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Some of the top stories we discussed on this April 8 edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":

College hoops fans are gearing up to watch Virginia and Texas Tech battle it out for the men's college basketball national championship. Tip-off for tonight's National Championship Game is at 9:20 Eastern time at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Number one seed Virginia punched their ticket to the final after a narrow, one point victory over number five Auburn in the Final Four Saturday. Number three Texas Tech stunned Michigan State in their Final Four match, 61-51.

Police in Biloxi say one person is dead and another hospitalized in Alabama following a crash in the city early yesterday morning involving a pickup truck and a train.  It happened along Rodenberg Avenue, the deceased individual identified as 22-year-old Lazaro Morales, who was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. At last word, police hadn't determined who was driving the truck that was struck after the driver disregarded flashing lights and struck the train.

Rising speed limits over the past 25 years have contributed to the deaths of 37-thousand Americans. According to David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, reasonable speed limits play a crucial role in reducing traffic fatalities. Maximum speed limits, he says, have been rising since the mid-1990s. Proponents of raising the speed limit often argue that such increases simply bring the law in line with reality, since most drivers exceed the limit. Once the limit is raised, however, drivers go even faster. Later this month the IIHS along with members of the Governors Highway Safety Association will host a forum in Virginia on the speed problem and discuss ways to address it.

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Did you come into work with a hangover this morning? You are definitely not alone. A new survey found that 75% of employees admitted to dragging themselves to work after a night of heavy drinking. The survey also found that more men (80%) come to work hungover than women (70%). By generation, more Millennials come to work hungover (78%). They are followed by Baby Boomers at 71% and Gen Xers at 70%.

And how well do these workers function with a hangover? Not very. 46% of those who came to work hungover only pretended to do anything, 45% spent a lot of time in the bathroom, 35% took a really long lunch, 33% took a bunch of breaks, and 20% took a nap.

So what industries have the most hungover workers? We’re looking at you, lawyers and construction workers.

Here are the Top 5 industries with the most hungover workers:

  1. Legal – 94%
  2. Construction – 86%
  3. Transportation and Warehousing – 83%
  4. Marketing and Advertising – 83%
  5. Hotel/Food Services/Hospitality – 82% (The Ladders

Keith Urban is the 2019 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year. The honor comes six months after Urban won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards. Over the course of his career, Urban has won nine ACM Awards, including New Male Vocalist back in 2001. The 2019 ACM Male Artist of the Year award went to Thomas Rhett, while Kacey Musgraves won Female Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Some of last night's big performers included Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Dan and Shay, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Chris Stapleton and more artists. The show was hosted by country superstar Reba McEntire for the 16th time.

A rhino poacher is dead after he was crushed by an elephant and his remains eaten by lions. Officials at Kruger National Park in South Africa say the man was illegally hunting with a group in the park last Tuesday when the attack went down. The surviving poachers told the man's family, who reported the death to the park. His skull and a pair of pants were recovered last Thursday. Park officials offered their condolences to the family but warned that entering the park illegally on foot is unwise.

 

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