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are not getting much love. bill last minute delay and a lawsuit. >> the nationals wrapup the week of big changes. >> history in the making in afghanistan. we will check out the election. "good morning washington" begins right now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- good thursday morning. i am doug mckelway. >> and i am greta kreuz. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. we start with brian van de graaff. >> we will talk about bill coming up. we're in the low to mid 70's. we have a repetitive pattern.
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we will be near 90 with scattered thunderstorms. another round of today. big changes for the weekend. >> a complicated scenario for anyone driving along 66 in vienna. a tow truck was hauling a dump trucks and exiting onto 495 north, this side that would take you to tysons, except the tow truck broke down. replacement tow truck is on the same. for now, you can not to exit from eastbound 66 on to either side of northbound 95. both exits are closed. you can go inside the beltway to route 7 or go south on the beltway and get to 50 and turn around.
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no exit on 66 on 2495 north onto tysons. now to greta and doug. >> thank you. we have a developing story out of afghanistan. >> voters are casting their ballots. the taliban has said it will try to keep voters away from polls. a young child was killed when a rocket landed near the voters in the southern part of the country. hamid karzai it is expected to win the election. we will have more this -- more on this in a live report. more drama on the roads of virginia. >> a local county is filing a lawsuit. matt brock has more on these late developments. >> the state had decided to hold
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off on 395, 95 hot lane projects because budgets are so tight. they want to wait until things bounce back. even before they do that, arlington says you have to stop and study. don't change a thing on the hov lanes until you see what changing them will do. this state's plan to widen the lanes so that they cannot add more cars, cars with drivers willing to pay a toll so they do not have to told pool -- to do not have to car pool. it goes against the goals for the transit goals and against the air quality goals. many commuters agree that hot lanes are not the answer. >> not right now.
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i can take passengers. we can be eco-friendly. >> adding hot lanes pads more commuter options. selling the rights to manage them would pay for commuter lanes all the way to fredericksburg. the folks who call themselves slugs further down south have also opposed hot lanes for the most part a sort of a congesting the hov lanes. they have been against this. they are applauding this lawsuit from the inside the beltway friends in arlington. matt brock, abc 7 news. >> thank you. police are handing out fl ayelondrsok gin f ssus actpe inct of of a pc.d.iz c. shope dy of shahabuddin rana was discovered inside the pizza mart which he co owned with his
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brother. police believe robbery was the motive. the investigation into eight arsons is being intensified. pictures of a gasoline can is being released. n the can -- mailboxes were burned in the predawn fires. crews had to shut down kings a valley road because of the smoke got to be so thick. there have been no arrests. report of a bomb threat in the district last night turns out to be a false alarm. there were reports of a suspicious letter. nothing was found. arne duncan will meet with arlington public school
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administrators at washington and lee high school. there will be a question and answer session. students will begin their class as on september 8. enrollment in public schools is less than half of what was 29 years ago. there were 100,000 students in 1980. only 45,000 are expected when classes begin on monday. charter students expect about 28,000 students this year. michelle rhee says she epects the decline to level off by next year. metro has tougher hiring standards. applicants for bus drivers and train operators who have had a felony conviction will be disqualified. those caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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will have to wait three years to apply. the new regulations went into affect this month. south reynold street is back open this morning after a water main break. 600 customers were left without service. the road remain closed until crews could repave it. there could be a new vre station for spotsylvania. it will not be effective until next year. they will have to subsidize the station and it will take about three years to build. some lawmakers want to extend metro into woodbridge. they are proposing this expansion and have scheduled a news conference today to promote the plan.
