In The News @ 3:30

WMATA Promises Investigation On Tunnel Incident

Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld is promising a thorough and transparent investigation into an incident that left Green Line riders stuck in a tunnel.  It happened during yesterday’s morning rush hour when a set of Green Line trains came uncoupled outside the Navy Yard station, leaving riders stuck in a tunnel for 30 minutes.  Wiedefeld is promising the results of the investigation will be made public soon.

New Diet Guidelines Warn About Sugar

New government diet guidelines recommend people limit their sugar intake.  The USDA and Department of Health and Human Services suggest that added sugar be no more than ten percent of daily calorie intake.  It’s the first time the government has put a number on sugar.  The government says fats should also be limited to ten percent.  The guidelines also promote eating fruits and vegetables while generally maintaining a healthy and varied diet.

Obama To Talk About Gun Initiatives Tonight

President Obama is expected to answer questions from supporters and foes of his new gun initiatives tonight.  The President will take part in a town hall meeting on CNN.  Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest said he hopes the event will kick-start a constructive, national conversation about gun violence.  Earnest said the President expects to take some questions from people who disagree with him.  He said people on both sides of the issue can find common ground in order to make communities safer.

Officer Appeals Order In Freddie Gray Case

A Baltimore police officer is trying to have a judge’s ruling overturned in the Freddie Gray case.  Yesterday, the judge ruled that Officer William Porter must testify against fellow officers charged in Gray’s in-custody death last spring.  An attorney for Porter went to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals today, filing for an injunction that would reverse the order.  Porter says testifying at the upcoming trials of Officer Caesar Goodson and Sergeant Alicia White would violate his right against self-incrimination and he is vowing to take the Fifth if called to the stand.

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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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