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Jesse Matthew Charged In Murder Of Hannah Graham

Jesse Matthew has been formally charged in the murder last year of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.  Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford announced the first degree murder charges this morning, adding that Matthew is also still charged with abduction with intent to defile.  Matthew has a court date of February 18th in which he’s likely to appear via video conference.

Measles Investigation In Fairfax County, Va.

Fairfax County health officials have announced they are investigating a possible measles case. A county resident is being tested after coming down with symptoms of the disease. The patient is being treated at home and is being prevented from leaving for the time being. Health officials say they will keep the public updated once test results come back. Potential exposure sites are also being looked at.

School Start Times Will Be Pushed Back

The Montgomery County Board of Education has approved a new set of later school start times.  Starting in the fall, elementary school students will report 10 minutes later.  The first bell will ring 20 minutes later for Montgomery County middle and high school students.  Outgoing Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr was against the move, saying it would be more costly to implement later start times.  In the end, he recommended the slightly later compromise. 

Some Alabama Counties Refusing To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Some counties in Alabama are still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision to let the marriages go ahead.  Kelly Pfannenstiel [[ fan-en-stell ]] attempted to get a license with her girlfriend Latoria Smith in Baldwin County, but was given an application instead.


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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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