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sweep for mitt romney. details are coming up -- it is state primary sweep for mitt romney. >> some cooler temperatures and rain today the lowest temperatures be moving back up pass this leap day? [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. >> happy leap day. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> what would you do with the extra day? >> i'm so undecided. >> i will ask for a sixth day in my paycheck. it never hurts to ask. we have cloudy skies around
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baltimore appear there is some rain around the mountains. i think we'll get past the beginning of the commit ok. 37 degrees at the airport -- i think we'll get past the beginning of the commute ok. a high temperature of 48 degrees. we will come back and check the seven day forecast going into the weekend. >> tony always causing trouble. we do have some trouble on 895. a problem southbound. the accident is off to the side. there is delight delight prior to the harbor tunnel. we'll take it live view of that in just a moment. -- there is a delay prior to the harbor tunnel. is a fire activity, a vehicle leaking fuel. watch for possible lane closures. -- there is fire activity.
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we have a disabled vehicle. we will go up to captain roy and show you what it looks like at this accident scene. there's a big backup behind it. everything is confined to the shoulder southbound 895. it will take a long time for this to start to filter out. everything now open in the northbound direction. delays southbound. take the fort mchenry as your alternate. this is 895. traffic is getting by ok but it will take a while for the traffic behind it to get through. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> a big night for republican presidential candidate mitt romney as he scores two big primary wins. >> race is not over yet. tara mergener joins us live from
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washington. good morning. >> hello. is far from over. arizona and michigan were crucial states for mitt romney now this campaign will get some much-needed momentum. a relieved mitt romney squeaks out a win in his childhood home of michigan. >> we did not win by a lot but we won by enough, and that's all that counts. >> romney, who also won by a wide margin in arizona tuesday, needed victories in both states to boost his campaign. >> rah! >> a rick santorum win on romney's home turf would have raised more questions about his ability to attract the conservative vote. after his michigan defeat, santorum told supporters to keep the faith. >> a month ago they did not know who we are, but they do now. [cheers] we came into the backyard of one of my opponents in a race that everyone said, well, just
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ignore, you have really no chance here. >> thank you very, very much. >> down but not out, newt gingrich and ron paul are focused on super tuesday. >> the primaries next tuesday in many states really matter. >> they keep asking about winning particular states in this campaign, but guess what -- we're still winning a lot of delegates and that is what counts! [cheers] >> the next contest is saturday in washington state where 40 delegates are up for grabs. >> it was such a close call in michigan. what tipped the scales? >> mitt romney did very well among people who were concerned about the economy. he did very well among moderates. rick santorum was popular with the conservatives and peoples whose religious beliefs overlap with their political views. a big relief this morning for
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mitt romney. >> tara mergener, thank you. one of the few among republican voices in the senate said she will not return to washington -- one of the few moderate republican voices. blow toher retirement is a republican hopes of gaining control of the senate. stephanie rawlings-blake has lost her top i.t. official at city hall after an audit of its previous work for the state of new york revealed allegations of misconduct. investigators alleged he negotiated a contract with a security firm while securing a job for is girlfriend with that company. the contract was later terminated costing the state $1.5 million. robert miner will serve as
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baltimore's acting director. >> a late-night shooting in west baltimore. 7 on norno word as to a suspecta possible motive. police say they have a person of interest in connection with the death of a girl in northwest baltimore. we do know the child was found monday night in the 3400 block of calloway avenue. she did not survive. no word on the exact cause of death. a baltimore man will spend the next 25 years behind bars for a beating to death his daughter. he pleaded guilty in october to child abuse resulting in death in the killing of his daughter. initially said he found the child on responsive on the bathroom floor. a security officer is being held this morning accused of sexually
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assaulting a patient. kevin porter is charged with attempted rape and false imprisonment. the victim was a patient at a hospital clinic when it porter allegedly attacked her in a stairwell. he will appear in court next month. >> gas prices rise higher and higher. one local gas station owner is saying, enough. jennifer franciotti is live to explain. >> governor martin o'malley and gas tax supporters say the increase in the gas tax will pay for road and public transit improvements. not everybody is buying that. many gas station owners are offering petitions for people to sign. depending on where you fill up, you may of been asked to sign a
