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Tubman Replaces Jackson On $20 Bill

Harriet Tubman is expected to be the new face of a 20-dollar bill.  The Treasury Department is reportedly set to announce the noted African-American abolitionist and humanitarian will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the currency.  Meanwhile, Alexander Hamilton isn’t going anywhere.  The founding father and America’s first treasury secretary will remain on the ten dollar bill.  The back of the bill will reportedly honor leaders of the movement to give women the right to vote.
Michigan AG Announces Charges In Flint Water Crisis

Three government workers are facing criminal charges in the Flint, Michigan tainted water crisis.  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced two employees with the state’s Department of Environmental Quality are charged with misleading the EPA.  Steven Busch and Michael Prysby are also charged with misconduct in office and intentionally tampering with evidence on lead levels.  Flint employee Michael Glasgow is also charged with evidence tampering and willful neglect of office.  All three could face at least five years in prison if convicted. Drinking water in Flint became contaminated with lead after the city started using the corrosive Flint River as a water source in 2014.  

Rain Falls Again On Flooded Out Houston

More rain is falling on flooded out Houston.  National Weather Service forecasters expect another three inches of rain to come down on the region today, which could bring even more flooding.  The area of concern appears to be mostly in northwest Harris County because Cypress Creek is at flood stage.  It is not known if any evacuations will happen due to high water.  The rain is expected to stick around through tomorrow.

Windows To Stop Making Xbox 360s

It’s “game over” for the Xbox 360.  Microsoft announced today it will no longer make the gaming console.  The Xbox 360 turned ten-years-old last November but Microsoft said it’s too difficult to continue making the old machines.  It was the Xbox 360 that spawned popular games like “Gears of War” and “Crackdown.”  Microsoft says it will continue to sell the existing inventory of Xbox 360s — and gamers will still be able to get Xbox Live services for their consoles.

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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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