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right now temperatures around the region with a little drizzle. in washington now at 55 degrees rnlgs and in the suburbs in montgomery, fairfax, prince george's counties in the low 50s, and around the shenandoah valley low to mid 50s as well as southern maryland, northern neck and the eastern shore. over the last 12 hours t spin in the at fire you see over the ohio valley, that's what gave us the storms yesterday. that's going to be coming through later this afternoon. right now we have light rain in the panhandle of west virginia up into pennsylvania, some scattered showers across west virginia and into the ohio valley. that area of low pressure is going to be coming down our way later on today, and before that we may see a little sun this morning. but overall, a cloudy day, some showers by midday and then perhaps some afternoon thunderstorms, some of which may be severe. could produce some hail and damaging winds. that would be from about 3:00 orr 4:00 in the afternoon all the way through perhaps early
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evening this evening. highs reaching near 70 before then. things should settle down by late this evening and by dawn tomorrow maybe lingering light showers. after that we ought to get sunshine back by tomorrow afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. then the weather does settle down considerably midweek. we veal the shine back on wednesday. should be partly cloudy. morning lows near 40. afternoon highs into the mid 60s. then lots of sunshine for thursday with highs near 70. let's check traffic on this monday morning. jerry, how is it look sng. >> good morning to you. good morning everyone. looking good as we get under way. may still have scat tertd power outages from last night's storms. also debris may be in the roadway. 395 through landmark, shirlington, 14th street bridge off to an uneventful start. in maryland no worries. road spray, this is 270 southbound towards the interchange of route 28 in rockville. right now frederick all the way down looks like we're okay.
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be careful the roads are wet out there. joe, eun? >> thank you, jerry. let's go back to the report from jay gray in yazoo city for more on the storm damage there. take a look at this. >> it keeps changing shape. better, wider. it's expanding now. >> reporter: new video shows the massive tornado that leveled yazoo city. the national weather service now believes it was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles an hour. >> it was on the ground about 40 miles here in this county. but apparently for about 150 miles through the state. >> reporter: the devastation is overwhelming. the latest numbers from mississippi emergency manage. tell part of the horrific story. statewide 10 are dead, 54 injuries. 686 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed, more than 300 of those in yazoo city. >> it was just a lot of noise and debris. you could hear stuff coming off the roof. you could hear the front glass
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window breaking. >> reporter: evelyn and her husband ran for shelter in the hallway of their home. >> it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over. it was gone, and then shortly after that the sun started coming out like nothing had ever happened. >> reporter: but the painful reality here is that nothing will ever be the same. jay gray, nbc news, yazoo city, mississippi. >> if you live in northern virginia and with were awakened in the middle of the night by a strange phone call, you're not alone. >> hundreds of people have been receiving these mysterious calls and nobody can seem to figure out who is dialing and why. darcy spencer has more. >> hello. >> reporter: tam mara abrams has been doing this a lot lately, answering the phone. >> i received 47 phone calls between thursday and sunday. >> reporter: but these are unwanted calls from a phone number with a wyoming area code
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from an unknown person. >> i got called at 1:15 a.m. and then somewhere around 3:30, and then at 6:00 when i finally got up. >> reporter: when she answers the call, no one is on the line. when she calls the number back, this is what she hears. >> your call cannot be completed as dialed. >> reporter: abrams blogged about the problem on huffingtonpost.com and found out she's not alone in receiving these phone calls. >> people are really angry. 800notes.com, there's 380 posts almost all from arlington in the last couple days. >> reporter: doing their own research residents traced the problem to a carrier called level three communications, but they can't seem to get anyone on the other end of the line this weekend. >> we can't reach verizon to discuss this. i was on hold for an hour and a half last night before i hung up. >> reporter: the recipients of
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the calls one the phone company or police to do something about it. >> i don't know if it was a scam. i was told it was a telemarketer. i don't know what people could possibly they could think they could sell anything to anyone this way. >> reporter: abrams says she's not letting culprits off the hook. >> the worst thing to come out of this is for everyone to throw their hands up in the air and say it stopped, it's okay. >> some residents say they called verizon to try to have the number blocked. they say the phone company offered to sell them a call blocking service for a monthly fee. so far we have not been able to get a comment from verizon. this morning jim graham says more changes need to be made in response to last month eetsz mass shooting in southeast washington. he's calling for changes in how youth offenders are disciplined. hoping to improve communication between police, courts and juvenile services. it would include a commission to make recommendations on how the
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departments could better share information on youthful offenders. >> we need to come up with actual proposals to make the whole system more transparent. meaningful rehab or keep these kids in detention until they're 21. there's no sense of consequence waiting for them. so why not commit a crime? >> four teenagers were gunned down in southeast washington on march 30th. police have arrested four people and are still looking for another suspect. another deadly shooting took place in southeast washington last night. this one happened in the 3400 block of minnesota avenue. officers arrived there around 8:00 and found the victim. he later died at the hospital. there's no word on whether police have any suspects. police believe a person of sbefrest in the murder of a college student from virginia may be in the d.c. area. the shooting happened last weekend near texas southern university in house tan. police are looking for khiry mccullum. investigators say he was at the party and want to talk to him.
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police believe he is probably around. 18 yrd joshua mcmackle died in the student. he's a graduate of randolph macon academy, a military boarding school in front royal. soar no one has been charged in his murder. today family and friends will pay final respects to a frost burg state bbl player. funeral services for brandon carroll of wall dolph are this morning at spirit of faith christian center. he was shot and killed about a week ago. teammate ellis hart ridge was also shot. according to records, hart ridge's former girlfriend used to date the alleged shooter. they had protective orders against each other. police say hall claims he shot the two in self-defense during a confrontation. d.c. police released the name of the man who fell from his death from a high-rise
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apartment, 22-year-old thomas phillips 4r of alexandria. witnesses say phillips was drinking with friends when he climbed on a smokestack. he slipped and fell about 100 feet. police do not suspect foul play. police in prince george's county need your help finding a missing man this morning. 71-year-old arthur taylor was last seen walking near his home on blandford drive in ft. washington. he suffers from dementia and hypertension. it is now 4:38. coming up, passengers still stranded because of that volcano. >> airlines are hoping travelers will show a little kindness to help get them home. a little rain couldn't stop an earth day celebration. why this year's big event was all about the kids. next, it was a stormy night. when more rain c
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time for weather and traffic on the 1s. i'm come attorney. at this hour we have a cloudy sky and still some lingering showers, but no more thunder and lightning. right now getting light rain in loudoun county and frederick county as well as parts of the shern valley, those are advancing to the north and east. right now the metro area no rain as well as south and east of washington. temperatures around the region in the low and mid 50s. now 55 in washington. highs today near 70. might have a morning shower but a chance of passing afternoon thunderstorms, some of which
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could produce damaging winds and halt late afternoon and early this evening and lingering rain tomorrow morning perhaps and then sun back tomorrow afternoon. the weather settles down midweek. how's the traffic? >> at this early hour very quiet into rosalind or georgetown by the way of the key bridge. gw parkway is quiet. after last night's storms, be very cautious, you may find tree limbs and branches and whatnot in the roadway. right now the authorities are telling us it's relatively calm. the drive in from the west along interstate 66, manassas all the way to the capital beltway so far, so good. that's how we're doing right now. back to you. >> thank you. now 4:42. we have 54 degrees out there. still ahead on news 4 today, are they really the friendly skies? what airlines are now asking passengers to do. a senator fighting to protect your facebook page. today could be a crucial day in the efforts to pass wall street reform. ñq
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vrnlths today the senate is expected to begin discussing wall street reform. the obama administration says new rules need to protect consumers and prevent banks from gambling with your money. tracie potts shows us what it all means to you. >> here we are, 17 months after someone broke into our house, in effect and robbed us, and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors. >> reporter: washington is trying to make sure banks aren't reckless with your money to prevent another financial crisis. but the devil is in the details.
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>> send a message that nothing is too big to fail in this country and tighten up the language. >> reporter: the senate's 41 republican also likely block today's vote to move on with the plan on the table because they believe it gives the government too much leeway to bail out big banks. >> there is no one, certainly no one associated with the white house who believes that too big to fail is acceptable. >> reporter: there differences over a $50 billion bailout fund paid by banks and provisions to bar banks from some risky investments. it's all happening as new e-mails suggest goldman sachs, facing fraud charges, knew it would profit off consumers losing their home. >> these e-mails signify there are all kinds of conflicts of interest in wall street. >> reporter: conflicts washington is trying to eliminate. republicans and democrats say they're close. we'll know for sure tonight. that vote is expected to happen sometime this afternoon.
