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w-e-a-v-e-r. spokesperson for midwest medical examiner's office. >> welcome to carver county. i wish it was under different circumstances. this is a tragedy for all of us. to you, prince rogers nelson was a celebrity. to us, he is a community member and a good neighbor. to his family, he's a loved one. in life he was a very private person. we are going to continue to respect his privacy and his dignity in hope that you will do -- and hope that you do as well. we also respect the media's right to information. bear in mind this incident happened about 29 hours ago. and continues to be under investigation.
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regarding this investigation that i will not be able to talk about. i am going to give you a statement and we will then take some questions that you may have. at about 9:43 yesterday morning, we received a medical call at paisley park in chanhassen. chanhassen fire, the carver county sheriff's office and the ridgeview ambulance responded to the call. that is our standard protocol and not unusual to have everybody respond to a medical like that. they found an unresponsive male in the elevator. c.p.r. was initially started but was unsuccessful. he was pronounced deceased at 10:07. we have identified him as prince rogers nelson. 57 years old. staff members from
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park had been unable to contact prince yesterday morning and went to check on him. they found him unresponsive and called 911. deputies went through the building to make sure that there was nobody else inside. because this was an unwitnessed death of a middle aged adult, the decision was head to process the scene. that is also normal protocol. it's not different from what we normally would do. we ended up contacting the county crime lab to help us with that. there should be no inference taken from that. it's not unusual for them to come out and do those types of calls. we finished with our processing late yesterday afternoon. and turned paisley park back over to prince's representatives. again, because this investigation is ongoing, i will not be answering questions on whether or not there were any items that were taken during
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the midwest medical examiner's office was contacted and dr. quinn s thetroble the carver county medical examiner responded. there were no obvious signs of trauma on the body at all. the body was transported to dr. stroble's office for an autopsy and that is being done today. the result from the autopsy may take several weeks which is not unusual. again, this will continue to be an open investigation until the autopsy results come back and we are ready to take questions that you may have. >> one of the 911 callers said there were people in the home who were distraught. can you tell me anymore who was in the home with prince at the time of his death? >> there were staff members there that had went to check on him. that is all i'll respon
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>> is there a suicide note found? >> i am not responding to any kind of questions regarding what may have been taken. we no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide. but again, this is early on in this investigation. it's continuing to, we'll continue to investigate. >> sheriff, any indication how long he had been in the elevator? wearing the clothes from the night before? was he wearing new clothes? >> we have not received that information from the medical examiner's office at this time. it had not been in the couple of minutes before first responders arrived. it had not been within a couple of minutes before the first responders had arrived, though, with that. >> sheriff, you said he is a very private person. >> yeah. >> or was a private person. was he a healthy person? >> i'm not the right one to answer that. we'll let the medical examiner talk about that when that time
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>> were there any medical calls made to that address before? >> i have checked calls for service logged for that address. as well as for in prince's name directly. there were no calls involving prince in the past year that we have had. you know, paisley park, prince does concerts there sometimes. and get-togethers and so on. it's not unusual for us to receive calls at paisley park, itself. there was nothing i'm aware of that involved prince directly at paisley park. >> are you able to confirm whether prince was taking any medication at the time of his death? >> i am not able to confirm that at this time at all. >> can you explain to us the idea of what the investigation will entail now and what type of -- i know youw
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specifics but what type of people will you be interviewing? the process is more than just what happened with the body. >> we'll talk to people that are close to him. we will be gathering some medical records and taking a look at those between us and the medical examiner's office. working from there. >> inside the home, were they there before he collapsed in the elevator? is there a time line for how long he had been at home by himself? do you have any of that information so far? >> they were trained -- trying to reach him yesterday morning and were unable to reach him. reach prince. so they responded to paisley park to look for him and they found him unresponsive in the elevator. >> he was alone at home? >> correct. we cleared, we did clear and go through the residence at the time. we did not find anybody else there.
