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that includes museums like the smithsonian. and all plans to barricade sites like the lincoln memorial and others. we'll have more on the shutdown in just. for now, we go to meteorologist jacqui jeras and talk about the weather. something different out there, right? >> yeah. much warmer temperatures will be greeting us now for the rest of the week. this morning, we're waking up to 60°. so that feels very comfortable. a light wind right now south southwest at 5 miles per hour. so the 80s are back. highs today should make it into the lower 80s. those warmer temperatures in the 80s sticking around all week long. dry weather is expected as well. but we have a chance for rain in the 7-day forecast. more details on the rain that will arrive coming up in a few minutes. to traffic now. >> thank you, jacqui. we are watching a couple of early morning construction spots, but no huge accident
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reports early this morning. we have construction in virginia on 95. this is 95 northbound at route 610 coming up toward quantico. alternating lane closures. just a little bit of yellow there on the live mapping systems, causing a few slowdowns through that stretch. not too bad otherwise. on the inner and outer loop, you have two construction zones working, though, in virginia on the outer loop at 193, a work zone working there near old georgetown pike with lanes closed. and then on the inner loop, we have a construction zone with lanes closed much that's in maryland. so be prepared for those delays just after central avenue, 295, also still working that shift in the traffic pattern if you are headed in toward the 11th street bridge. we saw quite the slowdowns there on 295 yesterday. a live shot along the wilson bridge also shows the current conditions so you can see what it looks like on the roadways right now. and very light traffic in both directions there as you come
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across the wilson bridge. for now, back to you. >> let's get to our top story this morning at 4:33. for the first time in nearly 20 years, the federal government is shut down. >> this is the news most people were expected but that doesn't ease frustration voters are feeling towards members of congress. we go live now to brianne carter for more information on the shut down. >> all eyes have been here for the past 24 hours and will continue to be here now that the deadline has come and gone and no deal was reached. it was just a back and forth vol i for the last hours leading up to the deadline between democrats and republicans. back and forth about a bill, including a republican measure that would delay part of the health care law. democrats in the senate refused to include that measure. and now, it's october 1st, and enrollment for the exchanges and affordable care act will be open. and yet, there is no deal to
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keep the government open. 800,000 federal workers facing furloughs. for others, this means delays getting paid. president barack obama issued this to the members of the military about the shutdown. >> our threats to national security have not changed and we need you to be ready for any contingency. ongoing military operations like our efforts in afghanistan will continue. if you're serving in harm's way, we're going to make sure you have what you need to succeed in your missions. congress has passed, and i'm signing into law, legislation to make sure you get your paychecks on time. and we'll continue working to address any impact this shutdown has on you and your families. >> and still some military families are concerned it may not be on time, that they will get those paychecks. also concerned some of the services they rely on may not be available because of this partial shutdown. we understand members of the house still wanting to talk to members of the senate to find a way to reach a deal. what comes next is still a big question mark in terms of the deal that goes on here.
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a lot of people here on capitol hill and across the country have growing frustration. reporting live, brianne carter, abc 7 news. >> ewe touched on at the beginning of the newscast, iconic landmarks around d.c. will soon be off limits to visitors. workers with the national park service staged barricades in preparation for a possible shutdown around several monuments including the lincoln, fdr, jefferson, and martin luther king jr. memorials. workers will also turn off fountains at those memorials with water features like the world war ii and fdr memorials. and park service workers are expected to report to work for four hours this morning to officially shut down the monuments before being furloughed themselves. from the national mall to wall street, the government shutdown is being felt on the stock market today as well. >> and a key jobs report may not be coming out this friday from the labor department. let's go now to linda belle,
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joining us live with those stories. good morning to you, linda. >> hello to you, scott and jummy. this morning, with the congressional stand-off, stock index futures are actually higher. many investors may see this as a buying opportunity. if you look at the past, the last government shutdown, that was in 1995, the s&p 500 index rallied more than 20% in the following year. many workers in the d.c. area are very much on edge. according to real estate research firm, trulia, a high percentage of residents in the d.c. area work for the government. the bureau of labor statistics will suspend operations and close up shop today, though the ap says that the white house could authorize its release. so we'll have to wait and see
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what happens there. all right. wal-mart is hiring tens of thousands of workers to take care of all those holiday online orders. youtube is launching its first ever youtube music awards. i'll explain coming up in the next hour. live at bloomberg headquarters in new york, i'm linda bell reporting for abc 7 news. >> all right. youtube music awards. thank you, linda. we'll be back with you in just a bit. 59° out there. >> still to come, police in prince georges county are investigating a string of bold crimes. the latest on the r
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>> welcome back. 4:40 on this tuesday morning. very busy tuesday morning news-wise. but we also have to find out what kind of forecast we have ahead of us today. >> hopefully a nice one like yesterday, jacqui. >> a very nice one. and we're going to top it by a couple of degrees. our temperatures are really warming up. that's going to be the big thing that you'll notice here as we kick off the month of october. 60° at reagan national airport. it's 58° at dulllus. 54° at gaithersburg. dress in layers today. you might want a sweater this morning, but by this afternoon, you won't need it. you should hit 76° by noon already. and 81° at 5:00. our high temperature about 82°. we'll let you know how long this stretch of warmer weather will last coming up in your 7-day forecast in just a few minutes.
