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customers in southwest baltimore. details are next. >> it testimony about how yeardley love died. >> to tweet or not to tweet? it's a coach's ban a violation of free speech? tell us what you think. >> the mild winter keeps rolling along. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. d day.ther mile d >> presidents' day weekend his torpor has produced some big snowstorms -- historically has
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produced some big snowstorms. you'll see some cloud cover to start the day but then it will turn sunny. 41 degrees at the airport under mostly cloudy skies. it will become mostly sunny by the time we get to the afternoon and the high temperature will climb into the low 50's. first we say good morning to sarah. >> how much we do love a snowstorm? >> a little bit. >> we start at harford road, some closures remain in effect because of fire activity in parkville. we have a water main break. 19 miles per hour on the outer loop as you make your approach to the curtis creek drawbridge. we have construction so the inner loop is closed. we see some delays.
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11 minutes on the outer loop north side. eight minutes on the inner loop over towards the 83's. 95 south of 152 looks pretty good so far at mountain road. this is traffic on 7 the west of the beltway and problem free at the moment but building on the -- this is traffic on 70 west of the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are expected to learn more on the future of the baltimore grand prix. the city will announce a new five-year plan which will replace the old deal. the city board of estimates will vote on a finalized contract on february 22. a teenager accused of gunning
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down his father will be tried as an assault. a grand jury indicted robert richardson iii. according to police, sgt shot his father -- rich and shot his father -- richardson shot his father. the man who escaped from custody will spend a quarter years in prison. he escaped a holding cell after asking a guard for toilet paper were. he faces first-degree sex offenses in north carolina. the prosecution could wrap up its tryout in the case against george huguely. medical experts described yeardley love's injuries. lowell melser has a look at what
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we can expect today. >> as we now enter the eighth day of this trial, six days worth of testimony, we're nearing the finish line for the commonwealth. they made it clear to the judge that they would be wrapping up their case sometime today. we ended with dna evidence last night. today we will hear more of that dna evidence as the commonwealth wraps up its case and the defense takes over. it is not clear how many witnesses the defense will call. the judge is willing to go into saturday if need be and into next week. we'll keep an eye on things and have an update at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. hundreds of residents in southwest baltimore are getting ready for their day without natural gas. jennifer franciotti is live in the location and it does not look like it will be a quick fix. >> this is a frustrating
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situation. this was not b.g.e.'s issue. it became -- >> we lost jennifer. maryland is one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. the act was voted to send the bill for a vote. the governor acknowledged he still needs a few more delegates in order to pass this. david collins will let us know what the senate addresses that issue. >> you thought gas prices were bad. they could get worse if the governor has his way. a 2% increase a year. there is a braking mechanism that could stall the price. the governor acknowledges it
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will be a tough sell. revenue would go towards funding transportation projects. the governor advocated increasing fees on the so-called flush tax to upgrade the wastewater treatment plants. the governor's busy day was capped off with a push for wind power. he pushed for the bill he introduced. the bill has safeguards double in sure the average customer will not see a bill increase of more than $2 a month. >> an elderly driver died in a car crash. she was driving on joppa road
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last thursday when she ran a stop sign and crash into a trade. she was not wearing a seatbelt -- and crashed into a tree. she died on sunday. a man is in serious condition after an accident in harford county. this happened at atlantic tractor on willis school road. the employee was working on a tractor when the jack supporting it collapsed, pinning him underneath. >> a new bent on twitter for towson university football players has become a free speech debate issue. the coach is providing his players from using the website. a college football player was suspended for a controversial stweet involving a racial
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slur. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you think coaches have the right to ban players from using social media sites like facebook and twitter? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> 6:08. why your morning orange juice could soon tastes more like water. we will explain why. funeral onehouston's of the private. -- will now be private. >> details of the dangers found in some of your favorite make up. what it could contain. >> valentine's day is over. wedding season is just around the corner.
