Morning Report: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Clouds rule the sky today, with temperatures steady at around 55 degrees and a high of 58 degrees expected. Winds are moving SE at 15 to 20 mph. There is a 20 percent chance of rain throughout the day.

The sun will set at 7:39 p.m. and the moon enters its first quarter phase.

Five things to know today:

  • The fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — north of Waco, Texas — at around 8 p.m. Eastern Time last night has killed between five and 15 people, at least, and injured over 160 people, authorities say. [Waco Tribune]
  • The U.S. Senate rejected the proposed gun control bill that would have instituted universal background checks, but supporters insist the battle is not over.  [NYTimes; CBS]
  • Barclays is making gains on Madison Square Garden in terms of cultural cache and name recognizability. [Crain’s]
  • NYC real estate developer Forest City Ratner is welcoming a new CEO, MaryAnne Gilmartin. [The Real Deal]
  • More evidence has surfaced that the farm antibiotics in supermarket meat are harmful to human health. [NPR]

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