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are you looking at all into the flight that had to be returned to illinois? >> we will be looking at all of that. yes. >> can you tell me what you have done so far or you are just looking into it? >> our detectives, this is 29 hours old. the detectives are working on this case. there are things they are working on. >> are you cooperating with any other jurisdictions? >> yes, of course we are. >> if i could ask a clarifying statement. you said there were no calls involving prince last year. are you aware of any hospital visits he may have had recently? >> there are no calls involving the carver county sheriff office that i'm aware of. >> you said you wouldn't be specific about things taken out of the home. was there medication taken out of the home? >> again, i am not going to get specific on what is taken or not taken from the home. >> do you know -- there have been reports he could have been o
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medication. have you gotten any evidence of that? have you talked to anyone about that? >> this case is currently under investigation. i'm not going to talk about that. >> illinois and the pharmaceutical records -- >> between us and the medical examiner's office we will be looking at all of that. yeah. >> medical records. >> absolutely. >> there are reports that he frequented a local walgreens several times in the past. have you been there to talk to employees there? have you pulled surveillance video? what have they said? >> that is part of the investigation. that would be the normal protocol certainly to pull any type of video or so on. >> you haven't done it? >> that is not what i said. that would be the normal protocol. the case is 29 hours old and continues to evolve for us. >> sheriff, how detailed are the crime scene investigators? >> overdose of any kind -- >> sorry. how detail rolled the crime scene investigators working in th
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can you talk to us about how meticulous you are working and who is helping out? >> the crime lab is helping us from a processing standpoint. they are meticulous that is what they do. so, they are very meticulous. photos and so on. >> is there any indcation of how long he was in the elevator? had it been overnight do you believe? >> we will wait for the medical examiner's office to give us that information. i cut somebody off over here. ma'am, i'm sorry. >> i have a question for the medical examiner. >> sure. >> she is the public information officer, not the medical examiner. >> okay. so is there any sign of a drug or a prescription drug overdose found? >> there is no information at this time in regards to exactly what you are talking about. it's part of the investigation. let me give you a little background about the midwest medical examiners. we are working as part of the investigative team with the sheriff's office. so much of the answers that i
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will include the words "pending." so we received a call at 10:12 yesterday morning to come and assist the carver county sheriff's office in this investigation. our chief medical examiner arrived on the scene at 11:30 yesterday morning. local time. and was on the scene for several hours. the autopsy this morning began at 9:00 a.m. central daylight time and concluded at 1:00 p.m. just shortly i received word his bodied leave midwest medical examiner's office and was released to the family. it was a meticulous exam. a complete exam. and so several of the pieces of information that are gathered in that process will be sent to labs for further testing. so that answer is pending. and it will take days and weeks to complete those particular investigations. >> is it possible to say when he died? i know time of death
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pronounced 7 past 10:00 but had he been dead overnight in the elevator? do you know when he stopped breathing? >> that information is pending. >> do you know what time he was removed from the building, at paisley park? >> 15:39. >> that is when he left paisley park? >> yes. >> can i ask a question here? >> yes. >> my question for the sheriff. was there any extra people brought in because this was prince? or any extra deputies or anything like that different because of the way, because it was prince? >> there were a number of people that started gathering across the street very early. as well as media. but yes, we certainly did bring other people in to help from a crowd control standpoint. and to assist with us that. as far as from a processing -- jonathan: we have been listening to a news conference in minnesota. that is the carver county sheriff talking about the death of prince. a lot of questions people have about his death, he died at 57 years old. found unresponsive in the
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studio. they don't know how he died. at least they are not sharing that. there is a lot of information not coming out of yet. toxicology report was done on his body this morning but the information as far as the details of what they will find still weeks away. so all of this information is now just speculation. a lot of stories swirling about with how he died. nobody knows for sure. i could be at least a few weeks before we know for sure. michelle: of course, this story is going to dominate headlines throughout the weekend and beyond. top story heading into the weekend. the death of such a huge pop icon. and one of his last shows here in washington, the memory still fresh in those fans who attended that show. fans from around the d.c. area still expressing their sense of loss. jonathan: yes. suzanne kennedy is in the newsroom with some of the stories. it seems for his music for the last 30 years, there is a different song for a different time in people's lives. suzanne: everybody continues to say that this is sort of the soundtrack of their life. and as the news sunk in overnight we are seeing
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and more tributes to the music icon from local radio stations to nightclubs to area musicians. prince's impact is certainly being felt. as some records on 14th street in northwest washington, they sold out of the prince albums in less than an hour yesterday. they have had people calling in to see if they have any more in stock. they have ordered more. at the national portrait gallery, still photograph of prince part of a 2013 exhibit now hangs on the museum's in memoriam wall. one said we have lost a musical legend. >> it's hard to say goodbye. a shock to know that that particular life as ended and we are not going to get any more of that creativity and artistic talent. suzanne: coming up tonight at 6:00, we will hear more from local fans who are still trying to come to grips with this untimely death. live in the newsroom, suzanne kennedy, abc7 news.
