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around, maybe a few sprinkles coming out of those clouds, northern neck of virginia to near north of richmond. right now, temperatures are fresh and cool. quite a cool start, just in the low to mid-60s throughout much of the region now. hour by hour throughout the day today. by 6:00 a.m., the low 60s, cool and calm with just a few clouds around, then mostly sunny after that. noontime, for your lunch hour, mid-80s and low humidity during the afternoon, highs upper 80s to near 90 by midafternoon, but with low humidity and lots of sun. i'll be back in ten bhinz a hometown 4-cast. danella's here now with your "first 4 traffic." good morning. >> good morning and thanks, tom. if you're taking the beltway, still construction up in some areas, but it looks like the cones are in the process of being picked up. first, let's check the beltway in prince george's county, as you make your way toward greenbelt metro station. earlier, the left lane was only getting by and that may still be going on, however, that should be ending soon. let's head to the beltway in montgomery county, as you make your way past university
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boulevard. no issues on the outer loop, but the inner loop has road work set up along the right side here, so be aware, stick to the left. again, that should be in its final stages. also going through the beltway in virginia at georgetown pike, this time on the outer loop. yeah, looks like the cones are up earlier, just the left lane was getting by, but now travel lanes are open and that is good news. now back over to you both. >> thanks, danella. isaac remains a dangerous storm this morning more than 24 hours after it made landfall. it's weakened to a tropical storm, but it is streaking across louisiana at just 5 miles per hour. that means another day of misery for millions of gulf coast residents. nbc's danielle lee has been in new orleans since before isaac arrived. she has the latest now. >> reporter: rooftops are all that's visible in parts of southern louisiana. and in mississippi, roads have turned to rivers. >> we didn't have time to grab nothing. it come so fast. >> come on. >> reporter: hundreds are now
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staying in shelters. the slow-moving isaac may not have had the strength of hurricane katrina, but it's still leaving thousands in despair. >> it's just too much bringing back of a lot of katrina. just, i'm done. >> reporter: christie mcnair lives in plaquemines parish, the community that felt the worst of isaac. the national guard had to rescue dozens stranded on top floors of their homes after a wall of water toppled over the 18-mile local levee protecting the parish. despite isaac's determination, the federal levees repaired following katrina have done their job, sparing much of new orleans significant flooding. >> we have more reason to believe that that system will be compromised. >> reporter: still, metro new orleans is littered by downed street lights, fallen trees and debris from mangled buildings. isaac knocked out transformers, leaving at least 60% of the city without power. >> just exhausted and tired. >> reporter: tired but holding on, as the storm continues its
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assault. in new orleans, i'm danielle lee for nbc news. >> flooding isn't the only major concern for gulf coast residents. isaac triggered at least two suspected tornadoes in mississippi. check out the damage in one neighborhood outside of gulfport, mississippi. residents there believe a twister blew the roofs off their home. some houses were ripped from their foundations. forecasters say there could be more tornadoes today. >> we are all feeling the effects of isaac when we fuel up this week. the storm sparked the biggest one-day jump in gas prices in a year and a half. the national average for a gallon of regular gas jumped almost 5 cents yesterday. it's now at $3.80. isaac shut down several refineries along the gulf coast. economists don't think this storm will have the same dramatic impact hurricane katrina had on gas prices seven years ago. news4 will continue tracking isaac throughout the day. we will have live reports from the gulf coast here throughout the morning. we will also get the latest on the forecast track from tom here, and you can always get the very latest information on where
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isaac is, where it may be going and when we can start feeling some of the effects from isaac at nbcwashington.com. tonight, the republican ticket for "decision 2012" will become official. mitt romney will take the stage to accept his party's nomination, but first, it was his right-hand man's chance to shine. wisconsin congressman paul ryan accepted the vp nod last night. he hit some of the campaign's major issues head on, pulling no punches while addressing the economy, health care and what he considers president obama's failures. >> what is missing is leadership in the white house! and the story that barack obama does tell, forever shifting blame to the last administration is getting old. the man assumed office almost four years ago! isn't it about time he assumed responsibility? >> ryan wasn't the only speaker of the night to take aim at the white house. former secretary of state condoleezza rice slammed the
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president for how he handled foreign affairs. >> where does america stand? you see, when friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place. >> rice also said that america's financial struggles have hurt our image abroad and threatened our position as a global leader. virginia governor bob mcdonnell's daughter also got some time in the spotlight. jeanine mcdonnell delivered a two-minute speech and introduced john mccain, joined by chris devlin young, a former coast guardsman and paralympics gold medal winner. she spoke mostly about the military and said the nation needs leaders that don't play chicken with our defense. she was in iraq in 2005 and 2006. >> right after the convention, mitt romney and paul ryan will head to virginia. the gop ticket will hold a victory rally at richmond
