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i'm linda stow. we'll let you know all of the festivities going on ahead of this weekend's big race. >> it is a big day on this wednesday, may 16th. good morning, maryland. i'm charley crowson. you saw megan out live, also linda, but a beautiful start to the day. >> it is. we can say that because the rain finally pushing through. last night some thunderstorms popped up, some severe across charles county, also pg county and even into anne arundel county around 10:00. but those are out of here and we are left with dry weather on maryland's most powerful radar. now, the dry conditions may stick around, but there is a possibility that we could see some scattered showers and storms this afternoon. right now, though, in the wake of the showers that passed through yesterday evening, well, we do have some patchy fog out there. so we're looking at reduced visibilities once again, unfortunately, but we just had an update from six miles to seven is miles, so things will begin to go uphill the way -- the further we go into the morning hours. now, three miles of visibility in york, four in hagerstown,
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five in york right now, and we're looking at 10 in easton. but i think that might go down a little bit. i think that's a little bit premature for that 10. let's get a check now of the traffic with lauren. good morning. we had some patchy fog and i know it's causing problems on the roadways. reporter: yes. you want to expect reduced visibility as you head out. today might be a good morning to turn on those low beams because out traveling through t harvard tunnel. here's a live look at 895 gist just north of child street, everything up to speed. not too many cars out there yet. if you use the jfx to get into the city, you want to look out for all the construction that continues to block one lane in both directions at 28th street. here's a live look at 83 just north of the beltway. no delays to talk about, but this will change as the morning does progress. you want to stick with falls road or charles strey, here's w looks like on liberty road. that outer loop starting to crowd a little bit, no delays. still looking at a 12-minute
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ride on the outer loop from 795 down towards 95. it will remain clear on the beof 95, in great shape right now in white marsh, traveling along the southbound lanes, you're only looking at a 15-minute ride from the beltway all the way to downtown baltimore. that's a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. charley, over to you. sentencing is is set today for the mona turnage case. two young boys admitted to accidentally shooting the 13- year-old girl back in march and hiding her body. they'll learn their fate in baltimore. we're learning more details today about a raid at a clinic in timonium. some people believe they've been pushing pills from inside the building. it's a story josie sisterman has been working on since last november, part of a "bad med sib" investigation. reporter: people who work in the professional building on york road have is felt something wasn't quite right since a new tenant move inside last fall. their suspicion ises were
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raised higher after d.e.a. agents raided the building. baltimore county officers confirmed search warrants were served on healthy life medical group. they're right off 695. people whowork in that building have long suspected the facility might be a pill mill because they've seen traffic from out-of-state car that is pull in, make a visit and hit the highway. an abc 2 news investigation found another company with the same name, another office that was closed down along rochester town road. two doctors who worked at that healthy life medical group had their licenses suspended after the state board found they were prescribing high doses of narcotics without getting any medical history and despite red flags like patients only paying with cash and coming from out of state. patients who visited the lutherville tim onium healthy life on tuesday were greeted with relief to some who were
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? i think we'll be safer now. reporter: baltimore county police would not release any additional details about anything about arrests or the investigation, call town hall meeting is a d.e.a. matter. we're going to continue following this story. we'll have updates for you on abc 2 and throughout the day. josie sisterman, abc 2 news. estled being made public in the murder case of cockiesville native yeardley love. the 24-year-old la crosse player george huguely was convicted of killing his former girlfriend. the items on display include interviews, pictures, texts and e-mails. linda says she plans to go to the courthouse to see it. others say it's time to put this case to arrest. >> -- to rest. >> the trial is is over, the jury was in the position of making the decision. he doesn't need to be tried by the public again. >> huguely is set to be sentenced in august. and today a new arch bishop will be installed at the oldest archdiocese in the country. abc 2 news megan pringle is is live this morning of the
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cathedral of mary our queen with a preview of the day's events this. is a huge ceremony, megan. reporter: it's an amazing ceremony, charley. i was here five years ago when it happened with edwin o'brien. william lorie is 60 is years old and he's been leading catholic chumps in bridgeport for years. he's working closely with our archdiocese to get ready for this. today he becomes the 16th arch bishop of baltimore. last night he was introduced and he told a crowd at the basilica that he's looking forward working with all faiths in the baltimore community. >> i look forward to working with interfaith leaders for the common good. i ask that the spirit, the holy spirit will inspire, unify and strengthen us all as we move forward with a strong and an act of faith. reporter: back out here live. as you take a look, they've roped off the area. they have a tent up here so in
