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White House Hopeful About Lynch Confirmation

The White House is hopeful that Loretta Lynch will be confirmed as Attorney General this week.  That’s the word from presidential spokesman Josh Earnest as a logjam in the Senate appears to be clearing thanks to a bipartisan agreement on a human trafficking bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put the Lynch confirmation on hold until the trafficking bill was finalized.  The bill got hung up in a dispute over some abortion language that Republicans added to the measure. 

Fairfax County Settles Geer Lawsuit

Fairfax County has reached a financial settlement with the family of John Geer, who was shot and killed by a county police officer.  County officials have announced that Maura Harrington will receive just under three million-dollars from the wrongful death lawsuit.  The unarmed Geer was shot to death in 2013 after officers responded to a domestic dispute at the home he shared with Harrington and their family.  The case remains under investigation.

Four Corrections Officers Busted For Smuggling

Four Anne Arundel County corrections officers are facing charges they smuggled cigarettes, fast food, a cell phone and other contraband to inmates.  Catherine Windsor, James Newsome, Kenyatta Trotter, and Grayling Jackson were arrested this morning.  The Jennifer Road Detention Center guards are facing more than five dozen charges.  Two of the corrections officers are 17-year veterans of the Department of Detention Facilities.

Three Dead From Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak

The CDC is urging people to avoid eating Blue Bell ice cream products.  The Texas-based company announced a nationwide recall of all of its ice cream products earlier today.  Listeria is a life-threatening bacterial infection that can cause fever, headaches, confusion and convulsions.  A total of ten listeria cases have been linked to the outbreak in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kansas.  Blue Bell’s CEO says the recall was the right thing to do and the only way to make sure their products are safe.

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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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