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petition against the proposed gas tax increase. he has gone over at 1200 signatures so far. he says the proposed gas tax increase will hurt his business and hurt his customers. >> they portray this as a jobs bill, that this is going to increase jobs in the state where really, the people that are going to need jobs are the people that are driving their cars, because they got to pay all these extra fees and taxes. >> he says he is not alone. hundreds of owners are offering petitions. some people will stop not to buy gas but to comment and sign the petition. what they plan to do with these signatures coming up at 6:30. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 40 degrees on tv hill. a major announcement from apple
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headlines the bloomberg business report. >> the latest from cleveland as the death toll continues to rise in the high school shooting. >> search crews look for crewmembers of a coast guard helicopter that crashed during a training mission. >> ava marie live in downtown baltimore talking about some restaurants and bars holding an event at harbor east. >> will update you on the situation at the harbor tunnel and a new accident on the west side of the beltway
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>> good morning. it is 43 degrees downtown at the inner harbor. that is not far from where i am right now. i'm at harbor east talking about a big event next wednesday. it is called sip, savor, stroll. we're on president street. this is one of the restaurants participating in this event next wednesday. sip, savor, stroll says it all. i'm here with barry the bar manager. >> we are offering our signature cucumber martini that is made
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with cucumber gin. this isn't lime juice -- this is lime juice. says chunks and chunks are good -- this has johnson and jones are good. -- this has chunks. we have our lebanese style sangria. this is the white sangria made with fresh fruits. it is garnish with an orange spice and cinnamon and basil. this goes well with our food. we have a sweeter version made with wine. >> this gives people a chance to try a drink they may not have had before. this is inspired by the food of
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love and lebanon. you can register at a time at harboreast.com. $45 gives you a chance to get a drink at many restaurants. go to harboreast.com a chance to register. we're checking a chance for rain. rain is showing up on the radar but more is on the way. i'm going for the martini. >> there is a trend that you wind up behind a bar. >> i picked it right. >> that is a good deal. $45 and you get to sample the drinks and appetizers. >> there are six restaurants altogether but you'll go to four on that night. va.thank you, a
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37 at the airport. 35 in parkton. a chilly start but elise it is dry. -- but at least it is dry. we have some light showers moving into western maryland. all that is drifting over towards baltimore. once it gets here it will stick around through tonight. this will be 8 rain event for us. it will be cold enough for snow up north. advisories from new york state back into the great lakes. rain showers like it today. some of the rain can be heavy this afternoon. high temperature between 45 and 50. showers likely tonight as temperatures drop back into the 30's.
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the mark, the storm will pull away to the northeast. -- tomorrow, that storm will pull away to the northeast. it will be a decent day tomorrow. rain likely today. clearing up the mark, 57. clouds of thick and up on friday. -- clearing up tomorrow. maybe some thunderstorms on saturday. high temperatures drop into the 40's and will be a mix of light rain or snow on sunday into monday. 6:16. >> good morning. we start on the west side. 14 miles per hour. this as a result of an accident just past frederick road. you'll start to see those delays just past 70. 895 at the harbor tunnel looking a little better. 30 miles per hour as you make
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your approach to the harbor tunnel. northbound 97, watch for an accident. some delays possible on southbound 95 just past 32. there was some fire activity. there may still be some lanes closed. we will keep you posted. we start near frederick road. you can see it is ok. we are seeing some delays just past frederick wrote with an accident. captain roy is up above 95 and 895. you can see volume as you make your way southbound on 95. slowing into the tunnel. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> thank you. the teenager accused of shooting five students in ohio will remain behind bars for 15
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days to protect him and the committee. prosecutors told the court the suspect chose his victims randomly. the death toll has now risen to three walt two of the students remained hospitalized -- the death toll has now risen to three while two of the students remained hospitalized. the helicopter crashed into mobile bay tuesday night. the investigation into the cause going. crash remains on goin >> the next cart you buy will likely have it back up camera because the national highway traffic safety administration wants to require automakers to put rearview cameras in all passenger vehicles by the year 2014. the will cost about $200 a
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vehicle. about six children died each year when somebody backs over them. there was an increase last year in the number of customers who switched banks. survey shows 9.6% of customers switch banks. customers are more loyal to smaller banks and credit unions. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. have increased bank fees caused you to either change your bank, or the way you bank? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. apple is gearing up for a huge event next week. a new hotel chain will help keep you untracked. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> good morning.