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reporting on prince's death on the radio, too. requests pouring in to radio stations to air prince's seemingly endless catalog of hits. joining us from 97.1 is midday host sabrina konte. thank you for joining us this afternoon. tell us what is it like the day after learning of his death to be playing endless hits from this one artist who was such a pioneer? >> sabrina: it's really emotional. yesterday i was on the air at 1:20 when i broke the news of prince's death at 57 years old, found in his minnesota estate. i personally started choking up on the air. as they mentioned before he is such a legend. such a huge performer, such a legendary performer that a part of you that is so sad to say, maybe i never saw prince. we know that type of music not going to continue. it's not the type of artist that folks can recreate. that there is only one
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throughout the music community. we have had a lot of outpour of listeners and those on the air staff. lou, the morning show host was able to see prince in d.c. for his "purple rain" tour and he said he couldn't hear for days. it was such a loud, great performance and one he was able to say he was able to see prince in his lifetime. michelle: i had the pleasure of seeing him as well in louisiana. it was incredible to go to see him play every instrument on the stage. he really didn't need a band but he had one. he showed his range and his talent. what is so incredible today the top 11 albums on itunes right now are all prince albums. people searching high and low for his music. tell us what you are doing at the radio station to share his art with everyone. sabrina: he is such a terrific talent. and the t show apparently amazing. everyone says the same thing across the board. there is something i saw on the internet today, someone asked eric clapton h
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feel to be the best question tarrist in the world? he said, "i don't know. ask prince." everyone noses. he was a legend. at the radio station we are spotlighting the legend all weekend long. best of the 1980's at 5:00 and there will be a lot of prince. we will put his name in lights because that is where he deserves to be. michelle: thank you so much. 97.1 wash-f.m. for joining us this evening. jonathan: thank you very much. now we have to switch gears. this is a story you first saw on abc7 news at 4:00. testing children at three d.c. schools for elevated lead levels. well, that has all changed now. every single d.c. public school will be tested. every faucet, every fountain. d.c. bureau chief sam ford explains the expansion. we are talking more than a hundred schools that will be inspected here. sam: indeed, jonathan. more than a hundred schools. that announcement came today from christopher weaver, th
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services. he made the announcement before committee of the d.c. council. >> regardless of how recently a school was tested, every school is now going to be tested or retested that may have already been done or not for this. sam: the council also heard from a number of upset parents who learned that d.c. general services found elevated lead levels at three d.c. schools after testing last august but never flag the information which sat on an online data base until a blogger found it this month and sounded the alarm. parents who testified were from capitol hill montessori where one had 15 parts per billion. >> the babies, our children that we are sending to school every day. they have been there for eight months drinking the wa
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there is no information, no communication to the principal, the parents, the kids. a letter didn't go home. anything. sam: we are outside of martilla minor with payne elementary school and capitol hill monte -- montessori found to have the elevated lead from a test in august. the d.c. school system is providing free tests for hundreds of students at the schools where the elevated lead levels were found. we will have more on the story coming up on "abc7 news at 6:00". reporting live from northeast washington, i'm sam ford, abc7 news. jonathan: you can understand the anger. thanks. sam broke the story yesterday right here at 4:00. you can see all of his reporting at just search levels of lead. all right. early voting in maryland is over and it was record-breaking. we are talking about a huge turn-out. according to election officials it was the
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early voting turn-out ever. more than a quarter million people voted early. that is seven times the normal amount. for everybody else wanting to vote in the primary polls they open up this coming tuesday. i should be an interesting day. michelle: it's been a week since fairfax firefighter nicole mittendorff was reported missing. her body found in parker -- found in shenandoah national park yesterday not far from her car. but getting information on her death has been difficult. northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg is on the story. jeff? jeff: well, michelle, we are at station 32 where nicole mittendorff served for the three years she was a member of the fairfax county fire department. we have seen trucks coming in and out, business going on as usual. but of course many, many sad firefighters in the station. no available word from the medical examiner's office regarding the autopsy performed today. all indications are that the body found yesterday in shenandoah national park is that of nicole mittendorff. here is the statement that her family released la
