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news4 today starts now. >> right now, news4 today, a toddler is hit and killed this morning learning new details the driver may have been a relative. >> you might see frost walking out the door this morning. starting off cold cold cold, when chuck says things are going to warm up? playing the waiting game. hillary clinton expected to announce she is running for president. what president obama is revealing about his support. and right now, we're working to find out the condition of two people hurt in a wrong way crash on the beltway overnight. take a look live look at outer loop near the exit for landover road. it's clear now, but the scene just a few hours ago was dramatic. you can see it tied up traffic here.
maryland state police tell us the person driving on the wrong side of the road was hurt, along with a passenger. not clear why he or she was going the wrong way. we'll stay on top of that for you this morning. good morning, welcome to news4 today. i'm adam tuss. >> you wouldn't think it's april and spring walking outside this morning because there is some frost out there on the flowers, on the grasp it's chilly. >> chuck, what's up? cold start. >> right. chilly mornings are going to protect the blossoms belonger. might be able to stretch the peak blooming period courtesy of the chilly mornings. many sheltered suburbs in the upper 30s. a live view from tower camera into downtown washington. there's the washington monument jefferson memorial kennedy center nice looking morning. temperatures 36 in leesburg and manassas. 36 gaithersburg 32 in frederick, only spot that made
it to freezing this morning. cherry bloosssom 10:30 thil morning, planning on cheering someone along, have a shedable layer. full sunshine, 60s before lunch. highs today should be near 70 degrees. so what to wear? nothing but your jacket for this morning. sun glass andes and sunscreen. temperatures high 60s to 70s. next chance for rain? that with your seven day coming up. >> thank you. new information shared with you about the death of a toddler in prince georges county. we know that the child had wandered into the street this was on early oaks lane in capital heights last night. the driver who hit a little boy or girl had just left a family gathering there. prince georges county police say it appears that what happened was a tragic accident. they have not released the child's name as of this morning. a developing story on capitol hill. everything is back to normal this morning, following a shooting outside the capitol.
lawmakers set to return tomorrow following two-week spring recess. capitol police say a man shot and killed himself on the west front of the capitol yesterday afternoon. no one else was hurt. the man's identity has not been released. he had a backpack and a rolling suitcase with him. no one allowed to leave or enter the capitol or the visitor's center. darcy spencer reports on the confusion and frustration inside the capitol. >> reporter: this video shows what it was like for tourists inside the u.s. capitol when put on lockdown. vicki and her husband are in town from l.a. to see the cherry blossoms. they were taking a tour inside the capitol when a man outside took his own life. >> we weren't alarmed but we were concerned. >> reporter: they spent hours indeed as police investigated the shooting death near the capitol steps. a man, without saying a word pulled out a gun, and fired. they took photos and video, as
they were leaving through a tunnel. >> we understood that the government was actually doing its job, and we appreciated that. >> reporter: police are seging who investigating who the man was. the only clue a sign he was holing that read something about taxes and 1%. he also had a backpack and roller back. >> not of stable mind. he -- to take his own life you know he could have made a statement and took out other people and thank god he didn't. >> reporter: elizabeth and her boyfriend were visiting from pittsburgh. they were in the capitol visitors center when the shooting happened. they were also kept inside for hours. >> uneasiness going on people didn't know what was happening, people getting frustrated people missing flights. >> frustrating and, i don't know certain point i just wanted to leave. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news4 today. >> nbc's pete williams talked with our chris lawrence and explained why it took so long to give the all-clear at the capitol.
>> we got the word pretty quickly that it was a suicide, so they seemed to have passed the word through the law enforcement community quickly about what it was, but the reason the lockdown lasted so long is because of the extra luggage that was there. >> the bag. >> they wanted to keep everybody clear and safe. capitol police notified everybody. it was a joint operation, capitol police fbi, secret service, metro police all of these people involved that are in joint terrorism task force. >> and we are going to post any new developments on our nbc washington app on your smartphone. police prince william searching for this man accused of kidnapping a woman from her home. we first told you about the kidnapping yesterday. since then the 25-year-old victim found alive. he broke into her apartment, cut a roommate with a kitchen knife, and forced his way into her
bedroom. he pulled out a gun and forced her to go with him. when students go back to boyy high school tomorrow grief counselors will be to meet them one of their 16-year-old classmates died. on the way back from a field trip on board this bus, when he said he was in pain and stopped breathing. people on the bus performed cpr until help arrived. he died at the hospital. the medical examiner will look for an official cause of death. students coming back from r.o.t.c. trip to south carolina. >> thank you. >> you're looking at right there, historic meeting this weekend. here you can see president obama holding a news conference with president raul castro of cuba at the summit of the americas which wrapped up in panama city yesterday. before this moment no u.s. president had met with the cuban leader in more than 50 years. she is my friend.
i think she would be an excellent president. >> another story, a lot of you are talking about on face back right now, hillary clinton is expected to announce her bid for the presidency today. you can download the nbc washington app for a breaking push alert when that happens. we're told that clinton will announce her candidacy on line. when she does the first democratic candidate to announce a run for the oval office. coming up in the week ahead, big changes for your monday morning commute on metro. tomorrow about half of the trains on the red line will switch back to computer-controlled automatic operation. longer a-car trains will make the switch first. the first time metro used automation since the deadly accident that killed nine people in 2009. on tuesday, d.c. mayor will be in ward seven to expand the district's middle clasp taking part in the department of housing and community
development's ward by ward check-in. meeting tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at marshall heights community development organization. and that's on bening road. this week marks 150th an anniversary of president lingen's assassination. they'll track it from 15th street and pennsylvania avenue northwest. tuesday and wednesday, fords theater w ceremonies to mark the president's final hours. a quadriplegic alone for days in the woods near philly who police say abandoned him, and the local connection. aed to toddler found inside a cheetah exhibit at the zoo. who police say put him in there. enjoy today's sunshine. when chuck says it will be over and what's coming in its place.
you're watching news4 today. tomorrow parents could face charges after their toddler fell into a cheetah exhibit at a zoo in ohio. the 2-year-old fell 12 feet into the pit, and broke a leg in cleveland. the parents quickly pulled him to safety. the cheetahs ignored them. investigators say the boy's mom was dangling him over the exhibit when she lost her grip and the boy fell. t sights and sounds of the national cherry blossom festival continue today. ♪ >> lots headed down to the national mall yesterday to catch the cherry blossom parade. today is the cherry blossom ten-milder. the bridge and circle are closed off and will stay that way until 11:00 p the elite women's rate begins at 7:20. the ten-mile race begins at. 7:30 the race begins and ends at national mall.
