Harvey Continues To Dump Rain On Houston, Ministers March Kicks Off In DC

Harvey Continues To Dump Rain On Already Flooded Areas Of Houston

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump rain on folks in Southeast Texas. Harvey is devastating places like Houston as more than 30-thousand people are expected to move into temporary shelters in the region. The National Hurricane Center says Harvey should move back over the Gulf of Mexico today. Forecasters say Harvey will hang over the Gulf until Wednesday, when it will make its second landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border. The storm will then track northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas as a tropical depression Thursday through Saturday.

Ministers March Kicks Off In DC

Religious leaders from many faiths are in the nation’s capital to send a message of love and equality. The Ministers March for Justice kicked off at noon near the MLK Memorial on the National Mall. The event comes on the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The rally was organized by the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The Reverend Jesse Jackson is also in attendance. The event comes on the heels of the attack in Charlottesville that has sparked white supremacy condemnations, including criticisms of President Trump’s response.

Fairfax County Schools Have Short Summer

It is a somewhat historic first day of school for students in Fairfax County. For the first time in decades, classes are beginning before Labor Day. The commonwealth’s largest school district received a waiver to bring students back a week earlier than usual. A law in Virginia requires public schools to begin classes after Labor Day to benefit the tourism industry. The exemption affects nearly 200-thousand students and was granted because the county had amassed a large number of snow days over the last decade. Students in Prince William County also returned to class Monday.

Amazon To Slash Prices At Whole Foods

Amazon is slashing prices at Whole Foods. The lower prices at the health food store will start today on a “selection of best-selling grocery staples.” Today is also when the online retailer’s acquisition of the grocery chain will close. Amazon is calling the move a “down payment” on its vision of making Whole Foods’ high-quality and organic food affordable for everyone. More changes that will come in the future will be integrating Amazon Prime into the mix, making it a Whole Foods customer rewards program that gives Prime members special savings.

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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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