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weather and we if the week's going to be nice. >> we'll have london-like weather for prince harry. >> oh -- we're not going to like that. >> clouds, maybe a little drizzle perhaps around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley this morning. right now don't have any of that. a few breaks in the clouds. there's the view from space. we could see a little of the big moon in the western sky through breaks in the clouds. all these areas in green, 50s to near 60 degrees. that includes just about all of virginia, maryland, and west virginia. however, eastern shore, many locations dipped into the 40s. ocean city, 45. easton to cambridge, mid 40s there, as well around kent island. the western side of the bay, 50s. that includes montgomery, arlington, fairfax, and prince george's counties. by 9:00, still a few breaks in the clouds, and temperatures climbing to the low 60s. and we'll have still a few breaks in the clouds perhaps around noontime for your lunch hour. by then should be in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees. and then a lot of clouds around,
does look like, for the rest of the afternoon. we'll be cloudy and boy late afternoon we'll fall from the low 70s, mid-afternoon back to the 60s. and it is going to be fairly mild through the afternoon. this is typical for early to mid-may. highs reaching low 70s this afternoon. sun sets at 8:07. i'll have another update coming up in ten minutes. danella, coming up right now with traffic. good morning. taking the rails, open with no reported delays. not seeing anything on the metro, marc, and vre. now over to the roadways, checking bridges in our area, nice and clear now this morning. if you're crossing over the 14th street bridge or even the american legion bridge, southeast bridges, as well, checking them all. they're running without incident. i'm back this ten minutes with traffic. back to you. >> thank you. we're following breaking news right now out of d.c. police on the scene of a shooting in northeast washington. the victim is a 10-year-old girl. news4's tracee wilkins live with the latest details for us. bring us up to speed. >> reporter: well, this is how
it all happened. evidently a family member of this 10-year-old girl pulled up here to the sixth district police station, and the 10-year-old girl had been shot. now, police got her out of the vehicle, transported her to the hospital. she was shot in the lower body. they do believe that she's going to be okay. we have reports from police that this child was shot while inside of the truck. now, we counted at least two bullet holes in the back of the truck there. aimed at the back passenger area. and we are assuming that that's where this young girl was sitting when this all happened. now this happened at new york avenue and fenwick street in northeast, which is quite a ways from here. but the family member drove the truck here to the sixth district police station for some reason. and brought the child here. now police are investigating exactly what happened. but because of where this shooting happened, this is divided now between two districts. fifth police district is handling one part of this investigation.
the actual shooting. while sixth district is dealing with the fact that the truck was brought here and that this is where the young girl was taken for emergency help. again, police are still investigating this. this all happened literally about 45 minutes ago. reporting live in northeast, tracee wilkins, news4. >> any idea on the girl's condition? how badly injured she was. >> reporter: they do believe she's going to be okay. but we're looking at a shot to the lower body. from what i'm told it looks like she'll be okay. but imagine a 10-year-old girl shot. >> tough. thank you. appreciate it. prince harry will be in d.c. today, accepting an award for his humanitarian work. megan mcgrath has more on the royal visit. >> reporter: good morning. prince harry has been trained as a military apache pilot. and he's also done extensive work with charities that help wounded soldiers. and later tonight, he's going to be recognized for those efforts. harry is expected to visit with
wounded veterans at a reception at the british ambassador's residence this afternoon. the soldiers, including a group from the u.k. just took part in the warrior games in colorado last week. that's a paralympic-style sporting event. now tonight he's off to the ritz carlton to accept the atlantic council's award for distinguished humanitarian leadership. and print harry will accept the award not only for himself but also on behalf of his brother, william, the duke of cambridge, who is also involved in charities that help wounded soldiers. so a lot of royal watchers will be keeping an eye out, hoping to catch a glimpse of prince harry while he's here in washington, d.c. reporting live, megan mcgrath. >> all the young women are going to be very excited today. >> reporter: oh, yeah. >> thanks. a developing story. investors keeping a close eye on wall street an asian stocks slipped amid greece and france elections. futures are down, as well. president obama says he's
looking forward to working with the new french president hollande. the socialist beat incumbent nicolas sarkozy after a bitter campaign. hollande ran against sarkozy's economic policies, including controversial austerity measures. hollande favors a stimulus approach. nbc news is working to confirm when and where a video of a rockville man held hostage by al qaeda was made. the terrorist organization just released this video of warren weinstein. in the video, weinstein claims he will be killed if president obama doesn't meet his captors' demands. al qaeda wants the u.s. to end its air strikes in afghanistan, pakistan, somalia, and yemen. it also wants al qaeda and taliban suspects around the world to be freed. weinstein was taken last august from his home in pakistan. he works for j.e. austin associates, which advises pakistani businesses and government organizations. new this morning, police trying to figure out what caused a car to plow into a greenbelt apartment.
