In The News @ 4:30PM

Snowstorm headed To The Northeast

A big snowstorm is headed up the northeastern coast, with major travel disruptions expected from Virginia to Maine.  Forecasters say millions could be impacted by a nor’easter starting late this afternoon and on through Saturday night.  It could dump up to a foot of snow in some areas up and down the I-95 corridor, causing slippery roads and reduced visibility.  Meantime, much of the Southeast could be in for heavy rainfall today, with possible flooding.

No DNA Link Between Matthew, Murphy

There’s no DNA link between the man charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student and a missing Nelson County teenager.  A Virginia State Police spokesperson says the FBI has come to that conclusion after Randy Taylor, who was convicted in the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy, requested that Jesse Matthew be tested.  Matthew remains accused in the Hannah Graham case and is charged with a sexual assault in Fairfax City.  Taylor has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison.

“Deflate-gate” NFL Investigation Moving Forward

The NFL is reporting progress in its investigation into under-inflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.  Over the last several days, the league says it has conducted nearly 40 interviews with Patriots personnel, game officials and others with relevant information.  The probe is being led by an NFL executive and a high profile attorney with a private law firm.

Oil Prices Rise

The price of oil is rising following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah.  Currently crude oil is trading at 49-dollars a barrel.  Analysts dismissed the rise in prices as a knee-jerk reaction to the 90-year-old king’s passing.  Many believe oil prices will continue to slide once people digest the news and the new king confirms current policies will continue.

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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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