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let's go to the meadows for the latest traffic report. >> thank you, jacqui. we're wrapping up some overnight construction projects. just clearing a work zone coming up from quantico. we start off on 270, where we can see that things are moving right along. no reports of any lane closures there that you need to worry about. as i said, 95 northbound, cleared that construction in virginia at 610. so the commute from stafford up to quantico, all lanes open. should have delay-free conditions at the time. 193 still working a construction zone. causing a few slowdowns as you come across the american legion bridge, but no big problems as you can see on this live shot. you are moving right along. the outer loop will be the headlights coming towards us and then the taillights away from us on the american legion. if you want any more information about the construction zones, once you get in your car, you can go to 103.5 am.
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>> thank you, amanda. 59°. and coming up, all eyes are on the lawmakers on capitol hill. but in the meantime, there's a handful of new laws going into effect today that you need to know about. we've got all that coming up next. >> and police in prince georges county are now working to figure out whether several atm thefts are related. stay with us. we'll be right back.
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>> police in prince georges county and d.c. are investigating yet another string of atm thefts. all three happened this weekend. two of them in prince georges county and a third in northeast washington. it's not clear just yet if they are connected. tom has more. >> a mom and pop kind of a place. >> reporter: the atm light is dark. that's because police say someone stole the atm machine saturday morning. >> i think that whoever did it should bring it back. >> reporter: customers of the deli, which sits right here catholic university are upset. >> people trying to make a living, they stopping people making a living. >> around 3:00 a.m. sunday morning in prince georges county, an atm machine was also stolen at the check cashing place in clinton. and at about the same time, a short distance up the road, the crooks did a number on this atm at a cvs. the outer shell is left, but the inside, including all the cash,
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has been gut. all three of the most recent break-ins occurred in the early morning hours. >> something different needs to be done about it. >> prince georges county police say they are investigating whether the newberglerys have any connection to a series of smash and grabs last month where about a half dozen atms were hit. those smash and grabs also occurred in prince georges county and d.c. in those burglaries, stolen trucks were used by the crooks. police have not released any surveillance video from the latest crimes, but we're told it does exist. >> they need to catch them and put them where they're supposed to be. >> here in clinton, this is where the thieves broke in this weekend and that's where the atm used to be, one of three that were hit this past weekend. again, police are investigating within the three that happened this weekend in prince georges and d.c. are connected to the others that happened in prince georges and d.c. over the last few months. in clinton and prince georges county, i'm tom rowsy, abc 7
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news. >> a police officer injured in the navy yard shooting is back home this morning. officer scott williams was just discharged from the hospital. he was shot in both legs. meanwhile, civilian workers in the navy yard building 197 who were there during the shooting will still get paid during the shutdown. the navy announced those workers will be exempt from shut down related furloughs. >> new laws in maryland. the one that will impact people the most concerns your commute. it is now illegal to use hand-held cell phones when you drive. police can pull you over for using one, you don't have to commit another offense for police to nab you. and montgomery county's police chief says there is no grace period on this one. the people that we talked to say they support the new law. >> i keep my bluetooth on, so it's okay. >> i don't think you should be using it, 100%.
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>> and passengers in the front and back seats now have to wear seatbelts. maryland's new gun law bans assault weapons and large magazines and requires a safety course and fingerprinting for anyone wanting to buy a handgun. gun rights advocates will challenge that new gun law in court today. >> 4:48. and authorities are investigating an explosion on the campus of california's berkeley campus. monday evening's blast followed an afternoon power outage that led to classes being canceled there. an explosion occurred in an electrical vault as crews tried to turn the power back on. one person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. a school official says the blast may have been caused by vandals trying to steal underground copper wire. >> ntsb investigators want to know what sent an empty train crashing into another train in suburban chicago. take a look at this year. it happened at the harlem street station. dozens of people were hurt in that crash. the video footage shows no one behind the controls.