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>> we're checking on your morning commute. some closures in parkville and some closures in parkville and on the south side of the
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>> good morning. 11 news continues with live
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view on the skycam. we will talk about the pleasant weather before the next storm. we're previewing a weather expo that is happening next weekend in baltimore. this is the time of year. here comes wedding season. you're the manager here. you're the head sponsor of this event. this is an intimate expo. >> so many great adventures that are local here and in pasadena at we do push shop local, so we thought this was a good chance to showcase the local vendors in pasadena and surrounding areas. >> we have a small sample of some things you're capable of doing for weddings. >> we offer any type of flowers. we do high style arrangements down to more traditional type
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arrangements. we try to. for each bride to what their liking is -- we try to cater to each bride. >> it can be nerve wracking to plan a wedding. >> we have different samples of arrangements, all aspects of flowers for weddings. >> the wedding expo is happening next saturday, february 26 at the sheraton b.w.i. airport hotel. weddingexposhow.com. $10 per person. we're showing that the storm is moving up towards the north and east and high pressure is moving in. we'll head back to tony in the weather center. >> that is the same look i have
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when i talk about snowstorms. ava is talking about flowers. thank you. there are some newly engaged couples after valentine's day. 41 degrees at the airport. 34 in parkton. there is cloud cover to start the day. this will be breaking up pretty quickly this morning. the clouds are starting to break up and the trend will continue. it will turn mostly sunny and later today. the next alarm giving us some rain is moving east pretty quickly. you can see some rain back in illinois and st. louis. the weather should be fine today, mostly sunny after a cloudy start with high temperatures in the upper 40's and low 50's. the average high is 45.
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the record for today is 77. partly cloudy skies tonight. some clouds out west will start to move and tonight and temperatures will move back into the 20's and 30's. it will warm up quickly tomorrow. it will be too war for any snow tomorrow -- too warm. rain showers tomorrow, 48. it clears up on friday and saturday. a coastal storm on sunday. we will keep an eye on that. right now we will say rain or snow with a high temperature near 38 degrees. presidents' day weekend has a history of producing some pretty good snowstorms in baltimore. 6:15. >> good morning. lime is building around the area -- volume is building.
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harford road is shutdown because of fire department activity. millington avenue at frederick road, fire activity. 43 coming down on franklin boulevard. no problems down towards the beltway. 57 on southbound 83 at padonia road. this is a greenspring. inner loop traffic looking good over towards the j.f.x. a smooth ride into town on the j.f.x. 70 picking up in volume, especially eastbound. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> the violence continues in syria. a key concession to opposition groups. assad has set february 26 for a
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day for a national referendum. heavy shelling continues where military forces have been bombarding rebel forces for several days. hundreds are believed to a been killed. a nuclear power plant has violated the free safety regulations. the worst of the violations stemmed from an incident last september. half of the control indicators were lost because of electrical problem that was caused by workers at the site. the plant will have to go increased safety inspections. whitney houston's family and friends will say goodbye to the pop star in private. the funeral home or body was taken says the service will be by invitation only. after sharing her with the world, the family wants to say goodbye in private.
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she died on saturday in california and a hott a hotel. >> under fire for poor working conditions at their factories in china, apple says they will conduct inspections of the plant. there has been an audit of conditions of plants in china that make most of apple's product. the plant has a high suicide rate among workers. a warning before you pucker up your lips. your lipstick could contain lead. the worst offender was maybelline pink petal. limits should be set for lead
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levels in lipstick. the lead level does not pose a risk. a chocolate shortage may be upon us. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> good morning. sales of the greatest hits for whitney houston sort to the top at amazon and itunes. sony took the venice of this and hiked prices in the u.k. just one day get to the singer's death. sony apologized. a report says international demand of chocolate is soaring and manufacturers may not be able to keep up with it. whether you like your orange juice sweet or tart, pepsico
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wants to water down your juice. some consumers prefer the jews with a taste that is less affected -- some consumers prefer juice with a taste that is less thick. a mixed close on wall street. an unexpected drop in auto sales. the bloomberg maryland index take a dip. i am jane king has the bloomberg business report. for wbal-tv 11 news. >> problems on the roadways in the parkville area. >> linsanity continues. keith mills will join us live in the studio to show us. >> don't forget to e-mail us
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your response to our water cooler question of the day. do you think coaches have the right to ban players from using social media sites like facebook and twitter? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning.