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we have a very sticky 50 -- 67 degrees. >> americans are now living longer. >> around here, it is a broken record pattern. we will give you the latest on hurricane bill. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. we will have some troubles at interstate 66 and 495 where a dump truck ha now fallen victim to
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welcome back. 5:11 on a thursday morning. we have high humidity once again. the moisture continues to sock us in. we have a repetite pattern. i want to talk about the tropics. bill lost some steam. it is a strong category three. it is still a pott system. it will continue up the eastern seaboard. it should be to the west of bermuda. out out here thisou ritit
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morning. mid 70's from fredericksburg to takoma park. it is really moist out here. 85 this afternoon. we will have a high of about 90 degrees. >> your idea is to get to work on time. we will help u as best as we can. 95 in and out of baltimore is good. nothing at the woodr wilson bridge or the american legion bridge. let's check out the pace of traffic at 109 at the highest count. traffic is moving at speed in both directions on 270. eastbound 66, both ramps to the inner loop are closed. that is the side that were taking to tysons. there was a complicated scenario
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with a towruck bettis carrying a dump truck back has broken down. along 95, we will give you the normal travel times. this is 95 traffic out of newington to get into springfield. >> thank you. 5:13, 73 degrees. >> we have the secret to free phone calls. we will tell you all about that. >> we will tell you s you
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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. in our top stories, voters
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are casting their ballots in afghanistan for e presidential election. the threat of violence is keeping some voters away. a young child was killed and an election worker was wounded. hamid karzai is expected to finished first among the 36 candidates. president obama takes his fight for health care reform on the radio. he will make a guest appearance on a conservative radio and will host an online radio forum in southeast, d.c. hurricane bill is starting to weaken. this is a view of the category 3 storm. bill will likely pass by before making a move that will take a bite bermuda in three or four days.
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life expectancy in the u.s. is now headed newigh. it stands at 78 years on average. there have been falling death rates for all of the leading causes for the staff. women are now expected to live to 80 years, up five years or longer than men. >> there are some things we're doing right. we are smoking less and we are more active. we're getting screened for cancer and we're becoming more engaged with what we need to do. >> heart disease and cancer remains the leading causes for death. 5:17. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. we have some problems on 66 and the beltway. >> the beltway is open at 66.
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it is 66 the spam, the ramps to the beltway. you cannot exit from 66 to go north on the beltway towards tysons. a tow truck was hauling a dump truck and it broke down. now they are bringing a new tow truck. vdot said the last exit will be opened first. the right exit could be closed for at least an hour. the best bet is to go south on 495 to 50 and then do the flipped around. >> outside this morning we're looking at temperatures in the mid 70's. we start off with fog and high humidity. a couple thunderstorms will develop. there was an inch of rain in annapolis yesterday.
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warrenton, 73. let's look at the weather graphics system. there were some hefty showers the majority of them to our south. some more showers off to western pennsylvania. we are stuck with some clouds this morning. it will be a mix of clouds and sunshine. we have heat and humidity making for a steamy stretch of weather. it will not be widespread thunderstorms. we talked about bill going from a four down to a 3. the front is coming in this weekend. it died spit up thishannel here east of the coast -- it guides it up this channel here, east of the coast and west of bermuda. >> thank you. if you make lots of long distance phone calls, and
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internet phone service is offering free calls overseas. >> there is new content coming to you too. myspace looks to become a bigger player in the entertainment business. they are acquiring a music application from facebook. they offer song recommendations and allows people to see what their friends are listening to. myspace plans to include the service to include movies and games. youtube has struck a deal with time warner to feature short clips from cnn and warner brothers movies. a big complaint about cameras is that they do not perform well in low light. seven new technology aimed at tackling the problem. >> new cameras, one from sony,
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and one from fuji, attempts to address this problem. the have gone in and redesigned their image sensors. the are good cameras if your at a birthday party for it is a cloudy day and there is not direct sunlight. both cameras are a step ahead for more cameras have been from where they have been with lowell white photography. >> on limited international calls. vonage is expanding the offer to most international calls. the plan would cover more than 60 countries for 25 calls per month. long distance call has been declining. for more information, log onto the tech page at abcnews.com. those are your tech bytes.
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i'm jeremy hubbard. >> thank you. 5:21. >> still ahead, the new general manager of the nationals is a familiar face. we will see how mike rizzi earned the end to the interim part of his job. >> trapped in a raging fire. how some folks survived these situations. l at nklu is yat avas ouab
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good morning. the nationals lost for the second straight night to the rockies by one run. the pitching failed. let's go to the ballpark. down 4-2. ryan zimmerman hits it to right- center field. this will make it 4-3. zimmerman also had a triple. he is in his groove. here is a home run. that put the game out of reach. the rockies win again, beating the nationals by one run. let's go to temple. orioles and a raise. nobody out. here is a shot to short. he gets a glove on it. fires home. the orioles had the bases loaded but were unable to score. this goes yard.
