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the egg mcmuffin. made with a fresh cracked egg and real butter. only at mcdonald's. i'm lovin it. welcome to news4 this week. >> hi, i'm veronica johnson and we're going to show you the interesting local stories making news this week. among them, super tuesday. virginians showed out in record numbers to vote. and where is virginia gray, family members of the beloved grandmother have serging for her after they say someone else's body ended up in her casket. . and babies combatting bullying. the unique experience students are getting. first, it was a huge week in virginia where super tuesday brought a record turnout in the commonwealth. every republican primary or caucus has seen record
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voters casts ball lots in the republican primary. that shattered the record from 16 years ago where a little more than 650,000 people voted. the huge turnout brought a surprising close result at least on the republican side. donald trump won the state with 35% of the vote with marco rubio with 32%. for democrats, hillary clinton won with 64% of the vote to b n bernie sanders 35%. we break down the numbers. >> democratic governor celebrating a decisive hillary clinton win in virginia. but when all of the ball lots were counted, turns out republican candidates had plenty to celebrate too. a new record turnout. democrats shattered it in 2008 when they backed barack obama's candidacy.
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new record. more than a million primary votes casts. >> we have all of these different candidates fighting each other. what we were able to do is fan tas tig. if we unify, i feel great about november. >> democrats have a different take. the chairman of the arlington democratic academy. >> this is a wide spread notion that people want to stop donald trump. there are a lot of people worried about him so a lot of people voted for anybody but donald trump. >> while donald trump narrowly won in virginia, in the suburbs, many republicans backed marco rubio instead. he won fairfax and loudon. trump squeezed out a win in prince william. if so trump continue ons, would he have trouble winning virginia. >> rubio won loudon. trump won prince william. i think either of them is going to be able to win anywhere. >> even the governor thinks trump could be a formidable
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trump-clinton contest. >> people say we're hoping for trump. i always say be careful what you hope for. >> one sure payoff for the republicans, access to new information about voters, voters they'll try to reach once the nominee is selected. well virginia could be on its way to become the first state to regulate and formally allow the faintly daily sports sites. lawmakers passed a bill requiring to sites to register with the commonwealth agricultural department. it would ban anybody under 18 from playing and require a $50,000 registration fee from fantasy site praters. the bill now heads to the governor. draft kings says 1.2 million virginians play fantasy sports every year. both nbc sports and have invested in fan dual.
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way that you get to the hospital if you have a emergency in d.c. will be changing. a private ambulance service will start responding to the 9/1 calls. mark sea graves got a look at how the company will handle transports in a report you saw only on news4. >> for 18 hours a day between 12 and 24 private ambulances will be posted across the district but they won't be sitting around waiting for calls. they'll be constantly moving and strategically deployed based on data. >> you actually can within reason start to make predicted models of where calls are going to come from, what neighborhoods they're going to come from and what times they're going to have to come from. you always have to build in a buffer. >> a medical transport company, the district is paying them $9 million for the first year. not only will they use data from 911 calls to predict needs for service but they'll ams be paying attention to rush hour when it comes to deployment. >> what time of day we're going to see the calls.
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now where we have the guides that are overlaying traffic pattern on top of that. >> the ambulance will. staffed with two certified emts as well as the same monitoring equipment as d.c. fire. when you call 911 for a medical emergency, d.c. fire will still be the first to respond. but if it's a nonlife threatening emergency, d.c. fire will then request an amr ambulance for transport. but amr won't wait for the call from d.c. fire to deploy. they'll have dispatchers working inside the 911 call center. >> if a call looks as though we're pretty certain it's going to wind up being triaged to us for transport we can proactively start moving ambulances in that direction in a nonemergency basis until we get the request. let's make a teal, how university students have a chance for some cheep seats when they ride metro. the university is asking students to consider a proposal to get a metro pass with unlimited riding privileges.
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their statute fees. all full-time students would be enrolled if the students vote to accept the deal. there's a program in the district aimed at cutting down on bullying among kids and improving sensitivity to others. it involves bringing a small baby into the classroom and letting children handle and study that baby's fragile state. news4 photo journalist beth brown introduces us to roots of empathy. ♪ ♪ how are you, how are you today ♪ >> i thought babies were just people that were just cute and that didn't really do much. but now i know that they do much more than that. >> he makes lots of noises. >> he can come and get it now, right? >> with a baby, it just helps us see them in such a different light and to see themselves in a different
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able to crawl. >> on a month to month basis, bam the month is over. this really slows us down and gives us a chance to notice things through their eyes. >> what do you think it is about isaiah's shoes that he's so attracted to. >> he's getting used to us because the first time we saw him, like he was looking around like who are these people. >> i think just having that designated time in the day to talk about our feelings, to talk about the way that we may develop differently. >> his hand is starting to open. >> you're noticing his hand is relaxing and opening up more. i think it just opens the door to those types of conversations we're having with each other. >> when you see like they're caring for him and when something is wrong, like she helps him. it makes you think when somebody is struggling with something in class, like i could go help them out. >> after the
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forget about the negativity that was in the past of the day. ♪ >> well that's looking at a program or a problem in a whole new light. i sure hope it works. you want to learn more, open our nbc washington app and search roots of empathy. we've been talking about it for years an it appears the purple lawn will become a reality. the big step maryland governor took this week to put construction on track. ever dreamed of going to space? now you have a chance to win a i did everything i could to make her party perfect. almost everything. you know, 1 i n 10 houses could get hit by an expensive septic disaster. but for only $7 a month, rid-x helps break down waste. avoid a septic disaster with rid-x. i do everything on the internet. but it's kind of slow. my friends said i should get fios because it's the fastest...