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case it rains they're prepared. but to give you an idea of what a huge event this is going to be, 2000 people have is tickets to attend here. if you do have a ticket, you can show up at 11:00. the ceremony -- the procession starts at 1:30, the ceremony starts at 2:00. keep in mind there's going to be a large crowd out here. it will affect charles street traffic. charley, we'll send it back to you, live outside of the cathedral of mary our queen. >> megan, we'll check in with you live one more time this morning. also it is the final day of the special session in annapolis. in just a few hours it will be all over and you'll know whether your state taxes are going to be going up. abc 2 news' sherree johnson is here now with more on the story. you think about it, it was 90 days in the general assembly, nothing was done. two days and this thing may be over. reporter: that's right, and they're just about wrapped up. i think they're coming towards a resolution. today the special session wraps up, the tax increase passed the senate and appears almost certain to do the same in the house of delegates today. democrats say the budget passed during the regular session didn't do enough to protect
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important state services, including education and public safety. republicans argue that the doomsday budget is an increase over last year, several amendments offered by republican that is would have changed or eliminated the tax increase failed. so the question remains whether this fast-moving special session is really fair to those who do not support the idea of an tax increase. here's what the house speaker had to say. >> these are issues that people have thoroughly discussed and debated back and forth, and both sides make a good argument and ultimately the majority determines how it goes forward. >> 2% cut from where the budget is today, we wouldn't need taxes, wouldn't need to shift is the pension benefits and we close the structural deficit, raising taxes was not the way to go. reporter: now, the tax hike would affect people who make $100,000 a year and couples who make $150,000 a year more, an amendment that would have changed that minimum level for
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couples to $200,000 fail inside the house. sheree johnson, abc 2 news. we learn about the plans for next year's grand prix. a news conference is taking place this afternoon. michael andretti and jp grant will discuss ticket sales, sponsorships and marketing initiatives. the board of estimates is expected to approve a five-year contract with this new group. it will happen later this morning. the city has terminated the previous contracts with two other racing organizations. all new for you this morning, firefighters say an adult and two kids died in a house fire in kansas city overnight. that fire started around 1:30 and investigators are still trying to figure out what led to this deadly fire. take a look at this video, about 90 minutes outside of cleveland, a two-alarm fire. take a look at these flames. my goodness. this was around 2:00 this morning. dozens of firefighters showed up to fight this blaze. no injuries, though. also no word of a cause for an inferno like that.
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we're learning new information about the trayvon martin case. we'll have that for you coming up in just a bit. abc news has obtained exclusive details of george zimmerman's injuries from the night of that confrontation. we'll be breaking this down for you coming up in just a few moments. and at first glance you may think this is the grand canyon, but not so much. it's a gorge in the lone star state of texas. the headaches this is causing coming up in just a bit. also this morning linda stow. we will have a chance for scattered showers this afternoon. i'll tell you what all you'll need, the sunglasses and we'll need some sunscreen. all of that is coming up: reporter: traffic is starting to pick up on the west side of the beltway at liberty road. i'll show you what the other main lines look like on 95 and the jfx coming up in my traffic report. you're watching "good morning maryland." it is nine minutes after the hour. a live look this morning at
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times square. let's head up to new york for the very latest in tech bytes. reporter: the automaker reportedly doesn't feel their ads are effective, a worry shared by some other major companies. amazon's top offer of the day may be jobs. the online retailer has added almost 28,000 new employees in the past year or so, a 73% increase. analysts say amazon may now be in a good position for future opportunities or overextended. wireless carrier t-mobile is cutting 900 more jobs after it failed -- its deal to at & t fell through. it had announced other cuts earlier this year, at the same time it's beefing up its business sales efforts. new blackberry phones can't come soon enough for the company. a survey of cell phone users found blackberry users were the least satisfied among the top seven manufacturers. blackberry plans to introduce new phones at the end of the year. and those are your tech bytes,
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i'm diana perez.