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do you tend to slack off on your fitness routine when you're on the road? a new concept next year to help you out. a brand that will have hypoallergenic sheets and spacious rooms to work out an healthier food options. you may see eight weight bench at the foot of the bed -- you may see a weight bench at the foot of the bed. stock closing above the key 13,000 level for the first time since 2008. the dow is on track for as long as rally since april. the bloomberg maryland index rising with some help from jos. a. bank. heirs of apple rallying --
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shares of apple rallying. a big product launch next week. official invitations were sent out that said we have something you have to see. anticipation is building for what apple has in store. i'm jane king. >> are you ok, carlotta? 40 degrees on tv hill. >> serra called la the latest on the accidents and delays that could slow down your morning commute -- sarah will have the latest. >> the terps will play down at chapel hill. and usual opening night in the nfl. >> 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. >> a few problems this morning. on the west side, that problem is backing up ptraffic from liberty. speeds on average around 12 miles per hour. northbound 97, you may start to see some delays. 22 minutes to get you to the
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west side outer loop stress. those delays are because of the accident past frederick. things are improving. 10 minutes to go north on 95 from 32 up towards the beltway southwest. this is baltimore national pike. this is not a volume-related delay. traffic is almost at a standstill because of the accident at frederick road. we're up about 95 at the 895 split and see a buildup of volume. we will keep you posted on those delays. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> good morning. so far so good. the clouds or thickening up. the rain has held up until this point. the rain will start moving in to the western suburbs. 37 at the airport. 43 downtown. we will make it to 48 or 49 this
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afternoon. the rain will stick around for awhile. we will check the seven-day forecast when i come back in just a few minutes. here is keith mills. >> thank you. ombine is over. the ravens trying to re-signed ben grubbs. the agent for ben grubbs said he is meeting with the ravens went well. ravens will play the new york giants but not in the season opener. the season opener will be played on wednesday for the first time on september 5. usually the season begins on thursday. on thursday, president obama is scheduled to give a speech at the democratic national convention. the giants to play the game in
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new york against a team to be announced. brian matusz and alfredo simon will start the first orioles' exhibition games next week. brian matusz will get the start on monday night against the pittsburgh pirates. nick markakis is back for a seventh year with the orioles after abdominal surgery but he is expected to be ready for opening day. homerun numbers were down but he's still one of the better players in the american league. college basketball, maryland on the road against north carolina. they play them tough back on february at home. a win would be huge in hope of making the ncaa tournament picking time tonight at 7:00 p.m. at chapel hill. maryland women ranked sixth in the country. >> thank you.
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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. thank you for joining us this morning. there's some rain heading our way? >> so far things have been ok. the further we go into the morning, the better the chance the rain will catch up to you. take an umbrella. a relatively chilly day compared to the weather we have had. the rate will stick with us through tonight. we will come back and check the seven-day forecast. >> thank you appeared in local gas station owner is sick of seeing gas prices right. >> jennifer franciotti is live
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this morning with more on the story. >> good morning. hundreds of gas station owners across the state are offering customers a chance to sign a petition for lawmakers to take a stance against the proposed gas tax increase. >> we are trying to give our customers a voice. >> this gas station owner is doing more than just selling gas at his hess gas station in elkridge. he is taking petition signatures from customers against the proposed gas tax increase. >> a lot of people do not even buy anything. they see the sign and they stop and say, "where's the petition? we want to sign this." >> he has gotten 1200 at the elkridge location so far and another 1000 at his station at towson. he said the proposed 6% gas tax increase over a three-year period will hurt his business and his customers. >> they portray this as a jobs bill, that this is going to increase jobs in the state where really, the people that are going to need jobs are the people that are driving their cars, because they got to pay all these extra fees and taxes. >> governor martin o'malley and
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gas tax supporters say the bill would not only lead to 7500 new jobs in the state, but road and public transit improvements. >> i think it is horrible. horrible, and i think it's already hard for people to commute to and from work and with the gas prices going up, it's just making it harder. >> hundreds of other maryland gas station owners are also collecting petition signatures. madsen says they have collected at least 20,000 signatures so far. they plan to deliver the petitions to lawmakers at the legislative hearing in annapolis. >> this gives them a real opportunity to express how they feel, because we are taking their signatures and their names and addresses down to the legislatures and there will be boxes and boxes of these. >> there is no word when the first hearing will be held. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> putting the brakes on a bill that would honor u.s. military veterans and aid in their recovery.
