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Private Ambulance Service Begins In DC

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is hoping that from today on, ambulance service in the District of Columbia will be much quicker.  Today is the first day of private ambulance service in Washington.  When 9-1-1 is called, DC Fire and EMS will determine if the situation is urgent enough for them to transport patients to the hospital.  If it’s a minor emergency, private company American Medical Response will be called in to transport patients.  Mayor Bowser and other officials said in a release last month that this system should free up EMS ambulances and improve response time.

Family Hospitalized After CO Incident

A Montgomery County family is in the hospital after being sickened by carbon monoxide at their Layhill area home.  Firefighters responded early this morning to the home on Wimbledon Court.  Officials say the homeowner was using a charcoal grill for heat, which resulted in high levels of carbon monoxide inside the home.  Two adults and five children were taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. 

Amtrak, Penn Line Service Restored

Amtrak and MARC Penn Line service has been restored between DC and Baltimore.  The restoration of service comes after a person was struck and killed this morning by a Penn Line train.  The victim has not been identified.  While service has been restored, travelers are being told to expect residual delays throughout the afternoon.

GA Gov Vetoes Religious Freedom Bill

Governor Nathan Deal says he wants to keep Georgia a “welcoming state” and is vetoing a religious freedom bill.  Critics called the bill anti-LGBT because it would have given faith-based groups the option of denying services to gay and transgender people.  The Republican governor has been under enormous pressure to veto the bill.  Some major U.S. companies, including Disney, said they would stop doing business in Atlanta if it’s signed into law.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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