nobody was seriously hurt in this early morning crash. happened on good luck road near kenilworth avenue. and d.c. police are searching for the person who shot a woman in northeast. that shooting happened along fitch place just before 10:00. we're told a woman of shot in the stomach. she was taken to the hospital in critical condition. her name has not been released. no arrests have been made. a second week of testimony begins today in an election day robo calls trial in baltimore. a political consultant to former maryland governor bob ehrlich is accused of trying to suppress democratic votes in 2010. prosecutors say julius henson used the automated calls to tell mostly black voters that democratic governor martin o'malley already won the election. they didn't need to vote. in december a jury found ehrlich's campaign manager, paul sherric, guilty in this robo call controversy. a contentious legislative session has taken its toll on governor bob mcdonald. his approval rating took a major
hit, according to a now "washington post" poll. 56% of virginians approve of the job he's doing, down 6% from a year ago. 35% of the people surveyed disapprove of his performance. that's a nine-point increase. heated debates over gun control, abortion rights, drew national attention during this year's general assembly. a pivotal game tonight for the capitals as they look to take the series lead against the new york rangers after game three's tough triple overtime loss. the caps rebounded nicely on saturday. mike greene scored late in the third to win it for washington, tying up the series at two games apiece. game five at madison square garden. then the two teams head back to d.c. for game six on wednesday. the puck drops tonight at 7:30. you can catch all the action on the nbc sports network. the time now, 5:07. forced from their home, what a florida family is saying about the massive sinkhole that has left their home unlivable. going great lengths to steal thousands of dollars in merchandise from a store, but a
had an aggressive tactic to break into a store. he broke through the store, driving an suv through the window. he grabbed a tv worth about $3,000. he dropped it on the way out. >> oh. >> he may not be able to enjoy -- >> that's not good. >> his stolen goods. >> no. but we'll have a day without rain. maybe clouds in the sky. i don't know. let's get the latest from tom. pretty good, meteorologist wendy rieger. thank you. starting off this morning, a lot of cloudiness. breaks in the clouds. and we have temperatures in the 50s now to near 60 degrees. 57 at reagan national. here's your day planner for this monday, the seventh day of may. a little bit of sunshine in and out. looks like a lot of cloudiness this afternoon. highs reaching the low 70s by mid-afternoon. sunrise at 6:03. sunset at 8:07. i'm back with a look at the week and weekend, your seven-day outlook at 5:21. still checking out the
rails, no delays on the metro, marc, and vre. all are running on or close to schedule. over to the roadway, still see emergency roadwork taking away two of the southbound lanes on georgia after between dawson and blue ridge avenue. now over to the beltway right now, as you make your way on the inner loop at activities, a disabled vehicle. luckily just in the right shoulder lane. back to you both. >> all right. thanks. 5:12 the time. ahead on "news4 today," a potential murder mystery on the grounds of the famed churchill downs. what police are saying about the death of a man shortly after the kentucky derby. potential problems as the olympic games draw closer. olymp[ male announcer ]er. this was how my day began.