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tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >> democrats need one republican vote to begin the debate. democrats and republicans working on this say they're optimistic, saying they each reach an agreement in a week or two. an arizona congressman say it is obama administration can't help defeat the toughest immigration law. thousands turned out in phoenix to show opposition to the new law. on friday they signed a law that allowed police to ask for identification of someone they believe is in the country illegally. it toughens restrictions on hiring immigrants for day labor and transporting them. the law could take effect this summer. it's almost certain to be challenged in the u.s. supreme court. facebook plans to share users profile information with media and travel sites. schumer wrote the federal trade commission yesterday asking for guidelines to limit how someone's personal information can be shared with other companies. >> keep in mind, since the
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default is you share your data, your information is already out there before you can even get a chance to say no. >> facebook says you can opt out of the instant personalization by changing your privacy settings. most stranded passengers should be home today, and the rest by the end of the week after the volcanic ash cloud canceled hundreds of flights. airline carriers asked passengers to give up their seats over the week toned those stranded in europe since the volcano erupted. the ash called 100,000 flight cancellations. the airlines are on track to lose some $2 billion because of it. earth day turned into earth week. it all ended with a major rally this weekend on the national mall where thousands of people came out to hear music and learn about living green. derrick ward was there. >> reporter: there was a lot of music and, as you'd expect. a lot of emphasis on issues surrounding the environment. >> it is the most widely participated in secular event,
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nonreligious event worldwide. we see it growing and growing and growing. >> reporter: being green was a big part of trally because participants say it's time to get serious about the environment. >> if you just think of one thing you can do, whether eliminating water bottles, washing your clothes in cold water. >> if we have the opportunity today to get 500,000 people doing simple acts of green it will have a positive impact. >> reporter: there's also an emphasis on getting young people sold on the idea of being stewards of their environment. some are worried about what the world will be like when they're not so young anymore. >> if we all keep polluting and degrading the environment the way we're doing, then yes, i'm very worried. >> we can all do better. we don't have to litter. we can drive clean cars. there's things we can all do in our lives to make a difference. >> reporter: for organizers, making a difference among policymakers remain it is biggest challenge. >> we want to grow a green
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economy in the united states. we want to put america back on top. >> reporter: organizers hope that by having' lentz like this here, they can influence what happens there. on the national mall, derrick ward, news 4. it's time now to take a look at our weather. >> good morning, tom. a lot of rain overnight, storms coming through. >> thunder, lightning, hail. a lot of reports of hail around the region. as we take a look at this hour, outside we do have low clouds hanging over the mall. you can see that in this live picture from our city camera. there's the washington monument and just beyond the monument, those low clouds. right now at 55 degrees in washington. humidity is rather high. we have temperatures around the region hovering around the 50s from the blue ridge to the atlantic ocean. now as we look at the radar, over the last six or seven hours we've had these conveyor belt of showers and thunderstorms that came through. those have now exited far off to our east and have dissipated. we have lingering light showers
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that are passing southwest to northeast, now out of the shenandoah valley, now crossing out of lauk into northern montgomery county. a bit wet this morning with light rain over the next half hour in clarksburg. also light rain in the panhandle of west virginia. right now around washington, we don't have any rain, maybe a few sprinkles or light drizzle there as well as prince george's county and southern maryland. the temperatures are in the 50s all the way from the shenandoah valley to the atlantic seaboard. right now it's in the low to mid 50s in the nearby suburbs of prince george's, montgomery as well as fairfax and arlington counties. elsewhere, on the eastern shore in the mid 50s out of the mountains as well. mid 50s, so a mild start to this monday. all these storms coming courtesy of the large area of low pressure over the ohio valley. this low will be drifting right over us by later this afternoon. as it does, it will give us more showers and more storms by later this afternoon. between now and then we actually
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may see little sun this morning, especially south and southeast of washington. we'll have temperatures by noontime with showers likely developing once again, perhaps climbing to the mid 60s by noon and upper 60s to near 70 by mid afternoon. that's when we could have strong thunderstorms developing, some could produce more hail and maybe damaging winds, 3:00 p.m. to around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. after that lingering rain overnight. perhaps a few showers tomorrow morning. sun back in the afternoon. highs mid 60s. we dry out on wednesday and thursday. thursday near 70. still dry friday. looks like more rain again for next weekend. jerry, how is the traffic? >> doing pretty well as we get going here. we'll check out i-95 northbound as you head north from dumfries up towards the rest area t weigh station and continuing up to the capital beltway. the good news is no early hang-ups all the way up, travel lanes open and presently available. let's pop over and see how things are progressing south of
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town to the woodrow wilson bridge. way too early for any sunshine delays should we see any. right now very, very calm. let's hope it stays that way. caps fans are hoping the team can clinch round one of the play-offs tonight. the team will play game six against the montreal canadiens tonight. a win tonight could push them to the second round of the play-offs where they would face the philadelphia flyers. the caps have had two days off to rest before tonight's game. but if the canadiens women, game seven will be played wednesday night here in washington. a lot of caps fans are hoping it never gets to that point. >> what's better, close out the series or wait to win at home? >> no, no, no, get it over with. the massive oil leak in the gulf of mexico continues to spread. an update on the efforts to try to clean it up. next, a promise from president obama to the families
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president obama visited west virginia to serve as comforter in chief. the president delivered the eulogy for the 289 r 29 coal miners clild three weeks ago. nbc's mike viqueira reports. >> nothing i or the vice president or the governor, none of the speakers here today, nothing we say can fill the hole
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they leave in your hearts or the absence that they leave in your lives. >> reporter: it's been three weeks since the worst mine disaster in 40 years. 29 west virginia miners lost at the upper big branch. today, after the catastrophe and the controversy, a time to mourn. >> these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream. >> reporter: friends, family and fellow miners gathered in beckley, the heart of coal country where they heard president obama pledge the lives lost at the mine would not be in vane. >> our task on earth is to save lives being lost at another such tragedy. to do what we must do individually and collectively to make sure safe conditions underground. >> reporter: though mr. obama is not popular here, politics were put aside in the wake of the tragedy. >> i know it's difficult in every way for a president to
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come here but we are very appreciative. >> it's a sad day, one that's important to pay tribute to these people. >> reporter: before he spoke, the president met privately with each of the victim's families. >> gary wayne quarrels. >> reporter: then together with the vice president, looked on as each was led to the cross that bears the name of their fallen loved one. >> god bless our miners, god bless their families, god bless west virginia and god bless the united states of america. >> that was mike viqueira reporting. investigators detected high levels of two potentially explosive gases still inside the mine. it could be a month before they can enter to determine what actually caused the blast. there will be a senate hearing tomorrow on the explosion. the nation's top mine safety official is expected to testify. president obama also paid a visit to reverend billy graham before ending his vacation this weekend in north carolina.
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the president and graham talked and had a private moment of prayer. graham has been advising presidents for 50 years. but this time -- this is the first time he's met president obama. coast guard crews are working around the clock to try and stop a massive oil leak in the gulf of mexico. the leak off the coast of new orleans stems from an oil rig that exploded last tuesday. 11 workers are still missing and presumed dead. crews discovered the leak over the weekend. oil is now leaking at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day. now crews are working to drill a relief well. the peer is that if the oil makes its way inland, it could threaten shores from louisiana to florida. >> the impact of drilling impacts more than just the marine environment, it puts coastal communities, beaches, industries such as commercial and recreational fishing at risk. >> the coast guard says the oil should stay about 30 miles off the coast for the next three days. stay with us everyone.
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"news 4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. as soon as we opened the door and we run in, it was like a bomb went off. next thing you know, we was flying through the air. >> it came and went in an instant, a deadly tornado leaves a path of destruction throughout the southern united states. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this april 26, 2010. we'll have the latest on the devastating storms in just a moment. first we have severe weather of our own last night into this morning. some areas even saw hail. these pictures come from front royal, virginia. nbc viewer alexandria lee says the hail was accompanied by a lot of lightning. a live look outside at 5:00 a.m., 53 degrees. low clouds there in the skies. >> still got clouds, tom. going to have some rain today? >> we could get some more.
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unfortunately maybe more strong storms this afternoon. yesterday we didn't have any damage from wind. but we did have a lot of hail and a lot of thunder and light thing last evening. now those storms are gone, looking at the radar where you see the moving areas of blue and green, those are light rain showers that are now moving through the shenandoah valley, crossing the blue ridge through loudoun county into frederick county, maryland. those are passing north of washington right now. one shower to the east of leesburg crossing the potomac into northern montgomery county. that will cause maybe delays on interstate 270 between frederick and rockville this morning. right now temperatures are in the 50s all around the region. it's 54 now in washington. low to mid 50s in the suburbs and rural areas. highs today should climb to near 70. a little sun later this morning, then showers moving in by noontime an strong storms from 3:00 p.m. to as late as 7:00 orr 8:00 p.m. some of the storms could produce more hail and maybe damaging winds.
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after that the weather should settle down. maybe lingering showers overnight into tomorrow morning. during the day on tuesday, maybe sunshine back tomorrow afternoon with highs in the mid 60s. partly cloudy. delightful on wednesday. should be sunny thursday with a high near 70. jerry, how is the monday commute? >> the monday commute not bad as we head out the door. there's one incident, 395 northbound, word of an accident right on the d.c. end of the 14th street bridge. we're told it's tieing up the right side of the roadway. we'll keep you updated on that. elsewhere, as the rush hour begins along i-270, plenty of volume past montgomery village en route to the capital beltway, all travel lanes are open. eun, back to you. >> thank you. new individual of a tornado that touched down in mississippi shows just how powerful those storms can be. the storm was massive and the damage it caused is extensive. trees are down, businesses destroyed and families and homes have been ripped apart. 12 people including three
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children died from those storms in the southern united states. ten of the victims were killed in yazoo city. now all that's left are piles of rubble and tales of survival. jay gray reports. sglm it keeps changing shape. bigger, wider. it's expanding now. >> reporter: new video shows the massive tornado that leveled yazoo city. the national weather service now believes it was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles an hour. >> it was on the ground about 40 miles here in this county. but apparently for about 150 miles through the state. >> reporter: the devastation is overwhelming. the latest numbers from mississippi emergency management tell part of the horrific story. statewide 10 are dead, 54 injured. 686 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed. more than 300 of those in yahoo city. >> it was a lot of noise and debris.
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you could hear stuff coming off the roof, you could hear the front window glass breaking. >> reporter: evelyn corely and her husband ran for shelter in the hallway of their home. >> it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over. it was gone, and then shortly after that the sun started coming out like nothing had ever happened. >> reporter: but the pain. reality here is that nothing will ever be the same. jay gray, nbc news, yazoo city, mississippi. d.c. council member jim graham wants to change the way the district handles young criminals after last month's deadly shooting in southeast washington. graham is proposing legislation to improve communication between police, courts and juvenile services, making recommendations on how the departments can better share information about youth offenders. >> we need to come up with actual proposals to ma make the whole system more transparent. meaningful rehab or keep these
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kids in detention until they're 21. there's no sense of consequence waiting for them. so why not commit a crime? >> four teenagers were gunned down in southeast washington on march 30th. police have arrested four people and are still looking for another suspect. there was another deadly shooting in southeast washington last night. this happened in the 3400 block of minnesota avenue. officers arrived there around 8:00 last night and found the victim. he later died at the hospital. no word on whether police have any suspects in that shooting. police in prince george's county need your help finding a missing man. 71-year-old arthur taylor was last seen walking near his home on blan ford drive in ft. washington yesterday. he suffers from dementia and hypertension and needs medication. anyone who sees taylor is asked to call prince george's county police. we have a traffic alert for drivers who use the woodrow wilson bridge. >> more construction is happening this week and it could affect your commute. crew also be demolishing bridge
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piers, completing grading operations. that will require lane closures in toefr night hours and throughout the day. megan mcgrath joins us with more. >> reporter: good morning. the saving grace is that the work will not happen during the rush hour periods. they'll be doing it during the day and in the overnight hours. so that will help the situation a little bit. but there certainly is going to be an impact on people who use the beltway and telegraph road during the day and in the overnight hours. take a look behind me. this is the inner loop of the beltway. you can see the work is not under way. they've got a couple of hours to go here before they start up for the daytime pier yod. we see traffic running at speed. so that's good news. but the next few hours, we'll start to see those cones go down. they'll begin their work. that's going to have an impact on traffic through the area. let's take a closer look at what we're talking about here. the inner and outer loops are going to go down to two lanes between the metro overpass and the beltway bridge over cameron run.
