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The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here are the nine things you need to know as you kick off your Thursday.

EVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.

1. #TEXAS FIRE: Several people are dead and over 100 have been injured following a massive explosion at a fertiliser plant near Waco in Texas. Buildings several blocks away were damaged in the blast and it is reported that residents of a nearby nursing home are among those who have been injured and trapped by rubble.

2. #BOSTON MARATHON: President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will attend a service in Boston today for the families and victims of the marathon bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 170. Meanwhile, officials say they have found images of a potential suspect after surveying camera footage of the scene but have dismissed reports that an arrest has been made.

3. #FLIGHT DELAYS: Following a night of severe winds, passengers flying from Dublin and Cork today are being asked to check with their airlines before travelling after a number of flights were diverted or cancelled.

4. #PERSONAL INSOLVENCY: Guidelines on Personal Insolvency will published later. They will include the amount families in mortgage distress will be given to live on once they enter a Personal Insolvency deal and to what extent banks will be able to dictate childcare.

5. #IRISH NANNY: Aisling Brady McCarthy is expected to enter a plea of ‘not guilty’ when she appears in court in the United States today to face a murder charge over the death of a child who had allegedly been in her care.

6. #TRANSATLANTIC TRADE: Business leaders from the United States and the European Union will meet in Dublin Castle today in an effort to advance talks towards a major new transatlantic trade deal. The meeting has been organised by IBEC and coincides with the meeting of EU trade ministers.

7. #JOBS: As it opens its 100th store in Kilkenny later, Aldi has announced that it will create 300 new jobs across the country over the next three years.

8. #DALAI LAMA: As part of a peace building mission, the Dalai Lama is on a two day visit to the UK City of Culture, Derry. The Tibetan spiritual leader walk across the city’s peace bridge with schoolchildren and meet with local religious leaders.

9. #BOLLYWOOD THEME PARK: India’s most elaborate theme opens today with special-effect Hindu gods and Bollywood-themed rides. Adlabs Imagica, which cost about $294 million to create, has a capacity for 10,000 to 15,000 visitors a day.

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