In The News @ 2:30

President Obama To Speak At Howard Commencement

One of the nation’s prominent black universities will honor the nation’s first black president this spring.  The White House has announced President Obama will give the commencement speech at Howard University on May 7th.  The president will also receive an honorary degree from the school.  This will be the first time he gives a commencement speech at a DC-area college.

Mayor Bowser Promises Minimum Wage Legislation

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says it’s about time the city has a 15-dollar minimum wage.  Bowser held a news conference with union leaders today, where she promised legislation to bring the minimum wage up to 15-dollars an hour by the year 2020.  The city currently has a ten-dollar-50-cent minimum wage that goes up to eleven-50 in July.  Details of the bill are still being worked out, aides say.

Four DC Officers Will Not Be Charged For 2014 Shooting

The four DC police officers who fatally shot a robbery suspect on Christmas Eve 2014 will not be charged.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says there is insufficient evidence to pursue charges against the officers.  Documents say 33-year-old Gregory Gray was shot by police in Southeast Washington after ignoring their commands to stop running, and pointed a handgun at them.

Houston Deputy Shot Six Times In Ambush

A Houston deputy constable is expected to survive after being shot this morning outside a convenience store.  Police say Deputy Alden Clopton was shot six times in the back and side by a suspect who approached him from behind while he was leaning into his patrol car.  Police say Clopton spent more than three hours in surgery to remove a bullet from his abdomen and another near his heart.  He’s an eleven-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and his wife is a Harris County police officer.

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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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