Scary Moments for Southwest Passengers, DC Police Search for Hit and Run Driver, and Good News for Pot Smokers

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – There were some scary moments for passengers on-board a Southwest Airlines plane at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood International Airport.  Their plane collided with a truck on the tarmac overnight as it was pulling into a gate.  Flight 6263 was coming in from Ft. Lauderdale when a ground vehicle came into contact with the aircraft.  Authorities are investigating the incident.  None of the 172 passengers on the plane was hurt.

 

WASHINGTON, DC – A mixed bag of news when it comes to the District’s Crime report for the first quarter of 2018.  The Metropolitan

Police Department released the latest numbers over the weekend and they show that overall crimes are down in the District in all areas except homicides and robberies with a gun. In fact, the city’s murder rate is up by 14 percent over the same time last year.

WASHINGTON, DC – DC police are looking for a hit and run driver.  Police say someone struck and killed a pedestrian early Monday morning along a stretch of New York Avenue in NE.  Police have few details in the incident and they have not yet released the identity of the victim.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND – The search continues today for an 18-year-old murder suspect mistakenly released from jail in Prince George’s County.  Dekale Bowman was facing second-degree murder charges in DC in the January death of 16-year-old Taiyabnia Thompson.  He had been transferred to Prince George’s to face other charges unrelated to the murder.  But Prince George’s authorities released him instead of returning Bowman back to the DC Jail.  A spokesperson said there was nothing in the department’s system indicating that he had any charges or warrants until Friday afternoon.

WASHINGTON, DC – Some encouraging employment news for pot smokers.  More and more businesses are relaxing the pre-marijuana testing procedures.  A new report shows many employers are dropping marijuana from the drugs tests they require of prospective employees.  The move comes as nearly a dozen states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational pot. Advocates for pot use call the decisions a big win as the pot testing was locking out too many potential workers at a time when many companies are scrambling to fill jobs.  The Trump administration also may be softening its resistance to legal marijuana.  Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta suggested at a congressional hearing back in April that employers should take a “step back” on drug testing.

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – Some good news for Marylanders.  Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is expected to sign a bill this week that would help cover the cost of community college tuition for low and middle income students.  Persons making under $90,000.00 a year along with families making under $125,000.00 a year would be eligible for up to $5,00.00 in scholarship aid to attend a community college in Maryland.

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Renee Nash, Director of Information and Public Affairs for WHUR, is a well-respected journalist who has covered a range of issues from local and national politics, to healthcare reform and civil rights. She has also spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including radiothons, town hall meetings and food and clothing drives. Over her 25-year career at WHUR, she has been a writer, reporter, producer and anchor. Renee serves on the boards of many organizations including the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation and Sisters of Hope. She is the proud mom of Dominique and Delante.

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