8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Apr 09 2015

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Last night's Law & Order: SVU episode tackled the anti-vaccination movement, with Detective Benson strongly advocating for vaccinating children. (Entertainment Weekly)

Elton John and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe released a joint statement advocating on behalf of the rights of transgender prisoners. (NME)

The NFL hired its first full-time female referee, Sarah Thomas. (ESPN)

A woman with cancer was kicked off of an Alaska Airlines flight for not having a doctor's note to fly. (KTLA)

Avril Lavigne's upcoming Christmas album was inspired by her Lyme disease diagnosis. (Billboard)

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey ordered 250 body cameras for police to wear in the wake of Walter Scott’s death. (NBC News)

Google is planning to offer a subscriber version of YouTube that would allow users to watch videos without ads. (Bloomberg)

Barry Manilow surprised fans by announcing he'd married his longtime manager Garry Kief last year in a small ceremony. (People)

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