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proceeds will go to the maryland veterans trust fund. the call to of handing out the place -- the cost of handing out the plates is worth more than is. >> they say there's no room to store these plates. and a closet or cleanout a empty a closet.e a clos >> a new bill aimed at protecting consumers from unfair deals is making its way through the state house. they often have high interest rates and complex contracts that leave customers spending more than items are worth. this is happening in 79% of the state's jurisdictions including baltimore city and prince george's county. >> we know that they can provide
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a service for consumers. we want to make sure that consumers know what they're getting into and that it is not the kind of lending would not allow in the state. stores >> would be required to abide by price caps and maintain transparency and allow consumers to cancel their contracts or take more times to reinstate them. prosecutors have pulled the plug on a popular gaming site. one of four people were indicted on tuesday in the investigation into the online broker site for illegal gambling. site use offshore accounts to pay gamblers who were involved some $100 million in winnings from 2005 until 2012. the government has shut the site down.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. a busy start on the west side. 12 miles per hour as you make your way just past 795. that is for the delay begins. two left lanes are closed in that area. 23 on 795. things start to get heavy the closer you get to that accident scene. northbound 97, this accident is now gone. the rest of the major roadways are looking good even though the volume is starting to build. we will see some delays shortly in the usual spots. this is baltimore national pike. you can see the backup. it is very heavy from 795 down past frederick road.
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this is a live view from captain roy in the white marsh area. we're starting to see for signs of delays. the usual stuff is happening as folks make the way down towards the fort mchenry. we see increased volume leftover from the earlier accident on 895. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. right now which check in live with ava marie joining us live from inner harbor east. >> good morning. i am live at harbor east, one of the restaurants participate in a fun event happening at harbor east. this is a chance to sip, savor, stroll in the local area. that is the name of the event -- sip, savor, stroll. >> this will be a great event.
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the event is next wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. you'll have a chance to visit five locations and you can join up with a group of 10 or sign up and will play with a group so that will be a good chance to meet and introduce yourself to the restaurants and bars that are downtown. i think this'll be a great evening. this is the first time we have done this. i think the experience will be great and the airport has been fun. everybody cannot wait to try this. >> spots are limited. you can register online at harboreast.com. we're showing temperatures in the upper 40's today. it will be a chilly day with cloud cover and rain will be moving in after the mid morning hours. temperatures bounceback towards the end of the week. the possibility rain-snow mix by
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the end of the week. >> 40 degrees on tv hill. just think of this little guy as a cousin to kung fu panda. >> we are still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. have increased bank fees caused you to either change your bank, or the way you bank? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com.
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seabird revealing long wings. the research was published this week. the bird lives 26 million years ago and had a unique body shape. >> wow. a penguin about your height. >> i was waiting for it. >> i have some payback coming. 40 degrees on tv hill. >> oh, stan, you're going to get it. >> we have some west side problems. >> mindy, take out the phone book you're sitting on and hit him. they listened to the same music. we have some rain in the
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>> welcome back to 11 news today. police say they have a person of interest in custody in connection with the death of a girl in northwest baltimore. we know the child was found on monday night on calloway avenue at was taken to an area hospital but did not survive. no word on the exact cause of death. lots of changes going on at harborplace. construction is a common sight with plenty of new tenants preparing to move in.
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upstairs, a ripley's believe it or not will call the lights street pavilion home. the food court will see some new additions bring the aqaba's the rate up to 95% -- bringing the up to 95%.e raoccupancy rate people are switching banks. customer as are more loyal to smaller banks and credit unions. >> that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- have increased bank fees caused you to either change your bank, or the way you bank?
