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is gone. i had to make sure that they were held accountable. >> it was an emotional day for the family of steven parish who was stabbed to death in 2008. he was convicted in may of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and a hate crime resulting in death. prosecutors argue he was a member of the bloods gang. prosecutors say the reason is because they thought he was a homosexual and having him in the gain would make an -- would make them look weak. >> he had no remorse. he did not even went to speak up on his behalf. that means a lot. he did not feel sorry. >> his mother spoke in court apologizing to the family saying his son is not a monster. she along with defense attorneys also pointed out that one of the
two men convicted of carrying out the murder was sentenced to 30 years in jail but the judge said he hopes he never draws a a breath of free air again sentenced to life in prison. >> we will appeal. hopefully the court of appeals will agree with us. >> it sends a good message to the community and also to the gang members that he did not even have to be at the scene of the crime to get life without parole. this is a message that we need to send that any gang members who ordered the killing more violence can 18 -- can pay the price. >> they say it is the best outcome the could have hoped for in this situation. >> justice has been served today. >> he has five years left on an armed robbery sentence. once that one ends, this one will begin. wbal-tv 11 news. >> tonight, baltimore county
police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found around 11:00 p.m. last night on stone gate court. lowell melser is live with more on the case. >> baltimore county police really are not saying much on this case only that they have found the body of a hispanic male. they're calling this death "suspicious." after talking to neighbors, we are learning much more at least according to what they are saying. they feel the man may have been targeted by gangs. baltimore county detectives work their way to the block of stone fort kate -- stone gate court after an adult hispanic male was found dead late monday night at around 11:30 p.m. >> we do not know the lives in the area or one of the residences in stone haven. we are trying to ascertain that. >> police are being very tight- lipped waiting on more
information from the medical examiner's office. >> we heard the sirens. i thought something was wrong. >> neighbors were very concerned and say more and more people have been using the area as a cut through to reach to section 8 housing behind where the homicide occurred. >> it is really scary. this neighborhood, we get a lot of transient traffic. it really has them thinking. >> the victim was attacked in a group of men with baseball bats and they could be heard laughing as they walked away. the witness said the victim was targeted because he was hispanic most likely from a gang in the area that has been targeting hispanics in the past. we asked police and they told us that investigators were not aware of this story and the case
remains under investigation. >> the information we do have in leading the detectives to believe this is foul play will not be valid at this point because of the investigation. >> police have not identified the victim. they are waiting on the autopsy results from the medical examiner's office. we hope to learn more in the coming days. lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the police are investigating a murder in baltimore. an unidentified female was found stabbed just after 7:00 a.m. this morning. she was pronounced dead on the scene. police say they do not know who attacked the woman or why. >> the johns hopkins doctor is now out of the hospital. the hospital spokesman says he went home last night. of september 16th, police say a 50-year-old man shot back -- sharp the doctor.
