In The News @ 3:30

PG County Schools Place Health Director On Leave

The health director of Prince George’s County Schools is temporarily off the job.  Broadcast reports say the school system placed Dr. Angela Wakhweya on leave, citing mismanagement that includes student immunizations.  It’s estimated that more than three-thousand students have not been immunized ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.  Dr. Wakhweya once led the Anne Arundel County’s health department, but was fired in 2013.

Judge Orders Delay In Freddie Gray Officer Trials

A Baltimore judge is ordering a delay in the trials of the police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  The first trial for Officer William Porter was scheduled to begin on October 13th but it’s been postponed until November 30th.  The other trials are set to start in January, February and March.  Six officers are charged in connection with Gray’s arrest and death in April.  All but one of the officers appeared in court for today’s scheduling hearing.  Gray’s death touched off days of unrest and rioting in Baltimore.

Planned Parenthood Under Spotlight In Congress

A Congressional panel is questioning the head of Planned Parenthood over the use of tax dollars to fund the group.  The organization is under fire over the harvesting of fetal tissue for research.  Opening a House hearing, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz [[ CHAY-fetz ]] called the group a “political organization” and questioned its need for federal dollars.  A series of undercover videos raised questions about the group’s practices.  That prompted Republican efforts to strip government funding from Planned Parenthood.

PG Proposes Ride Share Surcharge

The Prince George’s County Council is considering a proposal to put a surcharge on rides provided by companies like Uber and Lyft.  Revenues from extra 25-cents per trip would be dedicated to paying to upgrade the county bus system and raise the number of accessible taxis.  The measure already has the approval of a council committee and could come up before the full council next month.  Nearby jurisdictions like the District and Montgomery County have already passed bills to impose surcharges on trips with ride sharing companies.

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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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