something about seeing blossoms when the sun is out, pingish pinkish-white, incredible. >> they tend to look more pink when they first come out and get whiter and whiter as they get out and spread their petals out all over the place. gorgeous day yesterday. today promises to be every bit as nice perhaps even perfect. i don't know what a perfect day looks like. >> setting yourself such. >> setting myself up. if you can't find perfection in a day like this your standards may be a smidgen too high. a mirror calm finish on the potomac. a clear sky overhead. has allowed for a real cooldown this morning. wake-up temperatures in the 30s in most of the suburbs. downtown is one of the warm spots at 45 now with the light southwesterly breeze. what to expect a chilly start on your way outside this morning. but 100% sunshine and a nice light breeze. temperatures now 32 in frederick
frederick, 3 maryland. 30 upperville virginia. 40 annapolis, 48 fredericksburg. layer up springtime fleece out the door. back up into the 50 by 9:00, 60s before lunchtime and near 70 for later on today. so get outside and enjoy. the weather impact couldn't be any lower on your day today. nice as can be to be outside. picture perfect weather. have a light jacket if you're going out to dinner, another quick cooldown. satellite shows nary a cloud in our skies. clouds starting to move into western west virginia now. those will start to come in here. overnight tonight into the day tomorrow. no rain in our immediate future but next rain chances are starting to show up on the radar. showers along the gulf coast and ripple in the atmosphere headed towards st. louis, that's part of what makes our next rain chance on tuesday.
between now and wake-up time on tuesday morning, though everything should be dry. future weather for today. sunny and mild nice day to be outside today. another chilly start tomorrow morning. you can get the car washed. as long as you can keep it in the garage tuesday, you get to keep your car clean through the end of the week. wake-up temperatures not as cold which is welcome news. seven-day forecast time today, sunshine near 70. about 75 tomorrow. that will be just about as nice as we can make it around here. there's your rain chance tuesday. most of the rain between 6:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. then we dry it back out wednesday, thursday more rain chances late in the week. >> thanks. next up reporters notebook that is a look at stories affecting our community. >> back in 15 minutes with more in the morning's top stories. and welcome to "reporters notebook," i'm wendy rieger filling in. we have a lot of hot topics.
you've got controversy this week when the prince georges county executivendorsed the montgomery county candidate for senator barbara mikulski's seat congressman chris van hollen. a blackout that kind of made us realize something in charles county controls downtown d.c. which is interesting. teachers in fairfax county say i should move over to arlington and make another $20,000. i can't afford to teach the wealthiest counties. baker endorsing van hollen. throw it out there on the table. >> i throughout it mattered. and in terms of what it looked like they hold a press conference where sharon baker is standing there, county chair council executive from montgomery county is standing there. he's got two of the big counties right there saying we're behind him. now, i do understand it's early,
and we do know front-runners can stumble along the way. but van hollen is building up backers. he's building up a war chest, and he definitely at this point looks like the candidate to beat. will voters follow baker? don't know. for van hollen looks good. >> some people are critical that you're supporting the white guy and not supporting donna edwards, congresswoman donna edwards, who is an african-american and a woman and from prince georges county. >> but you also had an friend american running for governor who is from prince georges county. >> anthony brown. >> and he alienated many of the prince georges county delegates and state senators and they didn't really get behind him. and he was surprised why he lost. so i don't know if race is really a factor. i think the two big factors, one, is that baker and van
hollen have been friends a long time. they've been political allies. number two, i've always said this someone said it even long before i took it on as a mantra and that is in politics there are no permanent friends. there are no permanent enemies. there's only permanent interest. >> right. >> the reason van hollen and dave can attest to this i believe, remember he was the major fundraise-raiser for the democratic party. so he's cashing in a lot of chips. >> yeah. he has a lot of clips to cash in. well what it does is admittedly we don't know if the approval rating will pass on to the candidate. often it doesn't. you get the post endorsement can still lose in that area. there's an inevitability. all of this activity publicity, all of the rest of the delegation who seemed hot to trot a while ago also looking at it. now they're not saying that.
now it's van hollen edwards and maybe that's it. if the inevitability factor is really significant, he -- this could be a big boost. >> remember now, elijah cummings hasn't decided whether he will or will not run, and that would put baltimore into the mix also. >> he has to think so if he gets into it, donna edwards is already into that would that split the african-american vote? would that be a problem? he said that a couple of weeks ago and hasn't made any moves. >> the thing i was curious, chris van hollen is a bit of a power player on the hill been there since 2002 or something. >> exactly. >> the house budget committee. so i would think i would want someone, it also comes down to politics. i want to be backing, you know i want muscle up on the hill. i want someone that is going to help for any kind of fighting we have down here trying to get money or anything from the federal government. >> yeah. >> i want to back you know a
big player. >> it's a small state but fights above its way. everybody in the house delegation has a unique qualification. national security with dutch rupersbergers. that line was to chris van hollen she lectured him about leaving and said you didn't want to do this. steny hoyer could be speaker of the house in democrats want. he has a lot too. >> quickly, wendy baker did say one of the reason his was backing van hollen is van hollen brought money to prince georges county while in congress. >> that's what i was saying earlier. >> that matters. >> right, it does matter. i'm sorry i went blank. i know -- i know what i wanted to ask. i was reading some people say we're in a post-racial culture now. do you agree that politics can be post racial?