he shot and killed his mother after killing -- before killing himself. prosecutors are trying free man for the murder of former city councilman ken harris. they dropped one of the murder charges. barry simms is live outside court sided with the courthouse east with the details. >> prosecutors are still trying to get second-degree murder. the charges will be shown to the jury. they have rested their case after dna testimony. the defense continues trying to cast doubt on the validity of a forensic testing. crime lab analyst testified that a jacket and this masked contained the dna of jerome williams. the thing williams is the person who fired the fatal shots that killed kenneth harris in september 2008. the three men robbed the new
haven want -- lounge. they do name from the three defendants on bandannas and gloves located during the investigation. when asked about the approach to crime lab took, they told jurors it was an unbiased scientific analysis saying, "you cannot take these results." mcganey's attorney does not think this is consistent with video shown the jury. >> the bandanna, the masked, i have video proof he was not wearing any of this stuff. how is this relevant evidence? >> the jurors want to know if police tested a teacher for dna. they founded in other items in a trash can. >> the purse was supposedly stolen from the bar. that was the only item that was not tested. >> the defense called three
witnesses included a man who told police he was sitting in his car at the northwest part of the shopping center when he heard a loud noise. two minutes later he saw three men running. he could not identify the men and he told police that he thought it could be anybody running. reporting live from downtown baltimore, barry simms, wbal-tv 11 news. >> some sunshine breaking through the cloud cover for most areas. temperatures up into the low 80's across much of our region. some isolated showers in frederick county and carroll county into southern pennsylvania. that is the last of the rain which is now primarily in the new england or off of the coast. in the south, and looks like another area of pressure will bring us more of this tropical- like moisture. this will begin tomorrow evening and heading into
thursday. more rain could be coming our way which leads to the question, will this weather last through the weekend? we will check your seven-a forecast coming up. >> the two-day summit for the education nation series wrapped up in new york today. it centered around ways to improve the school's -- the nation party school systems. there were also many positive lessons learned. >> after two days, 12 panel discussions, and countless stories of schools' successes and pharaoh years -- >> what we need is a new revolution. >> the takeaway is the urgent need to make necessary changes for kids to get the best education possible to compete in the global economy. concerney is people's and set an agenda. >> one that includes parents
getting involved. >> our children need a fair chance. i did not say life was fair, they just need a fair chance. our job as parents, and the community, as a state, as the country is to make sure they get it. >> they want to create incentives and policies to keep the best performing teachers and we've got those who do not make the grade. >> we need a compensation and reward system for teachers that are different and we have today. what's in washington, d.c., the mayor and the chancellor of schools talked about firing dozens of teachers and underperforming schools. the district is seeing results in better test scores, if you're drop out, and a better test results. >> we got challenged for this. our political had got caught off. i believe we need to move faster. these kids cannot wait. >> in michigan, the loss of manufacturing jobs to overseas prompted the state to require as coasted is to take college prep
courses. five years later, the graduation rate has increased. >> when you raise expectations and you hold these school accountable, and those kids will jump over the higher bar. >> raising the bar and taking the ideas and conversation to the next level. >> this discussion is moving from the national spotlight back to the dinner table. in new york, michelle france and, wbal-tv 11 news. >> stay with us for continuing coverage of education nation. tim tooten has more on a local teacher receiving national recognition. he will be reporting from new york city 6:00 p.m. clutch of jimmy carter will remain in a hospital overnight after getting an upset stomach. a spokesperson at cleveland international says the 85-year- old man became ill on the flight from atlanta to cleveland and was taken to the hospital. he is in cleveland for a book
signing. his grandson says the former president is relaxing and is expected to resume the tour this week. >> still had, what a new study suggests about keeping your newborn's health. >> reported on the health benefits of the pomegranate, but word that one popular juice maker has taken the claims to far. the stern reaction from the fed in "medical alert." >> energy star certification? >> and not the only bogus device that earned the label, new at 5:30 p.m., we revealed why that happened and what is being done happened and what is being done
>> on the fourth annual world of rabies day, despite being 100% preventable, 55,000 people worldwide died from rabies each year. although human rabies cases are rare in maryland, infected wild life can pose a risk to animals. >> we understand the current rate of the economy has shifted household financial priorities. we cannot stress enough that by simply vaccinating your head against rabies you can easily protect your family and pets. >> in celebration, the city
health department in collaboration with the baltimore animal and care shelter will issue 400 doctors for free rabies shots this month. -- 400 vouchers. >> more evidence that breast feeding is beneficial for babies, if you needed any. babies that were breast fed exclusively may be less prone to childhood infections. these illnesses included year, respiratory, and urinary infections. an offense that were breast fed exclusively for six months had significantly fewer common infections and other illnesses were less severe. partial breast-feeding did not have the same effect. they speculate that antibodies in a mother's milk may explain the differences. researchers in great britain and canada believe they found the cause of a migraine headaches.