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telegraph road northbound will go down to one lane during the day between huntington avenue and pershing avenue. overnight telegraph road will go down to one lane in both directions and also the ramps to the beltway will be closed. construction hours, again, not during the rush hour period. so that's good news. this will happen from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. then they'll restart at 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 in the morning. this will take place through friday. as you're mentioning, they're demolishing old bridge piers, also doing paving work and the like. all of that requires them to shut things down so they get their work crews out there and get the work done as quickly as possible. it will have an impact on people traveling through the alexandria area. again affecting both the inner and outer loops of the beltway as well as telegraph road during the daytime hours and overnight. eun, back to you. >> i'll take it. megan mcgrath, thanks very much. 5:07 is your time.
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53 degrees. still to come on "news 4 today." mysterious calls at all hours of the night. if you received one, you're not alone. a new study may have pinpointed the simple key to maintaining a successful marriage. >> a wet start to the week. your weat [ banker ] mike and brenda found a house that they really wanted.
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it was in my sister's neighborhood. i told you it was perfect for you guys. literally across the street from her sister. [ banker ] but someone else bought it before they could get their offer together. we really missed a great opportunity -- dodged a bullet there. [ banker ] so we talked to them about the wells fargo priority buyer preapproval. it lets people know that you are a serious buyer because you've been credit-approved. we got everything in order so that we can move on the next place we found. which was clear on the other side of town. [ male announcer ] wells fargo. with you when you're ready to move.
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it's time for weather and traffic on the 1s. i'm tom kierein. thankfully the strong storms from last evening are long gone.
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this morning we have lingering showers passing west of wav wav out of the southwest heading north and east. one shower moving through frederick county and across the potomac and the highlands of west virginia. in the 50s around the region. right now 54 in washington. low 50s in montgomery, arlington, prince george's and fairfax counties. highs today near 70. might have a little sun later this morning. overall a cloudy day. could get showers and storms this afternoon, some of which could produce damaging winds and hail that may linger early this evening and tomorrow morning. drying out after that through midweek. how is the traffic? >> an accident reported along 39 northbound along the d.c. end of the 14th street bridge, supposedly in the right lane. i don't see any flashing lights. they may have moved on. we'll keep you updated just in case. elsewhere, we'll take a live look at the capital beltway, both the inner loop and outer loop between central avenue and the woodrow wilson bridge moving nicely. keeping in mind the roads are still going to be a little on
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the wet side from last night's storms. watch out for any tree branches and whatnot in the roadway. joe, back to you. >> jerry, thanks very much. the secret to a good marriage may be in the housework. a pew research center on marriage and parenting said 62% said chore sharing was very important to a good marriage. only 41% marked having children as very important. a messy house could cause problems in the marriage when a spouse does not live up to expectations. dr. sheila jamieson says couples first need to define clean and comfortable and should steer clear of comparing spouses from someone else. >> stay away from "this is what my mother did, and so it's fine." stay away from "mary's husband," "tom's wife." stay focused on our relationship. >> she says to look at each partner's strengths and then plan chores for a month and then
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evaluate. dare i say it's usually the husbands who don't do enough? >> i plan all these chores for my wife and she doesn't always do them. that's the only problem. >> i'm calling marilyn at home. i think she'd have something to say about that. >> i'm sure she would. 5:13. up next on "news 4 today," global air travel is still not back to normal after that ash cloud disruption. airlines are asking passengers to help out. a health scare for the local woman recently crowned miss america. next, strange, annoying and down right rude. we're looking into mysterious phone calls that many of you have received.
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it's 5:15. good morning everyone. i'm kimberly suiters. these are the top stories in the news at this hour. putting back together the pieces a tornado tore ap past and preparing for funerals in yazoo city, mississippi. a massive tornado destroyed much of the town, killing ten people. meteorologists estimate the tornado was a mile and a half wide at one point and hit speeds of 150 miles per hour. president barack obama says the coal miners who lost their lives in a west virginia mine lived and died pursuing the american dream. at a memorial service in beckley sunday, the president told families of the workers killed in the upper big branch mine that the nation would honor their memories by improving
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safety in the mines. the explosion will be the subject of a senate hearing on tuesday with the nation's top mine safety official expected to testify. a few hours ago demolition work began on the wilson bridge. bridge piers were the first to go. grading and road paving happens this week. basically commuters will face closures and lots of traffic. the beltway will narrow to two lanes between the metro overpass and the bridge over cameron run. that's it from the newsroom. back to you in the studio. >> thanks very much. hundreds of residents in northern virginia receiving mysterious calls at all hours. no one seems to be able to figure out who is dialing and why. >> your call cannot be completed as dialed. >> that's when people hear when they dial the number back. the telephone number has a wyoming area code from an unknown person. receivers of the unwanted calls traced the problem to a carrier called level three communications. they cannot seem to get anyone on the other end of the line this weekend.
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recipients what their phone companies or police to do something about it. >> i don't know if it's a scam. i was told it was a telemarketer, but i don't know what people in their right minds could possibly think they could sell anything to anybody this way. >> some of the residents say they called verizon to try to have the number blocked. they say the phone company then offered to sell them a call blocking service for monthly fee. so far we've been unable too get a comment from verizon. most stranded airline passengers should be home today and the rest by the end of the week after that volcanic ash canceled hundreds of flights. airline carriers asked passengers to give up their seats over the weekend to those who had been stranded in europe since the volcano erupted in iceland. the ash caused 100,000 flight cancellations and the airlines are on track to lose $2 billion. a homeless man was stabbed to death while he tried to help a woman being attacked in front of an apartment building last sunday in new york city.
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a security camera from the building shows a number of people who walked by and did absolutely nothing. the victims' family members say he had lost his job and his home. so far there have been no arrests. today the senate is expected to begin discussing wall street reform. the obama administration says new rules need to protect consumers and prevent banks from gambling with your money. tracie potts shows us what it all means to you. >> here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house in effect and robbed us and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors. >> reporter: washington is trying to make sure banks aren't reckless with your money to prevent another financial crisis. but the devil is in the details. >> send a message that nothing is too big to fail in this country and tighten up the language. >> reporter: the senate's 41 republicans will likely block today's vote to move on with the plan on the table because they believe it gives the government too much leeway to bail out big banks. >> there is no one, certainly no
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one associated with the white house who believes that too big to fail is acceptable. >> reporter: there are differences over a $50 billion bailout fund paid by banks and provisions to bar banks from some risky investments. it's all happening as new e-mails suggest goldman sachs, facing fraud charges, knew it would profit off consumers losing their homes. >> these e-mails signify that there are all kinds of conflicts of sbefrest in wall street. >> thanks to the staff -- >> reporter: conflicts washington is trying to eliminate. republicans and democrats say they're close. we'll know for sure tonight. that vote is expected to happen sometime this afternoon. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. an arizona congressman say it is obama administration can help defeat the nation's toughest immigration law. thousands turned out in phoenix yesterday to show their opposition to the law. on friday the governor signed the bill allowing police to ask for identification if they merely suspect someone is in the country illegally.
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the law also toughens restrictions on hiring illegal immigrants for day labor and knowingly transporting them. the law could take effect this summer. almost certain to be challenged in the nation's supreme court. facebook plans to share users' profile information with media, music and travel sites. new york senator charles schumer says some of the information could remain private -- says it should remain private. he wrote the federal trade commission yesterday asking for guidelinetion to limit how someone's personal information could be shared with other companies. facebook says you can opt out of the instant personalization by changing your privacy settings. the caps are in canada where they'll try to win round one of the play-offs tonight. the team plays game six against the canadiens tonight. the caps lead the series 3-1. a win tonight would push them to the second round of the play-offs where they'll face the philadelphia flyers. the caps have had two days off to rest before tonight's game. if the canadiens win, though,
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game seven will be played wednesday night right here in washington. don't let it get that far. >> no. two days' rest should do it for them. hello, tom. hopefully you're not sleep deprived from the thunderstorms we had overnight. those have now dissipated and are headed off to the far east of us. north and west of washington where you see the areas of moving color on the radar, those are showers. thankfully no thunder and lightning. we are getting light rain in northern montgomery county, frederick county, ph.d. across the border into west virginia as well as into the shenandoah valley. those showers in the shenandoah valley play move into fauquier county and perhaps prince william over another hour or so. right now in the low and mid 50s, now 54 in washington. we'll have highs today near 70, maybe a little sun and then a possible shower is possible early this afternoon and maybe thunderstorms developing again from mid afternoon all the way winterly evening this evening.
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some of the isolated storms might produce damaging winds and hail. could have lingering showers late tonight winterly tomorrow morning and then sun back tomorrow afternoon. highs in the mid 60s and drying out wednesday and thursday, looking at friday and the weekend in ten minutes. jerry, how is the monday commute? >> wet roadways out there. be cautious along interstate 66 all the way in from haymarket to the capital beltway. looks like we're moving along nicely. no incidents to report. the westbound side very light volume at this hour. let's head over and see how we're doing through northeast along new york avenue. we had traffic issues in toefr night hours because of scattered power outages, but in much better shape at this hour. joe and eun, back to you. 5:22 is your time. 54 degrees. go inside the bush white house. >> the story as told by the president himself. when you'll be able to pick up the former president's new book. a health scare for the pride of virginia. i'm done with all these lists.
