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coming up, a major announcement is hours away on the proposed purple line. >> all of the previous tax books are full of anti-american rhetoric. we did not think there is any room for that. >> it is a decision to expand a controversial school. >> a former president makes a surprise trip to north korea. "good morning washington" continues right now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- good morning, washington. 6:00 on this tuesday. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's start with adam caskey. it has been a very mild summer so far. >> we will be getting some real
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heat by this weekend. upper 90's are not out of the question. until then, pretty much the same mold, same old. near 90 degrees, depending on the day and location. -- same old, same old. h tey will rein themselves out before they make their way here. 92 will be the afternoon high temperature with partly cloudy skies. you will feel the humidity. >> the volume is increasing. we will go live to 395 leaving the beltway to get to the pentagon. volume only. things are increasing but still in your favor. that is the scenario for most of the this morning. now to top stories. >> thank you. we are expecting big news on
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the prosedurple line. >> martin o'malley is set to announce some new details. matt brock is live with more on this story. good morning. >> we have been talking about a purple line for about 20 years now. finally, the governor of maryland is set to make his choice, his choice between buses or light rail. it would change the maps forever. the purple line would connect new carrollton to bethesda. it would form perhaps the first segment of a mass transit beltway. the 16-mile route calls for 21 stations. the project has faced opposition. many are concerned about the impact it would have on a popular trail.
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the project received approval, which allows it to seek federal funding. martin o'malley goes one step further by making his choice for what form the purple line will take, light rail for rapid bus transit. the governor is expected to make the announcement at 8:30 this morning and is expected to say he would like light rail instead of the buses. of course, we have to wait and see. who is going to run the system once it is built? will the be run by metro or by maryland transportation officials? there is also the prospect of lawsuits. they have been threatened. some worry about environmental concerns and the capital christian trail where the purple line would run along. many people would like to preserve the capital crescent
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trail. >> thank you. in other news, prince geor's county police are investigating a deadly overnight shooting, and surely before 1:00 a.m. in oxon hill. police arrived and found two men and two women suffering from gunshot wounds. one man later died. so far, no arrests. > the white house said it is up for the senate to keep the cash for clunkers program from running on e. the house has passed it. senators are split on the issue. the program has been a big boon. we are following a
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developing story out of asia. north korea is hosting a former president. >> bill clinton arrived this morning. courtney robinson is live with more on this. good morning. >> the hope is that former president clinton will return to the united states with these two women. this could spark dialogue between north korea and the united states. this is the first time in more than a decade that high- ranking official has visited north korea. >> we're talking about what seems to be a full blown nuclear standoff, and my little sister and euna lee are seemingly in the middle of the. >> euna lee and laura ling were arrested in mid march after they illegally crossed the border while on assignment.
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their sentence is 12 years in a labor camp. hillary clinton has called for their release. the hope now is that her husband cannot act on behalf of the families and sparked a dialogue between north korea and the united states. the country recently defied resolutions by resuming a nuclear program. many analysts are saying they are using euna lee and laura ling as bargaining chips. courtney robinson, abc 7 news. >> thankou. a decisionn ivoin i a campus isneti gengraso me mixed rea ionct. the county board of supervisors voted to allow the school to allow its campus on popes head road. opponents fear the academy fosters hatred. this school has removed some language from hatred that some
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find offensive. >> the textbooks were full of an side american rhetoric. we don't think there's any room for that. >> they do not have the authority to weigh in on the basis of credo or anything like that. we do not do that for parochial schools. we shouldn't do that for this academy. >> the school will be allowed to ed hundreds of schools to their campus. they were founded in 1984 and has two campuses. one is in fairfax. the main campus is in alexandria. tonight is national night out. events are planned throughout the area. more than 12 celebrations are planned in montgomery county alone. there will be community walks.