they trigger quickly with pain that affects millions of people. >> many migraine sufferer assert -- suffers, this is how i'd starts. it is called the core -- aura. it is the morning of the crippling headache that is soon to follow. all she can do is lay down in a darkroom. migraines can ruin lives. >> i go to lots of events like weddings, parties, but i think the worst thing is how unpredictable they are. you can never know you will get one. you never know when you'll be able to make a really important meeting if you get one or something like that. the answer to the is the worst thing about it. >> scientists in oxford have a lot of the secrets of migraines. they have discovered a gene they
think causes the attacks. >> we believe that the gene is in the the key area that is involved in my brain development. what it is doing there is controlling the likelihood that these parts of the brain will fire off and activate. the way i like to think about it is to consider this. what is happening in migraine patients is that statistic is a bit low. >> everyone has the gene that produces chemicals that calmed down the crucial pain center in the brain. migraine sufferers have a mutant gene that produces a much less of the chemical messenger. the result is waves of pain and a migraine. for three and 8 million sufferers worldwide, this discovery opens up a prospect that in the next 10 years of so of drugs that could switch on the gene and stop migraine attacks. nbc news in london.
>> very interesting. federal regulators are suing the maker of popular juice of one day called "false and and stance she did -- unsubstantiated claims" in claiming that it might treat director of this function and hardee's. to advertise that a legally, they need to submit data blacking -- backing of claims to the fbi. they said warning letters about specific claims touting unproven health benefits. >> at your 11 insta-weather + forecast with chief meteorologist tom tasselmyer. >> we have had two different weather patterns. it started out cloudy and what. here is how things looked at 5:00 a.m. this morning. there is still some rain scattered around. also off the coast, someone -- the thunder.
you can see the rain moving of to the north and east. some spotty showers up in the mountains and version of and to pennsylvania with the drier weather falling this pattern and general clearing giving enough sunshine to get temperatures above normal. 84 degrees and upper 70's are fairly common. this is all around the beltway to bwi marshall. of five interstate 95, the same scenario. this is cooler weather. some clouds and showers out west. afternoon showers in the 50's around mchenry. a range of 56 in the mchenry to 81 degrees in cambridge is a wide range of temperatures. we will stay relatively mild through the night tonight. a little bit of cloud cover and maybe some patchy fog.
55 degrees in the outlying suburbs, said this evening is at 6:54 p.m. all this is tracking of to the north and east. you can still see some really active weather around florida and the tail end of this fraud. it looks like another area of low pressure will be forming on the front and moving north through our region beginning thursday night and to friday. we will get hit by one more soaking rain coming through here, mainly tomorrow night into the first half of thursday. if we are going to get some tomorrow, it will be early on. by tomorrow, the rabb -- because of the -- clouds will be increasing. the rain could get heavy at times but some isolated strong thunderstorms late wednesday night into thursday morning. there is a lot of orange and red there. there is potential for a lot of rain to come down late thursday night into -- tuesday night into
wednesday morning. by midday friday, we will see some sunshine returning and it will be breezy, maybe a bit cooler on friday but a lot cooler as we go into the upcoming weekend. clouds increasing tomorrow. if you like the sun, get up early. the possibility of rain into the evening rush-hour. the high will be around 70-75. the rain will become heavier tomorrow night. winds will be fairly light on the day tomorrow. water temperature was will range in the low to mid 70's. clouds increasing and wet weather arriving. toward the evening, 73 degrees. the lower eastern shore may get some showers and storms around sunset with a high temperature of around 75. it set for a fall weekend after we get past some more rain with even a thunderstorm at mixed in. breezy conditions friday with a high of 73 degrees. this weekend will be partly cloudy, 60's 4 highs.
on monday, the highs may stay in the upper 50's. >> think you, tom. still ahead, writing moments at the campus of the university of texas in austin. >> a gunman opened fire in the school library. one man is dead. we will have the latest. >> and no more speaking on a hand-held cell phone when you drive in the state of maryland beginning friday. a live report coming out.
