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the smithsonian station last month. we are learning that the metro employee hit a wrong button and deleted critical safety information. news4's adam tuss was at that meeting yesterday. he said the board ripped metro for the failures and a national search now underway for a new safety officer. as we approach labor day we're approaching the unofficial end of summer. nearly 2 many of you are expected to hit the roads this labor day weekend. today and monday leave before 10:00 in the morning or after 10:00 p.m. to beat the masses. tomorrow, the quiet times fall before 7:00 in the morning and after 5:00 p.m. you can stay up to date with the latest travel days on the nbc washington app. and you can find out today where the cheapest place is to fill up in the district before you hit the roads. the d.c. cfo office will release a gas report later today. according to aaa, the average gas price in the district is $2.68 a gallon.
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in maryland the average is $2.34. if you live in virginia you pay around $2 a gallon. you may want to give yourself extra time if you're flying this weekend. more than 62,000 residents are expected to fly. the lines are likely to be long as tighter security measures have been put in place. the extra security comes after a report earlier this year revealed hundreds of security breaches at the u.s. airports. you may see more bomb sniffing dogs while waiting in line. aaa said to the airport early and be patient. you may be affected by some ongoing track work on metro. red line trains operating every 10 to 20 minutes. orange, silver and blue line trains will operate every 24 minutes. those go into effect at 10:00 tonight through monday morning. on labor day, trains will operate on a sunday schedule. 4:31. time for a look at our weather and it looks like we're getting a break from the heat and humidity. >> i think we earned it. chuck bell is in the storm team
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4 center. >> how about three cheers to that. finally an end to the stretch of hot weather. probably only in the downtown urban centers will be 90s and most areas will be in the 80s. there will be increasing clouds and an increasing chance for showers this afternoon. outside temperatures now 70. gaithersburg and college park, 72 now. 77 downtown and by the bay. hour by hour for today, areas of fog, low to mid 70s this morning up to about lunch time, mid to upper 80s. and upper 80s at 5:00 with a risk of showers. rain chances increasing as we go further and further into the course of the day. not too bad of a start to your friday. more about the forecast in the mountains in ten minutes. for now, traffic with melissa. >> have some road work hanging around until 5:00 a.m. eastbound icc at columbia pike, one lane getting by on the icc right now. 15 at 28 there, clay street, do
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have some road work there with the northbound lanes being affected and blocked. 95 here in virginia at mine road, northbound and southbound, no issues there. on 395 road is blocked until 5:00 a.m. this morning. lee highway, we have a crash there. not too many detail, but we know it's there at that intersection. back in ten minutes. i found out that he was -- like laying right there not breathing. >> an investigation continues this morning into the death of a 5-month-old baby boy and why the nearest ambulance was so far away. a woman who told news4 she was his aunt says the little boy's name was trequan. we know it was a d.c. fire truck that started taking him to the hospital. the first ambulance dispatch was seven miles away from the home on hillside road.
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paramedics on fire engine 30 arrived in about four minutes. they asked for an ambulance from neighboring prince george's county, but after finding out this wasn't one available chose to drive the baby to the hospital themselves. the child's aunt said he had has what and lived in a -- asthma and lived in a hot apartment. >> the house was hot. >> a closer d.c. ambulance met up with the fire engine roughly 15 minutes after the call went out, but by then the baby was in critical condition and did not survive. an official cause of death has not been released. d.c. fire and ems are promising to get to the bottom of the response. this death comes after two recent high profile incidents. a man collapsed right across from the fire department and the
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lieutenant in charge was allowed to retire with her full pension. earlier this year a 1-year-old boy died from choking on a grape. the closest ambulance was not sent and a fire lieutenant was charged with neglect of duty. prince george's county is looking for ways to cut costs in its fire department. that includes reassigning a dozen firefighters. four will come from the riverdale heights station, making that station entirely volunteer staffed. bowie and accokeek will also have firefighters reassigned. a texas sheriff's deputy will be laid to rest. 47-year-old darren goforth was shot and killed a week ago in what police called an unprovoked and senseless ambush. he was shot 15 times and miles has been charged with that. a county clerk is behind bars after not issuing licenses to same-sex couples. kim davis was sent to jail for contempt of court.
