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DC Update On Relisha Rudd Investigation

One year after she disappeared from a DC homeless shelter, there is still no sign of Relisha Rudd. The eight year old  girl vanished last March. Her disappearance went largely unchecked until it was too late.  She was later determined to be with Khalil Tatum, who worked at the shelter.  He was later found dead, as was his wife. 

Veteran Maryland Senator Won’t Seek Re-Election

Veteran Senator Barbara Mikulski will not seek re-election.  The Maryland Democrat has served longer than any other woman in Senate history.  Milulski is a former chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  She had to relinquish that powerful post when Republicans regained control of the Senate in January.  When she retires, Mikulski will have served five terms in the Senate, a period spanning three decades.

DC Mayor Introduces New Fire Chief

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has introduced the city’s new fire chief.  Gregory Dean takes over to replace Kenneth Ellerbe, who came under heavy criticism and resigned.  Dean says his number one job will be to talk with firefighters and emergency technicians to make sure they’re held accountable.  The Council will have to confirm Dean’s appointment.

Justice Department Accuses Ferguson Police Of Racial Bias

The Justice Department is accusing the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department of using racial profiling when making traffic stops.  A “New York Times” report shows that traffic fines were used to balance the St. Louis suburb’s budget.   Ferguson officials are expected to work out a settlement with the Justice Department or stand the risk of being sued on civil rights charges.  The study could be released any day this week.

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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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