In the News @ Noon

VA TV crew gunman, shoots himself…

Virginia Police have identified the suspect in this morning TV crew shooting near Roanoke as Lester Flannigan a former disgruntled employee at the station were the news team worked. Police say he has shot himself and he is in grave condition. The suspect posted a video of the shooting on his face book & twitter accounts under the name Bryce Williams. Those accounts have since been suspended. The shooting happened around 6:45 during a interview on tourism at Smith Mountain Lake.
The victims killed include reporter 24 year old Alison Parker & her cameraman 27 year old Adam Ward. The guest being interviewed was also shot and she is fighting for her life at an area hospital, both of the victims killed were engaged or dating other employee’s at the station who were at work & reportedly saw the entire thing as it unfolded on live on TV.

DC PSC reject Pepco Exelon merger, Exelon has 30 days to appeal…

DC Regulators have turned down a Pepco Exelon merger proposal. Leaders say they see no benefits for consumers. Exelon Officials now have 30 days to appeal their decision. The states of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware have all approved the deal. DC is needed to make it official.

Virginia honor’s first woman and black state trooper who died 26 years ago in the line of duty…

right now, Va state officials are honoring the states first woman and a.a. state trooper Jacqueline Vernon. the south glebe road overpass on 395 will named after her. Vernon died 26 years ago in the line of duty without any formal recognition & after years of the family asking the state choose to do so today.

Today’s Women’s Equality Day…

Today is Women’s Equality Day. It’s marks the 95th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. The White House says it also reflects the country’s efforts to create gender equality in business, social and political arena’s.

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Taylor Thomas is the local Morning News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 96.3 WHUR. You can also see her on Wednesday’s on NBC 4 at 4:30 for WHUR’s “Talk Around Town”. Taylor is a veteran news journalist with over 20 years of experience delivering news that matters. In 2006, Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning WHUR News Department. She wears several hats at WHUR including producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2 and host of “PML- People, Money & Life on WHUR Voices Sirius XM Channel 141. Taylor grew up in a military family and calls Great Britain (where her mother is from) and the Philippines home. Taylor Thomas is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication with a minor in Radio, Television, and Film. She is dedicated to uplifting and educating others about health, money and social issues.

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