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sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. we are tracking closures in parkville and the southwest side of the city. harford road is shutdown. millington avenue is closed at frederick road. avoid those if you can. 57 on southbound 83. looking good at the j.f.x. so far so good at 97 traveling to the glen burnie area at 100. 295 looking good. this is the j.f.x. southbound traffic is building as you get closer to the northern parkway. no delays to report down to the fort mchenry and beyond. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning. we have cloud cover to start the day but no precipitation. 41 at the airport. calder up north, 33 in
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taneytown. mostly sunny skies -- colder up north. high temperature in the upper 40's and low 50's. we will come back and check the forecast for presidents' day weekend. here is a keith mills. >> thank you. good morning. spring training for the orioles begins in three days. pitchers and catchers will report to sarasota on saturday. every player will be assigned. adam jones will make about $6 million -- every player will be signed. adam is coming off a good year. the orioles would like to get a long-term deal done but that is a long way off. the good news is buck shohe wile
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in camp without going through the arbitration process. the amazing story of jeremy lin continues. the next spotted the raptors a lead only to win the game on 8 jeremy lin --on a jeremy lin a 3-pointer. he is averaging 26 points a game. he did not heard anything in terms of as a point per game average. he hits the game winner. 90-87, the knicks win. >> i'm thankful that the coach and my teammates trusted me with the ball at the end of the game. i like having it at the end of the game.
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i'm just very thankful. >> what a great story. asian american kid that went to harvard and doing a great job in the nba. >> here looks so young. -- he looks so young. 47 degrees on tv hill. some big changes for baltimore city schools. >> a painstaking operation in southwest baltimore. i am jennifer franciotti. >> a big move in washington to keep your paycheck from shrinking. i have details on the late-night deal. >> a wedding expo happening next weekend here in baltimore. you may want to check this out. you may want to check this out.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara.
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thank you for joining us this morning. another mile day today? >> -- another mild day today? >> we will call it decrease in clouds. it will become mostly sunny and we expect a high temperature around 51. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> cooking breakfast could be difficult for some residents because a gas main broke. >> jennifer franciotti is live at the scene. >> they have to go door-to-door turning off gas to the homes and businesses affected. that will start around 7:00 a.m. this morning. rainout it is certainly an inconvenience. the view from above only tells half the story of the gigantic mess down below. >> i have water but no gas. >> well, i won't have gas, i don't have no water. >> a baltimore city dpw crew
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was working on a 10-inch water main break around 3:30 tuesday morning when a piece of asphalt fell forcing water into a gas line. now b.g.e. has to go door to door to shut off the gas to about 900 homes and businesses before they can get the problem fixed. >> we still have to get into each building, turn the gas off, then go back to the gas main and drain the water out. >> we are canvassing the area. we are making progress. but again, you're talking about hundreds of homes that we have to access. >> once the main is fixed, crews will have to go back and turn back on the gas. they will work with the city to get inside structures if they cannot get in touch with residents or business owners. the entire process will take several days, we're told, while diana and her neighbors go without heat and a long list of other inconveniences. >> i went and digged into my cupboard and got my hot plate out so i'll be able to cook a little something. and i got my microwave. >> i do not know what we're going to do. we'll make it. that is all we can do.
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>> this is a painstaking process. we're told the water has been restored. about 30% of the residence in this area are vacant. they need a locksmith for a police officer for safety reasons and that could take some time. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> asking for money to improve security. people would gather outside perkins to support recommendations in the governor's latest budget. three patients were killed at the hospital in the last 18 months. >> a baltimore city elementary school could close its doors for good in june.