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>> very interesting. we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> looks like you'll need an early start on the west side. some major delays that extent prior to 795 to just past frederick road. there is an accident. the average speed is 9 miles per hour. 65 at reisterstown road. then things start to back down. this is impacting traffic on 795 coming and of owings mills. a smooth ride on the j.f.x. into
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town. expect to be delayed on the west side. the 33 on southbound 95 from white marsh to the beltway northeast. you can see off the ramp from southbound 795 very heavy and those delays continue on the west side just past frederick road. captain roy is flying above 95 and you can see traffic is starting to pick up in the area of the baltimore-harford county line making unit southbound to the white marsh area. those delays will continue towards the beltway. the big problem is the west side. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava marie joins us live from lebanese taverna previewing a great event with food. >> never a bad thing to have food. we are talking about a fun event happening at harbor east. multiple restaurants participating in sip, savor,
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stroll. a chance to have an elegant stroll and to try out different restaurants and bars. this is an idea of some of the food that will be served. $45 pitch you a drink an appetizer at each of the restaurants. this looks beautiful. >> have something very traditional with chickpeas and olive oil. this is a traditional salad. a spinach pie. shrimp with lemon juice. >> this gives people a chance to try some new food in small samples. you made breakfast for us this morning. that was delicious.
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>> we hope people get exposure to new tastes. this cuisine is very light and fresh and we hope you come down and say yes. it is a good deal -- come down and see us. >> tickets are limited. 02 harboreast.com -- go to harboreast.com to register at a time. harboreast.com. more rain is coming in from the west. we will go back to tony. nowve already seipped and i'm going to savor. >> that is a good deal, $45, and you get the appetizers -- >> a drink and appetizers. >> outstanding. thank you.
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thank you. we have some rain in our forecast. that is the big story today. take an umbrella with you. once the grain moves in, it will stick around through tonight. -- once the rain moves then. kind of a chilly start. the temperatures are not going to move much. last by the skies were clear. temperatures were down into the 30's. we have some light showers moving into western maryland. very heavy rain moving into west virginia and parts of western pennsylvania. some of the rain could be heavy. you could possibly hear a rumble of thunder. will be 8 rain e van for us -- this will be a rain event for us. snow in parts of new york state and back into new england.
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blizzard warnings for parts of the dakotas. rain is in our forecast for later this morning and this afternoon. cloudy skies to start. temperatures between 45 and 50. rain showers likely tonight. otherwise cloudy and temperatures drop back into the upper 40's and low 40's. and low 40's and low 40's. low 40's on sunday and monday and possibly cold enough for a mix of light rain and snow on sunday into monday morning. back to the news desk. >> time now for a last look at one of our big stories. in local gas station owner is sick of seeing gas prices rise.
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jennifer franciotti is live from northwest baltimore with more on that story. >> governor o'malley and gas tax supporters say the gas tax increase would help create 7500 jobs and pay for improvements to roads and public transit. not everybody agrees. one owner has but a petition for folks to sign against the proposed gas tax increase. he says he is not alone. they have collected more than 20,000 signatures to take to annapolis to try to convince lawmakers to take a stand against the gas tax. according to keith madsen, there will be taking boxes and boxes of signatures. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. 40 degrees on tv hill. >> coming up, we'll take a last
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look at weather and traffic before you head out to start your day.
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>> is the west side of the beltway any better? >> the damage is done. this is a slow ride on the west side. 20 miles per hour near the accident scene just past frederick road. this goes back 9 miles per hour. southbound 795 backed up towards the beltway. avoid the west side if you can. philadelphia road and, a new
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accident. slow going on southbound 95. that is a volume heading down towards the beltway. this is the northwest corner. we will keep you posted throughout the 7:00 hour. >> at least the rain is holding off. it will take another couple of hours for the rain to move in. the rain will stick around often on a through tonight. it could be heavy on your way home from work. taken abroad. we're in the 30's at the present time. -- take an umbrella. we will see more rain to start the weekend on saturday. we'll get to most of the dry dock without the rain. >> 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.
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