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Everything you need to know as you start your morning.

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EACH MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #KILDARE: A post-mortem is due to take place this morning on the body of a man found in a field.

2. #GRAHAM DWYER: Closing arguments will begin in the trial this afternoon after Graham Dwyer’s defence wrapped up in less than 30 minutes yesterday.

3. #STOP THE LIGHTS: The lights on motorways in Ireland are being shut off to improve energy efficiency and cut down on costs, the National Roads Authority told us.

4. #ANXIETY: Up to half a million people in Ireland are taking prescription anxiety medication, an Irish Examiner investigation has revealed.

5. #WE’RE NOT PARTYING: One in four Irish workers earn less than the living wage of €11.45 an hour according to new research.

6. #MARS NONE:  The Irish man who called the Mars One mission “hopelessly flawed” has been kicked out of the programme.

7. TUNISIA: The country’s president has vowed to fight terrorism “without mercy”, BBC reports, after a gun attack at a museum claimed 19 lives.

8. #COLORADO: A pregnant woman was stabbed and had her unborn baby removed from her body after responding to a Craigslist ad offering baby clothes.

9. #SOLAR ECLIPSE: People in Ireland will tomorrow be treated to a rare phenomenon -a near-total solar eclipse that will also serve as a test for the European electricity grid.

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