>> i don't -- i don't know if we're there. i would go back to joe's point on this on the interest and the self-interest and what baker is looking at. baker's got this issue with the budget that he's trying to shore up. he wants to make sure money's going to flow down from the hall of congress. i think race still matters, especially in prince georges county you look at the demographics there. but if we back up again, anthony brown, you you know he carried prince georges county but did not carry it by the numbers many expected that he would in his gubernatorial race. >> what makes donna edwards so popular also is the gender issue. remember who she's replacing. barbara mc -- there's the gender issue, too. >> emily's list who is backing her. >> right. >> all right. >> perception that she's too
liberal. although look at her voting record and chris van holeanholan's record. i'm not sure how serious. >> do we use those terms for our local representatives these days? liberal and stuff in? you expect people from prince georges county and montgomery county to be fairly progressive. >> yeah. >> i think -- i don't know that does liberal hurt you in those areas? >> probably not among the democratic caucus. among them independents who might lean republican but want to make a choice and the independents who are leaning democratic. you've good to remember larry hogan got a lot of votes from that batch of people. they're unhappy campers. and if the democrats aren't careful, that's not a sure bet for them anymore. >> right. so when we come back we'll talk -- talk about the power outage when we come back. kind of interesting. >> yeah. >> you don't think so joe? >> i do. anytime you put oprah in the dark -- >> that's a power outage.
welcome back to "reporters notebook." we had a power outage. crazy, something happened in charles county that knocked out power in downtown d.c. which raises issues about security and everything else. who knew that we were that spread out in terms of -- >> it raises issues about the importance of congress and infrastructure. >> yeah. >> these bills have been piling up piling up the president has been saying now. and it hit the president, the white house, because the lights kind of flickered at the white house. but look oprah went dark. here she was presenting this stamp for maya angelou and, bam, the lights went out. absolutely right. there's a security issue. people caught in elevators.
>> subways. >> the most sensitive parts of downtown washington, d.c. it's infrastructure problem. it's not just highways and bridges. >> i thought it was interesting, though that homeland security officials really they sort of played it down. they didn't ramp up. i thought that they really could have made more of it than they did. i think that might have been a way to say, you know, we don't want this to get out of control. anytime you have reports saying parts of the system date back to thomas edison. >> right, hello! >> whoa! that's a problem. >> but looking with our bridges and everything else infrastructure's not something america -- american lawmakers want to spend money to upgrade. >> it's know asexy thing. >> until tragedies happen and that -- you don't want that. so whether or not they'll take billions of dollars to fix this until something bad happens, i think really it's the issue and
it's not one i think that captures the public's attention maybe until everybody can't use the internet. >> virginia senator tim kaine said this is a wake-up call. you've got to -- it's time to get -- unions want construction businesses want construction rates are low, this is the perfect time to pass an all-encompassing infrastructure bill. how much that message gets through congress where there's a move to cut costs especially on the republican side. republicans are getting concerned, too. this may have been enough of publicity, and we may be reaching critical mass where they have to do something or we'll really have a disaster. >> do they care about what happened in d.c.? it was a d.c. kind of event. >> the implications go beyond the district of columbia. this could happen anywhere. >> okay. fairfax county my mother was a teacher down in norfolk, virginia when i was growing up. teachers have always especially public school teachers whatever
they're paying you, it's not enough considering the task that they have the teachers in fairfax county say they can't afford to live there and continue to have this job. one woman, teacher, saying if she could get a job in arlington, she'd get almost $20,000 more. i thought fairfax county was one of the wealthiest in the count think. >> they are. teachers should be played as much as superstar baseball players. i don't know what's going on. a lot of it of course it's property tax. that's what holding everybody back. they don't want to see increase in property tax. bottom line is that we also have to look at how do we finance public schools? do we have to go beyond property tax? >> well i think what fairfax county can do is look at prince georges county and what's going on back to baker, part of this budget he has is increasing money to go toward public schools to get better pay to
teachers to retain teachers in prince georges county who make more than the teachers in fairfax county. so he's trying to raise property taxes to raise those dollars. so again, it gets back to where do we get the money from? because it's so expensive to live in fairfax county the teachers here have a stronger argument that their salaries should be raised and should it be in the middle of the pack in the region. >> sometimes leadership demands telling people voters hard truths. and you know franklin roosevelt had to do it to get the country ready for world war i. other presidents have tried to do it president obama's tried to do it with less success. but sometimes you have to lay it out. look this is what happens if we don't spend the money. we've got to find a way to do it. sometimes that works. but constantly saying no we're not going to raise taxes, that may not work either. >> when you want to move into a community you wonder about safety if you have young children what are the schools like? >> exactly. >> what are the public schools like? it's an investment.
you're investing. >> if they're not good schools, they won't come here. >> enrollment is going up. we're having more students in class sizes increasing and yet -- >> also let's be honest demographics are changing and that may have a lot to do with people resisting increase in property change. there's a lot more hispanics moving in more asians moving in maybe people looking at it from that point of view. >> you want your kids educated period. you want to bring the best and brightest out of your schools. it helps everybody. >> something, wendy, that's very interesting, when you look at numbers. disparity increases when you look at teacher whose have masters degrees. that's where the numbers are more dramatic in prince georges county montgomery arlington, versus fairfax county. so you're wondering, why is it that you have more experience in these other counties numbers are actually wider between fairfax.
>> and the state legislature, they have to step up. >> again, that's a strong argument. >> we're more experienced, yet the gap is greater. >> right. >> even with our experience. >> remember it's a purple state. red legislators control the budget. >> right. >> what is northern virginia? >> yeah. >> blue. >> blue. >> absolutely. hey, this has been great. we're out of time. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> see you next week. enjoy. see the cherry blossoms. have you seen them yet? >> not yet but i will. >> they're peaking. news4 today starts now. hi everybody, welcome to news4 today, i'm angie goff.
>> i'm adam tuss. a quick look at top stories. everything back to normal on capitol hill following a shooting. police say a man shot and kill himself yesterday, causing a lockdown at the capitol and visitors center. police gave the all-clear last night. no indication of terrorism. in prince georges county police are saying it was a tragic accident when a child was hit and killed by a driver in a car. this was in capital heights. watching for the big announcement from hillary clinton today. you can download the nbc washington app to find out as soon as she announces her bid to be the next president of the united states. and the other big story, round two, the sunny spring weather. >> yesterday was awesome. we're starting off chilly today but when is the warm-up going to feel better than yesterday? chuck's got you covered. what's goingen on. >> a frost advisory. first thing has temperatures well down into the 30s. but there will be a very quick
rise in temperatures sunrise literally just a few minutes from now. here's the way it looks over downtown. clear sky, a light breeze. temperatures have dropped early this morning. as a result there is a frost advisory here west of i-95 for temperatures mid-30s, low 30s. looking around and i found only about two or three places that are at or below the freezing mark across northern frederick county high spots of lauden county where the cold spots respect 32 frederick. 34 leesburg, 37 culpepper. 40s downtown. sky cast for the remainder of the day today. pretty. might be a few high clouds drifting in late this afternoon into the evening. on the whole, it's a pretty one. cold start, temperatures 30s to near 40 this morning. 63 by noon. 70 degrees our high temperature today going to be a nice one to be outside for sure. next we'll talk about how long the good weather's going to be sticking around.