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police will be meeting with residents for ways to make your neighborhood safer. the murder rate in maryland is going down. baltimore saw the biggest production in homicide, a 17% drop. violent crime also dropped by 2% last year. salvia has now been banned it in ocean city. it was outlawed. the drug has become very popular and is widely sold on ocean city boardwalks. people who drink or smoke it have fits of laughter. it is a band in 10 states, including delaware. but not in maryland. 71 degrees. >> when we return, a decision in
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the custody battle of michael jackson tossed three children. we will have dails on
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hello. i am with the american red cross. many people say they ve never given blood because they have never been asked. consider yourself asked. good morning, washington. dozens of wildfires are threatening homes in northern california. more than 1100 firefighters are
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fighting the flames. they have consumed more than 80 acres. firefighters will likely face strong wind gusts to day and temperatures in the mid0's. 6:11. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> adam caskey has more on the forecast. >> we have a little bit of thought in somlocations. if you have parts of your drivers that are prone to fog, anticipate some fog. it will only last another al or at best. the sun is coming up as we speak. temple9. 6 eruals the dew point.urk, eeq uals the dew pointew that means high humidity. here is the forecast. becoming partly cloudy. we will have morning sunshine
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giving way to part the cloudy skies. 87 by noontime. high temperature of 92 degrees. >> even hotter is the volume of traffic. ♪ and it be loverly? ♪ southbound on 270. we will take it. delays at 109 opened suit germantown. we will take you to the pentagon. 395, not bad to washington boulevard and beyond to the 1h street bridge. >> thank you. 6:13, 70 degrees. >> d.c a.ti anques collector is outraged after someone stole some silver from his home. we will tell you why is this collection is so valuable. >> the latest on three american
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>> you are watching abc 7's "good morning washington," with doug mckelway, alison starling, meteorologist brian van de graaff, weather, and lisa baden, traffic. this is "good morning washington," on your side. welcome back. 6:15. hillary clinton is on 87-nation tour of africa. the first stop is kenya. -- she is on a seven-nation tour of africa. the trip is her biggest yet as secretary of state. she is urging iran to provide information about the three detained american hikers. shane bauer, sarah shourd, and
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joshua fattal were arrested. a run-in tv is claiming they purposely crossed the border. a judge will decide who will get permanent control of michael jackson's thies the man appointed by jackson will remain in charge of his financial empire and lead -- until at least october. a pilot is dead in thailand. 10 passengers had to be taken to the hospital. the jet was trying to land in stormy weather when it hit the control tower. a man in d.c. is trying to get his stolen collectnio si silver back. anavuntav amassed a- tioincod f- a-kind collhati tont t includes
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eces of american history. on thursday or friday, his home was burglarized. thieves stole tvs, computers, and the silver. >> this is a special collection. is someone tries to sell this, they will get caught. >> hoeoee ds not mn eto e go m go toail. j e s wah tthntoemre turn the silver.hetuhe will payay p $20,e collection back. he has sent out countless e- mails. it is a good thing he is getting some publicity. people can keep their eyes open on ebay and craigslist. 6:17 is your time. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> i have been keeping my eyes on your commute into work this morning. i will give you normal traffic times. 95 in virginia and 66, heavier
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volume but no accidents to report. 210, to 28, route 50 is good through annapolis to get into northeast. this is 270 with no delay between germantown and the beltway. >> we do have some ground fog in some locations. you can anticipate a little bit this morning. this is our camera shot over the district. it looks hazy because of the low angle of the sun. dew point of 66. you'll feel the humidity. it will be warm like the last couple of days. temperatures near 90 degrees. most likely in the low 90's south of town. fairfax station, 67. nationals park, 73.