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after this news did become public saying -- "our hearts are broken. we believe that nicole has been found and is finally coming home. however, not in the way we anticipated. this is not the positive outcome we continue to hope and pray for over the past week." mittendorff's both was found yesterday about a -- body was found yesterday about a mile from the white oak canyon parking lot, 300 yards off the trail from white oak canyon parking. in a steep rocky area. her mini cooper was found in the parking lot last weekend. inside the vehicle investigators did discover a suicide note she had written. we do not know the details of that note. in the past several days we have become aware of online message boards where nicole mittendorff's name used in a negative manner. some of the posts purported to have been written by members of the fairfax county fire department. however, none of the individuals posting gave his or her name and be this is relevant to the investigation remains unknown. the department is aware of the onlin
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the tragedy. "during this difficult time we are respecting the privacy of nicole mittendorff's family and providing support to the men and women of the fairfax county fire and rescue department who are grieving under the challenging circumstances." it's obviously a very, very difficult time for the colleagues, friends and family for nicole mittendorff as the investigation does continue. coming up at 5:00, we will hear from a former firefighter who tracks suicides among firefighters and e.m.t.'s across the country. he will talk a little bit about the serious problems facing departments nationwide. until then live in fairfax station, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. jonathan: a sad story. thank you. coming up for us at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- the new way to travel to cuba. michelle: how you can make the trip to the island nation ahead. >> many are celebrating that harriet tubman will soon be the new face of the $20 bill. but she comes after a long line of female figures around the world being featured
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in our district. and i won't claim to have single handily passed just about every bill in annapolis. we can't settle for the same old politics, not when our basic rights are being threatened by trump and cruz. i'll stand up to their bigotry and be a passionate voice for maryland women and families. in tv and in business, i built relationships. as a woman in the house, i'll do the same to get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message. yeah. we love low prices. no bones about it. [ laughter ] thousands of blue tags. thousands of low prices. my giant. jonathan: so presidential candidates are now weighing in on this we's
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the new faces on the $5, $10 and $20 bill. michelle: most prominent harriet tubman will be the first african-american on the front of a u.s. bill. but she is not the first woman featured there. for insight, mike carter-conneen got rare access inside the national history museum's vault. mike: the national museum of american history gave us a special access to a rarely seen room. highly secure vault has 1.6 million historic coin and currency and what may be the world's largest collection. priceless in value. the curator studies them managing two hibbits including the newly open women on money. in fact, before the treasury department big tubman announcement she was among those who advised secretary jack lew. >> i was excited to see so many different women were included. they didn't just pick one bill, one face, one name. >> when tubman bumps jackson off the front of the $20, she won't be the first woman on american currency or a bill. in 1886, ma
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featured on the $1 silver certificate. around the world women have been depicted on coins and currency going back to the egyptian and the third century b.c.e. >> money is a powerful way for government communicates with the citizen and people around the world. >> in response, donald trump dismissed the jackson/tubman change as pure political correctness. but hillary clinton tweeted, "i can't think of a better choice for the $20." most museum visitors seem to welcome the change. >> women have a larger part in the country than they ever have before. >> it's definitely important we embrace our history as the country and unique way of going babbitt doing this. >> that is a big step for us african-american male and females. >> especially for little black girls, black and brown girls to see someone in circulation that looks like them. just another example that they can be somebody of value, of importance. >> the new bills will go into circulation years from now with the final design to be unveiled in 2020. the sintennial of the 19th amendment