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accident where the barge hit and overran a duck boat killing two hungarian exchange students who drowned. when the duck boat was hit on the delaware river in philadelphia two years ago. home video shows the captain on his cell phone and an operator abandoned ship just before the barge overrun the duck boat. a judge will determine how much the two companies have to pay for their roles in that collision. the trial's expected to last about a month. an autopsy will be performed on the man found dead at churchill downs hours after the kentucky derby. police say the victim, 40 years old, worked at the race track. a security guard found his body in a barn. police say this death is being investigated as a homicide. so far, no arrest have been made. today in north carolina, the john edwards trial will focus on the actual source of money to the former presidential candidate. his defense will get a chance to question the lawyer for a wealthy donor. last week the lawyer said edwards knew bunny mellon gave $750,000 for his benefit. a home decorator says checks
were written to him disguised as furniture purchases. prosecutors claim edwards used that money to hide an affair with his pregnant mistress, rielle hunter. edwards denies knowing of the cover-up and pleaded not guilty. he's facing 30 years in prison if convicted. coming up on 17 after the hour. a virginia man behind bars after making death threats again president obama. police say christopher hecker from waynesboro, virginia, sent emails to the media threatening attacks against the president and white house. the fbi arrested hecker last week. during a hearing he refused to be sworn in and said he didn't want an attorney. he's been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. a u.s. drone strike has killed an al qaeda leader in yemen in the southern part of the country. the man was on the fbi's most wanted list. he helped plan the bombing of the "uss kohl" in 70s. joe biden believes china
will let a blind chinese activist travel to the u.s. chen guangcheng escaped house arrest a week ago. he took shelter in the u.s. embassy. he's now in the hospital. chen wants to leave china with his family. he wants to travel to the u.s. to recuperate from years of imprisonment and harassment. china offered a plan to let chen apply to study abroad at new york university. not clear if they will follow through with travel arrangements for him. the family of linebacker junior seau is reconsidering their decision to donate his brain to science. as part of their samoan culture, seau's family is consulting with a group of elders before making the important family decision. seau committed suicide last week at his california home, age 43. last week hundreds took part in a paddle-out to honor the nfl star. fans swam out on surf boards, boats, and kayaks to show support for the family. there will also be a public memorial this friday at qualcomm stadium in san diego.
5:19. imagine getting ready to walk your dog. you look out the back window and there is a giant sinkhole billion about to swallow your house. a family was forced to move out of their orlando-area home because of this 50-foot-deep hole. opened last thursday morning and has devoured a couple of trees. >> i went to take the dog out, to go to the bathroom, and that's when i went to the door and -- saw just the earth open huge and huge chunks of dirt falling in. i witnessed a tree slide down into it, and it took a minute just to stand there to realize what was actually happening, to comprehend it all. >> wow. does insurance cover that? no one knows what caused the sinkhole. but experts say dry weather conditions may be a factor. yikes, tom kierein. yikes. dry weather can do that? boy. bring on the rain. >> yeah. the ground water sometimes can help support the -- you know, the surface.
but if it does dry out and there are pockets of air under there, you could have collapses. and around here, we could use a little more rain. don't have any this morning around our hometown network. here the hometown forecast for smithburg. washington county, right now there in the upper 50s and partly cloudy. and we'll have some clouds there through the morning hours in and out. and temperatures by mid morning in the upper 50s to near 60. then near 60 by noontime, during the rest of the afternoon, might be an isolated shower popping up in the mountains and around washington county, points west. that would be perhaps by mid-afternoon, then by late afternoon, sunshine back, in the 60s. this evening, mostly cloudy, down to the low 60s by late evening. and then by dawn tomorrow, much of the region in the mid 50s. much of the metro area, low 70s by later today. and then tomorrow, showers and some thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon. some isolated storms tomorrow could produce damaging winds and hail. stay tuned. we'll be in the mid 70s tomorrow afternoon. then by dawn on wednesday after
maybe some nocturnal showers and thundershowers tuesday night, maybe near 60. during the afternoon, low 70s. maybe passing showers and thunderstorms mainly, again, during the afternoon on wednesday. could get some moderate and needed rain. and then on thursday, maybe a lingering morning shower. sun back in the afternoon. highs in the low 70s. friday, a bright and sunny day with morning lows, 40s. afternoon highs near 70. looks like a nice weekend coming up. plan accordingly. saturday and sunday should be into the mid 70s both days. morning lows, low to mid 50s. i'm back in ten minutes with another update. danella, good morning. how's traffic? good morning. so far your area looks really good if you're ready to head on the roadway and make your way past 66. 66 making your way to the beltway, clear in both directions. no accidents to report. sully road making your way from fairfax county parkway to the capital beltway, driving at 62 miles per hour. only 11-minute ride now. and heading inside the beltway to gw parkway, you are in the clear on 66 in the area.
