In The News @ 3:30

Accused Church Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

The suspect in the mass murder at a South Carolina church is pleading not guilty, but that could change.  Dylann Roof’s attorney said his client was ready to plead guilty, but will wait to find out if the government is seeking the death penalty.  In addition to state charges, the 21-year-old Roof is facing a host of federal charges, including hate crimes, in connection with the June 17th shooting spree that left nine members of a historic black church dead. 

Ex-Cop Charged With Murder Wants Job Back

A former University of Cincinnati police officer who’s facing a murder charge wants his job back.  A police union has filed a grievance in behalf of Ray Tensing and a hearing will be held in the next few weeks.  The Fraternal Order of Police in Ohio says the University of Cincinnati violated Tensing’s employment contract by giving him a copy of the charges and a pre-disciplinary conference.  Tensing pled not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Sam DuBose during a traffic stop. Ray Tensing was released on bond.

Civil Rights Activists Marching From Selma To Washington DC

Civil rights activists will march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, DC starting tomorrow.  The 860-mile march officially kicks off with a rally at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.  The bridge is the spot where peaceful marchers were attacked in the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.  Over the next month and a half marchers will make key stops in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, before reaching the nation’s capital.  Each state’s stops will feature specific themes, including economic inequality, education reform, voting rights and criminal justice reform.

Laurel Regional Hospital Converting To Ambulatory Care

Laurel Regional Hospital will be converted to an ambulatory care center.  The Dimensions Healthcare System voted to make the change after a nearly 20-percent decline in admissions at the hospital over the past two years.  The ambulatory care center will cost 24-million dollars to build and is expected to open in 2018.  Dimensions officials say while the hospital could be expected to keep losing money, the new facility should operate without losses.

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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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