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Federal And DC Investigation Underway In Metro Emergency

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has questions about what WMATA knew about the smoke in the L’Enfant Metro Station. District officials are expecting a report by next week on emergency responsed times.  Federal Investigators say an electrical malfunction was to blame for an incident. One woman was killed and dozens of people were sent to hospitals after a tunnel filled with smoke.

DC Statehood Bill Introduced

DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is introducing another DC statehood bill.  Norton says the legislation has a record 93 original co-sponsors and builds on last September’s first congressional hearing on the issue in more than 20 years.  The bill is not expected to go far since Republicans now control Congress, and most GOP members are opposed to DC statehood.

New York Subway Fire Not Linked To Terrorism

Fire marshals say an early-morning blaze near New York’s Penn Station was accidental. The fire broke out in an underground construction site. It was under control three hours later. Fire officials say the fire sparked in a temporary wiring area used for lighting for the construction work.    

Supreme Court Supports Truth In Lending Law

Homeowners who want to get out of mortgages when lenders don’t follow the truth in lending law are getting support from the U.S. Supreme Court.  In a unanimous decision today, the justices ruled homeowners only need to write a letter to the bank to protect their rights under the provision.  The ruling comes as part of a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota couple.

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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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