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a health scare for miss america. virginia native and recently crowned miss america car ressa cameron was overcome by heat at a nascar race yesterday. cameron was taken to talladega speedway's medical center for treatment. she was evaluated and quickly released. reports are she's feeling better. former president george w. bush's new book is set for a november 9th release. the book will be called
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"decision points." the book publishers say it will offer, quote, gripping, never-before-heard detail on such historic events as the september 11th attacks and the 2010 presidential election. it's set to detail the former president's decision to quit drinking, his relationship with family and other personal details. he's given virtually no interviews or public speeches about his presidency. crown books said the former president spent his time writing the book. a national tour to promote it is in the works, but no details are yet available. 5:26 is your time. 54 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," a d.c. council member proposing a new law in response to the mass shooting in southeast. are school girls the new target of the taliban in afghanistan. a tornado more than a mile wide tears apart small towns
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a rolling noise and the windows were popping and stuff flying, trees falling. we could hear it. and then in no time it was over. >> surveying the damage in the south after a series of tornadoes leveled homes and uprooted families. good morning everyone. i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you, i'm joe krebs. welcome to "news 4 today" on
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this april 26th, 2010. a live look outside right now, beginning to see some daylight, it looks like, or at least reflexes of the city lights on the low hanging clouds out there right now. wow, what a night of storms we had. it was rough. >> thankfully no wind damage. but many reports of hail early last evening. now those storms have dissipated. this morning we have lingering showers in northern montgomery county into frederick county in maryland and across the potomac river into loudoun county, lingering sprinkles north of leesburg as well as panhandle of west virginia and shenandoah valley. those are passing north and west of the metro area right now. temperatures are in the 50s. low to mid 50s from the shenandoah valley. 54 in washington and low to mid 50s in prince george's, montgomery, fairfax, arlington counties. high today near 70. might get a passing shower later this morning and maybe a little sun breaking out. then this afternoon passing showers, maybe some strong storms 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. some of which could produce damaging winds and hail.
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rain overnight into tomorrow morning. drying out midweek and warming up, by thursday near 70. still dry on friday. over the weekend could get some more showers. jerry, how is the monday traffic? >> looks like we do have a problem now, whether this is a new issue or the same one createding delay, not sure, 395 northbound coming the a grinding halt at the 14th street bridge. there is an accident there, we're told, don't have the exact lane situation. you can see folks switching back and forth. american legion bridge, not to worry. everything starting quietly. a massive cleanup effort is underway after a tornado ripped through the southern united states. at least 12 people were killed. hundreds of homes have been damaged. jay gray joins us now from the hardest hit area, yazoo city, mississippi. he has more. jay, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, joe. experts are now saying this morning that the trade that scattered debris like this for
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miles was actually more than three times as wide as a normal twister. this morning we are getting some of the first pictures which show the tremendous intensity at impacts. >> it keeps changing shape, bigger, wider, expanding now. >> reporter: new video shows the massive tornado that leveled yazoo city. the national weather service now believes it was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles an hour. >> it was on the ground about 40 miles here in this county, but apparently for about 150 miles through the state. >> reporter: the devastation is overwhelming. the latest numbers from mississippi emergency management tell part of the horrific story. statewide 10 are dead, 54 injured. 686 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed, more than 300 of those in yazoo city. >> it was just a lot of noise and debris, and you could hear stuff coming off the roof.
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you could hear the front glass window breaking. >> reporter: evelyn corely and her husband ran for shelter in the holloway of their home. >> it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over. it was gone and then shortly after that the sun started coming out like nothing had ever happened. >> reporter: but the painful reality here is that nothing will ever be the same. >> and now as they begin day two of the cleanup and recovery many are beginning to understand the process will take a lot of work and a very long time. live in yazoo city, mississippi, i'm jay gray. joe, back to you. >> long time to recover for many aspects of this whole event. thanks very much, jay. >> unbelievable devastation. president obama paid a visit to west virginia to deliver the eulogy for the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion three weeks ago. >> president obama pledged to the miners,' loved ones mine
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safety reform. he met with each of the victims' families before he spoke. he promised that improvements would be made to the mining industry. mr. obama said the current regulations are riddled with loopholes. >> our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy, to do what we must do individually and collectively to assure safe conditions underground. these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream. >> there will be a senate hearing on the mine explosion tomorrow. this morning d.c. councilman jim graham says more needs to be done to put an end to youth violence in the district. last month four teenagers were gunned down on a capital street in southeast washington. initially police accused a 14-year-old boy of being the getaway driver in the shooting. those charges were dropped. officials say the teen had a
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long liss otd of previous expens expenses. he says this highlights longstanding problems with the juvenile justice system handled by dyrs. >> before someone is committed to dyrs or new beginnings, what used to be oak hill, we're told typically on three prior occasions at least on average they have been before a judge. >> graham is now proposing new legislation to help improve communication between police, courts and juvenile services. it would include a commission that would make recommendations on how the departments could better share information on youth offenders. memorial services will be held this week for the late civil rights icon dr. dorothy hite. one service was held yesterday in southeast d.c. those who organized the event say her commitment will continue to inspire people generations from now. dorothy hite pass aid way last week at the age of 98.
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tomorrow her body will lie in repose for a viewing at the national council of negro women building on pennsylvania avenue northwest. she led that organization for 40 years. on wednesday there will be two additional memorial services at howard university and shiloh baptist church. her funeral will be on thursday at the national cathedral. the funeral will be open to the public. britain's foreign office has made a public apology to the pope after an official memo leak friday a brainstorming session. the memo suggested britain might mark the pope's visit by asking him to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch his own brand of condoms. the individual responsible has been moved to other duties. the office says it very much regrets this incident and is deeply sorry. more than 80 school girls have gotten sick in afghanistan. there's concern the girls may have been poisoned by the taliban. doctors are trying foig your out what's causing the sickness.
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results from blood sample testing with inconclusive. officials fear that militants who oppose the education of women used the poison to scare the girls away from attending school. 5:37 is your time. 53 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," fed up with the phone calls. many of you have complained about receiving mysterious calls. now we're looking into it. an airport arrest. a man busted when he went to see president obama. what police say he brought with him. when the next round of rain could arrive.
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good morning. i'm tom kierein. the first light of dawn showing up, quite a bit of low cloudiness over washington this time. south and east of us, breaks in the clouds. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. temperatures in the low and mid 50s around the region. the overnight storms we had are long gone. we do have passing showers northwest of washington, northern montgomery county into frederick county. that's continuing to move off to the north and east. other light showers now in the shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia. temperatures there are in the upper 40s and low 50s. low 50s in prince george's county. montgomery, fairfax and arlington counties as well in the low 50s. highs today should climb to near 70. might have a little sun breaking out this morning. then this afternoon some passing showers and maybe some strong storms from 3:00 p.m. to as last as 8:00 p.m. only a very small chance an isolated storm could produce hail and damaging winds.
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tomorrow, perhaps lingering shower after a few overnight light showers. then sun back in the afternoon. mid 60s and partly cloudy on wednesday. should be sunny thursday with a high near 70. a look at friday and the weekend, that will be coming up in ten minutes at 5:51. now let's check the monday commute. jerry, how are we doing? >> not very well i'm sorry to say with an accident, 395 northbound at the 14th street bridge. looks like it's on the d.c. end. authorities are telling us it's the two left lanes that are closed. everybody needs to line up to the right. the backup growing very, very rapidly. elsewhere we'll update you, pretty quiet trip. all in all, most major roadways into the district as well as out of fredricksburg, virginia, we have report of an accident 95 northbound above route 17. we're checking on that. we'll let back to you as soon as we know more. 5:41. 53 degrees. ahead on "news 4 today," hundreds of strange telephone calls that have people in our
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get a fertilizer that can't be copied. get the scotts advantage. to kill dandelions, get turf builder with plus 2 weed control. we have a traffic alert for those of you who use the woodrow wilson bridge. more construction is happening this week that could affect your commute. crews will be demolishing bridge piers, completing grading operations and ramps. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. the good news is that the work is not going the happen during rush hour. that's going to help out with the traffic a little bit. people who use the beltway as well as tell graphic road during the day or in the overnight hours are going to see an impact. they're going the see a reduction in the number of lanes and likely some traffic tie-ups through the area.
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it started today and it's going to be with us through friday. so people are going to want to be alert. let's take a look at what we're talking about here exactly. the iner loops of the beltway -- iner and outer loop will be down to two lanes between the metro overpass and the beltway bridge over cameron run. on telegraph road northbound will go down to one lane during the day between huntington avenue and pershing avenue. overnight it will go down to one lane in both directions between that same area there and also it's going to impact the ramps. the ramps for the beltway and telegraph road will be closed. this is going to happen again not during rush hour but during the nonpeak hours from 9:00 a.m. intill 3:00 p.m. and then they'll pick it upped and resume from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. this work will stay with us through friday. they're demolishing old piers to bridges, have to close things down in order to safely do that and get their crews in place.
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they're doing paving work and the like. unfortunately it means they'll take lanes away on both the outer and iner loops of the beltway as well as tell graphic road. they're trying to keep the impact down as much as possible so they won't be doing the work during rush hour. rather they'll do it during the day and overnight. if you travel through the alexandria area during that time, just be aware you're going to lose some lanes. back to you in the studio. >> megan, thank you. police believe a person of interest in the murder of a college student from virginia play be here in the d.c. area. that hooting happened last weekend at an off campus party in houston. police are looking for khiry mccullum. mccullum is from this area. police believe he is in the area now. 18-year-old joshua mcmackle was killed. he's a graduate of randolph macon academy, a military boarding school in front royal. so far no one has been charged with his murder. today family and friends
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will pay their last respects to a frostburg state basketball player. funeral services for brandon carroll of waldorf are this morning at the spirit of faith christian center south in brandywine. he was shot and killed a week ago at a party near campus. ellis hart ridge of southeast d.c. was also shot. hart ridge's former girlfriend also used to date the alleged shooter, tyrone hall. hart ridge and the former girlfriend had protective orders against each other. police say hall claims he shot the two in self-defense during a confrontation. d.c. police releaseed the name of the man who fell to his death from a high-rise apartment building in northwest washington. 22-year-old thomas phillips iv of alexandria. witness ps say phillips was drinking with friends when he climbed up on a smokestack on a roof of the connecticut house apartments. he slipped and fell about 100 feet. police do not suspect foul play. coast guard crews are working around the clock to try to stop a massive oil leak in the gulf of mexico.