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international airport friday afternoon. the last time the two were in the commonwealth was close to three weeks ago. romney was in norfolk, ashland and manassas, introducing ryan at his nominee. virginia used to be a conservative state but has become a battleground state since president obama won it in 2008. the president is doing his best to sway voters in the commonwealth. he visited charlottesville yesterday, wrapping up a two-day tour of college towns. he told the younger crowd that they have more at stake in this election than anyone else. the president wanted to speak at the university of virginia campus, but the school rejected him, saying they didn't want to foot the bill for the extra security or shut down most of the campus. today, the former university of virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend will learn his fate. george huguely's lawyers will ask the judge to reduce the jury's recommended sentence of 26 years, offering appeal from his mother for leniency her for son. the chevy chase native was found guilty in february of killing
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yeardley love. shortly after the verdict, we spoke to a juror who said he hopes the judge upholds the sentence. >> i think the jury was very just and deliberate with the sentencing that we came up with, so i hope something close to that ultimately becomes his sentence. >> huguely's sentencing is set for 1:00. we'll be live in charlottesville. look for the latest on "news4 at 4:00" and on our website at nbcwashington.com. new this morning, just a few minutes ago, nasa launched two new satellites into space. >> lift-off of the atlas 5 rocket and spacecraft on mission to unlock the mysteries of earth. >> the two satellites took off aboard a rocket from the kennedy space center. they'll study the van allen radiation belts, a part of near earth's space with high radiation that can damage satellites. weather and minor technical problems had delayed this launch for close to two weeks now. 4:37 now.
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the redskins exit the regular season with momentum, beating the buccaneers 40-3 in their fourth and final preseason game. robert griffin iii and most of the skins' other starters didn't even play last night. instead, fellow rookie kurt cousins got the start. the redskins end the preseason with a 3-1 record. they enter the regular season a week from sunday in new orleans. tough game, but at least looking good so far. >> yeah. time to get down to the games that really month. >> that's right. can't wait. >> it is 70 degrees at 4:38. ahead on "news4 today," several children are sent to the hospital after they are hit by a car. why some say the driver shouldn't have even been behind the wheel. plus, a new warning for drivers who roll through stop signs in the district. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is tracking
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harper! there's goes another one! see you later! how about upstairs? >> the nationals' five-game losing streak is finally over. bryce harper hit two home runs to lead the nats to an 8-4 win over the marlins last night. the night wasn't all good for harper. he got ejected from the game in the ninth inning when he threw his helmet after hitting a double play. the nationals' first-place lead is back to five games because the braves lost last night as well. i told you the marlins couldn't do it again. i know they beat the nats, they killed them two nights ago, but i knew they couldn't pull it out again. >> good to see the nats back in the winning column.
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it is now 4:41, time for weather and traffic on the 1s. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with our forecast. looks nice so far, tom? >> yeah, a beautiful start again. good morning. right now around the region, many locations are only near 60 degrees and it's in the 50s out in western maryland and in west virginia, many locations. reagan national on the warm waters of the potomac 72 now. hometown 4-cast, la plata in charles county by 6:00, 6:30 this morning, mid-60s with bright sunshine. then by noontime, sunny and around 80 degrees with low humidity. all around the region, hour by hour today, we'll have low humidity in place. we'll have afternoon highs reaching the upper 80s by mid-afternoon, a wonderful summer day coming up. low humidity in place overnight tonight, too. we'll take a look at that, the rest of the week, your seven-day outlook, the latest on isaac in ten minutes. danella has the latest on traffic. good morning. >> good morning. checking out the roadways right now, traveling along i-66 earlier, eastbound nutley, had a work zone set up here, but
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travel lanes look to be open right now and volume very light, traveling east and westbound on i-66 outside of the beltway. here's a live look at fairfax county parkwayparkway, again, we and clear. from fairfax county parkway driving to the beltway, it's about 65 miles per hour, taking 11 minutes. inside the beltway on i-66, not many things to worry about. accident-free and very light volume. back to you. >> it is now 4:43. still to come, how a dangerous out break at a national park has a local family on guard this morning. plus, new developments in plus, new developments in the but somewhere along the way, something went horribly wrong.
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george allen voted for trillions in debt while voting to raise his pay four times, then voted to keep special tax breaks for oil and gas companies and took over a half-million from them. worse, allen went to work for them.
