NCAA title game, immigration bill, HUD settlement: Top 5 stories for Monday, April 8, 2013

Louisville's Russ Smith shoots over Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas

Louisville's Russ Smith shoots over Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair during the first half. (March 16, 2013) (Credit: AP)

1) March Madness wraps up Monday night as Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals and John Beilein's Michigan Wolverines vie for the men's NCAA basketball title. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:23 p.m. from Atlanta on CBS. Read more here.

2) In the wake of a major federal appeals court decision Friday, when a judge found that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was flouting the county's 2009 affordable-housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the county Board of Legislators on Monday is scheduled to meet with Manhattan lawyer James Johnson, the federal monitor overseeing the settlement. Lawmakers will meet Johnson at 11 a.m. in the county office building in White Plains. Read more here.

3) Bipartisan legislation designed to address securing the nation's borders and granting a path to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants is expected to be unveiled in the House and the Senate as early as this week. Debate over the thorny issues could stretch for months. Read more here.


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4) President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech to gather support for his gun control agenda at the University of Hartford campus in West Hartford. The address comes days after Connecticut's General Assembly passed a stringent package of gun control legislation and less than four months after the Dec. 14 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. In Washington, senators were continuing efforts to find formulas on background checks and other issues that would find support from Democrats and Republicans. Read more here.

5) Shed that winter coat. Temperatures are expected to approach the 70s Monday, with a few stray clouds in the afternoon. Even warmer temperatures are in store for Tuesday and Wednesday, when the mercury could hit the mid-70s. Check the forecast here.

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