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davis said her conscience wouldn't allow her to issue licenses to gay couples. the couple suing davis for not issuing their license will tie the knot today. virginia lawmakers are once again up against a deadline. "the washington post" reports that democrats and republicans have until today to suggest names for an expert who will help redraw congressional districts. last year a court found the existing boundaries concentrated black voters in one district. lawmakers have been able to redraw maps that both parties can agree on. if you have tickets to the terps game tomorrow afternoon, you might notice a big first there. the university of maryland is allowing beer sal in the stadium. anyone who looks like they're under the age of 40 will be asked for i.d. and you can only buy one beer at a time. if everything goes well, fans could see wine sales down the road. all right, redskins fans, time to get ready for the real
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thing. the team wrapped up the preseason game last night with a 17-16 loss. against the jacksonville jaguars, but the game was about giving the young guys a chance to prove themselves including a wide receiver who was colt mccoy's primary target and caught the fourth touchdown pass. the redskins kick off the regular season a week from sunday. go 'skins. you will hear it all season. well, fairfax county students head back to school in a few days and there are a few changes parents and students will want the o -- to know about. breathe easy, while your water bill won't be going up as much as originally thought. a lot of you are packing up a lot of you are packing up to get out of town.
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what did iran's supreme leader get in the nuclear deal? to start with, $100 billion. they keep their nuclear facilities and ballistic missiles. there won't be surprise anytime-anywhere inspections. and after ten years, restrictions are lifted and iran could build a nuclear weapon in two months. congress should reject a bad deal. we need a better deal.
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tom brady now wasting any time -- not wasting any time getting back to work. he was spotted inside gillette stadium last night for his team's final preseason game. the appearance came just hours after a federal judge threw out brady's four-game suspension for his part in the deflategate scandal. now, brady is expected to suit up for the pats regular season opener next thursday. that game will be right here on nbc4. the first bell will ring a little later this school year in fairfax county. it is back to school for kids this coming tuesday, september 8th. fairfax county high schools will now start at 8:10 and middle schools at 8:00 a.m. when your children heads out the
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door they will have newly trained crossing guards. they listened to the parents who were worried about safety and brought in certified guards to control the traffic flow. just in, three new crew members just arrived at the international space station. a russian soyuz space craft docked two days after blasting off from kazakhstan. the hatches separating the two spacecraft set to open in under two hours and the three will join six others already there including nasa astronauts scott kelly and lindgren. this boosts the level not seen since late 2013. pretty incredible stuff there. that's the latest. back to you. >> thank you. 4:41 our time right now. whether you're spending the holiday weekend in grandma's backyard or in the mountains, we've got you covered. >> that's right. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell on what we can expect this weekend. i love the change we're
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expecting, chuck. >> just in time for the last big blast of summer vacation and summer outdoor activity, temperatures are going to be much more pleasant this weekend. 64 in luray and there will be noticeably cooler weather in the mountains this weekend. high temperatures near 90 around town. mid to upper 80s for most everybody else. if you head in your weekend, tomorrow's high temperatures only in the low to mid 80s around town. especially for our friends and neighbors in the blue ridge, saturday, a whole lot of clouds tomorrow morning. i couldn't rule out a sprinkle or two, but as we get into the second half and the final day of the holiday weekend, weather will improve. but saturday could be on the cloudy side across much of the shenandoah valley. but again, by monday, everybody is going to be sitting in sunshine. update now on the latest crash from melissa mollet. >> good morning, chuck. right now, just spoke with police in gainesville, they did not find anything when they arrived, lee highway at buckland
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mill road. we can take that off our list, at least. 66 west would be, 234, two lanes are blocked. supposed to last until 5:00. branch avenue to the beltway, left lane is getting by. and 270 at old hundred road looking quite good. see you back here in ten minutes with a live a look at 66. new evidence in the murder of the arlington mother, but no suspect. and a heart felt honor, how you can pay tribute to the victims of the on-air ambush while helping others.
