In The News @ 4:00

Metro Restores Limited Service After Derailment

Metro is restoring limited service on three of its lines through downtown DC following this morning’s train derailment.  The transit agency says trains will single track between the McPherson Square and Federal Center Southwest stations for the PM rush hour.  Blue, Orange and Silver Line service was severely disrupted when a non-passenger train derailed at a switch outside the Smithsonian station.  The railcars involved in the derailment have now been re-railed.

First GOP Presidential Debate Set For Tonight

The first GOP presidential debate is featuring primetime and pre-primetime candidates.  There are 17 Republican candidates but the Fox News Channel is allowing only the top ten to take part in the 9 PM Eastern Time debate.  Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker will all be center stage based on polling results.  Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and John Kasich also made the cut.  The remaining candidates will take part in a separate mini-debate, four hours earlier.

Shreveport, Louisiana Police Officer Shot And Killed

The suspected Louisiana cop killer was already wanted for second-degree murder.  Authorities say Officer Thomas LaValley was shot and killed last night by Grover Cannon after responding to a call about a suspicious person in the Shreveport area.  Dozens of law enforcement units, including helicopters, are taking part in the manhunt for Cannon. 

Voting Rights Act Anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.  The law prohibits racial discrimination in voting and is considered a civil rights milestone.  Minority voters in some parts of the country, however, are still facing obstacles at the ballot box.  Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that a voter ID law in Texas violates the Voting Rights Act.


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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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