bob ehrlich pretends to be for the working guy... but he's not on our side. i thought i knew bob ehrlich, but then i found out... he raised property taxes on every maryland family... and business. he increased college tuition... by 40%. 40%. and i thought i knew bob ehrlich. he was against raising the minimum wage. made $2.5 million... working for a lobbying firm. $2.5 million? he's not really on my side. with this tough economy, we really need a governor on our side. >> we hope he will not talk on
yourself some behind the wheel, but if you will it you will need to be handsfree in three days. >> the new law goes into effect on friday. robert roblin joins us now from glen burnie where he says there were a whole heap of a free headsets available. rob? >> we are seeing a big increase in traffic. >> this best buy, one of the biggest sellers today were handsfree headsets for yourself funds. the new law goes into effect on friday. people are trying to be prepared. >> how long does the battery
last? >> about 20 hours and a 200 hours on standby >> most people think the new law is a good idea. >> i usually end up bidding angry with other drivers because they are not paying attention. >> there are so many accidents and people that get in trouble with testing that it is a great idea. >> i think will be a good thing. >> this afternoon at the end of state 95 welcome center, and there was a press conference to get the word out about the new laws. >> every driver will have to put down the phone and just try. we want to make sure our cars and car trucks are of no phone designs. craftspeople who know how dangerous this can our police officers. they were here today to support the new law. >> i have a family member that was talking on iphone and
crashed. fortunately they were ok but it was directly intended to the use of the cell phone while driving. >> anything we can do to help distracted drivers to focus on the board and increase their reaction time will do more for the law. >> we raised awareness. hopefully we will get the message down. it is important to not do things and will take your eye off the road. >> look at the line of the fans are waiting here. the line goes all the way down there. he is still landside and handing out headsets. he is still signing autographs. the new law goes into effect on friday. reporting live, rob roblin, wbal-tv 11 news. >> we invite you to help ending
grabbing distracted by signing the pledge on our website. you can check of the official data for yourself all on our web site, wbaltv.com. >> that was quite a crowd. coming up, we will recap today's top stories including more on the first sentence in baltimore county for a hate crime. >> with the county prosecutor said about the decision to drop the charges. >> they can advertise with the energy star label. >> more than one dozen bogus appliances had the coveted energy start certification. what is being done to make sure you are getting the energy savings you had been promised? >> some democrats want to keep their distance, but not governor o'malley. the president goes to bat for o'malley's reelection.
>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal news in hd. with stan stovall, donna hamilton, your insta-weather + forecast with tom tasselmyer. a 11 news at 5:00 p.m. in hd continues now. >> new tonight, our latest investigation. outrages findings from an investigation into a government plan that is supposed to save the environment and your hard- earned cash. the mayor recently purchased an appliance with the energy star label, but how you know you get what you paid for? >> by the end of the year there
will be big changes in how their products are certified. this comes after the product was found to be liable for fraud and abuse. here is david collins with more. >> donna knows a thing or to about saving energy and money. 80% of the lights in her home are compact fluorescent bulbs. ceiling fans are strategically placed reducing the need for air conditioning. >> week the basement with this. we keep our thermostat on 62 in the winter most of the time. a lot of people think that is cold, but we have gotten used to it. >> when it comes to appliances, she shops using the energy star label. her dishwasher and refrigerator have the sticker. >> they are quite a bit more energy efficient than other types of appliances. >> energy star was created in 1992 and is managed by the epa
and the department of energy. the energy star label means it has not only been tested but government certified that it will save energy, the environment, and money. >> people advertising and use that label. >> greg is the managing director of this special investigation unit for the investigative arm of congress. could this but the energy star certification to the test. the set of four bogus companies. over a period of several months, the maid of companies submitted bogus products to get the coveted energy star certification. >> to start with basic things like computer monitors and dishwashers. once we saw how easily they were being certified, we move into the gas powered alarm clock. >> a gasoline powered alarm
clock got certified? >> yes. it was a sleek come easy on the environment, and surprisingly quiet is what we said. they submitted this to energy star claiming it is a room air cleaner. >> it was a space heater with a feather duster tied to it. >> no one read the description? >> they sell the certifications. >> one of the gao's @ rangers' product was a geothermal heat,. they claimed it was 20% more efficient than anything on the market. no one question the claim. they just asked if the claim is true. we email them back that it was. that was it. >> they submitted 28 products to energy star. 15 of the certification. they did not hear back on 3 and only two were rejected. the gao released their findings earlier this year.
