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January 30th, 2013
10:32 PM ET

Neighbor of Alabama gunman: "He made it very clear...that any animals or people that came onto his property would be killed"

As the nation's most recent gun-related incident developed in Alabama, on Wednesday "Piers Morgan Tonight" invited neighbors of the suspected gunman to supply their first-hand perspective on the ways in which he reportedly had been leading his life.

"He was just strange," said Casper McNich, in an exclusive live interview. "After he moved on the property, then he put up a barbed-wire fence, started cutting down all the trees, like he had a clear view of anything so he wasn't attacked or something. So really, I pretty much avoided him."

Ronda Wilbur, meanwhile, revealed that the man had a history of violence with animals: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Joe Jackson on son Michael's final days: "They treated him like Howard Hughes ... the family couldn't get to him"

On Wednesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" secured a rare, exclusive interview with the patriarch of the famed Jackson family, musician and talent manager Joseph Jackson.

Seated across from Piers Morgan, the 84-year-old father of 10 opened up about the day he learned about the death of his most-famous child, legendary pop star Michael Jackson:

"I got a call from a fan. And he says, 'Mr. Jackson,' he says, 'um, something is wrong.' He said, 'I see a ambulance there at Michael's place. And the ambulance took off. And the fire department is following the ambulance. Something is wrong,'" explained Jackson. "The saddest part about the whole thing was Michael tried to reach me. He says, 'call my father.' This was before he passed, he would know how to get me out of this."

More than three-and-a-half years since the 13-time Grammy Award winner's death, his father described the circumstances surrounding the latter portion of his life: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
04:40 PM ET

Jan Brewer on Obama's immigration reform: "I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions"

Following Tuesday's speech by President Barack Obama – in which the president pledged to support a "comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration laws" – last night Piers Morgan welcomed Governor Jan Brewer back to the program, inviting her to share some perspective on an issue that literally lives in her backyard.

"We've seen you on tarmacs jabbing your finger at the president in the past over this very contentious issue," noted the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host. "What is your verdict on what he announced today?"

"I'm just absolutely thrilled that we've got the president talking about solutions and also I'm very grateful that we've got a bipartisan effort in the Senate to try to address the issue that America, the United States has been facing," said the 68-year-old Republican. "Bottom line is I'm very, very encouraged with the ideas, particularly with the Senate proposing that we move forward and that we will get our border. We will, you know, have our border secured."

Despite agreeing with his guests pleasure over progressive conversation within the parties, Morgan still made a point to note that the proverbial glass may actually be half empty: FULL POST

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January 30th, 2013
02:39 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: NFL referee controversy and a Milwaukee Sheriff encourages residents to arm themselves

On Tuesday evening, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed guests Ben Austro, the editor of FootballZebras.com, and Ray Anderson, EVP of football operations for the NFL, to address the recent controversy concerning this year's Superbowl head referee Jerome Boger. Austro broke the story regarding allegations that Boger was chosen to lead the crew because he is African American after grades that were given by supervisors were changed apparently to make him look more qualified.

"Everybody is off the record because they don't want to - they fear retribution," said Austro. "But consistently I'm hearing eight downgrades."

"And he's been dinged eight times this season. And all eight of them have been appealed. And so they were all successful appeals, and gave him a perfect record, as the result."

Anderson responded to Austro's findings as "patently false" saying, "Whoever Mr. Austro's anonymous sources are have really misled him and misrepresented the facts to him."

"His information is inaccurate. It's unfair," said Anderson. "We are about diversity, that is true. But to suggest that him being black got him into the Superbowl, that's insulting and that is offensive on multiple levels."

Also on the program, Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett joined Piers Morgan to discuss a radio ad put out by Clarke telling Milwaukee residents to arm themselves.

"There's an emerging situation in the Milwaukee area," explained Clarke. "Fewer and fewer law enforcement resources - and I'm not going to be afraid to engage the citizenry in imminent circumstances." FULL POST

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Need to Know News:  Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown
January 30th, 2013
10:12 AM ET

Need to Know News: Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing; Defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For January 30, 2013 – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to speak at gun hearing, defense cuts blamed for economic slowdown, and with J.J. Abrams in place, 'Star Wars' fans brace for future...

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