taking the rails, i'm still checking them. so far, no reported delays. wendy and aaron? >> thanks. british security officials, they're on high alert after a worker smuggled a fake bomb into the london olympic stadium. the worker said he smuggled the bomb inside to expose flaws in the anti-terror defenses there. the incident comes as british forces conduct multiple training exercises around london to prepare for the 2012 games this summer. olympic organizer spent $1.5 billion on security for these games, including more than 35,000 troops and security guards. if you missed the first inning of last night's nationals game, you missed what might be the most exciting play so far this season. >> he's coming home -- safe! [ cheering ] >> you sure this kid's 19? >> i know, right? the tv cameras almost couldn't keep up with him there. brice harper stole home plate. that gave the nats the 1-0 lead. unfortunately, they didn't have
enough offense to win, though. philadelphia scored three runs in the fourth inning. another six in the ninth. they won the game 9-3. if you get squeamish easily, look away now. the nationals' right fielder jayson werth broke his wrist trying to make that catch. manager davey johnson says it was a clean break, but he still thinks werth will be out of the game for a while. werth will see a specialist to figure out how sawyer the injury is. it looked pretty awful there. he missed the entire 2006 season with a wrist injury that threatened to end his career. we hope that is not the case this time. >> that was the same wrist back in '06. more pleasant news for you. redskins fans are going to still be giddy about robert griffin iii. he's going to be the skins starting quarterback is next season. the coach says he was impressed with rg3 at the rookie mini camp this weekend. >> i was impressesed because the first day we didn't have one bus with a formation or play call.
i don't think i've ever had that in any mini camps that i've been involved with. >> it's been a while since we've been able to do football things. we've been doing combines and beauty pageants on pro days. so it's time to get to football. it felt good to get out here. >> rg3 will lead the redskins' first team offense later this month at otas, organized team activities. it is the final showdown, if you will, on nbc's "the voice." >> tonight kicks off the first part of the two-day season two finale. tonight the four remaining contestants, tony, chris, paul and julia will be singing solo and then do a duet with their respective coach. several big guests will be on tomorrow's results show. and that includes justin bieber, hall and oat, and lady antebellum. you can watch part one of the season finale starting tonight at 9:00 here on nbc 4.
and then at 11:00 tonight, angie goff is live from l.a. you can catch her reports tonight and tomorrow on news4 at 11:00. going to be a big blockbuster couple of days for "the voice." >> yeah. and angie out there doing post-game. >> yeah. >> and doing stories out there and interviews. it's going to be fun to watch. >> great fun. yeah. an exciting season. our time is 5:25. coming up, a look at video of a maryland man held hostage in pakistan. the message warren weinstein is trying to send to president obama. plus, violence shuts the doors temporarily. people in a d.c. neighborhood get to sound off on what they call a late night trouble spot. and trouble in the midwest today.