thank you. breaking news right now. police and firefighters on the scene right now of a pedestrian accident. this is along the national mall d.c. fire sending out this tweet, pedestrian struck on 1600 independence avenue southwest. we have confirmed this is along the route of the cherry blossom ten-milder supposed to begin lateer. the pedestrian was taken to the hospital as of right now, no word on injuries or how badly they were hurt. we are working to find out if this is going to impact this morning's race. we will bring you that information as soon as it comes in. disabled man is being cared for today after police say his mother abandoned him in the woods near philadelphia. how police are now looking for her in our area and why she might be in montgomery county right now. >> reporter: this popular west philly park sits next to the crime scene, yet for five days people came here oblivious to
the quadriplegic man stuck in the woods. police say he was abandoned by his own mother and neighbors are now furious. >> so for a mother to just throw him over there like that somebody needs to throw her over in the woods and leave her over for five days with no food no water, no nothing. >> reporter: the 21-year-old who also has cerebral palsy was left to die, unable to move he couldn't yell for help. >> heartbreaking to see that another human especially your mother can treat someone like that. >> reporter: police say his mother gave him a bible, blanket, pushed his wheelchair into the woods and fled to visit a boyfriend in montgomery county maryland. >> a lot of things could have happened. he's in the middle of a wooded area. you have while animal there, you never know what's going to happen. the kid cannot defend himself. he does not function. >> reporter: were it not for a good samaritan who stumbled across the man, police say he'd be dead. detectives in maryland are tracking down his mom,
41-year-old, parlor. police issued an arrest warrant. neighbors asked, why not reach out for help? >> if you can't take care of your child, you need to give your child to somebody that can care for them the proper way. >> reporter: news4. >> if police find the man's mother they plan to bring her back to philadelphia to face charges. >> police right now trying to figure out how a man died. emergency crews pulled his body out of the potomac river yesterday. this was near main avenue in southwest d.c. police don't know how he ended up in the water. new this morning, marijuana bill on its way to larry hogan's desk. no longer to be a crime to have pot paraphernalia. maryland decriminalized possession less than ten graps grams last year. now, hogan proposing a budget
compromise under the plan, $203 million go to education, state employees would get 2% cost of living raise, and 24.9 million would go to health programs. lawmakers have until tomorrow to pass a budget before the legislative session ends. it's going to be a busy week for virginia lawmakers as they head into a veto session. lawmakers will consider looser restrictions on surveillance technology used by police. they will discuss tighter gift rules for elected officials, as part of the new ethics bill. lawmakers have been struggling on how best to reform the state's ethics laws following the prosecution and conviction of former governor bob mcdonald and his wife. two were convicted in september on federal corruption charges. virginia and maryland already working to be the redskins' next home. "the washington post" reports that virginia governor mcauliffe and other leaders in the commonwealth have started proposing sites for the team's next stadium. the paper says it could be
built along the silver line. in maryland governor hogan working to keep the team there, according to "the post." the skins lease doesn't expire for another dozen years. >> today we are checking on the stories that affect you on the week ahead. on tuesday, you could be one of the first to ride metro's new 7,000 series railcars. they're being introduced on the blue line according to "the washington post." d.c. emancipation day thursday. marks the day slavery ended in the district of columbia. 3100 people were freed. a parade in the morning and concert in afternoon as part of the day's events. cigarette smugglers cashing in on the black market. the news4 i team on the toe back cotrail. a student being beaten by police officers. how it could impact the
president obama said hillary clinton would be an excellent president if she decides to run for the white house. >> expected to make that announcement online today. joining us now is moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd. chuck, the tease is over. the big tease, i think she's confirming everything all of us knew. the big question what is her message about? >> i think that's the most difficult challenge for her, is that presidential cam ain'tpaigns are about the future how does somebody who has been in american politics 25 years national spotlight for 25 years how does she pivot and be the candidate of the future? i think the gender issue helps a lot. running to be america's first woman president, that allows to
be that's new, different, that's not clinton. i think it's interesting that she's going -- that the name of the organization is hillary for america. notice what it's not called clinton for america, essentially it's all about trying to look forward. also a hat tip to president obama in their campaign being called obama for america. i do think the message issue, the challenge, it's about economic security for middle class americans. everybody presidential campaign's about that. >> yeah. >> what's going to be some of the big ideas? what is it that is her, it's important to elect her more so than anybody else. i think that rational is something they've got to come up with. >> people in her own party that didn't want to see this happen because they have their own presidential ambitions, right? she's got this just add water base kind of thing. what does this do to everybody else martin o'malley. >> the impact on people like elizabeth warden and joe biden, people if she didn't run, they're the two front-runners
and it's a different story. the martin o'malleys of the world, jim webb those guys they're going to i think in some ways somebody's got to run against her. i think there's a primary. her campaign talked to her close aides, they're like no we want some opponents, she needs to do debates, sort of get her sea legs. they don't want her to go totally unattacked in the primaries during this thing. they need her to get her sea legs. >> rnc responding launching a series of ads in half a dozen states including virginia that are anti-hillary. >> not pro-hillary? >> definitely not. but how powerful do you think these ads are going to be? also in addition to that the transparency issue out the gate how much focus is put on that? >> if you're the republican party and you saw those polls that came out over the last couple of weeks that talked about hillary clinton, is she honest and trustworthy and a
majority in swing states saying no that's the impact of the e-mail story, that's the impact of the server and all of that business. it brought back all the old things. that's her vulnerability. rand paul later this week we're going to have a first look at his tv ad an attack on hillary clinton. interesting to see when you have many of the republicans, not just nationally but many candidates running for president for their own side running anti-hillary ads what are her numbers going to look like? found like president obama, having to found to primary yards. >> talking a lot about this on the show today. >> it might come up. a little bit. we also have the secretary of state, he's -- >> cuba. >> i was going to say like large news that happened in panama cuba. we have iran. and a sit-down with rand paul. >> all right. >> busy show. >> welcome back. hope you won at the tables.