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welcome back at 4:45. an explosion at a coal mine in southwest china killed at least 19 miners. right now, crews are trying to
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rescue dozens of miners who are trapped under ground. rescuers found the bodies of 16 miners who died from carbon monoxide poisoning. state-run tv reports a gas leak caused the explosion. the owners are now in custody. almost a dozen kids are in the hospital this morning after a frightening accident outside an elementary school in los angeles. firefighters say a 100-year-old man drove a car into a group of students yesterday afteoon. nine children and two adults were injured. police say some of the kids were trapped under the car and had to be pulled out. the victims are in serious condition this morning. the driver says his car's brakes went out. today, the man accused in the mass shooting at a colorado theater will be in court. prosecutors are asking a judge for access to a notebook that the suspect, james holmes, mailed to a psychiatrist he was seeing at the university of colorado. the journal reportedly contains descriptions of a violent attack. holmes' attorney says her client's notebook is off limits, citing doctor-patient privacy laws. holmes is accused of killing 12
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and injuring 58 at the theater during a midnight showing of "the dark knight rises." perry hall high school officials plan on keeping police on campus until further notice, according to "the baltimore sun." this comes after 15-year-old robert gladden jr. brought a shotgun to class on monday. gladden's lawyer says his client didn't mean to shoot anyone. he says the gun only went off when teachers rushed him. t a 17-year-old with special needs was critically wounded and is still in the hospital. gladden is charged as an adult with attempted murder and is currently at a state psychiatric hospital for evaluation. a possible break in a high-profile murder on h street. ju lin was killed inside her deli in june and now a search warrant is issued for clues in the case. police say dna evidence at the scene matched that of a man in their system. robbery appears to be the motive. a neighborhood park in prince george's county is closed while police investigate a murder there. it happened in beltsville. someone discovered a woman's body yesterday morning in a
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wooded area near montgomery court. police say she suffered upper body trauma. her body was sent to baltimore for an autopsy. the victim is not identified yet. a vietnam veteran is recovering after two men broke into his home and attacked him. gary caldwell says tuesday night two masked men burst into his stafford home with a gun and a knife. they demanded money and beat him. a neighbor knocked on the door, unaware of what was going on inside. the crooks got scared and took off. >> they held me down here and there's blood over here, too. one guy held me and the other ransacked the house. if she hadn't come knock on the door, i'm sure they would have killed me. >> caldwell says the robbers got away with about $100. he suffered a few bruises and stitches on his hand but is expected to be okay. the time is 4:48. today, a prominent group in maryland gambling will announce it's opposed to expanded gambling in the state. penn national gaming owns the first maryland casino to open.
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it plans to release newspaper ads calling the recent legislation "deeply flawed." earlier this month, maryland lawmakers approved a new casino in prince county and vegas-style table games. the issue goes on the november ballot. 4:49 now. a northern virginia family who vacations in yosemite this summer is keeping an eye on their health. a health alert advised visitors that a rare rotavirus at the park killed two people. this family stayed in a tent cabin in early june. they live in chantilly, virginia. the park sent e-mails explaining the hantavirus symptoms. they include fever, headaches, stomach problems, dizziness and chills. danforth says she is concerned, although she didn't get an e-mail. >> scary any time a health symptom, it's like, is that it? is that is it? >> dan forth says she plans to see her doctor to have a precautionary flood test. the centers for disease
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control and prevention says 2012 is on track to be the worst year for west nile virus since it came to the u.s. 13 years ago. so far, 1,600 people have gotten sick in 48 states and 66 have died from the virus. 45% of all the cases have been reported in texas. experts say heavy rainfall from isaac could originally destroy mosquito breeding sites, but after the storm, standing water can make new sites for mosquitos to spread the disease. >> just about 4:51. that means weather and traffic on the 1s. our storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here now with the pleasant end of august we're having. >> oh, it's just so wonderful! you step out and it's another wow moment. >> yeah. >> absolutely gorgeous start this morning. meanwhile, down in louisiana and mississippi, they are getting torrents of rain still from tropical storm isaac. it's slowly creeping north and moving along at only about 5 miles an hour west of new orleans. look at some of the rainfall
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totals around southeast louisiana. new orleans itself has had over ten inches of rain. some parts of louisiana have had 19, 20 inches of rain! and the rainfall forecast for the rest of the day today, much of the heaviest rains are going to be in mississippi, and then tomorrow up into arkansas. some of these areas could get up to six, seven, eight, ten inches up in arkansas and up in missouri because the track of the storm takes it up into northern louisiana today and tomorrow into arkansas and then into missouri on saturday and sunday into illinois and indiana. then late on sunday, perhaps into monday morning, starting to come close to our metro area, and out ahead of that, we'll get increasing moisture and maybe some tropical showers, but not today. clear, dry, high pressure over us now. just a few passing clouds coming through with that full moon. i winked at the moon for neil armstrong this morning. and we will have that full moon in our western sky through the morning hours and lots of areas where it's down into the 50s. quite a chilly start.