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the leak off the coast of new orleans stems from an oil rig that exploded last tuesday. 11 workers are still missing and presumed dead. crews discovered the leak over the weekend. oil is now leaking at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day. now crews are working to drill a relief well. the fear is that if the oil makes its way inland, it could threaten shores from louisiana to florida. >> the impact of drilling impacts more than just the marine environment. it actually puts coastal communities, beaches, industries such as commercial and recreational fishing at risk. >> the coast guard says the oil should stay about 30 miles off the coast for the next three days. an armed man was arrested this weekend at the same airport president obama was flying out of. officers spotted joseph mcvey with a gun as he was getting out of a car in a rental car lot in asheville, north carolina. authorities say the man told an officer he wanted to see the president. mcvey was nowhere near the
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president's plane and was in a public area and his car had a siren and flashing lights even though he is not in law enforcement. while in north carolina the president paid a visit to the reverend billy graham. the president and graham talked and had a private moment of prayer. graham has been advising presidents for some 50 years. this is the first time he's met president obama. today the senate could begin the debate on wall street reform. the obama administration says new rules are needed to protect consumers and prevent banks from gambling with your money. kimberly suiters is live in the newsroom ahead of today's vote. good morning. >> good morning, eun. a showdown is set for the senate today as debate over the financial reform bill heats up. democrats want to set tougher -- republicans say they'll vote against any bill that has more bailouts. the senate's 41 republicans will likely block today's vote to move on with the current plan because they believe it gives the government too much leeway to bail out big banks. there are disagreements, too,
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over a $50 billion bailout fund paid for by banks and provisions to bar risky investments. this just as new e-mails suggest that goldman sachs, facing fraud charges knew it would profit off of consumers losing their homes. many lawmakers are arguing the time to tighten up loaning and lending practices is long overdue. >> here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house in effect and robbed us, and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors. >> no one, certainly no one associated with the white house who believes too bag to fail is acceptable rr a vote is expected today. a no vote on financial reform means no debate. lawmakers would have to come up with another plan. democrats and republicans working on this both say they will reach an agreement on how to regulate wall street in a week or two. >> kimberly, thank you. the arlington county board scheduled a public hearing on a new snow removal ordinance.
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the proposed ordinance requires residents to remove snow an ice on public sidewalks near their property within 24 to 36 hours depending on the level of the snow. failure to do so could result in a civil penalty. the ordinance also bans residents from dumping snow and ice out onto a sidewalk, street or trail. failure to comply with that provision could result in a criminal charge. a misdemeanor, the public hearing on this ordinance is scheduled for june 12th. >> a lot of snow to remove, though, in that much time. i think it was hard for law enforcement to really even enforce those rules. >> very, very difficult. and it would be if we ever have that kind of snow again. knock on whatever -- >> not for another 20 years. >> knock on lucite. that was probably one in a 100-year winter last winter thankfully. those who go to bed early had our sleep rudely interrupted with the storms that came through. a lot of lightning, thunder and hail. did not receive any reports of
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wind damage thankfully. those storms are long gone. the sky is tranquil over washington. the live picture now from our citi camera showing low clouds over the washington monument. right now at reagan national airport, temperatures at 54 degrees. still very humid. much of the rain that fell has not evaporated much. most of the roads, streets and sidewalks are wet from the overnight rain. that does continue to fall. to our west we are getting some showers in frederick county, maryland, as well as in carroll county. this batch of rain is passing through western howard county and north to baltimore. we have light showers now falling around the panhandle of west virginia as well as right near front royal here in western fauquier county and across the blue ridge there and the temperatures around the region associated with this rain are quite cool. in fact, only near 50 where they're getting this batch of moderate rain that continues to fall there just to the north of washington and north of now laytonsville and moving through
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western howard county. the temperatures in the shenandoah valley, low and mid 50s, mid 50s in fairfax county and montgome 50s. in the low 50s in prince george's county, mid 50s now 234 arlington and in the district of columbia as well as southern maryland and on the eastern shore. else mountains, they, too, are in the mid 50s. near 60 to mid 60s in southern and southeastern virginia. on this monday morning the weather we had overnight, there go the storms, way up over cape cod. we had this area of low pressure circulating over the ohio valley. that's going to be drifting down by later this afternoon. that is what may gave us more showers and some storms. meanwhile, if you're traveling today, there could be flight delays up and down the atlantic seaboard from washington to boston from that storm system as well as the pacific northwest, there's going to be another storm coming in there. for us today we might have a little sun breaking out this morning. by late morning and early afternoon maybe a shower and then thunderstorms may develop
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this afternoon winterly this evening. there's only a very small chance an isolated storm might produce hail or damaging winds. highs near 70. we might have lingering showers overnight tonight. we'll be nearby 50 by dawn tomorrow. during the day on tuesday, might have a lidgering shower in the morning, but then sun back in the afternoon with highs mid 60s. mid 60s on wednesday and partly cloudy. near 70 on thursday. morning lows are chilly in the low 40s. then friday partly cloudy, 70s again. unfortunately another wet weekend coming up saturday and sunday. jerry, how is the traffic? >> an update of what has turned into a miserable commute trying to get across the 14th street bridge. police dealing with an accident at the 14th street bridge. two left lanes are blocked. stay to the right to get by. that backup is growing. there are delays on the gw parkway trying to exit onto 395 northbound. let's head over and see how we're doing through northeast. new york avenue, kenilworth avenue. everything seems to be decent so far this morning. doing all right.
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back to you. today the virginia supreme court will hear a case of a fairfax county business that does not want to be taxed for the dulles rail project. ffw enterprises is a commercial real estate owner in tyson's corner. the company argued that it shouldn't have to pay ap new property taxed for e. the ffw enterprises supports transportation improvements but believes taxing commercial property owners and not residential owners violates the constitution. if you live in northern virginia and were awakened in the middle of the night by a strange phone call, you're not alone. >> hundreds of people have been receiving these phone calls. nobody seems to be figuring out who is dialing and why. tracee wilkins is live with details. >> reporter: good morning, joe and eun. nothing is better than running to answer the phone and finding out it's a telemarketer. it's even worse when it's a telemarketer that is not speaking back to you on the
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phone. we've seen these issues happening across our area. while we focus on arlington, we've been hearing from viewers saying they've had the same issue in their area as far over as maryland. a problem that started last thursday and for some people continued throughout the weekend. >> hello. >> reporter: tamir abram's phone has rang so much -- >> i got called at 1:15 a.m. and then somewhere around 3:30 and then at 6:00 when i finally got up. >> reporter: a phone number with a wyoming area code has been ringing her home day and night. when she answers, no one is there. when she calls back, this is what she hears. >> your call cannot be completed as dialed. >> reporter: abrams blogged about the problem on huffingtonpost.com and found out a lot of people in this area have experienced the same problem, including this group of neighbors. >> people are really angry.
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800notes.com, there's 380 posts on that thing, almost all from arlington and all within the last couple days. >> reporter: through their own research residents say they have traced the problem to a carrier called level three communications. while the calls have started to slow down on their own, these residences say something still should be done. >> the worse ft thing that would come out of this is for everyone to throw their hands up in the air and say, oh, well, it's stopped, it's okay. >> reporter: it's annoying, but what you can do is go ahead and register on the do not call registry at www.donotcall.gov. that should take care of telemarketers. know you have to do that every five years. if you haven't done it since 2003, probably time to do it again. tracee wilkins, live this morning in northern virginia. >> tracy, thank you. have a flight out of town this week? why some airlines are asking you to change your plans. ahead at 6:00 a.m., stories
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of survival from the south. how people survived a huge tornado believed to be more than
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disaster zone, deadly tornadoes blow through the south ripping apart everything in its path, and this morning we're getting a better picture of just how powerful the storm was. thanks for joining us for "news 4 today," i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs on this monday, 26th day of april, 2010. dawn in the nation's capital. looks like we have clouds above and very heavy traffic on the roadways down below. a look at traffic and weather together now. we'll start with tom kierein. >> heavy storms last night. >> but they've left our region
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thankfully. this morning still many of the roads, streets and sidewalks are wet from the overnight storms. looking at the radar where you see the moving blue and green, that is light rain. these showers passing north and west of washington, getting light rain now northern fauquier county into loudoun county, western howard, frederick and carroll counties in maryland as well as the panhandle of west virginia and parts of the shenandoah valley. just light rain there now. temperatures are cool, in the low and mid 50s. now 54 in washington and for the rest of the day, we'll have highs reaching near 70. a clans of a little sun breaking out later this morning. sunrise is 15 minutes away. by mid afternoon showers and thunderstorms, only a small chance. isolated storms might produce hail and damaging winds mid afternoon to early this evening. tomorrow, maybe a lingering showering, drying out after that for midweek. how is the traffic? >> unfortunately a messy morning, live pictures of 395 northbound at the 14th street bridge where police are
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struggling with an accident. left half of the roadway is blocked. the backup is building, beginning to reach toward the pentagon already this morning. heads up for that. in maryland, authorities are checking for the accident reported on the capital beltway over here near route 4. we haven't been able to find it yet. authorities are headed out to deal with it. heads up. that's how we're doing right now. joe and eun, back to you. new video of a tornado that touched down in mississippi shows just how powerful twisters can be. the storms that struck the southern u.s. over the weekend were massive, killing at least 12, injuring dozens of others. hundreds of homes were also damaged. now the major cleanup effort be against. jay gray is in yazoo city who joins us live with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. forecasters this morning telling us that tornado that scattered all of this debris for miles was actually more than three times as wide as a normal twister. this morning, as you talked about, we are getting better
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pictures of how intense things were at impact. >> it keeps changing shape, bigger, wider, expanding now. >> reporter: new video shows the massive tornado that leveled yazoo city. the national weather service now believes it was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles an hour. >> it was on the ground about 40 miles here in this county, but apparently for about 150 miles through the state. >> reporter: the devastation is overwhelming. the latest numbers from mississippi emergency management tell part of the horrific story. statewide 10 are dead, 54 injured. 686 homes and buildings damaged or destroyed, more than 300 of those in yazoo city. >> it was just a lot of noise and debris, and you could hear stuff coming off the roof. you could hear the front glass window breaking. >> reporter: evelyn corley and her husband ran for shelter in the hallway of their home. >> it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over.