>> wasn't there long enough to try. trust me. >> thanks chuck. see "meet the press" every sunday here on nbc 4 after news4 today. this morning, family and friends are mourning the loss of d.c. lottery director buddy rugo he died yesterday from an aneurysm. he led the d.c. lottery since 2009 and before that the director of the maryland lottery for 13 years. he was 65 years old. i shot somebody. everything's okay. >> that's new sound from inside the car of a south carolina police officer, moments after he shot and killed a man. north charleton officer michael slager heard telling someone, walter scott reached for his taser. cell phone showed scott running away from slager. slager's charged with murder. family and friends said their final good-byes to scott at his
funeral yesterday. the funeral for the 50-year-old father of four held in summerville, south carolina. mourners including people moved by the case. a group of alum any from university of virginia asking for changes to improve diversity on campus. organizers for the uva alumni for change say the school needs to be more welcoming to african-americans. they held a rally yesterday and delivered a letter to the uva president. they are asking to triple the enrollment of african-americans by 2020. increase the number of black tenured faculty to 15% by 2015. newest twist in the underground world of cigarettes smuggling exposed by the news4 iteam. it's now happening in broad daylight. scott mcfarland goes undercover on the tobacco trail beginning here in crowded stores you've probably visited.
>> reporter: big box stores offer it all, from diapers to detergent to dinners and desserts. but ever spot this at the checkout line? shoppers buying huge loads of cigarettes talking tens of thousands of dollars worth at one time. >> easy for them to buy product. >> reporter: paul says this is where he's seeing the tobacco smuggling trail begin. he's the enforcement coordinator with the northern virginia cigarette tax board. >> buy anywhere from 5 to $5,000 worth of cigarettes some go as high as $170,000 worth of cigarettes at any one given time. >> reporter: they're able to do it first logon to the virginia government website. >> they need to create a fictitious account. >> reporter: where in minutes they sign up and print out a special certificate that allows small businesses to buy lots of product. tax-free. >> they apply for a sales and use certificate. >> reporter: with the agreement they'll pay back sales tax to the stay once the product, in this case cigarettes is resold.
>> most box scores costco sam's club bj's supply cigarettes to small mom and pop-type businesses. >> reporter: when the news4 i team started digging we found some businesses are not as they appear to be. one of the big buyers we watched for weeks. it's early, tuesday morning at a warehouse store in woodbridge. our cameras rolling as he makes the buy. so many cigarettes a store employee had to help him roll them out. almost $70,000 worth of cigarettes bought and loaded into his van in one shopping spree. where is his mom and pop shop? the team found according to state records the man's connected with multiple companies and multiple addresses in the fredericksburg area. one of them a house in an upscale subdecision. another industrial lot, no sign at the door windows, covered. he also listed this address in glenn allen, virginia. it's nothing more than a vacant lot filled with trees.
this suspected smuggler one of hundreds carrying his team pursuing and suspected of buying close to $10 million of cigarettes in just 6 months. >> the fake companies have increased probably in the last like year year and a half tremendously. >> reporter: as the news4 i team has shown you, cigarette smuggled out of virginia head north, far north, to new york city where traffickers can make big profits selling the smokes for more than they paid at virginia big box stores. >> newport. >> reporter: we easily found, and bought smuggled cigarettes supposed to be sold only in the commonwealth. >> box stores know there's something afoot when this is happening. >> reporter: a spokesman with virginia's department of taxation which issues special certificates say they hear from stores about big buyers and know there are false businesses. telling the iteam it part of our audit process to verify their location. they've conducted more than 1700 audits in the last five years
but the department couldn't tell us if that included any of the buyers we watched week after week load up at local big box stores. the virginia general assembly passed a bill allowing vendors to confirm the department of taxation whether a company's registered as sale and use dealer. paul is kept calskeptical saying it would not provide a red flag. the taxation department told the iteam it does welcome any tips by possible problems. we've put that number with more information about the audit program on our app. we want to talk about the weather today, because some places waking up with patchy frost. but overall the outlook's spectacular. >> nice. this is the one cold morning this week and it's not unusual for us to have a little frost threat into the month of april. it's happened a couple of times in recent years. it's not a complete shock. nowhere near freezing mark in downtown. urban heat island and river
protected downtown locations in the western shore of the bay. away from the water and the downtown areas and it's turned cold. the answer to the cold problem -- >> the sun. >> -- the sun. sunrise at 6:38. it's officially up. it officially getting warmer as of now. great looking shot up there. one of the few spots that i don't get to visit at the staying as this catwalk right here on top of the tower, with good reason i'm not getting up there. you can see the grate through 200 feet below you. that's not my kind of fun. clear sky, 45 in washington. look at suburbs way down into the 30s. 36 in manassas. 36 in leesburg. again, check some of the northern louden spots, lovettsville. temperatures near the freezing mark 32 in new market maryland. 36 down in leonard town st. mary's county. good looking morning for getting out and going running. cherry blossom ten-milers starts at 7:30. if you're running, may want a
shedable layer for one or two. cheering on runners, you'll need a layer of fleece first thing. big warm-up on the way. no weather slowdowns. it's green lights from the weather department today. going out for a dinner and a movie tonight, sunny, 7:00. sun's not down until 7:42. temperatures upper 60s, before the sun goes down. back into the upper 50s by 10:00, 11:00 tonight. sat lie showellite shows clear skies. big cooldown this morning. also a big warm-up later on. no rain chances in our area yet. next chance for rain arrives on tuesday. moisture from the gulf and a little wave of low pressure headed up towards st. louis. will join forces to bring clouds back into the skies tomorrow. not a completely cloudy day but clouds increasing as the day wears along and a rain chance cops along tuesday. today, sunshine and mild. perfect day to be outside and enjoying it. starting off tomorrow morning,
another chilly one, 40s for sure. but a lot fewer 30s on the map by tomorrow afternoon. our next rain chance coming up means you need to have storm team 4 weather app ready to go. download it from the itunes store, absolutely free. tomorrow sunshine early. plenty of sunshine through mid to late afternoon. clouds will come back in monday night and into the morning on tuesday. here's tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. rain chances come rushing in mid to late morning and then lingering up through mid to late afternoon on tuesday. by 5:00 tuesday, things should dry out again at and that leaves us with nice days wednesday and thursday. seven-day forecast. sunshine 70 today. 75 tomorrow. even near 70 with raindrops on tuesday. then back into the upper 60s, wednesday, thursday better rain chances coming in late week into next weekend. >> excellent forecast. thanks. singer justin bieber facing more trouble. where he could be arrested on sight if spotted.
arrest warrant for justin bieber. it's now out of argentina, according to a judge, bieber never showed up for a case two years ago. accused of ordering his bodyguards to attack a photographer. this was back then which could lead to a six-year prison sentence. bieber has not been back to argentina since. following breaking news along the national mall. a pedestrian was hit on the route of the cherry blossom ten-miler. d.c. fire sent out this tweet, pedestrian struck on 1600 independence avenue southwest. park police say the pedestrian was taken to the hospital. no wore on injuries. organizers are trying to determine if this will affect the start of the race. women supposed to take their mark at 7:20.
