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this a blown opportunity. kevin lewis joins us now live from the arlington side of the bridge on the story. kevin, tell us. what is this all about? >> you can see all the problem -- kevin: the national park service hasn't shied away from revealing the dilapidated state of the memorial bridge in need of $250 million in repairs. but for some reason the park service failed to ask d.c. or virginia for state sponsorship. requirement to apply for federal grant funding. the deadline for that funding is med night tomorrow. >> i'm not going to point fingers. everybody has to take responsibility here. >> yesterday, d.c. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton and the virginia congressional delegation sent the national park service a stern letter telling the agency to get its act together. but also offered assistance. >> this bridge is falling down. each jurisdiction has
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problem of its own. if it allows it to fall down. and if we allow this application period to go by because two jurisdictions couldn't figure it out, shame on us. >> the park service says if repairs don't begin by 2019 it will need to close the entire bridge by 2021. rerouting 68,000 vehicles each day on to other area bridges. there is no doubt a number of congressional staffers and the national park service employees will be having an all-nighter to get the application in order. even so, critics say the park service dug itself too deep of a hole to now dig out of. live in arlington, i'm kevin lewis. abc7 news. leon: thanks, kevin. covering metro tonight, g.m. paul wiedefeld and chairman jack evans faced hours of tough questioning on capitol hill. the pair met with senators from virginia and m
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overnight hearing. the lawmakers said while much more needs to be done, metro is slowly making progress improving safety. they praise the hiring of the new york veteran patrick lavin as the chief safety officer. jerry connelly represented the decision to close down metro for a day to perform inspections. >> it served as a shot across the bow that a culture of mediocrity is no longer acceptable. >> i will be coming out in the near future with a new program to get at the issues and get the system up to the state it should be. >> metro leaders called on the federal government to help fund the system's operating budget the way the local and the state governments do now. we are following this hour breaking developments regarding the zika virus. the cdc with the latin american health officials are now saying that the zika virus is linked to birth defects including
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so far no documented incidents of zika innext in the u.s. from mosquito bites. maureen: new information in the case of three brothers in the deadly attack in the prince george's police station. michael, malik and elijah ford appeared appeared in court to see if there are probable cause to hold them on charges. the judge ruled there is cause and all three should be indicted soon. we now know the name of the officer whose friendly fire shot killed officer jacai colson. he is identified as officer taylor krauss. >> it's a double tragedy. i don't know if we lost a police officer but we lost one in a friendly fire incident precipitated by something that is senseless. maureen: also revealedin
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video of officer jacai colson's death to be released to a website entitled world star hip hop. police say ford may have a history of mental illness and say he recorded his last will and testament minutes before opening fire. breaking news in the case against hector olivera of the atlanta braves. sources confirm to abc7 olivera bonded out and is now on his way to national airport. olivera was arrested after a dispute with a woman at ritz carlton hotel in pentagon city this morning. he is charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. the atlanta braves organization says it is extremely disappointed and troubled to learn of the allegations. the braves wrap up the series with the nationals tonight. olivera of course will not play. leon: earlier this month d.c. police promised to crack down on a.t.v. and dirt bike riders after a string of dangerous encounters in the district. well, tonight, the riders that the police are after are speaking to th
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chief sam ford about being targeted. sam: dirt bike and a.t.v. riders are watching the policy of turn in riders for reward that the police announced last week. >> we have had enough. sam: no question they are illegal on the street of d.c. riders and the attorneys filed lawsuits claiming police have gone too far. they say typical of what police will do if they catch you is what happened in july of 2012 in the 600 block of raleigh southeast. terry says police caught him. >> they were behind me. knocked me off the bike. i'm getting up. the officer comes and punches me in the face. i have four or five officers trying to stomp me out. >> it was terrible. >> police confiscated the cell phone of earl who taped the beatdown and never got his sim card back. the aclu sued police for him. >> they have to pay you the money? >> they did. what did
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the amount. sam: attorney dave shirts is suing police for pain and others including the family of robinson killed at the age of 20 in 2009 in a police dirt bike crash. >> the police cannot get up and grandstand and say we are protecting the public and targeting young black males with deadly force. sam: communities are up in arms about the bike and the a.t.v. and behavior of the riders. >> our kids will walk to the store. >> you want the police to do something about this. >> yes. something needs to be done about that. >> this rider doesn't see it that way. >> people drive drunk and kill people every day. they are getting run over on the side of the road, beat down, humiliated in front of everyone because of what part of town you in. sam: i'm sam ford, abc7 news. leon: sam tells us that police released a statement that send us here in part that reads, "we can't comment on the