some changes in the certification process were immediate. what about the products that had already received certification? >> they declined our request for an interview. we wanted to know how they planned to restore public confidence. there are thousands of products with that label. >> in an e-mail, the epa says they are in the process of testing within 200 of the best- selling energy star appliances. when spokesperson said it is part of their effort to maintain trust in the brand and to ensure when a consumer sees the energy star logo the can be confident the product will be energy-efficient can help our burma. test results are expected by the year end. also by year end, many manufacturers wishing to qualify their products will have to submit independent lab reports from epa accredited labs. this was not required before. gone are automated approvals.
the coveted blue and white certification will only be handed out once a product is approved. >> 18 years after the program started, this seems a little late. >> does says she still looks for the label. even with the stricter rules, -- >> i still think i would be doubtful about how much energy efficiency there is. >> after the ongoing test, if any of them fall short of energy star standard, the epa says they will work with the manufacturers. i am david collins. >> the epa wants consumers to know their independent agents conducted a test. a 59 or -- of 60 were found to me energy star requirements. we ask you if the energy star label entices you to buy a product. here are the results.
75% say yes you will. 20% say no. the rest say you just do not buy appliances. you can vote on wbaltv.com. >> here is a look at some of the other top stories. a baltimore county judge gave the maximum sentence to an elected gain leader. he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for convictions on murder and a hate crime. prosecutors argued that he was a high-ranking member of the blood gain who ordered two other gang members to murder parish because they expected he was gay. his defense attorneys say they will appeal. this is the first sentence with a hate crime. a january 26th trial date has been set for the couple accused of a stabbing death of a john hopkins university researcher. they kill the him during a robbery as he watched from penn station to his home back in
july. officials say they recovered blood evidence at their home that tied them to the crime. the harford county state attorney says the judge's ruling that it is ok for citizens to record police officers on public streets could make it more difficult for officers to do their jobs. a judge threw out criminal charges yesterday against one who videotaped his stop. officers on the street have no reasonable expectation of privacy. >> still had coming you have probably seen these. >> they certainly have their benefits, but are they sending more people to the hospital? the man have to death who has the issue now in the spotlight. >> some call this the mother had penalty. the result of a new study. looking at the gender pay gapol.
today these factories are full of dot com businesses. and now my job is helping maryland create new economy jobs. training new math and science teachers investing in our institutions of excellence pioneering new cyber security jobs and giving an old gm plant a jump start building electric motors. i'm barbara mikulski. i approve this message so you'll know i'm fighting for you. four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies.
then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do. >> this was the scene this morning and after a worker fell into a well.
it came from st. charles parkway earlier this morning. the man was conscious, alert, breathing, and talking. covering the nation this evening, a scary morning for students and staff at the university of texas in austin after a gunman opened fire inside the campus library. he fired an automatic weapon before shooting and killing himself. no one else was injured. >> the honor the segue company died after accidently driving off a cliff. 62-year-old owner drove a over a cliff on sunday. it was found in the water not far from his body. the four-year study was released this week which confirms injuries like broken bones and concussions are on the rise. they have helped the disabled and wounded veterans regain their mobility, some have called that the future of human
transportation. >> have not read in one of those. >> i tried. if it is trickier than it looks. >> still ahead, marriage in the united states is now at an all- time low. we the get the figures. >> have you ever arrive at the baggage claim on the for your luggage not to arrive? sure you have. officials could step in. we have the latest. >> president obama in an election mode calling out his own democrats. i am in washington with that story coming up next. >> a tropical disturbance developing new western cuba may add some much-needed rain into our forecast as we head into wednesday night into thursday. right now, 79 at bwi marshall. 81 at the
for 11 news at 6:00 p.m. a man is beaten to death. coming up, find out why police believe this may be racially motivated. president obama is a chiming in and the race for maryland governor. one candidate tweets his campaign ad. tax on everything you buy? that's in andy harris' unfair tax plan. 23% sales tax. a 23% sales tax will cut my business in half.
