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beltway, two lanes of the outer loop now reopened. traffic is beginning to flow through the area. we got an update from police. the trooper's name, 26 years old, on the job for just 15 months in critical condition everyone is hoping that he will pull through after a horrific wreck on the outer loop of the beltway. this is what we know. police tell us before 2:00 p.m. the trooper was sitting inside his cruiser on the shoulder just about to wrap up a crash investigation. in fact, a flatbed had arrived to tow away the damaged car when, get this, a mercedes fleeing a hit and run drove from the fast left lane to the right shoulder slamming into the back of the cruiser. the mercedes ended up partially in the slow lane and, get this, the crash got worse. >> a tow truck comes that was towing two vehicles, strikes
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the trooper and pushes that vehicle into the trooper's driver's side door. so the trooper was struck twice, once from the rear then another vehicle coming into the driver's side door. >> reporter: a horrific crash indeed. the beltway was shut down while a helicopter came to fly that trooper to the hospital, to baltimore shock trauma. he was extradited from the car. troopers today, a good samaritan, an operator of another tow truck saw the wreck and hooked his tow truck to that car, the striking vehicle, removed the striking vehicle from the cruiser so crews could get the trapped trooper out to safety. that's the very latest. delia goncalves, wusa 9. >> thanks for that update. another story we are following. the attorney for the drink driver that struck and killed a montgomery police
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will plead guilty in the case. luis reluzco faces up to 10 years in prison. police say his blood alcohol was nearly three times the legal limit when he struck officer leotta who pulled over a suspected drunk driver. a plea hearing is scheduled for may 18th. we know that federal prosecutors were counting on jeffrey thompson to build their case that vincent gray knew about an illegal off the books campaign that helped get him elected. the investigation of gray was dropped. now "the washington post" is reporting the reason might have been concern about jeffrey thompson's credibility and his personal life. "the washington post" reports online that investigators last year began asking questions about the ages of thompson's sexual partners. prosecutors wanted to know about money and gifts that jeffrey thompson gave to young men and whether he did so
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former mayor gray has denied any knowledge of a shadow campaign. thompson and others who negotiated plea deals now are waiting sentencing. metro's blue line is back to normal hours after a train became disabled near the rosslyn station. more than 100 passengers were struck on the train more than an hour. passengers walked to the rosslyn platform. a short time later the train was towed away. metro says no one was injured. metro board chairman jack evans is warning congress the next time there is a big problem he will blame him. a key house committee leader is blasting back saying the system is a crude up mess that does not deserve more cash. bruce leshan is live with passenger reaction to the metro funding crisis. >> reporter: metro's new ceo trying to send a message that he is cleaning up the
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he is closing the gates on a new cutting edge and expensive fare system. but metro is still desperately short on cash, as much as $100 million in operating revenues, operating funds for fiscal year 2018. like performers outside of a metro stop, both sides still screaming to make themselves heard. >> i want people fired, i want something done. all i'm asking from you is $300 million, your fair share. >> reporter: a house chair wants to know why they need more cash when it has $760 million sitting unused. metro's board chair says that money is committed to new rail cars and safety upgrades and other capital projects leaving the system another $18 billion short
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of millions more for operating costs. >> you want the system we got now, that's the one we will have unless you are willing to pay for it. >> lots of riders agree. >> the feds should pay more. >> in hopes of heading off another money pit, the ceo shut the gates on a new cutting edge fare system. these new fare gates would have let you pay with your phone or any kind of credit card, but metro says too few people are up on the new tech so it is throwing out these gates and sticking with the smart cards. but metro says too few people were willing to try it. >> we are old school. we are most trustworthy enough for that rubbish. >> reporter: lots of reaction on my twitter feed to the decision to cancel those high- tech fair gate readers. what was the cost? this system is
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embarrassment she said. joe tweeted me already and he said shaking my head. join me on twitter if you want to join the debate. bruce leshan, wusa 9. >> thanks, bruce. to continue that line, tam from tweeter, the cost, metro spent about $25 million on the fare gate project and another $150 million budgeted for the project. metro will spend that any way to replace the gates and fare machines that are in some cases 40 years old. d.c. mayor joined union leaders and workers in a move to raise the minimum wage in the nation's capitol. the mayor submitting a bill to the d.c. council to raise the salary to $15 an hour by the year 2020. under a bill signed by former mayor vincent gray the current minimum wage goes up $1 this