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it was gone and then shortly after that the sun started coming out like nothing had ever happened. >> reporter: but the painful reality here is that nothing will ever be the same. and now as they begin day two of the cleanup and recovery, many here are beginning to understand that will take a lot of work and a very long time. live in yazoo city, mississippi, i'm jay gray. eun, back to you. >> jay, thank you. people in northern south carolina are also cleaning up after a possible tornado down there. three people were injured and several homes and buildings damaged by strong winds in darlington. the national weather service has not yet confirmed that the storm actually produced a tornado. crew also be in the area investigating today. president obama pays a visit to west virginia to deliver the eulogy for the 29 coal miners killed in that mine explosion three weeks ago.
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♪ amazing grace >> the president met privately with each of the victims' families before he spoke. he promised the families and the rest of the community that improve. s would be made to the mining industry. the president says the currents regulations are riddled with loopholes. >> our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy, to do what we must do individually and collectively to assure safe conditions underground. these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream. >> and there will be a senate hearing on the mine explosion tomorrow. memorial services will be held this week for the late civil rights icon dr. dorothy hite. one service was held yesterday at the union temple baptist church in southeast d.c. those who organized the event say her commitment to public service will continue to inspire people generations from now. dr. hite passed away last week
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at the age of 98. tomorrow her body will lie in repose at the national council of negro women on pennsylvania avenue northwest. hite led that organization for 40 years. on wednesday, there will be two additional memorial services at howard university and shilo baptist church. her funeral will be thursday at the national cathedral. it will be open to the public. we have a traffic alert for drivers who use the woodrow wilson bridge this morning. all this week crews will be demolishing bridge piers and paving parts of the ramps. that means closures could affect your commute. news 4's megan mcgrath joins us live from the wilson bridge with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, joe. the saving grace here is that the work is not going to happen during rush hour. they're going to hold off and do it during the day and during the overnight hours. so that should help with the traffic somewhat. of course, it is going to impact people who drive through the alexandria area using the beltway or telegraph road during
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the daytime hours or the overnight hours. we are expecting to see traffic tie-ups as they reduce the number of lanes traveling through the area. it's going to be getting underway here again at 9:00 a.m. this morning. let's take a closer look at the impact we're expecting here. the inner loop and outer loops will be down to two lanes between the metro overpass and the beltway bridge over cameron run. telegraph road northbound will go down to one lane during the day between huntington and pershing avenue. overnight it will be down to one lane in both directions, both north and south and also keep in mind that the ramps are going to be closed there on telegraph road as well. that's going to have an impact. if construction hours will get under way at 9:00 a.m. this morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. they'll pick it up -- getting underway at 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 in the morning. this work will stay with us through friday. they're doing a number of different things. they've got paving work they need to do.
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they're also going to be demolishing some of the old bridge piers. in order to do all that work safely, they'll have to close down the lanes. again, they're trying to cut down on the impact by picking up the work zones during the rush hour periods. if you're traveling through the alexandria area at the time these work zones are in place, y can expect congestion and tie-ups. back to you. >> it will make it ugly all day long. thanks very much. 6:08 is your time now. 53 degrees. a story you'll have to see to believe. a good samaritan attacked and left for dead. wait until you hear how many people walked right by him. the environmental danger in the making in the gulf of mexico. how long it will be before a major oil leak reach it is coast. the time is now 6:08, 53 degrees. light rain throughout the area and could be in for more severe storms later today.
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welcome back to "news 4 today." 6:11 is our time. time for photographic and weather ton 1s. >> meteorologist tom kierein joins us. we are getting some light rain far north and west of washington where you see the moving color on radar. that is very light rain, northern shenandoah valley, panhandle of west virginia, now exiting montgomery county and into howard county north of baltimore. there is one batch of light rain in the loudoun county that's
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just about to cross the potomac moving in through northern montgomery county at this time. a bit of a wet commute between frederick and rockville on 270. elsewhere, though, we just have some clouds and temperatures are in the low and mid 50s all around the region. now 54 in washington, highs near 70 this afternoon. might have little sun break out late this morning and showers perhaps early this afternoon, maybe thunderstorms mid afternoon winterly this evening. only a very small chance an isolated storm could produce damaging winds and hail and light rain lingering overnight into tomorrow morning. drying out tomorrow afternoon through midweek. warming up by thursday near 70. how is the traffic jerry? >> not bad at all. the biggest issue is the accident at the 14th street bridge, still tieing up the left half of the roadway. you have to stay to the right to get by northbound on 395. really jamming things up very quickly. you can dry route 1 or gw parkway through old down alexandria. interstate 81 you see the wet
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pavement. no big deal. spent the weekend out in the valley and had a wonderful time. hello to my friends in lore ray and sperriville. had a great time. had to get that plug in. out on the rails, marc rail tells us brunswick trains will be running about 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule because of the potential we're told for flash flooding ton route. joe and eun, back to you. >> i didn't know you were allowed to have a great time. >> i did, i did. >> good to hear you're having fun over the weekend. jerry, thank you. 6:13 is your time. have a flight out of town? why airlines are asking you to change your plans. today the u.s. senate talks about how to fix wall street. will there be a deal in place before tonight's important test vote. the push for new privacy features on facebook now that social networking sites can sell your personal informati
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6:15 right now. i'm kimberly suit rs in the newsroom. here are the top stories we're working on at news 4 this morning. putting back together the pieces a tornado tore apart and preparing for funerals in yazoo city, mississippi. a massive tornado destroyed much of that town. 12 people were killed across the southern u.s. when those storms hit.
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meteorologists estimate the tornado was a mime and a half wide and hit speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour. president barack obama says the coal miners who lost their lives in a west virginia mine lived and died pursuing the american dream. at a memorial service in beckley on sunday, president obama told the families of the workers killed in the upper big branch mine that the nation would honor their memories by improving safety in the mines. the explosion will be the subject of a senate hearing on tuesday with the nation's top mine safety official expected to testify. a few hours ago, demolition work scheduled to begin on the wilson bridge. bridge piers were the first to go, grading and paving of ramps happen this week. basically commuters will fashion closures and lots of traffic around telegraph road. the beltway will narrow to two lanes over cameron run. back to you in the studio. >> thanks very much. today the u.s. senate is expected to begin talking about wall street reform. the obama administration says
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new rules are needed to protect consumers, prevent -- and prevent banks from gambling with your money. tracie potts is live right now at capitol hill with what all this means for you. >> reporter: good morning everyone. what you can expect today, a lot of last-minute wheeling and dealing we see on capitol hill as we approach the vote this afternoon which essentially says either democrats here will be able to work with the plan that they have and move forward with that, or they may have to go back to the drawing board. >> here we are 17 months after someone broke into our house in effect and robbed us and we still haven't even changed the locks on the doors. >> reporter: washington is trying to make sure banks aren't reckless with your money to prevent another financial crisis, but devil is in the details. >> send a message that nothing is too big to fail in this country and tighten up the language. >> reporter: the senate's 41 republicans will likely block today's vote to move on with the plan on the table because they believe it gives the government too much leeway to bail out big
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banks. >> there is no one, certainly no one associated with the white house who believes that too big to fail is acceptable. >> reporter: there are differences over a $50 billion bailout funds paid by banks, and provisions to bar banks from some risky investments. it's all happening as new e-mails suggest goldman sachs facing fraud charges knew it would profit off consumers losing their homes. >> these e-mails signify that there are all kinds of conflicts of interest in wall street. >> reporter: conflicts washington is trying to eliminate. republicans and democrats say they're close: we'll know if that's really the case tonight. we expect that vote to happen late afternoon. live from capitol hill, i'm tracie potts, news 4. >> thanks very much. facebook plans to share user profile information with media, music and travel sites. new york senator charles schumer says some of the info should remain private. schumer wrote the federal trade
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commission yesterday asking for guidelines to limit how someone's personal information can be shared with other companies. facebook says you can opt out of the instant personalization by changing your privacy settings. arizona congressman raul agree hall va say it is obama administration can help defeat the nation's toughest immigration laws. thousands turned out in phoenix yesterday to show their opposition to the law. on friday the governor signed the law allowing police to ask for identification if they merely suspect someone is in the country illegally. the law also turns restrictions on illegal -- the hiring of illegal immigrants for day labor and knowingly transporting them. the law could take effect this summer. it is almost certain to be challenged in the u.s. supreme court. most stranded passengers should be home today and the rest by the end of the week after volcanic ash canceled hundreds of flights. airline passengers asked passengers to give up seats over the weekend since the volcano
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erupted. the ash caused 100,000 flight cancellations and the airlines are on track to lose $2 billion. crews are trying to clean up a massive oil leak in the gerks. 11 workers are still missing and presumed dead. crews discovered the leak over the weekend off the coast of new orleans. the oil is now leaking at a rate of some 42,000 gallons per day. now crews are working to drill a relief well. it is feared that if that oil makes its way inland, it could threaten shores from louisiana all the way to florida. >> the impact of drilling impacts more than just the marine environment. it actually puts coastal communities, beaches, industries such as commercial and recreational fishing at risk. >> the coast guard says the oil should stay about 30 miles off the coast for at least the next three days. the caps are in canada where they'll try to win round one of the play-offs tonight. the team plays game six against the montreal canadiens tonight.