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suffrage. mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. michelle: mike has must have more exclusive content from inside the vault including details of how the look and the feel of the money will soon change. check it out at jonathan: all right. you want to go to cuba? carnival's adonia cruz will go from miami to cuba. the cruise line company reaching a deal with the cuban government to allow cuban-born people to disempark on the island. that was the holdup. it was all red tape stuff. cuba didn't want it to happen. but now the ships will be treated like an airplane flying in. the 704-passenger adonia departs may 1 from miami. that should be a popular cruise. right now, with the weekend weather we have going, sunny cruise sounds good. >> rain drops on windshield in but it looks like a tease. steve: it is now. peeks of sunshine out there for some of us. showers for others. we knew it wouldn't a wash-out tonight. baseball game tonight, most of it will go o
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steve: on progress. you might get wet here and there but not a wash-out. take a look at the national harbor camera on weather bug. you can see the clouds are beginning to break up a tiny bit. they will continue, they will thicken up later tonight as the front moves through. national game starts at five minutes after 7:00. you will see temperatures near 702 at the beginning and dropping to the upper 60's. not a lot of a drop as we move through the later evening hours. that will bring the better chance for showers and maybe a few rumble of thunder. the temperatures 72 degrees in leesburg. 72 at b.w.i. marshall. 70 in luray. satellite and radar. you can see how the skies are mostly cloudy. a few breaks in the clouds across northern montgomery county and a few showers further off to upper northwest d.c. but very, very light at this time. these will continue to move east. we will see it happen as we move through the overnight hours, even into early tomorr m
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front has cleared indianapolis. this will all move our way overnight. if there is any really good news with the story, the weather story, we will get all of this out of here by the midday hours tomorrow. if you are dining out this evening, temperatures will be in the 70's. eventually falling in the 60's. if you have outdoor dining plans, especially on the rooftop you may want to keep a watchful eye to the sky for passing showers. nighttime lows 53 to 60 degrees. the future cast looks like this. as we move through the 8:00 hour, there is the widely scattered showers. we will see the shower activity continue through the morning. notice tomorrow, 10:00 a.m., mostly cloudy skies. showers to the west of us. by 3:00 in the afternoon, the sun will start to reappear. the winds will be out of the north. it will turn out to be a beautiful evening tomorrow. a wonderful sunday with a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures to enjoy. here is our forecast for the day tomorrow. highs will make it to 70 degrees. winds out of the north at 10 to 15. we will see stronger wind gusts around 20 to 25 miles per hour. we have ot
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it looks great. good deal of sunshine. later part of the day around 70. then the next seven day shows temperatures in lower 80's on monday. we will eventually drop down to the 70's. i say "only the 70's," that is still well above average for this time of the year. but after today, two good chances for much-needed rain. tuesday and thursday of next week. the weekend, i'd say seven out of ten. michelle: spring has sprung. steve: absolutely. jonathan: thank you, steve. still ahead for us at abc7 news at 4:30 -- rights for convicted felons. how many and who will be eligible to vote in virginia. e. erin: the capitals will get a second
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jonathan: tonight is the night. michelle: this is it. jonathan: rocking the red ahead of game five. we are wondering who you got. michelle: our twitter poll is open now. we are at abc7 news. three-quarters of you believe the caps will finish off the series tonight. jonathan: all they were looking for is home cooking. they will get it. the second most popular answer how the series will end. flyers in seven. really? somebody out there is confused. that would be bad. but you can't blame cap fans for wondering after the loss in game four. michelle: erin hawksworth is at the verizon center. nobody wants to go back to philly. we want to shut this down tonight. eri