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as would affect south side academy in cherry hill. and more of your park middle school when he struck their middle school programs and become an elementary programs. several meetings will be held to gauge the feedback. schools in anne arundel county are cutting ties to a company that failed to build up to the promise of a charter school. there will cancel the contract with imagine schools tomorrow. the school would have addressed overcrowding. school officials are in talks with another company to build a new school opened in 2013. >> it will make a world of difference. we have an excellent school here.
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when you are 120 students over, the activities that you can do it increases the classroom size. that will make this a better school was giving us more school choice for the neighborhood. >> the new building is expected to seat more than 700 students. >> a deal has been reached to extend the payroll tax cut. kate amara has more on how the agreement was hammered out. >> several lawmakers predicted the house will approve this deal. from capitol hill this morning, good news for anyone who gets a paycheck. democrats and republicans struck a tentative deal late last night to extend the payroll tax cut to the end of this year. >> i think this will get the majority of votes in our conference and i expect to see a number of democrats voting for it, as well. >> the white house estimates that without the extension, the average american family would lose about $1,000 a year, about $40 per paycheck.
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>> $40 less for groceries to feed your kids, it would be $40 less for the medications you depend on, $40 less to cover bills and the rent, $40 less to take care of an elder parent. >> the agreement would also renew long-term unemployment benefits and prevent a big cut in medicare payments to doctors. >> just pass this middle-class tax cut, pass the extension of unemployment insurance. do it before it's too late, and i will sign it right away. >> and after republican leaders backed off demands to offset the tax cut cost with spending cuts elsewhere, lawmakers could unveil the plan as early as today. >> i think it is a done deal subject to the t's being crossed and the i's being dotted. my understanding is that the conferees are going to -- after it's all written down, put their signatures on the conference report and file it as early as tomorrow. >> without action, that payroll tax cut would expire at the end of this month. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> let's see what is going on. in harford road, that has been reopened near taylor avenue. that fire activity has been cleared. a delay on the north side of the j.f.x. we will investigate. millington avenue remains closed at frederick avenue. we are looking good and no delays to report elsewhere. 63 on 97 through the glen burnie area at 100. this is the j.f.x. and southbound traffic looks heavier at jamaica with closer to northern parkway. this is 95 and the white marsh area -- traffic looks heavier as
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you move closer to northern parkway. ava marie is live at the bridal expo. >> good morning. we're previewing a wedding expo that happens next weekend. i just want you to breathe. we have an expo that will help you out. this is being put on by a florist in pasadena and being held at the sheraton hotel from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. you can get tickets online. you'll get a chance to taste some of delicious food that was prepared by the sheraton. great things you can do to help to get ready for the big day. weddingexposhow.com to get
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tickets. 51 degrees today and sunshine. a chance for rain tomorrow, 48 degrees. partly cloudy on friday, 46. we have the potential for a storm on sunday. maybe some snow as we go back to me and stindy and stan. >> you said the word "food." you didn't say that earlier. buffalo wings? thank you. plenty of dogs turned out to be judged at the westminster kennel dog show but only one committee top dog.
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>> love was in the year at the mall for america. five couples were married atop the ferris wheel. all the couples hopped on board at the same time and said "i do." it was a doubly fitting occasion. yesterday was national affairs will day and a valentine's day. >> a pekingese takes best in
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show at the dog show. he won best in show beating out a german shepherd, an irish -tailr, and a wire hound. this was the sixth time the pekingese has taken best title at westminster. >> that is a lot of hair. >> congratulations. 41 degrees on tv hill. still had stil>> we will let yow where the delays are as of volume builds. >> we will show you the seven- day forecast in just a few minutes. 41 at the
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>> welcome back to 11 news today. 6:44. baltimore city officials are poised to announce a new team to move forward to this year's baltimore grand prix. so be a five-year deal with a new vendor. was $12 million in debt with the old vendor and the state. a vote on a finalized contract will be voted on february 22. maryland is one step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage. the protection act will be sent on to the full chamber for a vote. that is where the bill died last
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year. david collins is monitoring the bill's progress and he will let us know when the senate addresses the issue. a new ban on twitter has become a free speech debate. towson football coach is prohibiting his players from using the website after the ncaa suspended a college football player for a controversial tweet r.volving a racial slu he will educate his team on how to use proper social media. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- do you think coaches have the right to ban players from using social media sites like facebook and twitter?
