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Victims In Germanwings Crash Are From Virginia

The two Americans killed in yesterday’s Germanwings plane crash in France are a mother and daughter from Virginia.  A Prince William County man says his wife Yvonne Selke [[ SELL-key ]] and daughter Emily were passengers on yesterday’s ill-fated flight.  Emily Selke graduated from Drexel University in 2013 and her sorority has posted a message about her death on its Facebook page. 

Former Congressman Going To DC Halfway House

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is getting out of prison and is on his way to DC.  Jackson will be released today from a minimum-security prison camp in Alabama to serve the final months of two-and-a-half-year sentence at a Washington, DC halfway house.  He pleaded guilty in 2013 to spending more than 750-thousand dollars of campaign money on himself.  Once Jackson completes his sentence, his wife will start serving a one-year prison term for filing false tax returns.

President Marks 5th Anniversary Of Obamacare

President Obama is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the day he signed the Affordable Care Act into law.  In a White House event, Obama said the healthcare reform law also known as “Obamacare” is saving lives and money.  He noted that more than 16-million people have signed-up for coverage in the new healthcare exchanges.  Obama also unveiled a new program called the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network that aims to further reduce costs and improve care.

Phones, Friends Big Distractions For Teen Drivers

Cell phones and passengers are to blame for a majority of crashes involving teen drivers.  Researchers from the Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distractions such as talking on the phone or with others in the car were a factor in almost 60-percent of moderate to severe crashes.  That’s four times as many as in previous estimates based on police reports.  Triple-A researchers based their findings on nearly 17-hundred videos of teen drivers in the moments before a crash.

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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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