In The News @ 4:00 PM

Some U.S. Troops To Remain In Afghanistan

The U.S. will keep just under 10-thousand troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015.  Speaking at the White House today with new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, President Obama said Afghanistan remains a “dangerous place.”  The President had planned on having only 55-hundred troops in the country by the end of 2015.

French Official: Black Box From German Airliner Found

Answers could be coming about the German airliner that crashed in the French Alps this morning.  France’s interior minister says a black box recorder from the Germanwings Airbus was found and will be examined immediately.  It’s believed none of the 150 people on board survived the crash.  The interior minister said the crash site in a remote area of the Alps will be secured this evening so that emergency crews could more easily reach the area.

Secret Service Chief “Furious” About Most Recent Incident

Secret Service Director Joe Clancy says he’s still “furious” that it took days for him to learn about an incident involving his agents.  Two agents drove into a White House barricade at a low speed and may have been drinking.  In a House hearing, Clancy said he is working hard to break down “barriers where people feel they can’t talk,” up the chain of command.  The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is conducting an independent investigation of the March 4th incident.

Bowser Announces Middle School Initiatives

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is announcing new initiatives for the city’s middle schools.  At the new Brookland Middle School in Northeast this morning, the mayor talked about new investments including new summer school opportunities.  Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson also talked about expanding programs, international travel opportunities and investments in extracurricular activities and athletics.  Today’s event was part of Mayor Bowser’s Pathways to the Middle Class Tour which concludes with next Tuesday’s State of the District Address.

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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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