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see you. tampa beats the orioles' three- one. that is a look at your sports. mike rizzo pulled off the biggest personnel move today with the signing of stephen strasbourg. >> strange reports began circulating that the deal would be his last. would he be replaced? it turns out he was being promoted. he will take the gm title this afternoon. time for the latest headlines in business news. >> linda bell joins us live from new york. >> good morning to you. the huge government deficit the government is running may be smaller than do think. the deficit will total 1.58 trillion dollars. it is about to wanted $62
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billion less than forecast the back in may. the official announcement will come next week when the white house releases its annual budget review. if you need a new dishwasher, it is a sort of cash for clunkers plan for appliances. up to $300 million will be able to subsidize consumer purchases of energy efficient appliances. that means rebates of up $200 per appliance. as for trading, take a look. it looks like we're setting up for a higher open. if we open higher today, it will be three straight days of increases. that is your business news. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i am linda bell. >> thank you. 5:27, 73 degrees. >> still ahead, saving money
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>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. it is thursday, august 20. i am doug mckelway. >> and i am greta kreuz in for
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alison. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. we will start with brian van de graaff. >> it has been repetitive each and every morning. probably sor fome ksay ed up and readyo .go low 70's from frederick to la plata. high of 90 today. a chance of some thunderstorms. more on the tropics in 10. >> a good morning for maryland drivers. we will show you the pace of troubled over near new hampshire avenue and university boulevard. they are moving at speed. eastbound 66, both exits are close to the beltway because a tow truck hauling a dump truck broke down. ound 66 on to6 495 north,
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you have to go south on the beltway to 50 for the time being. >> thank you. election day in afghanistan. >> polls have been open for a few hours. voters casting ballots despite the threat of violence. courtney robinson joins us with the latest. >> despite the large presence of security forces, the violence is continuing. militants launched rockets and killed a child in southern afghanistan. this violence is continuing and is keeping voters from the polls. as millions in afghanistan cast their vote for the next president, terror looms. >> the insurgency is longer than a was a year ago or three years ago. >> u.s. forces will provide the
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first line of defense in the elections. the taliban is threatening to disrupt them. many are on edge. voter turnout was low as polls opened. reports show that small rockets landed injuring four. the attacks could call -- 6600 polling centers are secured. some have closed amid security concerns. >> we have to help the people over there who are being persecuted by the taliban. >> it will be a better humanitarian decision and it will be better it for the people of afghanistan. >> officials have expressed hope that afghans will except this as a legitimate election. these officials have predicted
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an imperfect election. it is a key component of the war strategy. a new poll shows a majority of americans say the war in afghanistan is not worth fighting. 45% say we should decrease the number of troops there. police say they have caught the man who opened fire in an arlington apple store. byron dean has been charged. he was already in jail on unrelated charges. he shot a female employee and is now recovering. dean is being held without bond. we are getting a closer look at the mental health records of the virginia tech shooter.
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he denied having any suicidal thoughts. the records are frothree counseling sessions. he threatened to take his own life. the sessions took place more than a year before the shooting at virginia tech. a physician's assistant in chantilly is under arrest on sexual battery charges. jorge sanchez turned himself into fairfax county. he is accused of inappropriately touching female patients. he lives in hagerstown and is charged with two counts of sexual battery. there will be a fund-raiser for the family of a little leaguer who was struck by lightning. this was while in a baseball field in june. france will hold a fund-raiser
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at the chick-fil-a from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. tonight. george's county is threatening massive layoffs in mo to a judge's order that the furloughs are unconstitutional. the judge ordered a payback of lost wages. they plan to lay off up to the 300 police officers and firefighters. many first responders are out raised and say the county should be able to make the budget cuts somewhere else. activists are planning to rally today. they want arne duncan to reconsider his decision to revoke the scholarships from 216 low-income students. the rally is scheduled for noon at 400 maryland avenue. education is on the chopping
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block to balance the budget. tim kaine saidvirgin is facing a $1.5 billion shortfall and that there may be deeper cuts and layoffs to help close the deal. he will announce specific cuts early next year. creigh deeds is touting his plan to save money, saying -- bob mcdonnell is using the state's budget problem to distance himself, and he says -- virginia legislators have ended their special session after passing legislation to deal with a recent supreme court ruling. lab reports are used as evidence. the supreme court ruled
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prosecutors must make forensic examiners available in certain cases. 5:38, 73 degrees. >> you have heard a lot about swine flu and back to school. what happens when it hits the workplace? we will tell you about new guidelines. >> we are looking for some relief for the heat and humidity. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. "good morningd morning
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that is your sticky forecast. let's head inside. >> along 270, 95 in maryland, up to 95, nothing between annapolis and north east. we have a boss broken down and blocking a lane. -- we have a bosus broken down. the brunswick train s i crded as a resul gone off of 66. all ramps to the beltway are now open. >> thank you. 5:42, 73 degrees. >> an interesting picture. a track star has undergone some tests after blowing away the competition. we will explain why some
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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. checking our top stories. another possible setback for the hot lanes project. arlington county is suing to stop a portion of the project. they say the project will worsen air quality. >> president obama it takes is fight for health care reform on to the internet and talk radio today. he will make a guest appearance to drum up support.