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>> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. still tracking some closures if you travel long millington avenue in southwest side of the city at frederick road. watch for those closures because of a water main break. looking good on 295 until you get to the area past 32 and there are some delays prior to the capital beltway. 31 on southbound 95 from the white marsh area towards the 895 split.
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this is 83 at york road. southbound traffic is still looking pretty good but building past york road. this is old court road and looking at a delay on the northwest side of the beltway that continues down towards 70. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava marie is previewing a wedding expo. that makes sense. valentine's day was yesterday. >> it is time to think about the wedding season. maybe you have not started. we have a wedding expo that will be at the sheraton bwi hotel. we're talking to representatives from sheraton bwi. you said you guys offering your
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place for this event. maybe people will want to have this for their reception site. >> we encourage you to stop by and checkout our reception site. they will see the sheraton is a beautiful venue. i will be there at the show. i can answer any questions. they will be able to sample our food. >> speaking of food, tell us these signature dishes. >> we brought a few signature dishes. this is our house made tiramisu and are creme brulee. everything is made fresh daily. we have the jumbo shrimp martini. this is over a top of old bay-
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infused mayonnaise. this is our rendition of beef barbecue tips over roasted-the date is and homemade coleslaw. >> the best part about the wedding is the food. maybe you want your reception at the sheraton bwi. you can go to weddingexposhow.com for all the details and to get tickets. we're dry for now. i know your ears are perked up now because we said food. there will be food you can taste at the event. there will be a groom lounge. >> is a like a bench in the mall where the guys are waiting for their wives to come out?
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the groom lounge? >> guys can only stand so much of that. thank you, ava. the groom's lounge. weather-wise, nothing is going on. temperatures are going to jump pretty quickly today. 41 at the airport. 34 degrees in parkton. this storm is pulling away to the northeast. it is taking awhile for the cloud cover to break up. the next arm is moving pretty quickly. -- the next storm is moving pretty quickly and will arrive tomorrow morning with another chance for some rain showers. mostly sunny and this afternoon after a cloudy start.
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high temperatures will climb into the low 50's. we are past the coldest part of the winter. the record is 77. partly cloudy skies tonight. the temperatures will drop back into the 30's. a chance for rain tomorrow and high temperature of 48. dry weather weather on friday and saturday. a chance for rain or snow on sunday with a high temperature of 38. presidents' day weekend has a history of producing snowstorms in baltimore. time now for a last look at one of our big stories. >> it could be days before residents in south baltimore get their gas back. jennifer franciotti joins us live from southwest baltimore with more on this. >> that stopped when it was
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talking about, all the more reason that b.g.e. to work as hard as they can to get the gas restored to the customers. crews were working on a water main break. a piece of asphalt fell and hit a gas line. b.g.e. has to go door-to-door and turning off service to some 900 customers. they have about 400 they still need to get to. the need to get in and shut off service. flush the have the shu water from the line. this process may take several days. anyone who is not contacted b.g.e. who is affected should do so immediately -- anyone who has not contacted b.g.e. >> 43 degrees on tv hill.
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>> coming up, we'll take a last look at weather and traffic before you head out to start your day. your day. stay with
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>> tech gas main is still causing some closure problems -- that gas main. >> nothing new to report in terms of promise. millington avenue, watch for closures at taylor wrote. they continued to investigate after a fire. 15 today to the west side stretch. 10 minutes from about way down towards 32. we start on 83 at york road.
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not bad heading south down from parkton. a buildup on volume on the northwest corner from 795. >> no problems with the weather. >> we have some cloud cover but no rain. it will turn mostly sunny and we expect a high near the 51. a better chance for rain tomorrow. we will watch a storm coming up the coast on sunday. the next couple days, not that temperature-wise. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25. >> follow breaking news and weather any time at wbaltv.com, and stay connected with us on facebook and twitter. the 2-'s
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