In The News @ 2:30

VA Tech Murder Suspects Make First Appearance

The Two Virginia Tech students charged in the murder of a 13-year-old girl are keeping quiet in court.  Eighteen-year-old David Eisenhauer was arrested by Blacksburg police Saturday after the body of Nicole Lovell was discovered in North Carolina.  He faces a charge of first-degree murder.  Fellow student Natalie Keepers was also arrested and charged with helping to dispose of the body.  Neither suspect entered a plea in their arraignments this morning.

Man Killed By Officer Brandished BB Gun

Metro Police say the man who was killed by an officer in Northeast Washington was carrying a BB gun.  Authorities say an MPD officer discharged his weapon on the male suspect after a foot chase around 2:00 this morning.  The officer thought the victim’s handgun was real and shot the man out of self defense.  Police have cordoned off the 300 and 400 blocks of Clay Street and the 53-hundred block of Clay Terrace to investigate.

Iowans Prep To Cast Votes In Presidential Caucuses

Iowans are getting ready to caucus for the 2016 presidential campaign tonight.  Republican and Democratic voters will gather across the state for dozens of caucuses beginning at 7 p.m. Central Time.  They’ll listen to speeches from supporters of the three Democrats and 12 Republicans who are running, then they’ll cast votes.  There is no set “poll closing time.”  Both parties award delegates based on how much support candidates get tonight.

Obama Wants Millions For Cancer Research

The President wants to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on cancer research.  Obama is asking congress for more than 750-million-dollars for cancer programs at the National Institutes of Health and the FDA.  It’s part of the President’s proposed 2017 budget.  The administration also wants to spend another 200-million-dollars in funding right now to work on finding a cure.  Obama has asked Vice President Joe Biden to lead efforts to advance cancer treatments.

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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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