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authorities are trying to figure out if someone intentionally started the train or if it started rolling on its own. >> in the day ahead, the university of maryland libraries are getting a landmark gift. we're told the gift will be the largest of its kind to the university. we don't know what it is or who it's from. all we know is it comes today at 10:30 this morning. >> all right. call it a sign of the season, just in time for october. a town in southern california rolled out this giant flirting jack-o-lantern. it's actually on display in that park year round, but crews turned it into the grinning pumpkin just in time for autumn. and the transformation marks the unofficial start of fall and the pumpkin harvest at the end of the month. >> looks like pretty decent weather for all those trick-or-treaters. >> sometimes it's cold, sometimes you're all right. you have to put the long johns underneath the costume. >> jacqui, if we were to
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trick-or-treat today, not too chilly. >> no. it would be great for trick-or-treating today. hopefully, you don't have a furry costume, right? that would be a problem because you'd be hot in that. but i'll tell you, out in minnesota, there is nothing worse than having to wear a winter jacket underneath your halloween costume. i think that probably takes the cake. wonderful conditions to do anything outdoors. 60° to start the morning. so that's pretty good. and you might need a sweater or jacket this morning. you're probably going to grab it for an hour or two, but then things will warm up throughout the afternoon. 54° in gaithersburg. culpepper at 55° right now. lexington park at 56°. cooler in the outlying areas. yesterday, we made it up to 76°. and to put this in perspective, this warmup is coming. our high today is 74°. we are going to top that by almost 10°, so well above the average. rainfall in the last 24 hours.
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nothing for about a week and a half. so our rainfall deficit is down about 2.5" for the entire month of september. so there's none in the forecast, at least not this work week. and you can see high pressure is now building in across the region and very little cloud cover expected today. one or two clouds out there, but overall, just spectacular conditions. our system is affecting the canadian maritime and not even bringing any clouds for us. very beautiful conditions, our highs will be in the lower 80s. tonight, clear and cool, 52-60°, a look at our 7-day forecast shows you that tomorrow we'll be in the 80s. that will stick with us through the work week and the weekend. and we push back the rainfall, which will make you happy and it won't arrive until monday. we'll keep you up to date on the tracking of that storm. let's find out what's happening on the roads this morning with amanda. >> if you use route 301 to come in from brandywine toward the beltway, you may run into some
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delays. northbound at route 5 at brandywine, just before you get to that merge, the crash is on the right side. so you're going to have to stay in those left lanes northbound to get around it. looking to that on the major interstate, you can see a little bit of yellow here and there with people merging onto those off-ramps or exits or bridges. no lanes closed. 46 miles per hour moving at a good clip there along 295 northbound up toward the 11th street bridge. 270 looks good as well. we've actually got a live shot from our traffic tracker that shows current conditions on the beltway. coming in toward 270, that's that stretch of the outer loop on montgomery county. so through the silver spring area, you're looking just fine this morning. 270, about 71 miles per hour. we also have a live shot there along 270. you can see light conditions southbound so far. back over to you. >> all right, amanda. 4:52 is your time. it is 59°. and coming up, some good news for your booted -- food budget,
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if you're one of the 800,000 people furloughed by the government shutdown. >> and how you can weigh in,
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>> 4:55 is your i'm. residents will have the chance to speak out this week about northern virginia's proposed 5-county park way.
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it would run between prince william and loudon counties. the first meeting will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight in aldy, that's in loudon county. the other meeting will be held thursday night in mannassas. >> workers affected by the government shutdown, they are offering free burgers to anyone who was furloughed. that offer is good at z burgers and limit one per person. you can get a free burger from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. every day until the government reopens, just show your government i.d. >> oktoberfest, or october, excuse me, is breast cancer awareness month. and students at georgetown visitation are all thinking pink. >> they gathered at 1625 i street northwest for a special lighting. a tower on top of the build something now awash in pink and will stay that way throughout the entire month. this is the seventh year the school's think think society has
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sponsored this event. and there are two great ways you can show your support for people affected by breast cancer. good morning america is launching its go pink campaign today and so are we. we encourage you to log on to our website to learn more about breast cancer and to take the pink pledge. you can find all that and more at it is 4:57. and 68°. >> still ahead here on good morning washington, it's one of those other casualties of the shutdown. we keep telling you about the latest on
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>> coming up, for the first time in nearly 20 years, the federal government is closed. after a politically charged stalemate, the money is gone. good morning washington at 5:00 a.m. begins right now. >> live from the abc 7 broadcast center. this is good morning washington. on your side. >> good morning, washington. i'm jummy olabanji. >> and i'm scott. we're live with every angle of this story. but first, a brief run-down of what you can expect now that the deadline is passed. nearly 800,000 federal workers are furloughed. even though some of them in various departments will have to show up for work today, it will be unpaid. >> president obama passed legislation ensuring all


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