1600 independence avenue block of -- independence avenue southwest. police saying the pedestrian was taken to the hospital. no word on the injuries. ing erorganizers of the race trying to figure out if this will impact the race. women were supposed to take their more, 7:20. the full race set to begin in about half an hour. >> something we're definitely going to have stay on top of as everybody gets ready to run the race. welcome to news4 today. i'm adam tuss. >> i'm angie goff. glad you can join us early sunday morning. despite a bit of a capitol hill out there to start us off, chuck bell with good news. >> a little bit of a chill, she says from the comfy, warm studio she's sitting in. outside this morning, it's more than just a little chilly. temperatures back down into the mid and upper 30s in most of the shelters suburbs this morning. bundle up on your way out the door. first thing, sun's up strong
april sunshine will provide for a big and quick warm-up. but frost advisories remain from the i-95 corridor westbound towards the shenandoah valley until 9:00 a.m. temperatures in the mid-30s. not a killing freeze across most areas. so that's good news if you didn't cover up your tulips should be fine. but temperatures are in the mid-30s for most of montgomery fairfax, loudoun countys towards the blue ridge 32 martinsburg, charlestown, west virginia. clear skies. already 46 downtown. but the suburbs here will have a slow warm-up over the next couple of hours. good news by later on 100% sunshine. temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70. there are raindrops in the forecast. i'll let you know when they get here coming up. thanks. new this morning, two people hurt in a crash on the beltway, including a driver who was going the wrong way. taking a live look now at outer loop near the exit for landover road all lanes wide open but
such a different story, just hours ago. check out the scene. you can see police shut down several lanes, maryland state police telling us the person driving on the wrong side of the road and a passenger were both hurt. you can notice emergency response there. working right now to find out the condition of both victims right now. >> new information to share with you about the death of a toddler in prince georges county. police now say it appears it was a tragic accident when the 2-year-old wandered into the street on early oaks lane in capital heights last night. the toddler and the driver who struck him or her were at a family gathering. prince georges county say the driver did not see the child in the road. working to learn the child's name. >> we are following a developing story on capitol hill. everything back to normal following a shooting outside the capitol capitol. lawmakers set to return tomorrow. police say that a man shot and killed himself on the west front of the capitol yesterday
afternoon. no one else was hurt. the man's identity has not been released. he did have a backpack and rolling suitcase with him. no one was allowed to leave or enter the capitol or the visitors center. darcy spencer reports on the confusion and frustration inside the capitol. >> reporter: this video shows what it was like for tourists inside the u.s. capitol when put on lockdown. vicki and her husband are in town from l.a. to see the cherry blossoms. they were taking a tour inside the capitol when a man outside took his own life. >> we weren't alarmed but we were concerned. >> reporter: they spent hours inside as police investigated the shooting death near the capitol steps. a man, without saying a word, pulled out a gun, and fired. they took photos and video, as they were leaving through a tunnel. >> we understood that the government was actually doing its job, and we appreciated that. >> reporter: police are investigate who the map was and what may have driven him to
shoot himself in front of countless witnesses. the only clue, a sign he was holing that read something about taxes and 1%. he also had a backpack and roller bag. >> obviously not of stable mind. he -- to take his own life, you know, he could have made a statement and took out other people, and thank god he didn't. >> reporter: elizabeth and her boyfriend were visiting from pittsburgh. they were in the capitol visitors center when the shooting happened. they were also kept inside for hours. >> uneasiness going on, people didn't know what was happening, people getting frustrated, people missing flights. >> frustrating and, i don't know, certain point i just wanted to leave. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news4 today. nbc's pete williams talked with our chris lawrence and explained why it took so long to give the all-clear at the capitol. >> we got the word pretty quickly that it was a suicide, so they seemed to have passed the word through the law enforcement community quickly about what it was, but the
reason the lockdown lasted so long is because of the extra luggage that was there. >> the bag. >> they wanted to keep everybody clear and safe. capitol police notified everybody. it was a joint operation, capitol police, fbi, secret service, metro police, all of these people involved that are in joint terrorism task force. >> and we are going to post any new developments on our nbc washington app on your smartphone. police prince william county are now searching for this man accused of kidnapping a woman from her manassas home. we first told you about the kidnapping yesterday. since then the 25-year-old victim has been found alive. good news there. we still, however, don't know the man's identity. but police tell us he is the ex-boyfriend of the woman who was abducted. she told investigators he broke into her apartment, cut a roommate with a kitchen knife, and forced his way into her bedroom. he pulled out a gun and forced her to go with him.