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cigna's there, helping you to get well and stay well. that's having a partner, who's with you all the way. cigna. you're watching "news4 today." >> 15 before the hour now and this morning arlington police are examining possibly new evidence in a four-month-old murder case. bonnie black was killed inside
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her aurora hills home in april. offices searched the -- officers searched the home of her estranged husband. neighbors who knew bonnie black said they're happy to see some movement in this case. >> i'm glad that obviously the police have lead. >> we have been waiting impatiently to see results. >> now, this is not the first time police have searched david black's home. police described him as a person of interest in the murder, but he has not been charged with any crime. black says he is innocent. this morning, republicans are breathing a bit easier after donald trump pledges party loyalty. tracie potts joins us live from capitol hill with the latest on the race. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. let's start with the republicans they are breathing easier because donald trump has agreed to sign the pledge not to run as an independent or a third party candidate if he does not get the nomination.
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initially, he said he was considering it. now, he says that he will stick with the republican party and as he put it, its conservative principles. jeb bush has been after him saying that he is not a true conservative in the latest monmouth university poll, bush is now third after ben carson who is a solid second. donald trump solidified his lead. he's at about 30%. now, the democrats, hillary clinton, a couple of her aides were called to testify on benghazi here on capitol hill. one took the fifth. the other spent 9 1/2 hours behind closed doors. the committee said that mills answered every single question, she was thorough and transparent about her answers. today they will hear from her former deputy chief of staff and hillary clinton will sit down with andrea mitchell. >> thank you, tracie. undertake what is an arduous
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commitment that would be proud to undertake under ordinary circumstances. but the honest to god answer i just don't know. >> some candid comments from vice president joe biden about whether or not he believes his family has a stamina for another presidential run. the biden family is still grieving the loss of his son beau who died of cancer. biden was asked about his interest when he spoke at an atlanta synagogue yesterday. there are reports biden has met with potential donors and advisers in vent weeks. alexandria mayor bill euille will announce if he'll have a write-in campaign to keep his job. he was defeated by silver berg. and a group of democrats are pushing for a background checks for gun buyers. this comes a week after two were shot and killed on live tv. it has a petition supporting
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stricter laws. right now, private sales including those at gun shows are not subject to background checks. the local chamber of commerce in roanoke is raising money for a tribute to the woman who survived the on-air ambush. they want to build a new community center in honor of vicki gardner. she is doing better now as she recovers from being shot in the back. the chamber president told wdbj gardner has had this vision for a long time and they gearing to make sure -- they're going to make sure it happens. i want to show you a hero's welcome for a man who took down a suspected terrorist. this is u.s. air force airman first class spencer stone as he stepped off the plane near sacramento last night. looking energetic. you can see the bandages on his hand, hurt in the struggle with the suspected gunman. 200 were there to greet him on his way home from ramstein, germany. he's the last of the three americans to come home after they stopped an armed man on a
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paris-bound train. that is the latest. back to you, aaron. thank you, molette. 4:50 right now. we told you earlier this week about a new d.c. water fee that would have doubled some of your water bills and now the uh-tili has decided to reduce that charge. it's being capped at just under $10. originally 2,000 residents would pay between $40 and $80 extra every month. it targeted new homes where the water pipes are bigger. >> people should not be penalized in any way for having prior suppression systems. >> it is as close to being equitiable as they could make it. it's so much better than the $83 i was supposed to pay. >> the new fee will show up on bills in november. it will be used to replace the city's ageing water system. the money will. 4:51. time for weather and traffic on
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the 1s. chuck bell is here and just in time for the weekend. he delivered a change. >> look at that. i get total credit. >> i hope you get a double bonus in your paycheck. >> is the boss listening? we need to fight off some clouds early on a saturday morning but with time the weekend will get better and better for outdoor activities. outside we go on the fairly cloudy friday morning. lots of clouds out to our east and those clouds are coming towards the metro area. so skies will have a little sunshine early on today, but on the whole the clouds are going to win the battle as we go through the course of the day. there's the live view over reagan national airport. a lot of folks trying to get their bags checked for an early morning departure to a holiday weekend. 77 degrees at national airport right now. light breeze out of the north averaging six miles an hour. yesterday's high made 96. that's seven days this summer, 95 degrees or higher. and 48 days in the 90s.