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he will host a forum in southeast d.c. >> powerful storms have pounded the midwest. at least 18 tournedos have left behind a big mess wisconsin and illinois. at least funnel clouds were spotted in minneapolis. >> the threat from the taliban are keeping voters away from the polls in afghanistan. voter turnout is very low in the south. at least 14 polling sites have been closed down. vaccination clinics are being set up so d.c. students can get their required shots. these are where they are. there will be open from these
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hours. from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, they can get vaccinated on georgia avenue in northwest. there are new guidelines for preventing the spread of swine flu in the workplace. transportation and infrastructure cos. employers should consider letting employees worked staggered shifts or work from home. work barriers should be kept clean. workers should be sent home at the fit sign of flu symptoms. 5:48. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. that humidity is just perfect health care. >> pea soup. it is repetitive every morning. there is some fog in places.
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the clouds will thicken. thunderstorms will develop. saturday, late in the afternoon, a cold front wll twing through. itlil be awesome. let's tlka caa strongat three. three. litost some steam. it is still a major hurricane. it is moving at about 18 miles an hour. the winds are gusting and you can see the trajectory of the system. it does miss the caribbean islands and the coast west of bermuda. it will be off our coast and into the rough surf. let's look at the big picture. the cold front is swinging in from the west. it will funnel the sky along the
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eastern seaboard. we're in the mid 70's right now. we're shooting for high of near 90. 70's tonight. look what happensor the weekend. we're back in the 80's. >> it helps when i pushed the right button. i'm sorry. right now we're good as far as traffic around the beltway. getting to the beltway, we're looking at trafficked on 270. up to the beltway is the left side of the screen. newington up to springfield. complications to exit on 66 to the beltway have been resolved. a new report from fox news says dr. mary will be charged with manslaughter some time and within the next two weeks.
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-- dr. murray will be charged with manslaughter. other doctors could also be facing the chargers. they're looking at his dermatologist for medical malpractice. >> a female trackt s reportedly was so sa fst that se critics f doubt she is a woman. the ruling body has ordered the teenage start to undergo a gender test. critics cited her muscular builde aons oooff on her masculinity. in the meantime, all of the esul of her races are inndesg. >> this has happened in tracks several times before. they have investigated the gender of various stars and they
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l il wsee. i wasil showing wife that picture of the other day and she said, that is a guy. >> i can tell by his neck. we will see. >> that is a conjecture. >> they are always right. >> at 5:5 at your chevy dealer.
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later today, president obama will dive in to the health care reform debate. >> the big deal is the controversial public auction. the administration may be changing the strategy. >> fake is -- facing opposition, political watchers say the white house has decided to abandon a bipartisan health care reform bill. >> i have not seen leaders in enunciate clearly what they want to do to cut health-care costs. >> the white house is focused on securing votes for their plan. >> they want to build that maturity over the recess and bolstered the president's approval ratings. >> passing legislation without republican support may be easier
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said than done. the infighting has pit lawmakers who believe the current proposal will add to the deficit against party liberals. true reform must include the public option. >> many of bust was not vote on that without a public auction. >> the real public battle is next. this puts even more pressure on the president. >> we are prepared to fight hard to get comprehensive national health care. we need the president to be marching in that same direction. >> to get more americans on board, the white house has a new message -- security. people will not have their coverage cut. there is lots more still to come on "good morning washington."
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>> new rules are out there to protect from credit-card companies. it does not mean you will like it. >> another hit on hot lanes. i will tell you all about that. >> lisa baden will be back with another look at your morning commute. traffitr
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more drama on virginia's rose. the hot lanes are now hit with a lawsuit. >> of vience in afghanistan this morning as thousands tried to cast their vote. >> the man convicted of a deadly bombing could soon go free. we will tell you why captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. good morning, washington. it is 6:00. i am doug mckelway. >> and diane greta kreuz in for alison starling this morning. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> the humidity is thick out there this morning. record. like arerdco . you can

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