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Judge Orders Release Of Shooting Video

A new video showing a white Chicago cop shooting and killing a black teenage theft suspect is being released on a federal judge’s order.  Cedrick Chatman was shot twice in January of 2013 and court records indicate an altercation unfolded when officers stopped the stolen vehicle he was driving.  The video is three-years-old and city officials fought for more than a year to keep the footage sealed.  The Independent Police Review Authority cleared the officer who fired the shots responsible for Chatman’s death.  Chatman’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

Flint Residents Sue Over Water Crisis

Flint, Michigan residents are fed up.  They’re suing the state, the governor and the city for negligence over high levels of lead in the water supply.  The residents’ complaint in the class action lawsuit says a cost cutting measure initiated by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and other officials left them with contaminated drinking water.  Snyder declared a state of emergency for the county this week and the National Guard began handing out bottled water and filters in Flint.  The U.S. attorney’s office is now looking into the matter. 

GOP Candidates Set To Debate Tonight In South Carolina

Republican presidential candidates are making final preparations for tonight’s debate in South Carolina.  GOP frontrunner Donald Trump will be flanked by Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich The stakes are getting higher with the Iowa caucuses coming up February 1st.  The New Hampshire primary follows on February 9th.  Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum will be in an earlier, undercard debate.  Rand Paul is refusing to participate.

Impeachment Motion To Be Filed Against Maine Gov

Maine’s governor is waiting while state lawmakers today consider an impeachment order against him.  A group of mostly Democratic legislators is expected to file a motion to open an impeachment investigation of Governor Paul LePage for alleged abuses of power.  LePage has been under fire for recent comments some have called racist.  He suggested that minority drug dealers from Connecticut and New York come to Maine to deal drugs and, quote, “impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.”

Record Powerball Jackpot To Be Split 3 Ways

It’s been nearly two months since the last Powerball winner, but now a record one-point-five-billion-dollar jackpot will be split three ways.  Winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; Melbourne Beach, Florida and Munford, Tennessee.  While you may not be a grand prize winner, there are a lot of one and two-million dollar winners across the U.S. so it’s still worth checking your tickets.  The winning numbers are 4-8-19-27-34 with the Powerball of 10.

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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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