would be devastating. andy harris' 23% sales tax absolutely makes no sense. 23% sales tax would really make things unaffordable. that's too high for the average american out here. i don't know how we would manage it really. don't like that idea. we can't afford andy harris' idea. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message. >> people need to buck up. that is the new tough election year message. he is on a four-day trip to keep his party in charge of congress warning that republican control will lead back to policies that failed. steve hamilton has tonight's " our economy" report from capitol hill. >> president obama warned about
november and try to inspire democratic voters. >> attention. do your homework. find out about candidates. >> of republicans takeover congress, most americans, he said, will be worse off. >> to have to ask yourself what direction you would the country to go in. do we want to invest in the middle class or do the same things that got us in this mess in the first place? >> the president was more forceful. people need to shake off the larger. people need to buck up. it is hard. our view of the economy is turning more gramm. today's consumer confidence corps is down from august. is president biden knows the electorial implications. >> it will lead this be a referendum on how this feels -- on how americans feel, we lose.
>> republicans are counting on voters blaming the party in power. >> democrats made a clear choice to ignore the concerns of the american people and press ahead with their own agenda over the past year and a half. >> president obama had up a local restaurant. he has five weeks to convince uncommitted voters that the democratic agenda is theirs. he has five weeks to convince this and hartnett democrats to get off the sidelines and help prevent a republican takeover. from capitol hill, wbal-tv 11 news. >> your 11 insta-weather + forecast with t meteorologist tom tasselmyer. with the chief meteorologist. >> a friend came through and dumped over 1 inch of rain. .030 inches at bwi marshall. the rain moved out, the sun broke through, and another
wonderful day. high temperatures in the low 80's. contrast that to the record. this goes back to 1989. the last of the showers were cutting across central maryland. get those out of the way and the skies clear up. the sunshine warms and up. the 79-80 degrees around baltimore, annapolis, and college park. a little cooler on the coast of ocean city. central and eastern maryland are quite mild. some cloud cover tonight. averaging out to be a partly cloudy night. temperatures may settled back into the 50's, but we will stay closer to 60 degrees. the sunset this evening is just before 7:00 p.m. as the days are getting shorter. here is the front office of the coast.
this takes one batch of one letter out of here. out to the west, this area of the falling high pressure and heat in the desert, and looks like skies will clear out. another area of low pressure will develop. there is a tropical disturbance down there, almost a tropical storm. it may become a cold. we could get whether out of this near western cuba. if you think about that, if you're got -- a tropical system will bring more moisture. we will see more of these popping up. tomorrow evening, the rain could be heavy. if this is what will possibly come -- become a cold, we will have a lot of moisture around here. the potential is there for a few inches of rain, some severe thunderstorms rolling through
remnants of the mid atlantic through new england. it could get a lot colder late wednesday night into sunday morning. the showers may reach us by the evening rush hour. northeast winds on the day and ways that 1 foot. it could get a lot rougher on the chesapeake on thursday. the rain arrives, and on the lower eastern shore, -- lower eastern shore, a shower is possible. a few minutes of rain may come down, then it will be breezy. some sunshine mixed with cloud vancouver temperatures saturday and sunday.