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i think they will shut it down tonight. i think they learned their lesson from game four. they are going to come back strong. the building is quiet. zamboni is out here. i expect it to be rocking here tonight. the players are bumped up to be back at home and feeding off the energy from the home crowd. they are going to use last year's collapse in the playoff as motivation. they know from experience just how dangerous it can be if they lose to the flyers tonight. >> pressure anytime regular season, you feel pressure to win games. that is what drives us and what you live for. you have to embrace it. the guys are pretty jazzed to get going. it will be a fun game. >> it is all about us. we control our destiny right now in this moment. we have to play hard, play simple. play smart. erin: i think the players still have a bad taste in their mouths from game four, om
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i think they come out, they will be ready. i don't think that will go back to philly. the puck drops at 7:00. are you rocking the red back there? jonathan: absolutely. erin: yes! that's what i like to hear. jonathan: all right. thanks very much. still ahead for us at abc7 news -- we storing rights for convicted felons. how many will be able to vote in virginia? we have that coming up. michelle: two hailed as heroes in seat pleasant. fire rescue complicated by metal bars meant to secure a home. how they were pried off just in time as a fire was spr
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jonathan: well, they had to rip the bars right off the windows. fire in seat pleasant could have turned deadly if it weren't for quick-thinking neighbors. maryland bureau chief brad bell explains how they were able to break open the windows and get bars free. brad: like most fires this one started small. incense smoldering, left unattended. it catching flammable material around it and before long it's a full-blown house fire. people are trapped. >> the fire started and was mostly contained on the first floor. neighbors couldn't know it wouldn't spread. when they saw someone trapped here behind the basement window, behind the bars they knew they had t
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>> i see hands out of the way. >> they tell the names are rick and leon. the people they saved might call them heroes. >> he wasn't able to get out through the upstairs. the upstairs is on fire. there is no basement door. so immediately i got my truck and chain and pulled the bars off the window. >> everybody gets out okay. firefighters arrive and limit damage to $35,000. today seat pleasant councilman kelly porter stands by to offer support to the homeowner and raise for rick and leon. >> i applaud their bravery. doing that. most people wouldn't know what to do. brad: in seat pleasant, brad bell, abc7 news. michelle: so we have rain moving in the area. but rest of the weekend is not bad. steve:it will clear out by midday tomorrow. best news at all. if you plans to go to baseball game tonight you will need rain slickers for a little bit of the time. not a wash-out. most of the heavy rain moved east of us. looking at the lighter showers about to mv
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beltway area. wet pavement on the rush hour is not a good combination but the showers are wildly scattered and remain scattered through the everything. look at the baseball forecast tonight. looking for temperatures that will fall through the upper 60's. it's still rather mild out there as we head through the overnight hours. then we will look for the temperatures to eventually rebound tomorrow. we will be around 65 degrees at 11:00 tomorrow morning. look what happens by noontime hour. more sunshine. lots of sunshine. by the 5:00 hour. temperatures will be in the lower 70's. it looks better for the day on sunday. more on that plus we are talk about 80-plus degree day on the seven-day outlook. i will give you details in a few minutes. michelle: all right, steve. thank you. vass governor terry mcauliffe take -- virginia governor terry mcauliffe takes a bold move, restoring voting rights for convicted felons in his state. stephen tschida explains how many convicts are becoming eligible voter and
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controversial topic. stephen: virginia is considered a swing state but for those who fought for years for the restoration of voting rights for convicted felons this is a just conclusion. governor terry mcauliffe granting voting rights to an estimated more than 200,000 convicted felons. as of today, any felon violent or not can vote in virginia as long as they finish probation. >> give them a chance to feel like they are a member of the community as anybody else. it's huge. stephen: last year mcauliffe streamlined the process for the exoffenders to petition to get the vote back. today he did away with that altogether. the constitution does vest the governor with the power to restore rights to felons once they have done their time. >> we have to change that also. stefs jerry wilson got out -- stephen: jerry wilson got out four months ago and looks forward to vote again after 13-1/2 years in prison.
