8, the discussion begins with President Trump touring Alabama today, visiting with people impacted by tornadoes. A powerful EF4 tornado with punishing winds of 170 mph (274 kph) has been blamed for killing 23 people in Lee County on March 3 as it scoured a nearly mile-wide path that stretched roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers) from western Alabama into neighboring Georgia. Meteorologist Kristen Kennedy joins us to show how the area could possibly make its way back into the South. 

At the 5:19 mark, we discuss a controversial bill that sparked a heated debate in an Arkansas legislature committee meeting. The “Stand Your Ground” bill failed Wednesday evening in the Senate Judiciary Committee. When the committee tried to shorten debate on it Wednesday night, Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D- Pine Bluff) made heated comments about her colleagues who were trying to get the bill passed. Political analyst Bill Vickery joins us to talk about the debate. 

At 12:16, the discussion turns to Louisiana elementary school, where a student with special needs was pictured handcuffed to a chair. According to the school’s documents, Zykayden tried to headbutt and hit teachers.  At that point, Winnsboro Police Chief Willie Pierce said his officer took the appropriate actions, despite the department not having a policy for handling special needs students. Shrena Henderson said her child is traumatized and accommodations should be made for kids with disabilities. KTVE’s Bria Jones has the latest on the investigation. 

And to wrap up the show, we talk about a milestone anniversary for one of the most iconic dolls at the 17:27 mark. Barbie was the brainchild of one of Mattel’s co-founder’s, Ruth Handler,  60 years ago in 1959. You can celebrate Barbie’s 60th anniversary with Walmart’s ‘Be Anything’ Tour Across America. It kicks off Saturday, March 9 with a celebration at local Walmarts that will give girls the opportunity to explore careers, try on Barbie outfits and a chance to win $20,000 to make their dreams come true. KNWA’s Jennifer Penate talks about the history and impact of Barbie. 

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