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SC Deputy Who Flipped Student Loses Job

The deputy who threw a South Carolina student to the floor is no longer on the force.  Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today Deputy Ben Fields was terminated based on a review of video of the incident.  Videos show the white deputy violently flipping a female black student over as she sat at her desk.  The sheriff said the student had been disruptive and disrespectful and refused to leave the classroom.   At a news conference today, Sheriff Lott said the department also interviewed witnesses and concluded the amount of force used by the officer was “not acceptable.”

Laurel Man Charged With Murdering Wife

A Maryland man is being charged for the brutal beating of his wife.  Jason Martin was arrested late last night after police responded to a disturbance at the couple’s home on Glen Ridge Drive in Laurel.  Investigators say it appears Martin beat his wife to death with a dumbbell.  The couple’s three kids were home at the time, but did not witness the incident.

Pepco-Exelon Merger Gets Closer

The Pepco-Exelon merger is one step closer after a unanimous vote by the DC Public Service Commission.  The PSC today agreed to look at a settlement reached recently by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Exelon.  A few months ago, the panel rejected Exelon’s effort to purchase Pepco for six-point-four-billion dollars despite approvals from commissions in other jurisdictions.  The new deal includes sweeteners for DC residents that weren’t in the original merger proposal.

Next GOP Debate Happens Tonight

Republican presidential candidates will face off tonight on CNBC for their third prime time debate.  It will happen in Boulder, Colorado.  Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Carly Fiorina are among the ten candidates taking the stage.  An earlier debate will feature four GOP candidates who are not polling high enough to make it onto the main stage.

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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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