In The News @ 3:30

Obama Announces New Exec Actions On Guns

President Obama is calling his new gun control measures “common sense” steps to make communities safer.  Obama unveiled several new executive actions on guns today during a White House ceremony as families of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre looked on.  Obama said anybody in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks.  GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized the President’s actions saying they targeted law-abiding citizens instead of criminals and terrorists.

FBI Seeking Help In Tracking San Bernardino Killers’ Timeline

The FBI is looking for the public’s help in tracking down the timeline of the killers in the San Bernardino shooting massacre last month.  FBI Special Agent in Charge David Bowdich remarked today that the FBI needs information on the killers’ movements in an 18-minute span on the afternoon of the shooting at the Inland Regional Center.  The two shooters were killed in a firefight with police hours after the attack that left 14 people dead. 

Second Freddie Gray Trial To Start Tomorrow

The trial for the second Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray gets underway tomorrow.  Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. is facing the most severe charges, including second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter and assault.  Goodson was driving the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered a severe neck injury last April.  He eventually died from his injuries.  Officer Goodson is one of six officers facing charges in connection to Gray’s death.  William Porter was the first officer to go on trial and that ended in a mistrial after the jury couldn’t reach a verdict.  Officer Porter is set to go back on trial in June.

Over 500 Homeless Shuttled Due To Low Temps

Over 500 homeless people were shuttled to shelters last night and more could receive the same treatment tonight due to cold temperatures.  Last night, D.C. officials drove around the city picking up homeless people in “hypothermia vans” for the first time this season.  Several “warming centers” were also opened.  Temperatures were in the teens overnight, and forecasters say it’ll be just as cold tomorrow morning.

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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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