tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Govt To Follow Parliament's Lead On Opining Rigging Probe http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297927&typ_800=N The presidential office says it will follow parliament's decision on whether or not to conduct a special probe into a recent opinion rigging scandal involving former members of the ruling party Democratic Party. The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has been staging a sit-in protest in front of the National Assembly demanding independent counsel look into the case. They also claim DP lawmaker Kim Kyung-soo was involved in the scandal, which centers around a political power blogger known as Druking, and other DP members who rigged comments on news articles posted online. Representative Kim has denied any wrongdoing and said he would cooperate with any investigation.■ Jeongeun Lee 201804201056+0900 N. Korea Opens Key Party Meeting Ahead Of Summits With S. Korea, US http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297926&typ_800=U North Korea is set to hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party today. The North's Korean Central News Agency reported the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea is convening to discuss policy issues of "a new stage" in a historic period. The session is drawing keen attention over whether the North will send a message of denuclearization as it comes ahead of leader Kim Jong-un's meetings South Korea and the United States. There is also anticipation that Pyongyang may unveil a potential shift in its stance toward its nuclear program.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201804201056+0900 S. Korea Celebrates 38th Disabled Persons Day http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297925&typ_800=P Today marks the 38th Day of Persons with Disabilities in Korea. The welfare ministry is holding an official ceremony to celebrate and support people with disabilities at the 63 building in Yeoido, Seoul. Over 500 people including people with disabilities and their families.Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo, and members of disability related institutions were expected to attend. Various events are also being held across the country. In the capital, a special program is being held at the National Folk Museum of Korea to mark the day, including a drawing contest. ■ Meeyeon Ahn 201804201056+0900 Democratic Party To Pick New Floor Leader In May http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297924&typ_800=N The ruling Democratic Party is gearing up to hold internal elections next month to pick a new floor leader and a candidate for National Assembly speaker. The DP's election management team notified its decision-making Supreme Council that polls for the floor leader and parliamentary chief posts will be held on May 11th and the 16th, respectively. Incumbent floor leader Woo Won-shik's one-year term ends next month. Possible candidates being mentioned to replace him include representatives Cho Jeong-sik, Hong Young-pyo, Kim Tae-nyeon and Noh Woong-rae.■ Meeyeon Ahn 201804201055+0900 Weather Update 1100 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297923&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's sunny skies nationwide. Temperatures are heating up outside. Highs will range between 21 and 29 degrees this afternoon. Here in the capital, the mercury will peak at 27 degrees. Be aware, bad levels of fine dust are affecting air quality in various regions, including the capital, Gangwon and the Chungcheong provinces. Make sure to take precautions -- wear a mask if necessary. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201804201055+0900 Seoul Stocks In Mid-Day Trade http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297905&typ_800=Z Turning to the local bourse, stocks in Seoul are trading _________ at this hour. As of noon, the benchmark KOSPI was up/down _____ percent at _______, while the tech-heavy KOSDAQ was up/down _____ percent at _______. The local currency was trading at _______ won against the greenback, up/down/unchanged _____ won from yesterday's close.■1,062 Rosyn Park 201804201005+0900 US Says It Would Support Formal End To Korean War http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297903&typ_800=M The United States says it would support a formal end to the Korean War. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a regular press briefing on Thursday that they would like to see a formal end to the armistice signed in 1953. Previously, U.S. President Donald Trump said the Koreas have his "blessing" to discuss the end of war. Trump is expected to have his own meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in May or early June to talk about denuclearizing the regime. Nauert said the U.S. is also negotiating for the release of three American detainees in the North.