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an allegation. with regard to the illegal dirt bikes and the a.t.v.s in our community, our community told us in no uncertain terms they want to us do something about it. we are identifying the riders and they will be prosecuted." maureen: coming up at "abc7 news at 6:00" -- this year's congressional pig book is out. look at the congress pet projects coming up. leon: also ahead hitting the picket line. why thousands of verizon workers are off the job today and the potential impact it could have on customers. >> soldier ride for injured veterans. i'm cheryl conner. we will tell you how the event did. doug: after another sunny and pleasant afternoon tonight with clear skies another frost advisory. we will tell you where to expect it and the seven-day
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maureen: right now 40,000 unionized verz verz workers on the east coast are on strike -- verizon workers on the east coast are on strike. among those walking picket lines 2,000 cable and land line phone workers in our area. they have gone without a contract since august. the union says they are trying to stop verizon from moving jobs offshore or cutting benefits for injured workers. verizon says the company has thousands of nonunion workers trained to
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strike. so there will be no disruption in service. leon: turning now to the race for the white house. bill clinton campaigning for his wife in maryland. the former president just wrapped up a speech at leisure world in silver spring. clinton herself was in maryland over weekend when she picked up the endorsement of congressman elijah cummings. voters in maryland will head to the polls april 26. republican john kasich spent this afternoon outside of baltimore. the ohio governor tasted ice cream as you see there. he held a town hall in savage mill as well today. pork barrel spending is alive and well. congress enacted moratorium but on a report from citizen among government waste shows the pork barrel spending still exists. spending items from the report include $8 million spent on
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aquatic plant control program. $40 million for upgrade to the tank. spending the defense department didn't specifically request. those are a couple of examples. we have posted the full report on the website wjla.com. still ahead the pothole report on potholepalooza. how many of the potholes have been fixed. maureen: the phone lines are open for ask a realtor phone bank. just call 703-236-9220. to get your answers to your questions about buying or selling a home. phone bank closes at 6:30. you have a few more minutes. call in if you have questions. >> i'm scott abraham with sports. the redskins add much needed help to the secondary today. plus are you ready to rock? caps fans are fired up for the playoff game. so is the team. we go inside the locker room when "abc7 news at 6:00" continues.
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but jamie raskin is the only abdemocrat for congress who led the fight for tougher gun laws. only raskin took on the nra to ban military-style assault weapons. raskin: i'm jamie raskin, and i approve this message. maureen: potholepalooza is underway in the
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we asked ddot how the program is going this year and they tell us since it began two weeks ago they got 700 request to fix potholes and repaired more than 5,000 of them. ddot says it will keep work and patching things up. if you see a pothole that needs to be filled let ddot know. leon: how about this? what a thrill to see the nation's injured veterans out on the bicycles and riding among other soldiers out there on the roads. the event that we saw today was hosted by the wounded warrior project and supported by the donations from the public. the money has been scrutinized in recent news reports. cheryl conner now takes us to the event where the organizers are defending how the dollars are spent. cheryl: he understands the ride. the journey before getting on his bicycle started when he was injured wile deployed in 2010. >> good ride. good ride. >> he showed us one of the injuries from shrapnel hitting his leg. after
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before he was ready he needed a reason to live. >> i decided i was going to commit suicide. when i attempted failed thank god. reached out to wounded warrior project after that. cheryl: now he is committed to help injured veterans ride 51 miles around the capitol. three days of health and wellness. >> good morning! cheryl: one of the founders of soldier ride says public donations with the corporate sponsors allow the men and women to come in from all across the country. that money has been scrutinized in recent media reports. saying only 60% of the donations goes to veteran services and too much is spent on lavish parties. that percentage is still debated. >> the numbers i hear 78%, 80%. you know, i see programs work on a regular basis. something the news media doesn't touch on at all. cheryl: it started at mason next day park and ended
