In the News @ Noon

White House Defense Secretary resigns…

There’s been another big shake up at the White House following the outcome of the midterm election. President Obama has accepted the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The President is wrapping up a press conference this hour regarding the change. Hagel will reportedly stay on until his successor is named.

The District continues to work on memorial plans for Marion Barry

City leaders are still working on plans to honor the life and legacy of Former Mayor Marion Barry. DC Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered all city flags to be flown at half staff. Barry’s family meanwhile, is still working on the arrangements for his funeral and final resting place. DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson says Barry’s body will lie in state at the Wilson Building. A date has not be confirmed. The DC Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that he died of natural causes because of problems with his heart and kidney disease.

City officials prepares to hold a special election

The DC City council will now have to begin the process of preparing to fill his Ward 8 Council Seat. The first step is they will need to declare that there is a vacancy, then the Districts Board of Election must decide on the registration and deadline for a special election. The person elected will finish out Barry’s term which run until 2017.

Evidence presented to Ferguson grand jury may not be released to the public

As Ferguson and the world awaits a decision from the grand jury in the Michael Brown case —comes word this morning from Metrosource that the general public may not get to hear the evidence presented to them. The prosecutors say if Officer Darren Wilson is not charged with a crime, they want the evidence made public. The problem is the court has not decided yet if they will release the information following the secret proceedings. Now, if Wilson is indicted, the evidence would be made public during the trial or plea deal.

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