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says the group promised to get the deal done for under $160 million. that's $8 million less than the governor's threshold for supporting the program. the purple line is expected to open in 2022. while the official start of spring may fall on may 20th, here's another barometer that we use for arrival of spring. the national parks service released its prediction dates for peak bloom of the cherry blossoms, between march 31st within and april 3rd. let's not forget. it's going to get packed down there. maryland live is ready to offer you a chance at a prize that is literally out of this world. the casino is launching a new contest that will allow live reward card members to earn enters for a chance to win a trip to space. that trip would be one of several companies testing out space flight and would be subject to the faa.
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during the month of march. maybe i'll go. well it's shocking and a heartbreaking mistake. a stranger's body in a beloved one's casket. what we're learning about the misup and why no one wants to take responsibility. plus, it's an issue that several of you brought to our consumer reporter susan hogan, people who are paying their gas bills are getting shutoff notices.
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well it could be some time before a family learns what happened to their grandmother. pat collins has been following the story. relatives arrived at a funeral home to find the wrong woman in their grand mother's casket and now there are new developments. >> where is the body of virginia gray? it's at the horton funeral home, according to the hospital. >> the hospital say it is. the hospital tagged it virginia gr
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that we have the right person. >> no, it's not, say the grandchildren of virginia gray. they say they saw that body last week and it wasn't their grandmother. >> i saw a body of another female that wasn't my grandmother. >> what went through your heart when you saw that? >> my heart dropped. i was in disbelief. >> virginia gray was 83 years old, a lifelong washingtonian. last month she became unconscious and was taken by ambulance to the prince george's hospital. she died a short time later. her grandchildren made arrangements for the horton funeral home to prepare ms. gray's body for the viewing and funeral. but the grandchildren say when they saw the body at the funeral home, it wasn't their grandmother. according to the family, the body in the casket had two different identification markers. a bracelet and a toe tag. the bracelet had the name athens doe,
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1/1950, age 66. the toe tag had the name virginia e. gray, birthday 2/10/1933, age 83. but both tags have the same id number. the family says virginia gray had surgery scars. but they say the body at the funeral home had no scars. >> do you think it's her? >> i really don't know. we're looking at pictures. it looks close, but you know, the family -- we're just talking. this might end up being a dna case. >> family members have been forced to put virginia gray's funeral on hold as they continue to search for her body. washington gas admits an update to their website has not gone according to plan. some of you wrote to news4 about problems logging in and paying your bills. susan hogan checked it out. >> well the website was supposed to expand online self service options for thousands of
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including their online payment met,000. technical glitches caused a lot of head aches including one man who got a shutoff notice. years ago he signed up for the automatic bill pay. >> the advantage of that is that i would never miss a payment. >> he was shocked when he received this shutoff snoets in the mail. >> just three days ago i got a notice from walking gas saying my service was going to be discontinued within a week if i did not pay because i had not paid my bill in three months. >> that's when richard called news4 to get to the bottom f it. >> i just thought that if i'm having this problem, i said who else would know but nbc 4. >> washington gas knew it was having problems with its launch of its new features on it website and just recently posted this disclaimer. >> i'll show you on my account. >> but it didn't realize the extent of the problems until we passed along richard's case. that got washington gas to sp
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the company told news4 in part, it concluded the test program for the recently launched site enhancements did not adequately cover the full spectrum of point of failure scenarios and if addressed differently it could have improved the log-in and performance issues experienced by our customers. after contacts news4 richard was assured by washington gas he would not be charged any late fees nor would his service be discontinued. he did ask to be taken off the automatic bill payment system just to be safe. >> right now i don't have enough confidence in their service to continue with their e service. >> washington gas tells us that it is close to fixing all of their online problems and they do say if you have an issue with a bill, if you notice that there's something not right to certainly call them and they will fix it for you immediately. susan hogan, news4. thanks susan. susan on the case. well she logs a leg at a young age but that's n
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sts for 12 hours. try delsym®. if you think fearless is a quality not easily measured by looking at a person, well you haven't met 12-year-old sidney. sidney is a young hoops player from our area. she turns heads with her talent and inspires with her story. at age 6 at a weekend school event scaffolding collapsed on top of sidney. as carol meloni reports, the accident took her leg but not her spirit. >> at first glance, sidney looks like a prototypical highly talented preteen hoops player. but look again. >> some people stare. they're like that's really weird. and people don't even notice. >> i don't even notice. >> sidney picked up basketball after the
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her leg was crushed. four months in a hospital and a few more in a wheelchair. she was down. until her first prosthetic. >> five months of not even walking and then i get my leg and i walk around and my walk was like a swagger walk. >> for now the court is her cloud 9. jumping was tough at first but she has the blade now along with high aspirations. >> for the first couple times i saw her play i literally cried. she would walk but not on sand and not on grass. it was the first time she played basketball after the accident. i literally cried. she started playing for a reason and she wants to get better and she's coachable and she listening and she works her tail off day in and day out. >> some tests discover strength. sidney shows off her fearless spirit, visible from head
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toe. >> i have to show for everyone with a prosthetic you can do whatever you want. >> go, sidney. sidney plays on a number of team year round. now she is currently in the playoffs with her arlington all stars team and aspires in play in college just like her mom. well that's all for news4 this week. i'm veronica johnson. thanks for joining us. we're going to leave you with astronaut scott kelly's final sunrise photos from safe. until next time remember, be safe, be kind, be happy. bye-bye, everybody. ♪
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right now on news 4 today, a murder in prince william county wife is laid to rest. how friends and family are remembering crystal hamilton. two officers hurt in that shooting have is a long recovery. how police and first responders are banding together today in support. round handle. really dirty. really muddy. didn't look like it had been used in a grisly murder. >> is it the phufrd weapon? a retired lapd officer tries to clear up confusion as one of the most controversial murder questions bring new questions to light. news 4 today starts

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