In The News @ 2:30

More Than 25 Bodies In Terror Attack In Mali

There are reports of more than 25 deaths in a terrorist assault on a hotel in West Africa.  A group affiliated with al-Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in the capital city of Mali.  Reports say there are no more hostages being held, but there is no word on the fate of the terrorists. Six Americans who were at the hotel are said to be safe with the help of U.S. special forces.

Rally Will Urge Governor To Reconsider Refugee Stance

Dozens of people are planning to attend a rally this afternoon in Annapolis.  A 22-year-old resident of nearby Harwood is organizing the demonstration against Governor Hogan’s request to keep Syrian refugees from settling in Maryland.  Jim Stricker says the U.S. should do what it can to help the folks fleeing their terror-plagued country.  The rally is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 on Lawyer’s Mall.

O’Malley Campaign In Dire Financial Straits

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is pulling out all the stops to keep his struggling presidential campaign alive.  The Democratic longshot has announced that he’s now accepting public campaign money and has moved the bulk of his staffers from Baltimore to Iowa to gear up for February’s Iowa caucuses.  The O’Malley campaign only raised three-million-bucks in the third quarter, compared to more than 77-million for frontrunner Hillary Clinton and over 41-million for Bernie Sanders.

Positive Jobs Report For DC Area

New government statistics indicate October was a good month for getting a job in the DC area.  The jobless rate in the District was down a tenth of a percent from September’s figure to six-point-six-percent while the rate also fell a tick in Virginia to four-point-two-percent and held steady in Maryland at five-point-one-percent.  Virginia saw nearly 12-thousand new jobs last month while there were almost eleven-thousand jobs created in Maryland and two-thousand in the District.  The national unemployment rate is five-percent.

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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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