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done your time. you are returning a citizen back to society. you should be able to have your rights restored because you are a tax paying citizen. stephen: even advocates acknowledge the political ramification of the democratic governor's move. it could have a big impact in a swing state like virginia. at the "live desk," stephen tschida, abc7 news. michelle: thank you. still ahead at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- uber ready to spend $100 million in settlements. but it's still the big winner. we'll explain why. jonathan: but first, the best of the prince tributes. three ways he is being honored, especially in the twin cities h
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at a time that works for you. even late at night, or on the weekend, if that's what you need. because you have enough to worry about. i did not see that coming. don't deal with disruptions. get better internet installed on your schedule. comcast business. built for business. jonathan: you know, this really is an international story, prince's death. the tributes are pouring in from across the world. reacting to the death of the music icon. michelle: our mike carter-conneen has a look at three of the tributes you will want to see for yourself. he joins us live now from the newsroom. mike? mike: take a look at this. the twins didn't have a home game yesterday. prince without a hometown boy of minneapolis. they turned the entire stadium purple. every single sign. and
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could turn purple. even their twitter account they turned purple yesterday in honor of the famous musician for the song "purple rain." in fact, there were all sort of dance parties. if you google on youtube dance party prince, all across the country in minneapolis especially, huge crowds gathered downtown minneapolis last night for a very last-minute block par the i. also great video from the broadway cast of "color purple" performing jennifer hudson with her fellow cast members singing "purple rain" last night after that performance. also their colleagues on broadway ensemble of "hamilton" did a tribute to prince as well. after that performance. the videos went viral instantly after they happened. everyone pulling out the cell phones. for local fans, folks very serious fans of prince, you can check out his guitar. next week, next tuesday the national museum of american history will put on the display -- oh, c'mon
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the yellow cloud electric guitar. here we go. it will go on display tuesday. on display at the national museum of american history through labor day. the sucker was made in 18989. pretty cool. check that out. back to you. jonathan: all right, mike. thank you very much. coming up for us here at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- uber settling with the drivers. we'll explain why dishing out $100,000 is a big win for uber. michelle: and the national cherry blossom festival is over. that means the return of weekend track work. lines where you will see the delays before you head out when "abc7 news at 4:00" returns.
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kids: he came here from rocky married 27 years. raised 6 kids. including 5 boys. he had grandpa move in with us. glenn: we loved having him as part of the family. it's what you do. kids: in congress, dad will protect president obama's legacy. he'll fight for jobs and protect social security and medicare. glenn ivey will never quit on you; and we should know, we're his kids. glenn: i'm glenn ivey and i approve this message. i'll take on the republicans for all of us.
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michelle: uber has two class action lawsuit with a driver but it's still a victory for the business model. they will continue to classify drivers as independent contractors instead of employees. the money will be paid to 385,000 drivers based on the number of miles they have driven. a judge still needs to give final approval. jonathan: you might need a new because covering metro and th
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for the first time in six weeks. single tracking delays will be impacting service on all six lines this weekend. trains will operate every ten to 20 minutes on the red, orange, blue, silver lines. plus on saturday and sunday, free shuttles will replace green line trains between college park and green belt. you have been warned. the weather you want to get outside and enjoy it. michelle: yeah. it looks beautiful. 2:00 onward will get better out there. so depending where you are right now. you are either looking at showers, sunshine, temperatures are still mild. looking at radar. if you are watching us in fredericksburg or occoquan that is you have heavier showers. if you're inside the capital beltway, sprinkles here and there that is not going to amount to a lot. at least not right now. upper northwest d.c. to the friendship heights and chevy chase area. that is where we are looking at light activity at this time. this is our future cast. 8:00 tomorrow morning. notice how inside
