In The News @ 4:30

Rough Weather Possible In DC Today

The DC area is braced for possible rough weather the rest of the afternoon and into the early evening. A severe thunderstorm watch issued by the National Weather Service continues in effect until 7 p.m. There have already been a few pop-up thunderstorms this afternoon in the region.

Baker Reverses On Property Tax Hikes

In the face of strong opposition, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker is giving up on his call for a 15-percent property tax hike. Baker wanted tax revenue from the increase to provide 133-million dollars for public school funding. He is now asking the county council to find a way to come up with 65-million dollars which could be done with a seven-and-a-half-percent property tax increase. The council is set to vote on the Fiscal Year 2016 budget tomorrow.

NTSB Sets Agenda For Metro Smoke Hearing

The National Transportation Safety Board is setting its preliminary agenda for a two-day hearing on the deadly January Metro tunnel smoke incident. The hearing will be held June 23rd and 24th at the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in the District. NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart will chair the event, which will include representatives of Metro, the Federal Transit Administration, the Tri-State Oversight Committee and several unions.

OPM: Pot Still Illegal For Federal Employees

The Office of Personnel and Management is reiterating that federal employees cannot legally use marijuana. A new memo from OPM Director Katherine Archuleta was posted today and says that legislative changes by some states and the District do not alter federal law. The guidance applies to about four-million federal workers and members of the U.S. military. The “Washington Post” notes that a 1986 executive order issued by President Reagan remains the final word on the matter.

 

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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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