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cumberland's only 55 right now, while in montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's counties, most of those locations in just the low and mid-60s. for the morning commute, 6:00 a.m., cool and calm, we'll be in the 60s through much of the area by 6:00 a.m. then by noontime, for your lunch hour, we'll be in the low to mid-80s, so quite a rapid warm-up, but we'll have low humidity and lots of sunshine. during the rest of the afternoon, mostly sunny, upper 80s by midafternoon, then 60s by dawn on friday. another day tomorrow not a lot of humidity, but we will probably have somewhat hotter temperatures, the low 90s. then as we do get in to saturday, increasing humidity ahead of some of that tropical moisture from isaac, which may give us some passing tropical showers on sunday, labor day, and perhaps as we're getting back to work and school on tuesday as well. i'll be back in ten minutes with another update. danella's here now with your first 4 traffic. good morning. >> good morning. still keeping an eye on road work in our area in our "first 4 traffic" report. so far, still seeing cones up if you're traveling i-95 southbound ght now at 198 in maryland.
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right lane is blocked, but volume, checking cameras in the area, volume is light. so just stick to the left to get by that work zone. checking out route 50 as well, traveling along route 50 making your way between the bay bridge and even traveling to the beltway, no issues to report for you this morning as you travel east or west. travel lanes appear to be open. and also checking 50 in maryland, heading this time towards the district. connecting to new york avenue, really in both directions, again, travel lanes are open. richard, over to you. >> thanks, danella. it is 4:53. the district installed new lights at sherman circle in the pentworth neighborhood. this comes two years after a catholic university graduate student was gunned down there. neil was riding his bike home from work when he was robbed, then shot. police arrested a 17-year-old boy. the petworth neighborhood is the first in the city to use more energy-efficient l.e.d. lights. you might want to make sure you completely stop at stop signs in the district. the d.c. council task force is
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considering proposals to add traffic cameras at stop signs across the district. another proposal would add automated cameras at busy intersections to catch drirs who block the box during the morning and evening rush. d.c. council mayor chase says tougher traffic enforcement is needed because police can't be everywhere. >> people blow through crosswalks all the time and it's very, very dangerous. these rolling stops are dangerous. we're an urban jurisdiction. there are lots of things going on at intersections. you need tostop. red light running? i don't care where they're from, we don't want anybody running red lights in the district of columbia. >> there may be good news for your pocketbook, though. the d.c. council is considering lowering traffic and speed camera fines, which are higher than other jurisdictions. the new proposals would bring in an estimated $80 million a year. there will be drivers unhappy about this one. >> of course! it is 69 degrees now at 4:54. a shocking case of bullying as a young boy is dragged around the classroom. coming up at 5:20, what parents
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are saying after cell phone video surfaced. first, let the games begin. the festivities from london as the paralympics get under way. plus, the uninvited guest that caused a commotion in the middle of of a live news middle of of a live news broadcast. i'm barack obama and i approve this message now mitt romney's attacking the broadpresident on medicare? the nonpartisan a-a-r-p says obamacare "cracks down on medicare fraud, waste, and abuse and strengthens guaranteed benefits." and the ryan plan? a-a-r-p says it would undermine medicare
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and could lead to higher costs for seniors... and experts say ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees costs more than six thousand dollars. get the facts. anncr: it'll start out as concrete and steel... but it'll become so much more. a new world-class resort casino in prince george's county. two thousand construction jobs to build it. four thousand permanent, good-paying jobs when it's done. hundreds of millions for maryland schools...
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real oversight to make sure the money goes... where it's supposed to. but none of it will happen unless we vote for... question seven this november. vote for question seven. and help build a better future for maryland. look up. stretch your wings and fly. >> it's such a great voice. "lord of the rings" actor ian
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mckellen helped start the largest paralympics in history. the london 2012 paralympics got off to a rousing start with dancers and fireworks. wheelchair-bound physicist stephen hawking began the ceremony. oscar pistorius, the first double amputee to compete in the olympics, carried south africa's flag. nearly 4,300 athletes are taking part. today, university of maryland students are working to achieve a milestone in human-powered flight. engineering students will be flying their human-powered helicopter in hopes of winning the $250,000 prize. earlier this week, the team unofficially met two of the competition's goals, including an unofficial record 65-second flight. the helicopter also reached a height of eight feet. "gamra 2" has been modified for longer flights and now measures 114 feet across. >> it's got to be hard to get up there. >> i bet. that's a workout.
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on rare occasions, a newscast might be interrupted by a technical issue or a fire alarm. >> but in canada, they had a different kind of distraction. a bat somehow managed to find its way into ctv ottawa yesterday afternoon. it flew into the studio in the middle of a live broadcast. eventually, a couple people in the newsroom let it out through a side door, but ctv ottawa says either a different one or the same bat made an encore appearance. >> that would creep me out. >> there would be nobody on the set. we would be running for the exit. see ya! >> every now and then there's a little spider back there, but that's nothing compared to a bat. >> a bat flying? no, no, no. stay with us. "news4 today" continues at 5:00 a.m. i accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity, and i know we can do this.

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