By Kelsey Grau
Today Show: Three Women Rescued in Cleveland
Reporter Kristen Dahlgren was in Cleveland, Ohio, for Today, to follow up on a breaking story concerning the rescue of three women after a decade of captivity. The police chief confirmed that chains and ties were found inside the house, preventing the women from ever leaving.
Although they continue searching for evidence, police did expect the three male suspects to be charged by 6 p.m. May 8. While the women were in a secure location, they were expected to be able to go home on May 8, after being reacquainted with family; some family members they remember and other new ones have been born in their absence.
Michelle Knight’s mother even put a flyer on the house after her daughter went missing, showing just how close these women were to their old neighborhoods.
“You cannot forget the courage that Amanda Berry had to make that break for it, knowing after ten years what the consequences may have been for her, the other women, and perhaps her child,” said Geist.
Al Roker: Hatcher Family Farm
Al Roker was in College Grove, Tennessee, where he was visiting the Hatcher family farm. Established in 1831, the five siblings living on the property start their day at 4:30 in the morning and go late into the evening, churning butter and caring for their 72 dairy cows. Al went on to say that family farmers in this country are very underappreciated since they work so hard, but get little recognition.
Today Show: Governor Mark Sanford Comeback
Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford beat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Steven Colbert’s sister, in a special election for South Carolina’s open congressional seat. Four years ago, scandal rocked his career after he left the office for a few days, claiming he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but in reality, visiting his mistress in Argentina.
Even though it’s normally a very conservative district, Abby Huntsman speculated that Sanford out-campaigned his opponent. Now that he is engaged to the mistress, people feel Sanford is ready for a second chance.
Today Show: Colorado Theater Shootings
James Holmes, who is facing the death penalty for killing 12 people and injuring 70 in Aurora, Colorado during a shooting rampage last July, wants to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. He is charged with more than 160 counts of murder and attempted murder.
Today Show: Christopher Dorner Victims
During the spree of fugitive ex-California cop Christopher Dorner, he tied up a couple, who will now get 80% of the $1 million reward for his capture. They managed to reach a phone and call police, despite their restraints. Two men will share the remaining money: one who spotted Dorner and another who found his burned-out truck.
Today Show: Delaware Gay Marriage
On Tuesday, Governor Jack Markell signed a new law that will allow existing civil unions to be converted into marriages within the year. The law goes into effect on July 1, making Delaware the eleventh state to allow gay marriage.
Today Show: Prostate Cancer Test
There is a new tool for men with prostate cancer that is designed to determine how aggressive the cancer is and what kind of treatment is needed, potentially preventing sometimes unnecessary measures like chemo. The genetic test is similar to ones used to detect breast and colon cancer.
Today Show: Helmets for Pitchers?
After a recent incident in Florida, some are left wondering if pitchers need to wear special helmets on the mound.
Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head with a line drive and was forced to leave the field on a stretcher, after indicating to fans that he was okay. While in stable condition, Happ’s hit has caused this increasingly common incident to come under discussion and MLB officials may require protective headgear to be worn by pitchers.