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waldorf, up 66. let's get a wider view of what is happening. there are storms in indiana and ohio. there atmosphere is ripe for a thunderstorm. they continue to push eastward. i am anticipating they will produce some steam. our atmosphere is not as stable -- or not as conducive for a thunderstorm. we may get a few showers far west, mainly over the appalachians. otherwise, a cold front will drop in tomorrow night or early thursday. let's go to the almanac. we made it into the upper 80's yesterday. 87 was our high air reagan airport. we willbe above that this afternoon. low 90's over the next couple of days. we will crank up the heat over
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this weekend. >> thank you. stocks are rising overseas. >> we will tell you how cash for clunkers is affecting the july auto sales. wall street is looking to keep the summer rally going after hitting some important milestones on monday. reports on manufacturing and banking offered more evidence the economy is recovering. the dow jumped 114 points. the s&p 500 surged over 1000. the cash for clunkers program is driving up auto sales. july it was the best month for car companies in nearly a year. ford was the big winner. gm and chrysler saw increases from june to july, but their
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numbers were down. ford is looking to keep their numbers going with the new taurus. it was once the best selling car. give it new life. more americans will be saving on gas despite rising prices. prices jumped another 5 cents this week. bank of america has agreed to settle charges that it misled investors when it bought merrill lynch. they told shareholders bonuses or not yet approved. the bank will pay a $33 million penalty. the postal service is expected to lose nearly $7 billion this year. they are considering closing or consolidating hundreds of locations. price hikes and service cuts
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have been no match for business lost to email. 6:21 on this tuesday, 71 degrees. >> never missed an important movie scene. more on a new website designed to help you avoid that problem. >> we thank you for waking up with us. you're watching "good morning washington."
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we have given you the hard
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news headlines of the day. >> philip stewart is here to talk about what you will be talking about later today. >> we have some live pictures coming in to us from florida where shuttle discovery is on the move right now. they are making the trip to the launch pad. the shuttle is set to launch on august 25. less than a month after the opening of eastern market, the restored area has scars of street work. washington gas workersused a jackhammer to break up the new cobblestone street that was just installed. they wonder why the work wasn't done before did the street was thin this. this week is national farmers week. countless farmers offer healthy
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products directly from farms. there now is a web page to help people search for farmers' markets near them. a website is helping moviegoers in need of a bathroom break take 1 withoutsiey ts inpo points in a film. this is a fun tool. you select the movie you'll be seeing. a time line shows selected points. you click on it and it tells you u scene and the line of when should head to the restroom. a second box tells you what you missed on your quick run to the restroom. >> you always leave and come back and say, what did i miss? >> maybe you have to make an extra stop to go to your computer. >> you can download it on a smart phone. you can do it in the bathroom.
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there is another step for you. >> what will they think of next? >> something. thank you. >> 6:26. >> coming up, some new numbers are out this morning on the number of children infected with lead during the water crisis. >> bill clinton is in north korea this morning. his visit could mean a homecoming for two women. i will have details on the visit. >> adam caskey live in the weather center. there are a few storms off to our
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. welcome back. it is 6:30. i'm alison starling. >> and i'm doug mckelway. thank you for joining us. time for your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. we know we're in for a hot spell because adam has a short hair cut. >> maybe i will grow it out again. >> you used to have thick care. >> you should have seen it in college.
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those were the days. look at the action in the midwest. indiana, ohio, we have severe thunderstorms. eyth are pushing off to the weeast. there may be some thunderstorms west of the metro area. mainly the shenandoah area. it will be well into the mid 90's. >> slow traffic southbound on 270. nothing in the roadway between germantown and the beltway. 66, heavier volume before and after 50. good in rosslyn and across the roosevelt bridge. quiet into georgetown.
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quickly, i would jump over to the camera and see if i can take you -- this is not working. that will work. this is montrose road. it is super. delays on 95 before the prince william county to lorton. alison and doug. >> thank you. martin o'malley is expected to announce details this morning about the purple line project. >> including what form it will take. there is a news conference at 8:30 this morning. it would connect prince george's to montgomery counties. we will have a live report in just a few moments. the use of a snail mail could lead to cutbacks at targeting your local post office. >> the post office is
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considering closing as many as 14 post offices in our area. pamela brown is that one of them. >> postal workers are not coming as often these days, mostly because more and more consumers are turning to the internet. the postal service is taking some drastic measures. with just a click of a button, the internet gives you instant gratification of sending e-mails or paying bills. the so-called snail mail is taking a hit. >>, started doing online bill pay because of time issues. >> the postal service is expected to deliver 175 billion fewer pieces of mail this year, leaving the fate of about a dozen post offices in our area in jeopardy. >> i just e-mail somebody.