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. things are certainly come to go life at pemlico ahead of saturday's preakness. this morning abc 2 news' linda stow is out there live with a preview of what's happening today. linda, it's all leading up to saturday's big race. reporter: yeah, charley, things are getting pretty exciting here this morning. we've seen optimizer one of the horses running, also trainer dwayne lucas. you have the horses out for a morning stroll. the media has descended on pemlyco. they started the sunrise over hilltop tours have begun. you can get a closer look at the preakness stakes barns. that's where we're located right now. several horses are already here
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right now including kentucky derby winner i'll have another. this evening starting post positions for the horses will be drawn to determine which gate they'll start in. ahead of the maryland jockey club tells us it'll be easier to make your bets on site. ku now use your smart phone, ipad or computer instead of waiting in long lines. thanks to money raised at the state's two casinos, you can expect some bigger purses at the races. >> we take one piece to help bolster the other and grow the other piece and the other piece is racing. it would have been fantastic. a lot of my problems would have been over. unfortunately for a multitude of reasons that didn't happen. so now we're charged, i'm charged with figuring in a different way, a different plan to make it happen. reporter: now, the sunrise over old hilltop tours have
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begun. they are on a first come first- served basis. they'll happen through 9:00 this morning. they'll also be going on tomorrow and friday. the post-position draw will be at 6:00 tonight. you know lots planned before the big race on saturday. friday is black eyed susan day, gates open at 9:30. then on saturday preakness day, gates will open at 8:00 a.m., maroon 5:00 and wrapper kalifa will headline the fest. linda stow, abc 2 news. >> a lot of events planned for everything leading up to saturday's big race. we want no know -- want to know what is your favorite, is this a family activity, is this something you do with your friends sthrks the concert, the sunrise at old hilltop, the colorful hats or maybe the race itself. head to our fan page at,, let us know what you like about the preakness so much. a little baseball for you now. the o's still in first place tied with tampa. they're on the road heading to kansas city. 8:10 first pitch tonight. last night that's adam jones
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getting it done against c.c. sabathia as orioles split with the new york yankees 1-1. in the midst of all of this, chin had seven innings with four hit balls. the final score 5-2. orioles in kansas city, first pitch 8:00 our time. now weather wise for kansas city -- >> going to look good. >> going to look good? >> nice and sunny. >> and weather wise for baltimore. >> slight chance of scattered showers. >> are you serious? >> by that time, yes. we're already getting some sunshine in here. let's take advantage of it. we can see on the satellite and radar we are clearing out nicely. what we're waiting for is a cold front to approach the area. it will do so as we go more into the afternoon and that's why i'm going to keep that chance for some showers and some thunderstorms to roll in here by the afternoon. but right now no type of wet weather whatsoever as we take a live look into dundalk right now. you can see the key bridge. you can see a few cloudsout there. again, we are starting to get some blue skies and that will be the name of the game as we head through the remainder of the morning and the afternoon.
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but right now temperatures are mild. look at the 60s. but west west right around 59 degrees there. northville 62. good morning chestertown and also centreville at 62. middletown coming in right around 65 degrees. now, we do have some patchy fog to talk about this morning. once again we had it yesterday, we only have about seven miles reduced visibility in baltimore, five in fredrick, three in york and also hagerstown and five in winchester. watch out culpepper you have a big goose egg there if that's where you're traveling to this morning. future trend picking up on not a whole lot. i'm going to put it into motion and you can see that cold front that's going to work its way through. that's why we have the chance for some showers is and some thunderstorms to pop up just in time for your commute home. but lots of sunshine will return as we head into tomorrow and also friday and this will continue even as we go into the weekend. so if you're heading out to the preakness, black eyed susan day looks stellar. 85 degree ss what i'm going with today. we have that sun/cloud mix, that scattered shower or storm. also it's going to be a little
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bit humid out there. tonight that temperature coming in at 55 degrees, partly cloudy, closer to normal. let's get a check of the traffic now with lauren. good morning. reporter: good morning, lynette. fortunately we're not off to a rainy start just yet. those scattered showers, hopefully they'll hold off until the orioles game is finished. if you are heading through the tunnels, no problems to talk about, fort mchenry tunnel is nice and clear. here's a live look at 895 just north of child street. everything will be up to speed. this will be not so much the case on the west side of the beltway as we check in and take a live look here at liberty road. that outer loop really starting to slow down. that will continue as you make the drive down towards security boulevard. all together that stretch will take you 14 minutes right now. the beltway will remain clear from parkville all the way up to talson. if you are headed out to the northeast corridor of 95, no concerns traveling southbound in the white marsh area. you're looking at a 15-minute ride southbound from the beltway all the way to downtown baltimore. that's a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. charley, over to you. a massive hole is growing