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skies. but off to the west of us this model wants to keep showers near woodstock. everything fizzles out. the skies begin to clear. look at the sunshine we have by sunday afternoon. a lot to enjoy. for tomorrow, highs will make it into the upper 60's for daytime high temperatures. then as we move through the day on sunday we have the g.w. parkway classic with the temperatures starting in the 40's early on. but rebounding in the lower 60's by 11:00 or so. if you are planning on going for a hike and enjoying skyline drives looks good. temperatures in the 60's with a mix of sun and clouds. live take you to look at the seven-day outlook. temperatures in the lower 80's on monday. check on busy friday everything rush hour commute. jamie? jamie: of course. heavy volume. start in virginia, this is 66 the traffic heading in. trying to get closer to arlington from the capital beltway. the problem is an accident. now everything is in the shoulder not blocking any of the lanes. but a lot of people slowing to look over to see w
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happening. so let's talk about how low we are from the capital beltway at 15 miles per hour. our traffic heading outbound west on 66. very slow as well. no crashes there, though. no problems to worry about right now on 395. heads up tonight at 9:00, 395 northbound, they will be closing the h.o.v. lanes. that is the stretch between edsall road and the 14th street bridge. so keep in mind throughout the weekend you can't use the lanes. inner loop at the capital beltway is heavy, in the teens, actually. but it will take you 31 minutes from 66 closer to the american legion bridge. as we move to the waze map let's talk 95. steve mentioned this. a lot of the rain further south. but we are seeing this heavy traffic complete standstill as you head south right now. that is a look at traffic. jonathan? jonathan: all right. thank you very much. coming up next at "abc7 news at 4:00" -- how you can avoid getting ripped off on ebay even if you do p
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john: shop on ebay? warning about deceptive sellers who claim they ship things. or issue refunds. but in reality, they don't. bob masters was looking for some tools and found an ebay seller in china selling some for well below hardware store prices. so he ordered a couple of items but nothing ever showed up. >> i filed a dispute with ebay. they offered the seller -- the seller offered to send a replacement. john: but then the replacement for the lost tools failed to arrive as well. >> neither the first item or the second item showed up. john: by the time he filed a second dispute it was too late. >> so they said we refunded your money. check your paypal account. i checked. and there was no refunds. john: we checked checked with ey that e
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money back guarantee. paypal gives you six months to dispute a charge. but endless promises can make the deadline slip by, too. >> i'm out what i spent on it. john: what can you do? see where it's coming from. if it says china it might raise red flags. some chinese sellers are fine. but this particular seller offers thousands of tools, electronics and even clothing items and prices that seem too good to be true. that is why it's essential to use paypal to pay. read the seller feedback carefully. if the prices seem too low question whether it's legitimate. master suspects his seller was not. >> they play the game. and they take people's money and don't ship things. john: when shopping ebay check feedback, especially negative feedback carefully. if it's coming from another country realize you don't have the same protection as buying in the u.s. so you don't waste your money.
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leon: now, "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. alison: right now at 5:00, we are following new developments in the death of a fairfax county firefighter. and, of course, the investigation into music icon prince's death. >> we will get to the stories in a moment but first now what is slated a wet weekend or start of one. meteorologist steve rudin is tracking it. we need the rin but the timing is curious about -- we need the rain but the timing is curious. steve: we have a baseball game tonight and upcoming weekend activities. but most of the weekend is nice. looking at the radar now around the capital beltway we are looking at the mainly dry conditions. this is stafford and heavier area of the shower activity. nothing severe but enough to wetten the pavement to slow it down for busy friday evening rush hour commute. we do have a baseball game tonight.
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thunder with the temperatures falling from 70 degrees by 6:00 morn not falling a lot. in the middle to the upper 60's by the time the game ends. tomorrow morning mostly cloudy skies. showers to the west of us. through the afternoon it will get better. the skies clear out. a lot of sunshine with the temperatures armed 70 degrees. talk about what to expect for the rest of the weekend an an 80-degree day on the seven-day outlook coming up in a few minutes. alison: to breaking news right now. this is in the death of the fairfax county firefighter. the medical examiner is now saying how nicole mittendorff died. this is amidst concerns she was a victim of bullying. the allegations come as we push for answers about what happened in the days before nicole mittendorff was reported missing. that was one week ago. northern virginia bureau chief jeff goldberg is following this for us. what is the


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