when students go back to boyy high school without a classmate. the 16-year-old died on the way back from a field trip. yesterday, he was on board this bus, when he said he was in pain and then just stopped breathing. people on the bus performed cpr until help arrived. he died at the hospital. the students were coming back from r.o.t.c. trip to texas. >> she is my friend. i think she would be an excellent president. >> that was president obama weighing in on a story a lot of you are talking about this morning. hillary clinton expected to announce her bid for the presidency today. download the nbc washington app for a breaking push alert went that happens. we're told clinton will make that announcement online. when she does she will be the first democratic candidate to kick off a campaign. coming up in the week
ahead -- big changes for monday morning commute on metro. tomorrow half of the trains on the red line will switch back to computer-controlled automatic operations. this is the first time metro used automation since the deadly accident that killed nine people back in 2009. on tuesday, d.c. mayor will be in ward seven to expand the did trick's middle class. taking part in the department of housing and community development's ward by ward check-in. meeting tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at marshall heights community development organization. and that's on bening road. this week marks 150th anniversary of president lincoln's assassination. tomorrow re-enactors will trace lincoln's last ride from the white house to soldiers house. that will begin at 15th street and pen avenue northwest. tuesday and wednesday, fords theater will hold special ceremonies to mark the 16th president's final hours. 7:08 now. a trip at the zoo turns into a
scary scene. a toddler ends up inside a cheetah exhibit. why police are blaming the parents. a historic meeting. president obama and cuban president castro the new beginning president obama is touting. >> the viral video of depending police in south carolina days after an officer is charged with shooting and killing a man in the back. stay with us. breaking news right now, just moments ago, we have confirmed that the cherry blossom ten-miler is going to start on time this follows pedestrian being hit in the 1600 block of independence avenue. however, the race has been rerouted. this is to avoid the accident scene. park police tell us one person was taken to the hospital. they're in the hospital right now. still no word on any injuries or how badly they were hurt. we do not know if the person hit was
you're watching news4 today. this storey's getting a lost of buzz online. parents could face charges after their toddler fell na a cheetah exhibit at a zoo in ohio. the 2-year-old boy fell 12 feet into the pit and broke a leg in cleveland. the parents quickly pulled him to safety. the cheetah's ignored them thankfully. the boy's mom was dangling him over the exhibit when she lost her grip and he fell. other stories getting a lot of attention. trending on facebook it is a boy. let's begin with justin timberlake and jessica biel. they have welcomed a new baby boy. don't have the baby pictures but we know the name, silas randall timberlake. randall is the middle name of justin.
moving on the baby's doing well dad ecstatic we hear from a rep. they were expecting on instagram back in january, you might remember. married for a few years. they got hitched in 2012. watching this on facebook all social media platforms take off, less happy news for nellie. the st. louis native arrested in tennessee last night on felony drug charges. state troopers pulled over the tour bus nelly was riding in. they found meth marijuana, drug paraphernalia. troopers found numerous handguns. he posted ten grand in bail. clorox wishing it could wash out the latest tweet. apple added a host of new emojis it to the phones including faces to represent different ethic backgrounds. clorox tweeted the new emojis are great but where's the bleach? some online thought that tweet was racist saying that clorox wanted to whiten the new emojis.
clorox has since deleted the tweet but, you know put anything on the internet this is like a bad stain, right? not going away. >> got to be very careful. nice play on words there, angie. online more than 75,000 of you have shared it on facebook as of this morning. the video recorded by this black man who was pulled over and says not all police officers are bad guys. >> people need to understand that not all officers are crooked. not all officers are racist bad people. not all people who get shot or tased or arrested by officers are innocent victims. >> will stack, who recorded the video, lives in south carolina where a police officer is in jail for shooting a black man in the back last week. from iphones to terrorism, we are learning what it's going to take to make a new promise -- make the promise of a new relationship a reality. >> plus when chuck says the
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♪ ♪ you're watching news4 today. >> president obama is now reflecting on his historic meeting with cuban president raul castro. they sat down together yesterday. chris jansing breaks down the big changes that meeting signifies. >> reporter: with a handshake and a simple sit-down president obama and castro rewrote the history books, and the world was watching. >> i think we're in a position
to nov onmove on a path towards the future and leave behind some of the circumstances of past. >> reporter: moments ripe with symbolism, signaling a thaw in cold war era animosities but the president acknowledged differences remain. >> we will continue to try to lift up concerns around the democracy and human rights. >> reporter: they're meeting lasted about an hour but its implications will be felt for decades to come and the president said every issue is on the table. he's expected to take cuba off the list of nations that sponsor terrorism, opening the way for embassies to open in washington and havana. >> translator: a long and complicated history. but we are willing to make progress in the way the president has described. >> reporter: the meeting was the subject of intense planning since december when the two agreed to pursue full diplomatic relations in a 45-minute phone call. already in cuba signs have
changed. for more iphones to more tourists. a hint of change even from raul castro after a long airing of past grievances praises the president. >> translator: i have told him, in my opinion, president obama is an honest man. >> reporter: he even said he read obama biographies, just hadn't finished them yet. but as the two countries move toward a new era, old hostilities linger. here in panama there have been vocal and even violent encounters some opponents of obama's overtures came here from miami were injured in scuffles with pro of-castro demonstrators. >> they've been repressed. >> reporter: one small but stunning sign, a website posted a photo essay with the headline picture of the day. >> nbc's chris jansing reporting there. what a beautiful day we've got
on tap today. a plus for mr. bell. >> absolutely right. i did my homework. started off with a nice cool start this morning, protect blossoms downtown cool mornings help them out. >> how much does that help and protect? if we don't hit the blossoms this weekend, what about the week? >> you need to see this weekend. tuesday, rain chances may interfere. better chance rain friday saturday. next weekend cherry blossom don't last any more than five or six days and they were out on thursday. pushing it you'll get outside and see them for sure. great looking pictures across the region. some of my favorites tweeted out this morning. i want to see some of yours. get your twitterizing ready to go. view from our tower camera. zoomed in on downtown. there's the washington monument. early morning sunshine. you can almost make out the cherry trees in front of the basin. jefferson memorial here.
there's the bright spot of color right there along the tidal basin of the cherry trees out there great pictures coming. mary lou sends me this one from yesterday. pink blossoms with the monument standing tall and blue sky. jen johnson sent this in a professional photographer. look at the beautiful colors in this one here. thanks jen, for sending that out on twitter. if you get one competitive with those, send it to me i'll get it on tv or send it out reavia retweet. light winds a big feature for the day. cold start, 32 in frederick county maryland 32 berkeley jefferson counties panhandle of west virginia. mid-30s across central virginia southern maryland. temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees or more colder than we were at the same time yesterday morning. so compared to your way out the door yesterday, you need an extra layer of fleece this morning.