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the caps lead the series 3-2. a win tonight would push them to the second round of the play-offs. if the canadiens win, game seven will be played wednesday night here in washington. do you think the caps fans home they lose tonight so they can play at home? >> i don't think so. it's win it while you can. tom is here with a look at the forecast. >> some of us who go to bed early were sleep deprived overnighted. seems like constant thun der and light thing for about an hour, hour and a half last evening. right now as you look at the radar, area of color is batches of light rain, northern montgomery county into southern frederick county, heading into howard county. across the region elsewhere clouds lingering this morning. in the 50s all around the area. weather watchers reporting this morning. temperatures in the low and mid 50s. highs today near 70. maybe little sun later this morning. perhaps an early afternoon
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shower. early evening thunderstorms, only a slight chance an isolated storm could produce damaging winds an hail. drying out tomorrow through midweek and into friday. highs in the 70s by friday. over the weekend, looks like a chance for more rain. how is the traffic, jerry? >> a live look along 395 with the 14th street bridge. authorities tell us all lanes with the accident of the 14th street bridge have reopened. although, it's slow, nothing is closed. let's see if the good news continues. check things out along i-270 through hyattstown towards clarksburg and germantown, no incidents to report. travel lanes are open. let me mention again that marc rail tells us all brunswick trains will be running 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule due to the flash flood watch that's been put in part of their location, traveling area. we'll keep you updated on that. 6:22 is our time. the health scare for miss america, what happened to the virginia native right before she
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where is it written that you can't change your life? that's just the thing. it isn't written anywhere. a health scare for miss america. virginia native and recently crowned miss america caressa cameron was overcome by heat at a nascar race.
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she was there to sing the national anthem but was unable to do so. she was taken to talladega's medical center for treatment and quickly released. a homeless man was stabbed to death while he tried to help a woman being attacked. no one stopped to help him. this and in front of an apartment building in new york city last sunday. before police arrived a security camera shows 25 people who walked by and did nothing. it was an hour and 20 minutes before emergency workers arrived. by that time it was too late. you can see the body on the sidewalk there. the victims' family members say he lost his home and his job and so far there have been no arr t arrests. 6:26 is your time. 54 degrees. we'll look into why so many of you are getting strange phone calls in the middle of the night. >> an armed man arrested in north carolina. find how just how close he got to president obama. >> meteorologist tom kierein says we could be in for more storms today.
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torn apart. a powerful, deadly tornado rips through the south tearing apart homes and leaving one town in pieces. this morning we're getting a better picture of just hour powerful that storm was. >> traffic alert. the construction project at the wilson bridge that will slow you down day and night. hello?
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who's there? the annoying and mysterious phone calls many of you are getting in the middle of the night. good morning and thanks for waking up with us for this morning, i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs. take a look outside this morning. this is what it looks like out there with the washington monument in the middle of the picture. kind of hazy and dreary this morning. >> a lot of traffic you can see. >> we love this big monitor, tom. you can see so many things. >> when we have the sunrise, we'll see that, too. we've got the cloud cover in place and those overnight storms are long gone. right now on radar we're seeing showers from northern montgomery county into howard county. it stretches into southern frederick county. a wet commute between frederick and clarksburg on interstate 270. elsewhere a few light showers in the panhandle of west virginia and the shenandoah valley. look at the rainfall in the last 24 hours. over three inches of rain fell
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in frederick. those storms came through last night. in fact, over two inches in martinsburg. the heavier storms past north and west of washington, only about 1/10 inch in washington. as we look at the temperatures, 54 in washington, prince george's county the low 50s. in the low 50s in montgomery county a ling ton and fairfax, low and mid 50s. highs today near 70. we may have sun late this morning, then showers an storms this afternoon. ong a slight risk of strong storms. maybe lingering showers tonight and tomorrow. drying out for midweek. how is the traffic? >> we'll head out and take a live look. not bad, the capital beltway between the american legion bridge through tyson's corner towards 66, both inner and outer loop, travel lanes are open. let's see if the good news continues for those westbound route 50 from the eastern shore headed over the bay bridge, you're okay. if you're fortunate enough to go down to the ocean, go down the ocean as joe likes to say, we're moving along nicely.
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one more stop, a live look along kenilworth avenue making the trip both directions at eastern avenue, the district, maryland line looking good. that's how we're doing right now, joe. >> i like to say and i like to do. thanks, jerry. the cleanup continues across the southeastern part of the united states after several tornadoes ripped through that area. the hardest hit area was yazoo city. new video shows a massive tornado that leveled the town. the national weather service believes it was a mile and a half wide with winds of at least 160 miles per hour. the storms killed ten people in mississippi and two others in alabama. nearly 700 homes and buildings were also destroyed or damaged. most of them in yazoo city. >> a lot of noise and debris. you could hear stuff coming off the roof. you could hear the front glass window breaking. it seemed like it lasted a long time. and then it was over. >> dozens of people were also injured in those storms and many others still do not have power.
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people in northern south carolina are also cleaning up after a possible tornado touched down there. three people were injured and several homes and buildings were damaged by strong winds in darlington. the national weather service is still trying to confirm that the storm actually did produce a tornado. president obama visited west virginia to deliver the eulogy for the 29 coal miners killed in a mine explosion three weeks ago. the president met privately with each of the victims' families before he spoke. he promised the families and the rest of the community that improvements would be made to the mining industry. president obama says the current regulations are riddled with loopholes. >> our task here on earth is to save lives from being lost in another such tragedy. to do what we must do individually and collectively to assure safe conditions underground. these miners lived as they died, in pursuit of the american dream.
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>> there will be a senate hearing on the mine explosion tomorrow. an armed man was arrested this weekend at the very same airport president obama was flying out of. officers spotted joseph mcvey with a gun as he was getting out of a car in a rental car light in asheville, north carolina. authorities say the man told an officer he wanted to see the president. investigators say mcvey was nowhere near his plane and was in a public area. they say his car had a siren and flashing lights even though he is not in law enforcement. meanwhile in north carolina the president paid a visit to the reverend billy graham. the president and graham talked and had a private moment of prayer. graham has been advising president for some 50 years. this is the first time he's met president obama. if you take the woodrow wilson bridge, expect lane closures and a lot of extra traffic this week. crews will be demolishing bridge piers and paving parts of the ramps. some lanes will be shut down at
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several times throughout the day. megan mcgrath joins us with more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. everything is normal for right now. but in about 2 1/2 hours we'll start to see the cones go out here on the beltway, and the lanes will begin to go down to just two. now, the good news here is the work is only going to be done in nonrush hour periods. they're going to avoid rush hour to try to minimize the traffic tie-ups through the area. there's certainly going to be an impact f. you travel through alexandria on the beltway or use telegraph road during the day or during the overnight hours, that's when we'll see these lanes get taken away with construction. let's take a look at what exactly we're talking about here. the inner and outer loops are going to go down to two lanes between the metro overpass and the beltway bridge over cameron run. also impacted, telegraph road northbound will go down to one lane during the day between huntington avenue and pershing avenue. then overnight it will be one
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lane in both directions. so both north and southbound overnight. we're also going to see the ramps close there at telegraph road and the beltway as well. now, the construction will be taking place from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. then they'll pick up the work zone and start again at 9:00 p.m. and go until 5:00 in the morning through friday. so again, they're trying to avoid the rush hour period to try to minimize the impact here. but certainly if you're traveling during the day or in the overnight hours, you can expect that those lanes closures are going to cause a lot of congestion through the area. it's going to cause things to slow down. they've got a variety of things they're going to be doing over the next couple days. they have paving work to be done. they'll also do demolition of old bridge piers and the like. in order to get all that done safely, they have to take lanes away on both the beltway and telegraph road. not a great situation, but it could be a lot worse. at least it's not going to be impacting rush hour. back to you, eun. >> megan mcgrath, thank you.
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the new push to make changes with d.c.'s juvenile detention center in the wake of last month's mass shooting. what's behind the mysterious phone calls many of you are getting in the middle of the night. 6:37 is your time. 54 degrees. weather and traffic on the 1s are next.
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good morning. welcome back to "news 4 today." the "today show" is up next at 7:00. let's in with matt lauer to see what they're working on. >> good morning, joe. nice to see you. coming up on monday here on "today," the latest on the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the south killing at least 12 people. we'll talk to a man who was inside a mississippi church when that building was destroyed. ahead, disturbing video of a good samaritan left to die after he was stabbed while stopping a mugging. for over an hour, no one tried to help. one man took a photo and kept on going. we'll have much more on that disturbing story. also 11-year-old nadia bloom speaks out for the first time about her four-day ordeal lost in a florida swamp. she'll join us when we start on a monday morning right here on "today." back to you. >> thanks very much. have a great day. >> all right, you got it.
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you, too. taking a live look outside at 5:40. 54 degrees. very cloudily out there. did more clouds move in or is that just my imagination? tom will know. >> they came in yesterday and haven't gone. in fact, produced storms yesterday afternoon and evening that unloaded a lot of hail. thankfully no reports of wind damage. this morning we are getting light rain showers. no thunder and lightning, now moving through southern frederick county, maryland, northern montgomery county as well as northern loudoun county, virginia. another batch of light rain into the shenandoah valley. temperatures around the region are in the 50s. prince george's county low 50s. mid 50s in washington. montgomery county is in the low 50s. mids 50s in arlington and fairfax. highs today near 70. could get more showers later this afternoon and during the middle to late part of the afternoon and this evening some storms are possible. only a slight risk of strong storms. lingering rain tomorrow and dry
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after that. how is the traffic? >> for the most part okay, 395 northbound on dry pavement. heavy and slow through landmark en route to shirlington to the 14th street bridge. theeringier accidents on the 14th street bridge has been cleared. maryland high above college park, inner loop of the beltway a little sluggish as is the outer loop. a report of an accident 95 southbound near the interchange for the capital beltway. police were sent to check on that. we'll keep you updated and let you know should they find anything. that's how we're doing right now. joe and eun, back to you. today the senate talks about how to fix wall street. but will there be a deal in place before tonight's important test vote? also ahead t lawsuit which could put the brakes on the metro line extension out to dulles air pofrt. why many people in the area keep getting mysterious phone calls in the middle of the
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if you live and have been awakened in the middle of the night by a strange phone call, you're not a loan. hundreds of people have been receiving these mysterious calls and no one seems to be able to figure out who is dialing and why. news 4's tracee wilkins is live in crystal city with details. such a bizarre story, tracee.