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by the hour in one texas neighborhood. that has people around the area quite worried. justifiably so. this drainage ditch has been eroding, expanding now for days and the problem began during the weekend when a storm dumped as much as 10 inches of rain over the area and the earth began giving way. >> so every couple of minutes we were watching another chunk go, another chunk, another chunk. >> crews had to block off the gorge and hopefully they're going to make it wider. they're hoping to reconstruct the area once the weather clears up and the ground driesb for the upcoming memorial day weekend? aaa has released its predictions for the coming year. we'll break it down by the numbers next. also a mistake by a gas attendant had cars lining up around the block in wisconsin. we'll tell you what happened that had drivers so excited. "good morning maryland" returns. news time 6:19. as we go to break, a live look at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, the white house. more packed fo
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memorial day weekend. there's a live look right now across 695. aaa now projecting 31 million people will be driving out of town which is half a million more than last year. however, travelers may say they're not traveling nearly as far. >> the average distance traveled by americans during the memorial day weekend is expected to be 150 miles less than last year. this indicates that many people are taking to save money by staying closer to home. gas prices are slowly decreasing, but it's still a big concern. a survey by aaa says many travelers plan to stay at less expensive accommodations or scale back on the entertainment trying to save a little bit of money on the back end. the rising cost of plane tickets and fewer travelers are expected to fly as well. air travel is expected to decline more than 5% throughout the course of the year.
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we're not worried so much about air travel right now. how are those roads? lauren. reporter: well, charley, traffic is starting to pick up on the west side of the beltway this morning. fortunately 95 is nice and clear. what this brand new traffic system does, it allows us to tell you exactly how long it'll take you to drive from point a to point b. if you are in the white marsh area, you are looking at a 15-minute ride southbound from the beltway all the way to downtown baltimore. it also monitors traffic flow. it tells you how much congestion is out on the roads. so red, of course, means heavy congestion, yellow moderate and right now we're in the green on the beltway from parkville all the way up to talson. it also uses google satellite images to really zero in on the problem spots. we are dealing with the ongoing construction on the jfx, so one lane will be blocked in both directions at 28th street. no significant congestion, though, as the morning progresses you might want to stick with falls road, even charles street as your alternate routes. and traveling through the tunnels, we're also able to pull up several different live looks for you, on 895 just north of child street,
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everything will be nice and clear. we can pull up that shot, i'll show you -- here we go. not too many cars out there just yet. no delays through the fort mchenry tunnel as well. that's a look at your abc 2 news time saver traffic. charley, over to you. one pricey mistake at a gas station in wisconsin. a bp station accidentally priced gas at 37 cents a gallon, causing hundreds of cars to line up, hoping to fill up. >> 26 gallons for $9.90. reporter: are you going to hang on to that receipt? >> i'm going to frame it. >> you better frame it. apparently an employee accidentally keyed in .379 instead of $3.79. as a result you got your gas for under 50 cents. a spokesperson says once the mistake was realized, they shut the pumps down immediately. but the mistake still cost bp some big bucks. by law, the gas station had to wait 24 hours before they could change the price back to $3.79
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a gallon. while you won't find any deals like that around here, we are working for you to get the least expensive price on gas as possible. head to to find the lowest price in your area. just look under the traffic tab, put in your zip code and we'll find you the cheapest gas near your house. out of an act of crime comes an act of good. the story of a westminster teen who stepped in for a family in need. this will make you feel good this. is our story of the day. also will the oldest daughter of john edwards be taking the stand in her father's defense? the latest on the trial from north carolina coming up in a matter of minutes.
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two deadly shootings on mississippi highways, possibly from a police impersonator. abc 2 news is working to keep you safe this morning with traffic safety tips. new information has surfaced about the injuries george zimmerman had the night he shot trayvon martin. we'll have a look at those medical records that have just been released. a new government report due out today expected to highlight the shortcomings of the agency design today keep you safe at the airport. and we start this wednesday morning, it is may 16th, a look down at baltimore's inner harbor. we want to thank you so


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