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salute with the police officers. the bikes are off to the white house on thursday. and then around the naval academy in annapolis on friday. cheryl conner, abc7 news. maureen: the d.c. public school system is extending the school year by one day to june 17. this is to make up for the winter snow days. the last day of school is not on a thursday but a friday instead. sorry about that. leon: good way to end the week. maureen: at least it will be ending. doug: still cooler than average. but we are making progress. plenty of sunshine. maureen: beautiful day. doug: a chance of frost north and west of the city. let's get started. take you to the nats park this morning. weather bug camera on top of the stadium. give you a time lapse. notice the flag, lay down. little flag action today. the winds have been lighter. we get to the late afternoon and the sun is going down. it
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50's for the first pitch coming up. clear skies will continue across the area. 55 in hagerstown and frederick. 55 in andrews air force base. 54 in baltimore. 57 at reagan national airport. pollen count higher range for trees. weeds are not measured. but the grass pollen and the mold spores both in the low category. here is the area under the watch tonight. smaller but the same general area as last night. upper montgomery county, frederick, washington, eastern panhandle; west virginia. we take loudoun south and northern fauquier out across the blue ridge. that is the time is 5:00, 6:00 in the morning. there will be local frost on the ground. temperatures throughout the area in the morning range from 37 in german town. 36 in ashburn. 40 in dale city. 39 in la plata. 42 in the brentwood neighborhood of washington. just a few high clouds here and there. most of weather action is way
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we have been reporting on the two days in a row. now the area of the weather moved across the northern golf coast. we sit in the middle of day after day of sunshine. that is not bad given the pat western have had for the past few weeks. clear skies in the morning. 62 for a high. we see sunshine in the forecast for tomorrow and friday. warm up on saturday to the mid-60's. perfect weather for the parade on saturday morning. close to 70. spike in temperatures for one day. 77 in the sunshine. cold front on monday night.
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leon: thursday is a big night in town. >> playoff fever is here. the caps fans are ready to go for sure. capitals gearing up for a push to stanley cup. how thepy saturdays are trying to -- how the wizards are trying to wrap up the season.
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scott: caps fans coming out in full force today at carnegie i library at mount vernon square. rock the red rally was all the buzz. the town is ready for the playoffs. it all begins tomorrow night. i'm scott abraham. while the fans got revved up today the caps were back on the ice putting the finishing touches to their game plan for the flyers. the journey to the stanley cup is just about here. you better believe the verizon center will be rocking tomorrow night for game one of the first round playoff series. the series opener is always a tone-setter. the caps are determined to make a statement in the opening face-off. >> it will be fun. it will be a fun series. everyone wants to play in the playoffs. everyone likes to have the home ice advantage. we accomplished that. so now it is, you know, time for the real work to begin. >> wait for game one. corner back toller is coming
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the northwestern high school grad signed with the washington redskins. terms of the deal were not released. he is entering his eighth nfl season and spent the last three with the colts. the washington wizards conclude their disappointing season tonight hosting atlanta at the verizon center. this will likely mark -- verizon center and will likely mark the end of randy whitman's career for washington. tough spot for the players. but they want to deliver one more win. >> coach is a professional. for him he wants everyone to play tonight and try to get a win. not only for himself or the team but the city. if you can't make the playoffs hey we play the right way and we got to .500. spoiled a team's season. >> the nats scheduled starter stephen strasburg scratched because of illness. nats face the braves tonight at nats park 7:05
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leon: hope they stay perfect. braves still with zero wins. leave it that way. maureen: nice night to be at the park. doug: it will get colder overnight. by the morning a frost advisory in effect north and west of the metro from 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the morning. steve rudin tonight will be keeping an update on the frost advisory to see if the counties change. plus he will concentrate on the national cherry blossom parade outlook weather. we can give you a look at the next seven days. plenty of sunshine tomorrow and friday. the highs continue below average in low 60's. closer to average on saturday. with ton of sunshine. sneaking up close to 70 on sunday. monday is 77. cooler behind that on tuesday and wednesday. maureen: not much rain in sight. doug: none. for a while. leon: like the sound of that. maureen: -- "world news tonight" with david muir up next.
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breaking news tonight. the dangerous close encounter at sea. russian fighter jets coming within 30 feet of a u.s. warship. russian pilots refusing to answer radio calls from the americans. martha raddatz standing by. also breaking, donald trump goes to war with the republican party. calling the process a scam. and tonight, allegations of death threats now against delegates who could make or break trump. a major new development, after a super bowl champ is killed. we now learn he was shot seven times in the back. breaking late today, preparing for zika here in the u.s. the cdc tonight revealing troubling new evidence about what the virus can do, calling it a turning point. and made in america

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