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what to expect for today, fog this morning. clouds increasing this afternoon. and rain chances, though not a washout. no heavy rain expected. rain chances are increasing later today. mid 60s shenandoah valley. low 70s in the western suburbs to upper 70s in the urban centers. hourly temperatures today, relatively quick rise but i don't think we'll see it quite as bad. so running and biking, still feeling like summer. but improvement coming later this afternoon as today's highs will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. that comes with an increasing chance for a shower. if you're headed out the the nationals and braves game, how about the 15-1 win last night over the braves. they should be able to get the game in, there could be a sprinkle. there's rain chances in ohio. and those rain chances will be increasing around here later this afternoon. future weather by noon, not much going on. but by 2:00 or 3:00, here's the moving in of the rain showers coming from the northeast and going westbound. and then banking up against the
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blue ridge. that's the reason the clouds will probably hang on a little tougher tomorrow morning in the mountain locations. here's the first check of the seven day forecast, cloudy skies with chances for rain increasing today. sunshine increasing by saturday afternoon. sunday looks great. monday looks simply wonderful. perfect day to pick out your favorite hammock and stay in it. melissa mollet with a check on traffic. >> good morning. right now looking quite good here look at the top of the beltway, nice and green here. 95, 29, b.w. parkway, everything there looking quite good at this point this morning. 95 in virginia, also looking good. don't have any problems northbound or southbound earlier road work out of the way. looking a lot different than yesterday. remember to listen to our friends on wtop 103.5 f.m. when you hop in your car this morning. 66 east of compton road, no issues. northbound connecticut at the beltway, the left lane is getting by. 270 north and south is rolling
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along. see you back here at 5:01. >> thank you. outrage in loudoun county when it comes to how some students get to the bus stop. what they're being forced to do just to get to school and what's being done about it. y
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congress is launching an investigation into major problem with local army moms problems
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they're having with day care. last month we revealed dozens of army parents filed formal complaints about the u.s. general services administration, it's the federal agency that helps to pay for child care for military families. so the i-team's scott macfarlane dug a little deeper. one said it was a nightmare. the army fee assistant program backlogs, unreturned calls and late payments as well. >> the army fee assistance program is for those who can't find child care on the military post. they are allowed to find a private day care at full price in the community. the general services administration which oversees the program cuts a check to help the parents pay for it and we tracked down complaints about late payments. we'll have more on the story on "news4 today." and new this morning, we are learning new details about what
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went wrong at the texas hospital that treated an ebola patient last september. thomas eric duncan was the first diagnosed inside the u.s. with the virus. an independent review now says the hospital wasn't prepared. the review said his travel to liberia wasn't verbally communicated. and the guidance was unclear. and police need your help right now finding the man who robbed a pharmacy at gun point. here's some video at the drugstore on stringtown road. he forced two women to the ground while he grabbed prescription pain killers. police searched for the gunman for two hours. we warn our kids not to walk alone in wooded areas but for some loudoun county middle schoolers, that's part of how they get to school. it takes some kids a mile to
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walk from their ashburn neighborhood to trailside middle school using the trail. a group of parents on the street are asking for their bus stop back, but the school board denied their appeal. >> i do not walk on the trail by myself. there have been too many incidents that happened. it's a very secluded, wooded area. i felt like if something happened, somebody screamed, nobody would hear. >> the loudoun county public school doesn't feel it's unsafe and parents can petition the transportation department in hopes for a change. stay with us. "news4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. >> "news4 today" starts now. >> good morning, everybody. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday. it's september 4, 2015. from the skyways to the highways we'll look at reagan national airport as well as the highways. we'll get you ready for labor
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day weekend and what you may face if you're traveling. >> let's start with storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell and the weather. >> welcome to friday, everybody. made it through another long week. today will be the last hot day for a while. hot weather is coming back next week. rain chances on the increase as we go into your friday afternoon and friday evening and there will be plenty of clouds to get your weekend started, but i think i'm -- i think you'll be pleased with how much sunshine you will get over the course of the three day weekend. for now, showers well back out to our west. rain chances for this afternoon. little back door cold front sliding into the area. temperatures now 76 in washington. 72 in montgomery county. 65 in charlestown and 71 in fredericksburg. hometown forecast, beautiful, berryville, virginia, out in the shadow of the blue ridge. patchy fog. 66 this morning. 84 by lunch time and a risk of some showers with temperatures in the 70s. clouds may linger longer through your saturday there.

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