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>> despite raising the prices of stamps and layoffs, the agency said closing of thousands of branches nationwide is the only way to make up for seven billion dollars this fiscal year. some say closing the offices is not the way to go. >> they have to think about the old people that the coming for years and years. >> another consideration is reducing the number of delivery days from six to five . back live, a specific list has not been confirmed, but this one could be on the chopping west. there are nine in d.c. and one in virginia. more could be added to the list. pamela brown, abc 7 news. >> thank you. more than twice as many d.c.
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children had lead in their blood them was previously reported. there reported high levels of lead in 193 children. investigators found the actual number was 486. the revelation is raising doubts that children were seriously harmed. fire investigators are trying to find out who torched part of a high school football field. we were over the scene of middletown high school where somebody burned the grass. the burned area measures about 15 by 16 feet. the damage is estimated at $75,000. north korea it is hosting a high price file guest. >> bill clinton arrived early this morning in an unmarked jet.
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courtney robinson is live with more on this developing story. >> the hope is that when bill clinton returns, he will have both of these journalists with him. some say it could spark a dialogue in the strained relations between north korea and the united states. bill clinton stepped onto north korean soil and was greeted by photographers and several north korean government officials. he is reported to be visiting the north hoping for a sit-down with the leader, a conversation about the release of two american journalists. >> we're talking about what seems to be a full-blown nuclear standoff, and my little sister and euna lee are seemingly in the middle of the. >> laura ling and euna lee were arrested in march death of a
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illegally crossed the china- north korean boer whileth on assignment. there were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp. hillary clinton has called for their release. the hope now is that her husband can act on the families seeking their release and spark a dialogue between north korea and the united states. the white house and state department are not commenting on this this morning. bill clinton is rumored to have the blessing of the white house and hillary clinton. >> thank you. 6:37. now for a check on some business headlines. " we're joined by linda bell. >> watch for some fireworks on capitol hill on tuesday morning. the fed is strengthening -- is planning to strengthen the nation's banks. the plan will be outlined at a
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senate banking committee today. 19 of the banks back in may -- they are under criticism for not nipping the financial problem in the bud. ebay suffered a worldwide outage yesterday that prevented shoppers from completing their orders. th are blaming an internal technical problem. tradingn temhis tuesday morning, we're setting up for a lower open. this is the head of a report on personal income due out later this morning. economists say the report may show a 1% drop in june. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. doug and alison, back to you. >> ok, linda, thank you very much. barack obama will meet with
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democrat sematech it -- democratic senators today. today is his birthday. he has invited most of the democrats for lunch. he wants to overhaul the health- care system. there will likely be some talk about his birthday, as well. >> the big one will be in two more years when he turns 50. 6:38. >> when we continue -- >> there is no margin for error. when a driver makes a mistake, something bad usually happens. >> making a interstate 81state 1 p t
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6:42. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's check in with adam. he is in for brian on a tuesday morning. another hot and humid day. >> another warm and dank day. instead of saying the same thing over and over again. but that is the weather. it is warmnd muggy outside. ee had nothing pop up o
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dar yesterday. ofwe arewe are mostly in lyst 'h morning. 6mp hills, 69. l winchester, 65. here is the forecast. by noon, 87 degrees. a high of 92 degrees around 4:00 p.m. a slight chance of a storm west of the metro area. a better chance of seeing more widespread storms. a weekend warm-up coming up. >> we are loving traffic on the highway. no major problems on the road. there is a growing volume of traffic. this is traffic on the outer loop of the beltway to get to georgia avenue. traffic on the right into the sunshine with no delays. next we go to the pictures of
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traffic in virginia, northbound on 395. slow moving past the beltway and up to edsall road. now to the news? >> thank you. trucks are being blamed for making a dangerouride on interstate 81. >> it is a popular route for truckers. they account for one of every four vehicles on the interstate. there were fewer crashes on 81 than on 95, but the fatality rate for crashes on 81 was nearly double that of 95. >> the medians of are often very narrow. there is no margin for error. >> if virginia transportation officials considered building a parallel highway for trucks only. that idea was scrapped because
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it would not ease congestion. they are looking at widening the interstate from two lanes out to four. a major announcement is just a couple of hours away and it could affect your morning commute in the years ahead. >> we>> we at suntrust, we help you manage your money at home.