looking at stories making headlines, we're seeing a maryland man held hostage in pakistan for the first time since his abduction last year. the message he delivered to the president and that video coming up in moments. in hours, prince harry will appear at events in town and send an award in his honor. and a big night on the ice for the caps. the hometown team will look to take a 3-2 game lead in their
series with the new york rangers. and we'll have much more on those stories throughout the morning. good morning. i'm wr filling in for eun yang this monday. >> i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news4 today" on this monday, may 7. we are following breaking news. d.c. police are investigating a shooting in northeast washington. the victim is a 10-year-old girl. >> she was apparently shot at the intersection of new york avenue and fenwick streets and taken to a police station. tracee wilkins has all the details. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. we are still trying to figure out exactly how all of this unfolded. d.c. police are actively investigating. let me show you what it looked like a while ago when we arrived here to the sixth district police station here in northeast. d.c. police say that a 10-year-old girl was driven here by a family member after being shot. she was sitting inside of the pickup truck when this happened. the child was shot at the intersection of new york avenue and fenwick street in northeast. and then driven here. this is a pretty far distance to come. but we're told pie police that
evidently the family member knew that this police station was here. maybe this person was not that familiar with the district of columbia but did know that this was a place where she could possibly bring the child for some kind of assistance. now we're told that it looks like the 10-year-old is going to be okay. she was shot in the lower body and has been transported to the hospital. but this investigation, of course, is still underway. i'm tracee wilkins reporting live in northeast. news4. >> all right. thanks. the time is 5:30. let's check the monday morning forecast. tom, how's the week going to look? >> looking typical seasonal may-like weather for the next several days. and right now, off to a mostly cloudy start. there's the latest view from space. don't have reports of drizzle, although there might be a little drizzle developing in the shenandoah valley and around the blue ridge. elsewhere, just some mostly cloudy skies and a few breaks in the cloud cover to the south from near fredericksburg, northern neck, to near charlottesville. the temperatures are generally
in the 50s to near 60. 50s in arlington and fairfax, prince george's counties, mid to upper 50s. much of southern maryland including charles county now in the low to mid 50s. eastern shore, many locations in the 40s. farther west, a bit milder, shenandoah valley and into west virginia and western maryland. many locations there are in the low 60s. by 9:00, we'll still be in the low to mid 60s through the region. a few breaks in the clouds. maybe a little sunshine showing through. by noontime for your lunch hour, we should be in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. and some breaks in the clouds then, too. then it looks like it's going to be mostly cloudy during the afternoon. but some typical may temperatures ought to make it to the low 70s. about the average high for this time of year. sunset at 8:07. back down into the upper 60s by then. i'll be back with another update in ten minutes. good morning, danella. how's traffic? good morning. check things out, and the commute looks really good so far. traveling route 50, in the clear in between annapolis and poey.
no issues to report. making your way westbound, 67 miles per hour as you make your way past davidsonville road. a live look at 301, travel lanes are open heading eastbound and westbound. travel speeds westbound connecting to the beltway, driving at 67 miles per hour. just an eight-minute drive now. and i'm back in ten with a live look at the dulles toll road. aaron? >> all right. thank you. 5:32 now. a videotape released overnight shows an american aid worker abducted last year by al qaeda in pakistan. and this that video, former rockville resident warren weinstein addresses president obama asking him to security his release. news4 more on this video live from the newsroom. melissa? >> reporter: good morning. nbc news does not know when or where this video of produced, but this is the first time we've heard from or even seen weinstein since he was kidnapped. this is how the video starts. >> my name is harry weinstein. >> reporter: the aid swoerk from rockville. after five years in pakistan, he was kidnapped from his home
there last august. weinstein goes on to say he is well and speaks of his wife and two daughters. he asks president obama to meet al qaeda's demands to end air strooims strikes and free taliban suspects around the world. in the video he's wearing a native dress, sitting next to a stack of books. occasionally eating from two large plates as he speaks. in december, al qaeda released an audio statement about his kidnapping, making very similar demands. aaron? >> all right. thank you. today, prince harry will be in d.c. accepting an award for his humanitarian work. he's accepting an award for his work with wounded service members. the prince is the supports a number of service-related charities including walking with the wounded. that's a british group that retrains and re-educates vured veterans to help them return to civilian lives. investors keeping a close eye on wall street after asian stocks slipped amid france's presidential elections. president obama called and
