In The News @ 4:30

Heat Advisory, Storms In The Forecast

A heat advisory is in effect in the DC area until 7 p.m.  These Washingtonians are taking precautions. The heat isn’t the only thing to worry about this afternoon.  Forecasters say severe storms could also hit the region late in the day, bringing damaging winds and heavy downpours.  Until then, it will remain downright hot.  As of 1:30 p.m. many areas were seeing temperatures in the 90s, with heat index values in the triple digits.

Confederate Flag Removal Gaining Steam

Support is building in South Carolina for removing the Confederate flag from public display. South Carolina’s governor and a number of lawmakers say its use as a symbol of hatred by the man accused of killing nine black church members has made it too divisive. Similar sentiment has been expressed in Mississippi and Tennessee. And Wal-Mart says it’s removing confederate flag items from its shelves.

NTSB Holds Hearing Into Metro Smoke Incident

National Transportation Safety Board officials are grilling Metro officials today as they continue to investigate the deadly January smoke incident at the L’Enfant Plaza station.  NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart opened the two-day hearing by saying that the attention given to safety by Metro was “inadequate.”  Before the hearing got started, the federal agency released a huge volume of documents, many stressing how slowly Metro responded to the incident and how poor communications were. Carol Glover of Alexandria died after being aboard a Yellow Line train that filled with smoke outside L’Enfant Plaza. 

Burned Body Found In Northeast DC

DC police are investigating after a burned body was found in Northeast.  Firefighters made the discovery after responding to a fire in an alley in the 12-hundred block of Holbrook Terrace, in the Trinidad area. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says they are trying to determine the gender of the victim, as the person was very badly burned.  Investigators are also going door to try and develop leads in the case.

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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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