>> tonight, a newly released census figures are shedding light on poverty, welcome and a marriage. the number of marriages dropped to the lowest level in one century. concerning wealth and poverty, data shows the top earning 20% of americans, those making more than $100,000 per year makes nearly half of all income generated every year. and as a ratio of 14.5 to 1. the gender pay gap caught headlines today when a new report shows the gap shrank little, there is still a way to go. sally kid picks up tonight's concern alert. >> pay equity act of its -- to
many women are being hit with a mother had penalty. women are having trouble breaking through the glass ceiling. according to the government accountability office, women get paid less than fathers. one lawmaker calls this "the mom bomb." >> they are stunned at how much children will change their pay check. >> women managers earned just 79 cents for every $1 earned by male managers. among managers without children, women still fall short making 83 cents for every $1 their male counterparts make. >> women start at a lower compensation than men. there is a pay gap just for being a girl. >> others say just because there is a gap does not mean employers are discriminating. >> it is a preference for the
flexible schedules. >> some city pay discrepancies_ the difference between the sexes. >> on average, you have more men who are compelled to be workaholics with the focus on the success to make that a live crowd roared. are there women who do that? there certainly are. we send them everywhere. >> one bright spot in the report, the education gap between male and female managers appears to be narrowing. live on capitol hill, wbal-tv 11 news. >> there is a proposal being forwarded to require airlines to refund luggage fees if your bag gets lost or delayed. that would cut into more than $3 billion in yearly airline revenue. it is being strongly opposed. the association says offering
refunds would raise fares for everyone. no word if or when the proposal will go into effect. that is your consumer alert. >> maybe they can compensate for all the bags that have lost over the years. the general election season is in full swing. candidates are deep in mud. details coming up in a live report. >> a high note musical lovers everywhere. everywhere. the grand ole
corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle class marylanders do. bob ehrlich's real record on energy. lobbyists helped write utility regulations. we got stuck with a 72% rate hike. but martin o'malley got tough on bge, forcing them to pay back $2 billion to consumers. and what's bob ehrlich been doing the past four years? he got paid $2.5 million at a lobbying firm, a firm representing special interests and casinos right here in maryland. that's bob ehrlich-- a 72% increase for us and $2.5 million from special interests for himself. nice work, bob. >> four months after a flood
waters ravaged most -- national, where the mind as in country music stars will take stage of the grand ole opry, the famous musical, which will open for the first time since the disaster. we take a closer look at the celebration. >> the waters are calm right now, but just below the surface painful memories still linger. >> we had 10 people died in the national. there were over $2 billion in damages to private property. there were 10,000 properties damaged. >> you do not know how much you will lose or what will be under water. and was a very difficult moment. >> she is still sorting through some of the damage. after four months, she will be back home for the first time since the flood. on the same day, ironically,
another national family is finally coming home. it is opening tonight -- opening night tonight at the grand ole opry. >> it is the soundtrack to the lives of many american families. a song perhaps hit its saddest do ever as water hit this sacred hall. and is home to the legends and hallowed ground. it is the country's current stars. the lights still have a film of blood on them. you have this -- a film of mud. this entire stage had water on that. it was heartbreaking. >> it quickly gave way to hard work. >> there was never a question that this place would a rise, rebuilt, and come back stronger than ever. >> new dressing rooms, a new stage, and seats.
they have in the spotlight warmed up for today's show. this spirit has carried on for 85 years and it remains the same. >> it is a testament to the backbone of this community. >> a community of survivors. tonight, there will be songs of survival and celebration here in one of the biggest and most important shows in the history of this legendary hall. nbc news, the grand ole opry. >> it is such a great place to visit if you have never been inside. it looks great. that is it for us at 5:00 p.m. >> here is what is coming up at 6:00 p.m. >> a new round of mudslinging on the campaign trail in one race left in another the president finds a welcome mat. >> a hispanic man found name -- found murdered. nabors felt he was targeted. police are not common in. i'm all melser with a live report ahead. >> it is called education