TODAY's Takeaway

TODAY's Takeaway: Journalist vows return to Ukraine; Matt faces the mirror

April 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM ET

Tamron dances in her fancy yellow pants, Simon Ostrovsky wants to go back to Ukraine and Matt tells us what he sees in the mirror.
Tamron dances in her fancy yellow pants, Simon Ostrovsky wants to go back to Ukraine and Matt tells us what he sees in the mirror.

1. Tornadoes killed at least 16 people across three states Sunday night, but the worst of the storms tore through Arkansas.

"It's widespread,'' Vilonia, Ark., police chief Brad McNew told Savannah. "Houses completely down to the foundations. A lot worse than it was three years ago."

Video: Brad McNew, the chief of police in Vilonia, Ark., joins TODAY to discuss the latest on the aftermath of a deadly twister hitting the area.

2. To launch this week’s “Love Your Selfie, Reclaiming Beauty” series, the TODAY anchors shared what they see when they stand in front of a mirror.

Video: New research from Dove finds that women spend 50 minutes daily in front of their own reflections, and have a complicated relationship with mirrors. TODAY’s anchors reveal their own reactions to what they see in the looking glass.

3. Simon Ostrovsky, an American journalist who was taken prisoner in eastern Ukraine last week, said he is eager to return despite the escalating danger.

“I think the reason they took me was because they wanted to stop me reporting,” Ostrovsky told Savannah. “I’d really like to go back to Ukraine and continue sending stories from there, because that’s what it’s all about.”

Video: In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, VICE reporter Simon Ostrovsky, who was beaten and held captive by Russian insurgents in Ukraine for three days, talks about the ordeal, and says that despite everything, he wants to return to the country and continue reporting.

4. NBA players want Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to face the maximum penalty the league can assess for his allegedly racist comments.

"It's a defining moment in the history of this league,'' Sacramento mayor and former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson told Matt.

Video: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is advising the NBA players union, joins TODAY to discuss the league’s investigation into disparaging comments about African-Americans allegedly made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

5. Do you need a little sunshine to start your week? Tamron’s pants can help.

Video: Sporting colorful Hammer pants (a la ‘90s rapper MC Hammer), Tamron Hall demonstrates such dance moves as the “running man” while an awestruck Al Roker looks on.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!