In The News @ 4:30 PM

Charges Dropped In Phylicia Barnes Murder Case

All charges are being dropped against the man accused of killing a North Carolina teen who was visiting Baltimore.  A judge today dismissed the case against Michael Johnson, ruling there’s insufficient evidence to convict him in his third trial.  Johnson was charged with killing Phylicia Barnes after the 16-year-old disappeared while visiting family in Baltimore in 2010.  Her body was found months later in the Susquehanna River. 

Maryland Road Crews Get Ready For Another Winter Storm

Maryland road crews are pre-treating area highways and interstates ahead of another predicted winter storm.  SHA officials say snow tomorrow could affect both the morning and evening commutes.  A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service will be in effect tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., with one to three inches of snow expected across the region.

Vigil Scheduled For Annapolis Fire Victims

A prayer vigil will be held this evening for the family whose Annapolis home was destroyed by fire.  The candlelight event will start at 7 p.m. at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park.  Six members of the Pyle family remain unaccounted for a day after the fire at their multi-million dollar mansion on Childs Point Road. 

Obama Delivers State Of Union Address Tonight

President Obama is putting the finishing touches on tonight’s State of the Union address.  Obama will speak to Congress and the nation at nine o’clock, Eastern time.  The President has been previewing key themes for the annual speech over the past couple of weeks.  Among other issues, he’ll outline proposals to raise wages and boost the middle class.  Freshman Republican Senator Joni Ernst will give the GOP response to the President’s speech.

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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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