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TODAY's Takeaway: Willard Scott gets hitched; Matt and Al join 'Sharknado' cast

April 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM ET

Willard gets married, Matt joins the "Sharknado" cast and moms talk about drinking.
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Willard gets married, Matt joins the "Sharknado" cast and moms talk about drinking.

1. Congratulations, Willard! The TODAY legend revealed big news: He just got married to his longtime love.

Paris Keena, the lucky bride, told TODAY, "Our whole life has been a honeymoon."

Video: TODAY’s Willard Scott and his longtime partner, Paris Keena, have tied the knot in Florida. They’ve been together for about 11 years. Congrats, Willard!

2. Maria Shriver spoke with experts who are worried that mothers are abusing alcohol and putting themselves and their kids at risk.

“I’m seeing it widespread across the country — an increase of moms, particularly with young kids, coming in for treatment,” Deni Carise told Shriver.

Video: Experts worry that mothers are abusing alcohol and putting themselves and their kids at risk. NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver reports.

3. Renee Trautwein, whose daughter was killed in a 2009 crash involving a Chevy model that is now under recall by General Motors, found little comfort in a Monday meeting with GM's CEO Mary Barra.

“I felt it was a waste of my time,” Trautwein told Savannah. “I felt I was more there for a group parent session of our grief than anything to do with GM trying to make up to us for it.”

Video: Renee Trautwein, who lost her daughter Sarah in an accident involving a Chevrolet Cobalt, tells TODAY that the car’s airbags never deployed, a sign that the ignition may have switched off due to the faulty part at the center of GM’s recall.

4. The TODAY anchors wore blue this morning in honor of World Autism Awareness Day, and welcomed Dr. Cecelia McCarton on the show to talk about the disorder.

Video: Dr. Cecelia McCarton, along with Lois and Danny Molina, who have two children with autism, join TODAY on World Autism Awareness Day to chat about the disorder, and what’s driving the increase in statistics.

5. Al and Matt will make a cameo in the "Sharknado" sequel. We’re not kidding.

Video: Matt Lauer and Al Roker announce on TODAY that that they’ll be seen in the upcoming horror flick “Sharknado 2” and shot their cameo appearances in the film on Tuesday. They share a sneak peek from the movie, which debuts July 30 on Syfy.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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