■ Luke Cleary 201804200939+0900 Vietnamese Victims Of S. Korean Wartime Misdeeds Demand Apology http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297900&typ_800=P Two Vietnamese victims of South Korea's wartime misdeeds have called on Seoul to apologize and take steps to verify the truth behind alleged mass killings during the Vietnam War. Nguyen Titan and another woman urged for the Korean military to recognize their wrongdoings and yesterday during a press conference at the National Assembly. They are in the country to testify before the "People's Tribunal," slated to convene in the capital Saturday and Sunday. The tribunal is a mock trial designed to look into the incidents and is led by the local civic group MINBYUN-Lawyers for a Democratic Society. In March, South Korean President Moon Jae-in made an apparent apology over the matter during a meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi.■ Rosyn Park 201804200918+0900 Ex-President Lee's Corruption Trial To Begin On May 3 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297888&typ_800=P The corruption trial for former President Lee Myung-bak will start on May 3rd. The first hearing at the Seoul Central District Court will be a preparatory session between state prosecutors and the defendant's lawyer. Lee will likely not attend. Prosecutors indicted the disgraced former leader last week on 16 counts of corruption, including bribery and embezzlement. This week, the court granted the prosecution's request to freeze his assets. Lee has denied most of the charges against him.■ Luke Cleary 201804200908+0900 Hotline Between Moon, Kim To Open Friday: Cheong Wa Dae http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297887&typ_800=N South and North Korea are set to open a direct hotline line between their countries' leaders today ahead of their summit set for April 27th. Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said the hotline will be connected and working-level officials will conduct a trial call. The two Koreas have agreed that President Moon Jae-in and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un will hold telephone talks before their meeting. The two sides will also hold separate rehearsals ahead of the landmark summit, with the South planning to rehearse on Tuesday and Thursday at the Peace House on the southern side of the border truce village of Panmunjom. The North is expected to use the venue for its own rehearsal on Tuesday or Wednesday.■ Luke Cleary 201804200846+0900 Weather Update 0900 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297893&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, it's sunny skies nationwide. A very warm spring day is in store. Afternoon highs are expected to range between 21 and 29 degrees -- 5 to 9 degrees higher than seasonal norms. Here in the capital, the mercury will peak at 27 degrees. However, be aware, bad levels of fine dust will again affect air quality in various regions, including the capital area, Gangwon and the Chungcheong provinces. Make sure to take precautions when outdoors -- wear a mask if necessary. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201804200833+0900 GM Korea, Labor Union Fail To Narrow Gaps As Deadline Looms http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297885&typ_800=J General Motors' South Korean unit and its labor union are expected to resume negotiations over cost-cutting measures and the fate of workers at the Gunsan plant. They are up against a deadline today to reach an agreement on a turnaround plan or see GM Korea file for bankruptcy. The union posted a statement on its website yesterday, calling on management to give a "sincere answer" to their demands. The automaker's U.S. headquarters announced in February that it will shut down its factory in Gunsan by May, and has said the Korean unit will file for bankruptcy protection unless the union agrees to job cuts and wage concessions.■ Luke Cleary 201804200801+0900 China Supports Inter-Korean Talks To End Korean War http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297889&typ_800=M China says it supports discussions between South and North Korea to declare a formal end to the Korean War. Beijing's foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a regular briefing on Thursday that the Chinese government thinks denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the creation of a peace regime is the proper and effective way to solve regional issues. Hua said China hopes to play an active role in bringing about peace between the two Koreas.■ Rosyn Park 201804200753+0900 Weather Update 0700 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297886&typ_800=Z Taking a look at the weather, the nation is waking up to another mild spring morning. Sunny skies are forecast throughout the day. However, bad levels of fine dust will again affect air quality in various regions, including the capital area, Gangwon and the Chungcheong provinces. Make sure to be prepared before heading outdoors -- wear a mask if necessary. Afternoon temperatures will be much warmer than yesterday, peaking in the low to high 20s. The local mercury will get up to 27 degrees. As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■ Rosyn Park 201804200745+0900 Wall Street Finishes Lower On Tech Losses http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=2297875&typ_800=M Wall Street saw its first loss of the week as technology companies and consumer products makers led U.S. indexes lower. At closing bell on Thursday, the S&P fell 0.6 percent, the Dow lost 0.3 percent, while the Nasdaq fell 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, major markets in Europe were mixed. Shares in London and Paris gained 0.2 percent, while Frankfurt's DAX fell 0.2 percent.■ Luke Cleary 201804200712+0900