congratulated the new french president, francois hollande, last night. the socialist beat incumbent nicolas sarkozy after a bitter campaign. hollande ran against sarkozy's economic policies including the controversial austerity measures. hollande faces a stimulus -- favors a stimulus approach. president obama invited him to the white house and says he looks forward to working with him on a range of issues. this morning, prince george's county police are still looking for a hit-and-run driver who killed a man. 28-year-old samuel diaz was crossing university boulevard saturday night had he was hit. police say the driver of a silver suv did not stop after hitting diaz in front of adelphi plaza. one of diaz's close friends says he hopes police find the driver and delivers justice. >> the driver -- was not his fault. but they have to catch him. >> prince george's county police recently started a street smart
campaign to warn and ticket reckless drivers and jaywalkers. an episcopal priest shot at a church in ellicott city died over the weekend. reverend mary marguerite cohn died saturday. she and another church worker were shot at st. peter's episcopal church by a homeless man on thursday. brewington also died. police say the suspect, douglas jones, killed himself after shooting those two women. police believe he sought revenge against the church after he was turned away from the church's food bank. today d.c. leaders will address a nightclub's impact on its surrounding community. the district temporarily pulled the liquor license for mood lounge after a double stabbing outside the club in january. ward two councilman jack evans says neighbors complain good violence, noise, and trash near the club at 9th and o streets in northeast. today leaders from several district offices including the police will address those concerns. that meeting is at 6:30 tonight
at the kennedy rec center on 7th street. the time is 5:36. a rough session for lawmakers in virginia. highlighted by controversial and highly publicized bills. the impact those decisions are now having on the governor. and catching a little relief at the gas pump these days. where prices sit in our region and how we stack up against the average in. a cloudy and cool start on this monday morning. is the stuff going to clear out? we've got the forecast for the day ahead. [ woman ] before allegra, my allergy medicine
took hours to work or made me drowsy. after allegra, i have the only one that's both fast and non-drowsy. after allegra, i have it all. high winds are to blame for a train derailment in illinois. winds around 60 miles per hour flipped the freight train cars yesterday. some of the cars were lifted on to other tracks. others landed in a nearby field. no reports of any injuries. boy, that had to be some mighty wind out there. >> telling you. and we talk about the storms that role through, different types of storms. a lot of times it's the wind that will lead to the -- the big destruction, crazy damage because it's so strong. >> yeah. let's check in with tom kierein. keeping an eye on our forecast. and no, no big winds expected. >> quiet. >> a tranquil start on this monday morning. we're only about 20 minutes away from sunrise now. a few breaks in the clouds.
we ought to have a technicolor sunrise. sun rises at 6:03. our hometown weather network reports coming in. montgomery village, montgomery county now at 59. leesburg, loudoun county now is at 59. a little bit cooler andrews air force base in prince george's county. 52. haymarket, prince william county, now at 58. we have quite a bit of cloudiness around the region from newington to clinton and glendale, reston and poolesville. we'll have temperatures all around the entire region into the low 60s by 9:00. breaks in the clouds. sunshine in and out through noontime. looks like a mostly cloudy afternoon. highs reaching the low 70s, which is about average for early to mid-may. sunrise at 6:03. sunset at 8:07. by then, back to the upper 60s. and then as we get into tomorrow and wednesday, looks like showers and maybe some strong storms. i'll have details on, that a look at the week. also a look at the westbound weekend, your seven-day outlook coming up in ten minutes.
danella, good morning. how's traffic? good morning. right now, if you're traveling along the dulles toll road, we will look as you make your way past sunset hills. and in fact, your travel speed as you make your way from wolftrap, not bad. driving at 58 miles per hour. right now that's looking like a six-minute drive. connecting to the beltway, traveling on the inner loop and making your way down past braddock road, clear in this area, as well. your travel speed, 63 miles per hour. 13 minutes from the dulles toll road to the interchange. i'm back this ten minutes with another look at traffic and rails. back to you. >> thanks. 5:41. making it easier to eat out. for those who suffer from food allergies. the latest big chain restaurants going gluten free. plus -- >> oh, boy. they knocked it out of the park. an opening weekend fitting for a gang of superheroes. the box office record, "the avengers" has broken.
a montgomery county father accused of killing his son will be in court. 55-year-old wayne price shot his 22-year-old son at their apartment in spiceberry circle in gaithersburg. the younger price staggered out into the parking lot before collapsing. police say the son was a convicted sex offender. neighbors say wine price seemed to be troubled. >> he -- he was good guy, happy every day. >> reporter: but the father? >> no. i don't know -- i think he's -- he have a problem or family or, i don't know, something. >> wayne price is charged with first-degree murder. a silver spring man accused of stabbing his wife to death will make his first appearance in court today. witnesses told news4 hector good
friend ad -- grenados stabbed his wife in the passenger seat of another man's car, but to go grossory shoppi orory -- grocer. he was jealous of the relationship. he will have a bond hearing this afternoon. a former manassas high school teacher already serving time for abusing children is facing an additional 80 years in prison. o abuse charges in maryland. kevin restrictions is in denton on the eastern shore. accused of abusing a german foreign exchange student who lived with him and his wife eight years ago in federalsburg, maryland. restrictions was serving a 25-year sentence at a federal prison in arizona. he's admitted to abusing boys dating back to the '70s. 5:46. a campaign consultant accused of using robo calls to suppress black voter turnout is expected
to return to the witness stand in his trial today. jewel i can't say henson worked for former maryland governor bob ehrli ehrlich's campaign. prosecutors say henson used automatic calls to tell voters that democratic governor martin o'malley already won the 2010 election so they did not need to vote. henson said his calls weren't meant to keep block voters away. what a difference a year makes. virginia governor mcdonald's popularity has taken a tumble in the past few months. 56% of virginians approve of the job he's doing, according to a new poll, down by 6% from a year ago. 35% of people surveyed disapprove of his performance. that is a 9% increase from last year. this year's heated legislative session which included debates over gun control and abortion rights bills might have contributed to his sagging approval numbers. the race for the white house will really heat up this week. the white house says it will start running ads extensively this week touting the
president's accomplishments during his first term. this comes just a couple of days after he officially launched his re-election campaign. he held rallies saturday at vcu in richmond and ohio state in columbus. and his likely opponent in november, mitt romney, will be holding a town hall meeting today in ohio in the cleveland area. much speck haitian over who he will be picking as a running mate. but those potential candidates are not saying a word. >> i can't imagine it. you've known me for years. would you pick me to be number two? >> i'm gone to discuss the vice presidency. governor romney has a process if place, and i'm going respect that. >> i have some would say better experience than barak obama had when he was a senator and ran. >> the obama campaign says its ads will focus on the death of bin laden, the rescue of the nation's auto industry, and other signs of an improving economy. mitt romney may have to start winning over some women if he wants to win in november. women favor president obama by 12% in a dozen battleground
states according to a new "usa today" gallup poll. on the flip side, men in those states favor romney by 8%. that 20%ender gap is greater than a poll in march. today lawmakers return to capitol hill from a week-long spring recess. first order of business, student loans. college loan space are sets to double on july 1, the senate will vote today whether or not to debate the democratic plan. it would keep rates where they are and offset it by collecting more social security and medicare payroll taxes from high earning executives. republicans want a vote on the bill themselves. it would freeze the current rate for a year and pay for it by eliminating a preventive health program. a preservation group says secretariat's bitter place is among the most endangered sites
in virginia. the horse was born in doswell, one of 11 properties that made preservation virginia's annual list of endangered sites. it's the former home of the state fair in virginia. it's up for auction this month. along the other entries, a train depot in southeastern virginia, and the rural landscape of franklin county in southwestern virginia, and the rural landscape of pennsylvania county. the numbers are in, and this year's avon walk for breast cancer, it raised more than $5 million for breast cancer research. more than 2,200 people took part in the 10th annual event in d.c. participants walked or ran up to 39 miles over the weekend. most of the money raised will stay in the district and go back into local cancer centers, research facilities, and community centers. >> great community event there. a lot of folks -- i saw a lot of folks walking on saturday. >> that's a lot of money for research. they seem to be right on the edge of cracking cancer these days.
sort of getting to targeted therapies and stuff. coming up on 5:51. we attorney meteorologist tom kierein. and even in the dark you could see the sort of thick clouds in places coming through today. >> yeah, but we have nice breaks. gorgeous view behind us. this is a live view from our high-definition city camera. >> look at that. >> pastel pink and blue dawn underway now. here's another beautiful view. i took this sunday morning. even with the gray loud, we have a lush spring underway. >> wow. >> look at that japanese maple -- >> lovely. >> love that deep burgundy color. if you have an interesting nature or nature photo, send it to email@example.com. we do have some breaks in the clouds this morning. i'm predicting a technicolor sunrise. and as we have this flow out of the north and west aloft, at the surface we've got a southeasterly flow bringing in low level moisture. we might have areas of drizzle along the blue ridge. temperatures there in the upper 50s to near 60 as is much of west virginia and western maryland. closer to washington, though, in
the 50s. eastern shore, in the 40s. in fairfax county now, prince william and stafford and spotsylvania, generally in the upper 50s. in the low 50s now in arlington, montgomery, and prince george's county. and in southern maryland. and as we go forward with the hometown forecast, culpeper now in the mid to upper 50s. by 9:00, near 6. quite a bit of cloudiness by noontime for culpeper and culpeper county, much of central virginia in the 60s. during the afternoon, breaks in the clouds, into the mid 70s there. overnight 60s. by this time tomorrow, near 60 with clouds around. then showers. maybe thunderstorms tomorrow. highs reaching the mid 70s. isolated storms tomorrow, especially during the afternoon, damaging winds and hail. more showers and thunder tuesday and off and on wednesday. finally, looks like we'll begin to dry out by late thursday morning after some lingering morning showers. and then friday, saturday, sunday, sun back. great weather in time for the end of the week and weekend. danella, how's traffic?
good morning. if you're planning to take the marc train, we have delays along the camden south line due to an earlier disabled train. right now, your delays are looking like a 35-minutes delay. train number 841. also on the camden south line, train 843. just a ten-minute delay now. over to the roadways, delays on the roadways. i-95 from stafford northbound as you make your way just past triangle. that's where you're slow. i'll give you a live look at the occoquan. volume is increasing but travel lanes are open. travel speed not bad yet. you're driving at 59 miles per hour, about 11 minutes from the occoquan to the beltway. now over to i-270, your delays are out of frederick. they continue southbound on i-270 past 109. in fact, slow to clarksburg. clear in germantown, and clear connecting to the beltway. aaron? >> thank you. here's something you like to hear on a monday morning. oil prices dip fog new lows. an -- dipping to new lows.
an 8% drop in the last few days of trading. the slump in prices suggests oil demand may be weaker than expected. experts are keeping a close watch on a refinery in philadelphia that's a major supplier for the east coast. it will be idled in agriculture if it does not get a buyer. that could drive gas prices up in our region. and new numbers show that a gallon of regular gas dipped below the $4 mark. right now the average, $3.98 for regular unleaded in the district. fell two cents. the average fell a penny in other parts of the region. in maryland, drivers paying $3.74 a gallon. in virginia, the average is $3.66. in west virginia, you're pay being $3.82 this morning. a new report shows new car sales are on the rise. good news for the car companies and dealers. not so good if you're shopping for a new ride. analysts say that because sales are improving, the automakers are now offering fewer
incentives for buyers. the web site truecar.com says that incentives and deals fell nearly 5% last month. car experts say the best time to buy is when the new cars start rolling out in 2013. when the dealers start rolling out the 2013 models. and they cut prices on the older models. you may see your pilot before you're -- you even get to the gate if you're flying out of dulles. united airlines pilots will be demanding that the airline stop outsourcing flights. they claim 2/3 of united domestic flights are outsourced to regional carriers whose pilots don't necessarily go through the same rigorous training as pilots on larger carriers. and a big day at one of the major airports. boeing's 787 dreamliner there, it's going to be stopping at reagan national today. the first time that state-of-the-art plane touches
down in washington. transportation secretary la hood and acting faa administrator will be at reagan for this big event. big plane. today domino's jumps on the gluten-free bandwagon. the restaurant announcing it will start selling a pizza made with a gluten-free crust. it will cost $3 more. it will be made in ovens with regular pizza as. domino's isn't alone. anheuser-busch is rolling out michelob side cher is glueden free. and p.f. chang's added gluten free items. as facebook prepares to go public, executives are hitting the road hoping to convince investors to buy stock. later this month, mark zuckerberg tried to explain the benefits of owning stock, financial and electronic. an exists say while the site is doing the right thing by going
public, it needs to be careful it allowing more advertising on the site. >> we all use facebook. we all have a lot of things there. if our news feed is showing up with all kinds of advertise, we're going to bail. he has to tread carefully ton anger users. >> the price for facebook when it does go public in around ten days is expected to be between $28 and $35 a share. "the avengers" assembled and dominated at the movie box office with the biggest opening weekend of all time. >> yeah. the marvel superhero epic took in $200 million. >> what have i to fear? >> the avengers. what we call ourselves. sort of like a team. earth's mightiest heroes type thing. >> yeah, you know. "the avengers" features a star-studded cast playing thor, captain america, the hulk, and iron man. the opening weekend beats the old record of $169 million set by last year's "harry potter"