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said no one showed up to install fios yesterday after thousands of employees went on strike wednesday morning. richard everett called before the strike to see if it would impact his cable installation. verizon assured him someone would be at his house if there was a strike. verses then sent him three text messages telling him to reschedule because of a temporary work stoppage. >> i would go online and when i went online i saw that there was appoint ments two, three weeks out. and -- or call. when i went to call, i was put on hold for an hour and just finally gave up. >> after we told verizon everett's story, they continue to say they anticipated minimal impact to the business because of work stoppage and have thousands of nonunion employees trained and covering for the striking workers. they couldn't say how many customers miss
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early voting in maryland. one of the offices up for grabs is the u.s. senate seat of retiring barbara mikulski. the top 2 democratic contenders greeted voters today. donna edwards was at the largo metro station. congressman chris van holland was at the sports and learning complex in landover. early voting centers will be open from 10:00 to 8:00 through next thursday april the 21st. primary date is tuesday, april 26. there are 24 people in the maryland u.s. senate race. we invited the candidates polling highest to come in our studios to state their cases. chris van holland that represents the 8th congressional district is among the first to accept. he will join us tonight on the local news at 7:00. if you have a question, let us know by going to our wusa 9 facebook page or tweet us. also make sure you download the
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we posted the maryland voter guide that includes the locations and profiles on the candidates. coming up, virginia's governor signs a bill designed to help sex assault victims get justice. >> still ahead, the washington cops quest for the cup begins tonight against the flyers. we will take you live to the verizon center. >> a pretty evening. temperatures are in the upper 60s. 64 manassas. fairfax 65. grab a jacket for tonight. i have good news about the weekend weather.
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a judge ordered them to be held another month for the alleged roles in the attacks in paris and brussels. police arrested abrini last week. the attacks killed 13 people and in paris 130. the mother of one of the nigerian school girls abducted says she is able to identify some of the kidnapped girls in a recently aired video. >> i saw the girls. we are in the same ea. i recognize two of the girls. listeria listeria. >>
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>> the video was allegedly recorded last christmas. 276 girls were kidnapped from the school two years ago today. 219 remain missing. virginia governor terry mcauliffe signed a bill that enhances protection for sexual assault victims. the law establishes procedures for handling evidence kits. last year an audit discovered 3,000 untested rape kits stashed away in lockers and police departments across the commonwealth. officials are working through the backlog. the new law calls for nearly a million dollars in state budgets to hire and train new examiners. democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton and bernie sanders are set to do battle in brooklyn. coming up, what we can expect out of tonight's debate. up next, the decision on whether the battery case
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a florida prosecutor announced he is dropping battery charges against donald trump's campaign manager. the palm beach state attorney says there wasn't enough evidence to pursue the case against
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i -- lewendosky. the prosecutor said he talked to reporter fields and he is upset about the decision. the democratic candidates will face off in another debate tonight in new york. >> a state with bernie sanders and hillary clinton claim as their home turf. jenny lucas has a look at what is at stake in the battle for the empire state. >> reporter: brooklyn native bernie sanders and hillary clinton can claim home field advantage in their 9th presidential debate. this is coming five days before voters here head to the polls in the state's primary. kaitlyn from real clear politics lays out what we should expect. >> hillary clinton is really focused on blunting sanders momentum. he has been hitting hillary clinton over her qualifications, her ties to wall street. >> both candidates spent a lot of time courting new york city residents this week
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70% of presidential primary voters come from the city and the suburbs. >> i grew up in brooklyn. >> new york values are at the core of american values. that's why i'm proud to be a new yorker. >> reporter: sanders has been drawing big crowds, 27,000 turned out to hear him last night in greenwich village but clinton is drawing bigger numbers in the polls up by ten points. the race could be much closer because both candidates have a strong core audience among new york voters. >> hillary clinton does well in diverse areas which new york has to offer. bernie sanders does well among white working class. >> other issues almost guaranteed to come up in new york, wall street regulation and terrorism. jamie lucas, cbs news, brooklyn, new york. >> five more northeastern states including maryland hold the primaries one week after the big contest in new york. president obama will
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howard university's graduation ceremony next month. the alumni are making calls and plan to be there. howard's graduation date is saturday, may 7th. the president will deliver commencement addresses at rutgers and the air force academy. wounded warriors from across the country rolled into the white house today using adaptive equipment to meet their needs. the event is more than a bike ride. it's part of the journey to recovery. will reynolds from bethesda is among the wounded warriors today. an army veteran injured in iraq, he has endured more than 20 surgeries. he lost his leg but not his spirit. >> what i want people to know about wounded warriors, it's a really resilient population. they have been through severe adversity and overcome that. >> organizations across the washington area helped wounded warriors move forward. their members were among those on the south lawn cheering them
