In The News @ 3:30

Judge Declares Mistrial In Freddie Gray Death Case

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Baltimore Police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  The jury is hung on all charges against Officer William Porter.  He is the first of six officers to stand trial for Gray’s death while in police custody back in April.

Dept. Of Justice Near Deal On Ferguson, Missouri Police Reform

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday that it has made progress with officials from Ferguson, Missouri on a deal to overhaul the town’s police department following the 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.  Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said that while the department could not comment on the content of negotiations, “the talks with the City of Ferguson to develop a monitored consent decree have been productive.”       Iverson added that “an agreement needs to be reached without delay.” 

Fed Raises Interest Rates

 

It’s a quarter-point hike for the Fed’s key interest rate.  Fed Chair Janet Yellen called it a modest increase and said the first rate hike in nearly a decade comes after a period of economic recovery.  The Fed had kept interest rates near zero since late 2008.  Yellen called it an extraordinary period of Fed support for the recovering economy.

Harold Fisher


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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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