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time for a check of this morning's top stories. >> bill clinton is in north korea to try to free the jailed journalists. he will reportedly negotiate with officials to release laura ling and euna lee. they were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. >> the white house says the cash for clunkers program could be out of money by the end of the week. senate democrats are trying to approve another $2 billion to keep the program running. sales have seen a huge boost. police are investigating a deadly shooting on livingston road in oxon hill. one man died and the other is in critical condition. will it be rail or bust? martin o'malley is expected to
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announce new details. -- will be rail or bus? >> matt brock is live. we are expecting the announcement. >> they are setting up already. martin o'malley is expected to announce his choice between rapid bus transit and light rail for the purple line, essentially 16 miles of a metro beltway, for lack of a better description, with 20 stops. the governor is expected to say that his preference is the light rail. he is expected to come here today and put his name behind that and that makes this progress move forward. there will have to be funding. there are some other hurdles.
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will it be run by metro or the maryland transportation officials? they expect a lawsuit to come along, folks concerned about the environment. we're not quite there yet. this pushes the project forward. we're live at the new carrollton metro station. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> ok, match. keep us posted. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> last week we talked about the puppy days of august. by the weekend, we will feel the warmth. yhere is someso haze anditumidaz he air. this is the lo atre an ag reagan ri3 7ghrt.po .3 rightow n r hes veatel re
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iv midity at 100%. that means the air is saturated. we have one under% relative humidity when the temperature equals the dew point. spotsylvania, 66. let's go to the storms again and get the wider view of what is happening -- let's go to the storm scan. the atmosphere has been right into the early-morning hours for this kind of action to kicked up. it is pushing towards us. i do think it will begin to dissipate over the next couple of hours. should any of this action make it to our region, i think it will be west of the metro area. there may be some pop-up storms their run. it looks like we will remain
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dry. 87 by noon. 92 around 4:00 p.m. look at the upcoming weekend. some scattered to isolated storms. by next weekend, we're talking highs into the mid 90's. we cannot rule out some high 90's on sunday. but to back to lisa. >> we are hearing about a crash and crowding the left lane. 270 slowing befe and after 80 to get past 109. i will show you that slow pace of of
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forget rocking out by the pool. this summer, a lot of girls are rocking now. >> it is a summer camp that is teaching young girls of lessons in music and life. this summer, up 34 girls from different backgrounds are honing their musical skills at a girl rock camp. it teaches girls music, self-
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defense, and media literacy. it began in oregon and now has 10 girls rock camps in the country. >> an interesting combination of self-defense and rock-and- roll. i guess you have to watch out for the groupies. >> they are going crazy. who are you wearing? who are you wearing? >> you guys are so much fun. we're having fun on the highway. let's look at some cameras. let's go to the beltway travel. 95 to georgia avenue in a back up. traffic is moving slowly on 395 to get to seminary road. >> today, just like the last couple of days. near 90 degrees.
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tomorrow, scattered showers and storms. pretty much the same story on thursday and friday. we crank up the heat by the weekend. >> the first te p
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