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on. the warriors head to annapolis maryland for a 17-mile ride. for more information, check out the wusa 9 news app. the national cathedral's next set of repairs for the damage from the earthquake is underway. phase 2 focuses on the exterior and will take more than a decade to complete because it will cost private donors $20 million to complete. that is a lot of work there. >> good weather for it. >> finally. >> the view from up there must have been fantastic. >> we got a lot of good weather coming. >> the weather pattern is stuck which is a good thing since we are sitting nice. with the light winds and dry air we have frost advisories west of 95. i know we have a lot of these. the growing season has begun. if you put plants out, it's too early. a lot of times we say wait until mother's day, maybe not that
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southeast wind at 8. dew point in the low 30s. a lot of times we use that as a measure of how cold it can get when you have add ash hon -- radiational cooling. out west low to mid-60s. 64 in leesburg. 63 orange and luray and cumberland 64. you can see the 70-degree readings. the slightly warmer air will take its time but work its way toward us. in the meantime, high pressure is in control overhead. what you see is what you get. a slight warming trend with the cool nights and comfortable afternoons. the frost advisory west of i-95 with light winds. tomorrow jackets and sunglasses early with 30s and 40s. in the afternoon, it will be fantastic. low to mid-60s. maybe upper 60s west of town. over the weekend it gets better. upper 60s saturday. 70ish sunday. next week we will warm up monday ahead of a front that loli
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dry. cooler tuesday and wednesday. finally a shower chance by late thursday. enjoy. i'm kristen berset at the verizon center. the puck drops at 7:00. we will have a preview. we go one on one with eastern knee to talk about the firing
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i'm chris van hollen, and i approve this message. narrator: an attack ad from the campaign for donna edwards. so untrue. so outrageous that president obama said, "pull it down." the obama white house called the ad on chris van hollen and the nra "misleading." the sun says van hollen and president obama have the exact same position. the post praised van hollen as a "leading champion on gun safety," and condemned the edwards ads that "mislead" voters. donna edwards. will she say anything to win an election?
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but jamie raskin is the only abdemocrat for congress who led the fight for tougher gun laws. only raskin took on the nra to ban military-style assault weapons. raskin: i'm jamie raskin, and i approve this message.
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we are live at the verizon center. game one at 1:00. we are inching closer to the puck drop. regular season matchups between the two teams are any indication, we are in for a fun series. the capitals and flyers split the series. three of the four games were decided by one goal. the flyers play a physical style of hockey, something we did see in the last meeting and something the cops expect more of tonight. >> obviously philly has a rep for that. i think they changed their team around knowing the nhl is a bit more speed skill based now. but they still have that physical -- as do we, and the islanders, it's not a new thing. it's more how you deal with that against any team and keeping your composure. >> last night here at the verizon center, the wizards closed out what was
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disappointing season and shortly thereafter head coach randy wittman was fired. frank hanrahan talks about the situation. >> >>reporter: joined by team president of the washington wizards. ernie when you make a coaching change it's difficult. was this a difficult decision? >> absolutely. randy did good things with us. he has been with us for seven, eight years. 4 1/2 as the head coach. we have a good personal relationship. these things are always difficult. but we were inconsistent this year and i think we didn't have a sense of urgency. >> you will start the search for a new coach immediately, what are the quality you are looking for in a new head coach. >> we are looking for someone that can take this talent that we have coming back, this is a desirable job. we have some good young pieces here. we have flexibility moving in to the off season. we are a starting 5 coming back. they are all very young
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we want someone that will devise the system, pursue the talents of these players and someone who is a coach on both sides of the ball. >> ernie thanks for your time. >> chris, back to you. >> frank, thanks so much. >> the off season begins for the wizards and the postseason for the capitals. can they take game one from the flyers. at 11:00, we will have highlights. i'm kristen about your set. back -- berset. >> anxious to see who the wizards pick up. caps -- >> one goal. we have been waiting for them to get to the play-offs. >> you got to do it. >> as long as we have been waiting for the weather to get warmer. >> it is going to. over the weekend, temperatures will be pushing 70 by sunday. >> that's
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>> pelley: tonight a new cbs news poll finds out who americans believe has the best shot to win the white house. also tonight, secretary kerry says that u.s. navy destroyer would have been within its rights to shoot down the russian warplanes that buzzed them. a population explosion off cape cod, and are they hungry. and... ♪ ♪ using the drama of shakespeare to work through the drama of sandy hook. >> sometimes i still have dreams about him. i can still and talk to him. >> this captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.

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