It's a one-two punch of deadly and destructive weather. New twisters touch down less than 24 hours after tornadoes swept through Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma. At least 14 were killed in Arkansas, and officials fear the death toll will rise as crews dig through debris. The twisters ripped roofs off of homes, tossed cars like toys and tore down power lines. Anderson takes a look at the destruction.
Martin Savidge reports from Tupelo, Mississippi just after a twister leveled a busy section of the city and Ed Lavandera has the latest from hard hit Mayflower, Arkansas.
Ivan Lopez took three lives before taking his own. He also wounded 16 others. Some of them were rushed to Scott and White Memorial Hospital. Dr. Matthew Davis is the Director of Trauma there, and he treated some of the shooting victims. Dr. Davis also treated the victims after the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. He spoke to John Berman about his team's response to the shooting.
Ed Lavandera has more information on the surviving Fort Hood victims.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the leading Republican candidate for governor in Texas. He is taking heat for campaigning along-side controversial rock star Ted Nugent. Last month, Nugent called President Obama a 'communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.' He called Greg Abbot a 'friend' and 'blood brother.' For the last two weeks AC360 extended an invitation to Mr Abbott to come on the show, but he declined, citing scheduling issues. So Ed Lavandera traveled to an Abbott campaign event to get answers.
Anderson discussed this with chief political analyst Gloria Borger and political commentator Ana Navarro.
Ed Lavandera was in court today when a Texas judge ordered Marlise Munoz to be removed from life support. She is brain-dead and her family says she never wanted to be kept on machines like this. But because she is pregnant, the hospital has kept her on a ventilator.
John Berman discussed this with legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos, along with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
Tomorrow the husband of Marlise Munoz will ask a judge to order that she be removed from life support machines. Her family says she is brain-dead; but the hospital that is caring for her says a Texas law requires that she be kept on life support because she is pregnant. Ed Lavandera has the latest on tomorrow's emergency hearing.
Anderson discussed all of this with legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos, Dr. Lisa Masterson and children's advocate Areva Martin.
Marlise Munoz was 14-weeks pregnant when she collapsed from an apparent blood clot. Her family says she is brain-dead, which means legally dead. Previously she and her husband had discussed being in precisely this kind of situation; neither wanted to be kept on life-support machines. However, under Texas law, because she is pregnant, the hospital is refusing to take her off life-support until a baby can be delivered. Now, her family is releasing new information about the fetus's condition.
Anderson discussed this with legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Mark Geragos, along with OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson.
Wendy Davis wants to be the next governor of Texas. The democrat shot to superstardom last June with her marathon filibuster of strict new abortion regulations. She's made her life story a centerpiece of her gubernatorial campaign. But now there are allegations she has been blurring the facts when it comes to her past. Ed Lavandera has the story.
The husband of a brain-dead woman has filed a lawsuit to force a Texas hospital to remove his wife from life-support. Marlise Munoz, who is pregnant with her second child, collapsed in November from an apparent blood clot in her lung. Under Texas law, she is legally dead but the hospital insists its hands are tied by another state law. CNN’s Ed Lavendara reports.
A brain-dead woman in Texas is being kept on a ventilator against her family's wishes. She is 20 weeks pregnant and state law prevents doctors from removing pregnant women from life support. It comes as the case of Jahi McMath is making headlines. Both cases are raising difficult and heartbreaking questions about life and death. Ed Lavandera has the latest.
Anderson discussed this with Art Caplan, Head of Medical Ethics at New York University's Langone Medical Center, along with Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and Criminal Defense Attorney Mark Geragos.
16-year old drunk driver Ethan Couch killed four people. He was sentenced to probation rather than prison after his lawyer argued he was a victim of "affluenza"; the idea being his wealthy parents had so completely indulged his prior bad behavior, he was incapable of taking responsibility for his actions. In other words, the “spoiled brat”defense. Now, Couch may have to mount a new defense. He is the focus of a new legal effort. Ed Lavandera has the latest.
Anderson discussed all this with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos.