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the cameras. frederick is the first county to take part in the pilot program. everybody their back to school clothes. what do they need today? do they need rain slickers, tom? >> is this what you're wearing going back to school? >> i used to be so excited i could never sleep the night before school started. a little bit ocd and i used to pack all of my school supplies still in the package in my pack badge. >> that's scary. scary fun. >> i cried all day. >> oh. >> good morning. starting off this morning we've got some showers just south and east of the metro area. those showers are passing from the southeast heading toward just up near cambridge. heavy downpours there over the central part of the bay. calvert county getting just a few sprinkles. temperatures in the region are in the 60s to near 70 degrees. right now it's in the mid 60s. shenandoah valley and out in the
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mountains. a fairfax, prince george's, 70 degrees. it is humid. we've got breaks in the clouds in the metro area. hour-by-hour forecast, few passing showers through the metro area. 6:00 a.m. temperature 70, by noon, low 80. upper 80s by mid afternoon. by late afternoon, isolated thunder showers popping up. danella is here now with your first 4 traffic. good morning. welcome back to school and happy monday to you. don't forget as you make your way around our area, please be aware of children. especially around bus stops and school zones. give yourself extra time this morning. eastbound, route 50 seeing an accident at route 2. just the right lane will get you by that crash. i-95 in virginia, noise and clear from triangle in both directions heading towards the beltway. i'll give you a live look at the occoquan. volume is right northbound. southbound, even lighter.
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not seeing any road work for you to worry yourself about. let's get on to 395. southbound at edsall. had a work zone set up there. nothing on camera. northbound travel lanes are open as you make your way to the 14th street bridge. i'm back in ten minutes with another lk and your traffic. jim and erika, over to you. >> thank you, danella. breaking news now. nato says an afghan soldier turned his weapon on international allies and killed two soldiers. attack happened in laghman. a vehicle hit a roadside bam. when the troops got out to survey damage, the afghan fired on coalition allies. international troops returned fire and killed the attacker. this shooting is the latest in the series of similar insider attacks against international troops. no word yet if these soldiers killed today for u.s. troops. right now tropical storm isaac is heading for the gulf coast. isaac could grow into a strong hurricane by the time it makes landfall this week.
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it could strike on the seventh anniversary of hurricane katrina. nbc's danielle lee has a look at how the gulf coast residents are prepare for isaac's arrival. >> reporter: gulf coast residents are preparing for the wost. laying sandbags and launching emergency response teams. isaac has already sent wind and rain ripping through southern florida, downing sign, flooding streets, and leaving thousands without power. >> everybody from louisiana over through florida needs to be watching this very carefully. >> reporter: now the storm is marching through the gulf of mexico toward new orleans. isaac could become a category 2 hurricane and possibly hit the city wednesday on the seven-year anniversary of hurricane katrina. >> now is really not the time to panic but it is the time to engage to get ready throughout the year we've talked about being prepared. now's the time to begin to execute. >> reporter: people throughout alabama, mississippi, and the florida panhandle are also getting ready. hurricane warnings now stretch from east of morgan city,
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louisiana, to the florida panhandle. in gulf shores, alabama, residents boarded up their homes. and in pensacola, shoppers headed to home depot, loading up on generators and plywood. preparing to wait out a massive storm that's been hard to predict. in gulf shores, alabama, i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >> haiti is just beginning to dig itself out of the mess isaac left behind on that island. the storm killed eight people there. a 10-year-old girl is among the dead. she died when a wall collapsed on her. flooding caused most of the damage in haiti. more than 14,000 people had to flee their homes because of rising water. we'll have much more on tropical storm isaac throughout this morning including a live report from the gulf coast in our next hour. you can also get the latest on isaac on nbcwashington.com. storm isn't keeping delegates from florida. tampa international airport is very busy at this hour with delegates arriving for the republican national convention. more than 4,000 representatives from across the country are
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expected to attend. and virginia delegation is proving to have a major role at the convention. news4's aaron gilchrist tweeted this picture of virginia's front section near the stage. delegates will be seated near mitt romney and paul ryan's home states of michigan and wisconsin. republican national committee officials are shortening the convention to a three-day schedule instead of a week due to isaac. a roll call of delegates will happen tomorrow. eventually -- tomorrow evening, to officially nominate their nominee. mitt romney is expected to accept that nomination in a speech on thursday. organizers also cut a number of speakers due to the shortened convention schedule. while the gop rallies in florida, president obama will be in virginia. he'll speak at a campaign event in charlottesville this wednesday. he will not, however, be at the university of virginia. the school declined a request by
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his campaign to speak on campus. uva officials didn't want to cancel class on the second day of school or pay for security for that matter. today family and friends of that prince george's county police officer killed in the line of duty will hold a wake for him. that wake for 23-year-old adrian morris begins at 2:00 this morning at the funeral home in beltsville. the funeral service will be held tomorrow at 10:00 in the morning atwood stream church in mitchellville. morris died last month on a high speed chase when his cruiser ran off i-95 and crashed. police tell us he was chasing two suspects. both suspects have now been arrested. one person is in the hospital after a crash into a utility poll. the crash happened along jay street just after 8:00. police say wires came down on the car, t was taken to the hospital because of the crash is
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under investigation. police say he may have been under the influence. time is 4:36. as we wake up with you coming up on "news4 today," we're learning more about what drove a man to start shooting outside the empire state building. also ahead, uncovering clues into what caused a deadly air show disaster. the severe weather has left our region but storm4 meteorologist tom kierein shows us why we may not be in the us why we may not be in the clear yet.
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. nat's fans may be getting nervous. first place lead is down to just 4 1/2 games after this weekend. the phillies swept was and the braves won again last night. the nationals have lost four game in of row now. steven strasburg will be on the mound tomorrow. first day of k508 school for a lot of kiddos. it's damp outside. are we going the get more wet weather today? >> how about it, tom? >> look like when children are going to be returning home from school, but noit knot right now. flashing in the skit skye way off to the south and east of washington and the lower part of the bay and cambridge, thunder and lightning and heavy downpours, there. hometown forecast for waldorf, by 6:00 a.m., passing shower. cloudiness. might have a shower there in
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charles county by noontime. and for the entire region, hour by hour today, much of the metro area and points west and north should be dry most of the day. upper eig80s by mid afternoon. a look at the latest on isaac's track coming up in the seven-day outlook in ten minutes. tom, in maryland i'm still keeping an eye on the accident along route 50 at richie highway. what's going to happen is as you make your way westbound you're going to be forced to the right lane. i know it's difficult to see on camera, right now just the right lane is going to get you by. your volume is still pretty light but you are slowing down just a bit as you make your way towards 202. outer loop of the beltway in montgomery county, as you make your way towards new hampshire avenue, work zone is set up there. just the left lane is going to get you by as you get close to university boulevard. please use caution. that should be in the final stages and picked up soon. jim and erika, back over to you. time is 4:41.
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still to come, why divers may soon catch a bit of a break if they are caught speeding by one of the district's traffic cameras. wild weather
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following breaking news in central america where a powerful earthquake is struck off the coast of el salvador. magnitude 7.4 earthquake hit at 10:30 last night 85 miles from san miguel, el salvador. no reports of damage or injuries. a tsunami warning was issued for a dozen countries. including mexico and guatemala. it has since been canceled. syrian rebels are claiming government troops for a massacre that killed hundreds of people. they say soldiers shot and killed as many as 600 people just outside damascus. rebels claimed more than 1700 people were obtained there and
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they may also soon turn up dead. meanwhile, syrian president bashar assad is show nothing signs of backing down in his countries ice civil war. he says his regime will put the uprising -- put down the uprising no matter cost. today we'll find out what caused the deadly air race crash in nevada. they will release the results of the nearly year long investigation. the crash happened last september, if you remember, during the national champion air races in reno. 11 people died, end cluding the pilot and ten people on the ground. investigators have focused on loose screws on the plane's tail. we now know the man who shot and killed a former co-worker in the empire state building was being evict fred his apartment. jeffrey johnson lost his job as a designer for a women's clothing company. the new york post reports he was losing his apartment. he blamed his former co-worker for not doing enough as a vp of
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sales for the company. police say johnson shot him on friday. a construction worker alerted police to the shooter. >> i saw someone get executed in front of us. he just calmly turned around and walked away. i wasn't letting him get away. so i followed him. he made a left on fifth avenue and there was a police detail there. alerted the police. they are the heroes. >> police shot and killed johnson. nine bystanders were caught in the gunfire. three victims remain in the hospital this morning. >> this morning a prince george's county man is in custody for the murder of a gwen bernie man. james bradding of ft. washington turned himself in on saturday. he's charged with morning with murder in the death of 37-year-old trevor johnson. brady shot his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend. johnson earlier this month, that was in oxon hill. johnson died from his injuries.
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this morning a child is in the hospital with life threatening injuries after a serious car crash. rescuers airlifted the child to the hospital last night. police say a car slammed into a pole here on middle brook road and 270 in germantown. that road is now open to traffic this morning. the driver was also taken to the hospital. it's not just the candidates but issues we must consider when voting in november. planned parenthood is trying to get its message out with a battleground bus tour. the group held a rally in arlington yesterday. organizers say they're opposed to efforts to eliminate birth control. cancer screenings, and basic preventive health services. former virginia governor and current democratic senate candidate tim kaine was there to pledge his support. >> we have to stand up and say, hey, government, focus on the economy, focus on expanding opportunity. women can mary make their own health care decisions. >> planned parenthood is traveling to ten other
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battleground states over the next couple of weeks. and another new poll shows that most americans would make sacrifices now to save social security. 53% of those in an associated press/gfk survey said they would rather raise taxes than cut benefits. 53% also said they would support raising the retirement age. about 35% would rather cut benefits. lawmakers from both parties say congress will likely address social security's financial problems within the next two years. a national park in alaska is investigating its first deadly bear attack. the victim had just been taking pictures of the bear. 49-year-old richard white of san diego died sometime friday afternoon. a park spokesman said the attack happened when white was about 50 yards from the bear and started taking pictures. investigators have recovered the camera and looked at those photographs which showed the bear grazing. state troopers and park rangers
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shot and killed the sgrizly who was protecting his kill in order to reach white's remains. the coast guard this morning hopes to open a stretch of the mississippi river today after a barge got stuck. a spokesman from the army corps of engineers says a barge ran past bouys. just last week, nearly 100 boats were stuck in an 11-mile stretch of the river was closed because of low water levels. water levels are low in several southern states because of the drought. consider the storms that have pummeled our area for the past few days will not put a damper on the fair today. fair will reopen near baltimore. heavy rains forced them to close the fair yesterday. storm's prompted flash flood watches and warnings across maryland. parts of our area saw nearly a foot of rain. the reportorioles game in balti was also postponed because of
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weather. the storms prompted the water spout in the potomac. look at that way off in the distance? several people shot video as it touched down near the idea land on the tip of southern maryland. there are no reports of any injuries or damage caused by the water spout. amazing video. >> rather see that over water than on land, that's for sure. tom kierein is here now with a monday morning forecast. >> good morning, tom. >> no water spouts as we head off to work and school on this monday morning. usually not very severe. only have 30-mile-an-hour winds. but if you're in a boat you want to stay clear of them. this morning we've had flashes of lightning in our skies. south and east of washington. coming from a cluster of thunder showers that are now rolling across the bay. just crossing the bay and cambridge and near blackwater. that's going to continue to head off to the north and east. another heavy downpour. these are tracking northed a east. elsewhere to the best. breaks in the clouds on this
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monday morning. and it is a humid morning. steamy, temperatures in the upper 60s near 70. that includes prince george's county, the district, arlington, fairfax and montgomery counties. back to school in montgomery counties and d.c. today, 60s hovering there in the shenandoah valley in the mountains here for the next couple of hours. meanwhile, here's what's happening with isaac. it's spinning away here. still a tropical storm. there have been some bands of heavy rain through central florida. right now near tampa. winds of 65 miles an hour. still a strong tropical storm. it does look like perhaps tomorrow morning it may become a hurricane. and then perhaps as a category 1 hurricane, this is the very latest indications now, coming in perhaps just east of new orleans. that would be late on tuesday night as the latest timing on that. and then as an area of low pressure, tracking farther north up into the midwest. so for the morning hours, by 6:00 a.m., still going to be mostly cloudy.
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maybe a few showers east southeast of washington, we'll be in the upper 60s and low 70s. by noontime, for your lunch hour, partly sunny. rather humid. a steamy mid part of the day. low 80s by then. then mid to late afternoon, we ought to be making it into the upper 80s and back down to the low 80s by late afternoon. 30% chance of a passing thunder shower. around much of the region by later this afternoon. not nearly as active as it was yesterday, i don't think. then tomorrow, partly sunny. turning less humid during the day. afternoon highs in the upper 80s. mid 60s and delightful pattern with low humidity on wednesday and thursday. highs in the 80s. morning lows, 60s. getting a little hot on friday and saturday. upper 80s near 90. both of those days may get more humid oifr the weekend. perhaps some of the remnants of isaac coming our way late on the weekend is the way it looks right now. does not look like a big deal. just maybe some passing tropical showers as we get toward the end of the weekend. i'll be back in ten minutes with
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another update. your first4 traffic now with danella. good morning. >> good morning. thanks, tom. still keeping an eye on the crash traveling westbound 50 in maryland. right at 2 richie highway. the crash there blocks the left side of the roadway. you can get by but just one lane to the right will get you by. 50 inside the beltway past 410 east west highway, travel lanes are open in both directions. no issues for you as you continue and head on to new york avenue. and checking cameras in d.c., not seeing any accidents. that's a good sign things are pretty quiet in the area. let's head over right now to i-270 in maryland at clarksburg road. traveling southbound and northbound, nice and clear in this area. not new orleans road work to warn you about. no accidents. in fact, as you make your way between clarksburg and beltway, travel lanes are open. 14th street bridge, nice and clear as you make your way into d.c. back in ten minutes with a look at your rails. jim and erika, over to you. >> thanks. as if you weren't paying
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enough, we could see gas prices jump if tropical storm isaac strengthens and oil production in the gulf coast has to be interrupted. right now analyst expect prices at the pump to begin dropping in two weeks. one refineries switch to less expepsive blends. but for now we're seeing it rise. according to aaa, prices in the district jumped about one cent this weekend to $3.94 for a gallon of regular. maryland's average remains about the same, at $3.70. virginia, $3.60, which supposed one cent. in west virginia, your average is up about one cent as well. $3.79 is what you're paying. this week a task force will review the traffic camera ticket fees in the district. the findings could be used to lower the fees. right now the penalty for running a red light is $150. getting caught at a speed camera can cost offenders as much as $250. council members mary cha and tommy wells are leading this task force. it could be several months
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before thes for makes a decision. the capital bikeshare is expanding. starting today crews will install eight new bikeshare stations in old town, alexandria. those includes the braddock road metro station and king street metro station. the bikeshare program has more than 1600 bikes at more than 175 stations in d.c. and arlington. >> you see them everywhere now. more and more people are catching on. time is 4:55 a.m. a gesture fit for a president? coming up at 5:15, the special honor someone to bestow on astronaut neil armstrong this morning. but first, why you shouldn't expect to get through airport security with your shoes on any time soon. plus, more proof that the incoming class of college
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the next time you're at the airport you will need to remove your shoes still. t"the new york times" reports te transportation security administration rejected four different scanning systems that would have allowed passengers to keep their shoes on. a tsa spokesperson says the machines didn't detect all of the materials the agency was looking for. shoe scans at airport security are a leading kus of passenger frustration and plane delays. a scholarship squeeze may prevent some students from attending college. the number of undergrads cashing in on cash scholarships are
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down. 10% last school year from the one before. according to sallie mae's how america pays for college survey, that's because cash-strapped states are cutting fund for scholarships and schools don't have the money to make up for thor for the state cutbangs. the average scholarship is more than $7600. there's a new book of lists out that may make you feel a little bit old. i'm not looking at you on purpose, jim handly. i'm just here casually gazed over this way. >> it is all that way. it is all about the class of 2016. this book documents the mindset of students who are becoming college freshmen this year. the author says students in this year's class grew up listening to mp3 player or iripod, not th rye. they've never really seen an airplane ticket. before they purchased an assigned textbook they'll see if it's available for rent or online as an e-proportionally. i want to know what they know what am

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