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>> reporter: it is. no one likes getting telemarketing calls. imagine receiving 47 of these calls in the past four days. >> hello. >> tamira abrams phone has been ringing so much, we were able to capture a number of unwanted calls during this short interview. >> i got called at 1:15 a.m. and then somewhere around 3:30 and then at 6:00 when i finally got up. >> reporter: a phone number with a wyoming area code has been ringing her home day and night. when she answers, no one is there. when she calls back, this is what she hears. >> your call cannot be completed as dialed. >> reporter: abrams blogged about the problem and found out a lot of people in this area have experienced the same problem including this group of neighbors. >> people are really angry. 800notes.com, there's 380 posts on that thing, almost all from arlington and all within the last couple days.
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>> reporter: through their own research, residents say they have traceed the problem to a carrier called level three communications. while the calls have started to slow down on their own, these residents say something still should be done. >> the worst thing that would come out of this is for everyone to throw their hands up in the air and say, oh, well, it's stopped, it's okay. >> reporter: we focused in arlington. we've been getting erk mails and calls from viewers around the area saying they experienced the same problem. something that could help, register on the do not call registry, to do that logon to www point donotcall.com. this morning d.c. council member jim graham says more changes need to be made in response to last month's mass shooting last month when four teenagers were gunned down. initially police accused a
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14-year-old boy of being the getaway driver. those charges were dropped. officials say that teenager had a long list of previous offenses. graham says this highlights longstanding problems with the juvenile justice system. >> there's no sense of consequence waiting for them. so why not commit a crime? why not carry a weapon? all this is really leading to us having more violence, more youthful violence and a lot of wasted lives. >> graham is now proposing new legislation to help improve communication between police, the courts and juvenile services department. it would also include a commission that would make recommendations on how those departments could better share information on youth offenders. another deadly shooting took place in southeast washington last night. >> this one happened in the 3400 block of minnesota avenue. officers arrived there around 8:00 last night and found the victim who later died at the hospital. there's no word on whether police have any suspects. d.c. police have released the name of a man who fell to
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his death from a high-rise apartment in northwest this weekend. they say he is 22-year-old thomas phillips iv of alexandria. witnesses say phillips was drinking with friends when he climbed up on a smokestack on the roof of the connecticut house apartments. he slipped and fell about 100 feet. play. today the virginia supreme court will hear the case of a fairfax county business that does not want to be taxed for the dulles rail project. ffw enterprises is a commercial real estate owner in tyson's corner. the company argues it should not have to pay a new property tax established to fund the extension of metro out to dulles. the company's lawyer says the ffw enterprises supports transportation improvements, but believes that taxing commercial property owners and not residential property owners violates the constitution. later today, the senate will hold a key test vote on how to fix wall street. cnbc's courtney reagan joins us live with more on this story. good morning. >> good morning, eun. financial reform is set for a
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showdown in the senate. senate majority leader harry reid has scheduled a procedural vote to clear the way for floor debate on the measure. republicans have vowed to block that, although closed-door talks on a bipartisan agreement are on going. the bill seeks to curb excesses on wall street and protect taxpayers from future bailouts. goldman sachs mounts its best defense against allegations that it bet against customers in the housing market meltdown. documents released ahead of a senate hearing tomorrow, goldman says it actually lost money during the time when it was reducing its exposure to subprime. but internal e-mails released by the senate panel paint a different picture showing executives made money by shorting mortgage products that they sold to clients. goldman ceo lloyd blankfein testifies at the hearing tomorrow. the new york times takes on the "wall street journal's" invapgs of its home turf. reports say the paper is in talks to launch regional editions in five markets. this comes the same day as the
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new york edition hits news stands. the times has local editions in san francisco and chicago adding two pages of local content a few days a week. let the war began. >> courtney reagan, thank you. >> thank you. let's get a look at the forecast now. tom joins us once again in the studio. we have cloudy skyless out there. staying with us most of the day? >> still overcast. we had the overnight storms that did produce quite a bit of thun der and lightning and a lot of hail. thankfully had no reports of any damaging winds last evening. this morning in the wake of the storms, low clouds over washington, live view from the city camera right now at reagan national, it's at 54. it is quite humid. the wind coming in gently now out of the north at about 10 miles an hour. as we take a plook at the radar where you see the moving color, that is some areas of light rain continuing to move off to the northeast out of the southwest out of the shenandoah valley. these are now moving into northern montgomery county out of loudoun county and into southern frederick county,
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maryland. those areas of rain continuing, moving north and east, extending into western howard county. it's wet along interstate 20 between frederick integer man town. on the radar, we don't have any precipitation around washington or southern maryland. a shower a little heavier north of fredricksburg coming into stafford county, too. that route between fredricksburg and dale city will get wet over the next half hour or so. look at the rainfall we had. right around prince george's county about .4 overnight. look at that, over three inches fell in frederick. panhandle of west virginia had over two inches. right now temperatures in the 50s from the blue ridge to the bay. eastern shore now low 50s. out of the mountains in the mid 50s. in the low to mid 60s in southeastern virginia. we've got an area of low pressure spinning away over the ohio valley. that is going to be differenting over top of us later today. that may cause travel delays between washington to boston
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later this afternoon. as well as the pacific northwest there could be storms there coming in. so some flight delays there. for the bus stop forecast for this morning, cloudy and cool. mabel some of those showers far north and west will be in the low to mid 50s for the next couple of hours. then by 9:00, near 60. may have a little sunshine breaking out later this morning. but also a few passing showers north and west mid morning and by this afternoon, should be near 70 degrees. from around 3:00 until around 8:00 we could have passing thunderstorms along with showers. there's only a very small chance that an isolated storm could produce hail and damaging winds. after that maybe lingering showers overnight into tomorrow morning. near 50 by dawn on tuesday. we might have a morning shower, then sun returning tomorrow during the afternoon, highs mid 60s. partly cloudy wednesday, sunny thursday near 70. here is a look at the ends of the week and the weekend. friday partly cloudy into the 70s. saturday and sunday chance for showers, highs 70s. how is the monday commute?
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>> slowing down now in several spots. for the most part we're okay over in virginia where it appears to be dry. 95, 395 and the capital beltway, specifically over ativan dorn street, no hang-ups and no sunshine delays. 270 southbound different story, on the wet pavement as you make the trip south out of frederick through germantown to points south, be cautious. roads will be on the slick side. back to you, eun. we have a traffic alert for drivers who use the woodrow wilson bridge. crews will be demolishing bridge piers, completing grading operations and paving parts of the ramps this week. that will require lane closures in the overnight hours and throughout the day. news 4's megan mcgrath joins us live with more. good morning r. >> reporter: good morning, eun. whenever you take lanes away on the beltway, you can expect traffic delays. fortunately this work is only being done on the daytime and overnight hours.
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the crews will avoids the rush hour periods in the hope to minimize the impact here. motorists who travel through alexandria using the beltway or telegraph road during the day or night will want to have a heads up and be prepared. we will see lane closures which could slow things down quite a bit. let's take a look at the specifics here. the innerp and outer loops will go down to two lanes between the metro overpass and the beltway bridge over cameron run. telegraph road northbound will go down to one lane during the day between huntington avenue and pershing avenue. overnight, though, telegraph road in both directions will go down to one lane. also expect to see the closure of the ramps in that area. again, they'll avoid the rush hour periods, but construction will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. then they'll pick things up. it will resume again at 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 in the morning. this is going to happen through friday. so this construction work is going to be with us all week long. they're dell mitt romney mole
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lishing old bridge piers and doing paving work. in order to do it as quickly as possible and safely as possibility. that means they'll have to take away lanes. again, not during rush hour. that's kind of key. eun, back to you. >> best to probably avoid the wilson bridge this week. megan, thank you. 6:54 is our time. news 4's kimberly suiters is live in this newsroom with the top stories. good morning. >> good morning, joe. this morning, putting back together the pieces a tornado tore apart and preparing for funerals in yazoo city mississippi. that massive tornado destroyed much of that town and killed ten people there. 12 people died in this southern storm altogether. meteorologists estimate that tornado was a mile and a half wide and hit speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour. an armed man was arrest thd weekend at the same airport where president obama traveled through. officers spotted joseph mcvey with a gun and rental car in a lot in asheville, north carolina. authorities say mcvey told an
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officer he wanted to see president obama. his car had a siren and flashing lights even though he is not a member of law enforcement. senate democrats spepg stepping up their efforts to win republican supp port in their efforts to reform the financial industry. they're toughening the rules on derivatives. democrats need one republican to vote with them to deginn the debate. a test vote is set for this afternoon. is tonight the night? caps are in canada. the caps lead the series 1-2 over the canadiens. a win would push the caps to the second round of the play-offs where they'll face the philadelphia flyers. if the unthinkable happens and the canadiens win tonight, game seven will be played wednesday night here in washington. i'm with joe, let's get it done tonight. back to you. >> get it done tonight or it gets real dangerous. thanks very much. a final look at the forecast with meteorologist tom kierein. good morning. >> we dried out around the metro area. for the viewers north and west
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of washington we have passing showers this morning. no thunder and lightning. later this afternoon we could get strong thunderstorms mid to late afternoon. then drying out tuesday afternoon through midweek. how is the traffic, jerry? >> all depending on where you are, dry pavement through northeast washington. other locations, look out for the rain. it could be a dreary commute for a lot of folks particularly coming in from the north. that's "news 4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. the "today show" is next. we hope you have a great day. we start back right here at 4:30 a.m. we hope you'll join us then. see you tomorrow. >> by so i told the guy i wanted a convertible. yeah. and this is what he had in my budget. aw! well, the top is down. the top is gone! lots of head room... tons of head room! --careful! that's sharp. jeez! yeah...sorry. narrator: settling for less is not smart. what is smart is getting more car for your money at carmax. guaranteed-quality used cars can cost a lot less than new cars. so you can get more car for less money by shopping at carmax.
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