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Louisiana Shooter Had Mental Health Issues

Authorities in Alabama are detailing the troubled history of the gunman behind the Louisiana theater shooting.  Russell County Sheriff Heath Alexander said today that John Houser was denied a permit to carry a handgun in 2006 after being treated for mental illness.  The sheriff said Houser had a history of domestic violence.  Houser fatally shot himself after killing two people and wounding nine others last night at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. 

Child Killer Gets 50-Year Sentence

A man convicted of murdering his girlfriend’s two-year-old son will spend 50 years behind bars.  Today was sentencing day for Clifton Bernard of Suitland, who pleaded guilty to the 2013 killing of Jamir Shipe in December.  Bernard could have received up to 70 years in prison.  Prosecutors say Bernard became angry as he watched the boy while his mother was at work and rammed the child’s head through drywall.

DOJ On Clinton Email

The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate the possible compromise of classified information while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.  A Justice Department official said today that they had received a “referral” to look into Clinton’s private emails.  The official noted it’s not a request for a criminal investigation.  The clarification comes on the heels of media reports suggesting that the Justice Department was being asked to launch a criminal probe into Clinton’s emails. 

Hulk Hogan Says Sorry For N-Word Use

Hulk Hogan is apologizing for his use of the N-word after the WWE severed ties with the wrestling legend.  In a statement to “People,” Hulk says it was “unacceptable” of him to use the offensive language.  He was caught uttering the racial slur in both a 2012 interview and newly published transcripts of a leaked sex tape.

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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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