cold start will not interfere with the warm-up at all. full sunshine strong april sunshine will make for a gorgeous day. highs near 7 on going out this evening, early even temperatures in the upper 60s. have a light jacket ready this evening. radar, no raindrops near us. next chance for rain tuesday. it isn't going to be a complete washout. but we will have to watch this ripple in the atmosphere across the ohio valley. and teaming up with moisture out of the gulf of mexico that's the reason for the rain chance on tuesday. seven day-day forecast includes all of this information and more 70 today. 75 tomorrow. even still near 70 with raindrops tuesday. most of the rain tuesday is out of here by 4:00 5:00. back to dry weather wednesday, thursday. better rain chances late next weekend. get the pictures today. could the redskins be move? who is working to make a home for the team. how ballet dancer misty
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stereotypes on the washington stage, but around the country. news4's pat lawson muse reports. >> reporter: backstage at the kennedy center misty copeland warms up for perhaps the biggest performance of her career. it will be her american debut, as the coveted lead dancer with a major company in pal lay's classic "swan lake". >> i've been dancing swan lake my entire career but never saw the lead as an opportunity. >> reporter: paired with washington ballet theater's brooklyn mack the two will go where no dancer of color have gone before becoming the first african-americans to dance the leading roles in a major classic production. >> i think there's a lot of anticipation and obviously hopes and, yeah pressure surrounding it. but more than anything i'm just excited. >> reporter: the ballet world has changed much since misty
donned her first ballet slipper as the 13. >> once i started dancing, i was never singled out as being a black dancer. once i became a professional that's when it all hit me. >> reporter: her 5'2" muscular frame and color made her an unlikely ballerina. by 17, she turned pro. at 24 she had become only the third black soloist with the famed american ballet theater of new york in its 75-year history. today, she continues blazing a trail. for aspiring young ballerinas, misty copeland's a model of for the evolving world of classical dance. she's youngsters are dancing in her footsteps. >> she's not like in the back or anything like she's in like the front practically. so like that's like really cool. >> personally i'm not small
compared to a lot of other people i dance with. i am a little bigger in my muscle size and whatnot. she brought to the table athleticism. >> reporter: what's your advice to aspiring ballerinas in. >> do it because you love it because the work that you put into it is so much more difficult than i think getting up there and being in the spotlight. i think just visually being able to see dancers like brooklyn and i approaching these roles, i think, gives them different dreams. >> reporter: and it proves that dreams come true. >> really great story there. that was pat lawson muse reporting. today's last performance of that show. tickets are sold out. coming up calling for change. how students are proposing to literally change the face of the campus at the university of virginia. >> after an african-american student's controversial arrest
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avoid the accident scene. police say one person was taken to the hospital still, though no word on how they are doing. we continue to make calls this morning throughout the show. we'll bring you the very latest as we get that information. first off, very good morning to you. welcome to news4 today. i'm angie goff. >> i'm adam tuss. a chilly start for a lot of people around the area. >> yeah. you know what? we cannot complain when we see what chuck bell has to talk about with what's coming later. >> a quote from is morning, making its way through the twitter verse. if you can't find perfection in a day like today, your expectations are too high everybody. temperatures on the cold side april frost advisory out west of i-95 that goes until 9:00 this morning. for all of the areas shaded in blue prince william, fare fax, montgomery locations to the northwest west. temperatures in the mid-30s, everywhere west of i-9 pa. not a killing freeze but cold enough to get your attention on
the way out the door. 34 gaithersburg. 34 manassas. 46 downtown. here's sky cast 4 through the remainder of the day, almost 100%. fair weather clouds later this afternoon and evening. but it's a winner. temperatures near 70 degrees. close to perfect as we can make it. >> we'll take it. a disabled man somehow survived five days alone in the woods near philadelphia. police say his mother left him there. nbc's tells us what happened and why police are looking for the mother right now in our area. >> reporter: this popular west philly park sits next to the crime scene, yet for five days people came here oblivious to the quadriplegic man stuck in the woods. police say he was abandoned by his own mother, and neighbors are now furious. >> so for a mother to just throw him over there like that, somebody needs to throw her over
in the woods and leave her over for five days with no food, no water, no nothing. >> reporter: the 21-year-old who also has cerebral palsy was left to die, unable to move, he couldn't yell for help. >> heartbreaking to see that another human especially your mother can treat someone like that. >> reporter: police say his mother gave him a bible, blanket, pushed his wheelchair into the woods, and fled to visit a boyfriend in montgomery county, maryland. >> a lot of things could have happened out there. obviously he's in the middle of a wooded area. you have wild animals out there. you never know what's going to happen. the kid cannot defend himself. he does not function. >> reporter: were it not for a good samaritan who stumbled across the man, police say he'd be dead. as the victim recovers in the hospital detectives in maryland are tracking down his mom, 41-year-old, niah parlor. police issued an arrest warrant. neighbors asked, why not reach out for help? >> if you can't take care of your child, you need to give your child to somebody that can care for them the proper way.
>> if police find the man's mother, they plan to bring her back to philadelphia to face charges. >> police right now trying to figure out how a man died. emergency crews pulled his body out of the potomac river yesterday. this was near main avenue in southwest d.c. police don't know how he ended up in the water. virginia and maryland working to be the redskins' next home. even though the team's lease at fedex field isn't up until 2020s. started proposing the next stadium, that could be built along the silver line. the post says in maryland governor hogans working to keep the team there. >> big stories about in the week ahead. on tuesday, you could be one of the first to ride metro's new 7,000 series railcars. they're being introduced on the blue line, according to "the washington post." d.c. emancipation day thursday. holiday marks the day slavery
ended in the district of columbia. 3100 people were freed. a parade in the morning and a concert in the afternoon as part of the day's events. 7:36. coming up you know services that deliver gourmet food to your door in a box, is it worth? cost and the time to see if you're better off going to the grocery store. >> new sound from the scene where a south carolina police officer shot and killed a black man what happen that cop is heard telling a fellow officer.
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yeah. breathing. yeah, yeah. >> that is new sound from inside the car of a south carolina police officer, moments after he shot and killed a man. north charleston officer michael slager can be heard telling someone, walter scott reached for his taser. cell phone video slowed scott running away from slager as he shoots him in the back. slager's charged with murder. family and friends said final good-byes yesterday. the funeral for the 50-year-old father of four was held in summerville, south carolina. mourners included people moved by the case. >> a group of alumni from the university of virginia is asking for changes to improve diversity on campus. organizers for the uva alumni for change say the school needs to be more welcoming to african-americans. they held a rally yesterday and delivered a letter to the uva president. they're asking to triple the enrollment of african-americans by 2020 and increase the number
>> we've got the "today" show up for you next here on nbc 4. starts at 8:00. >> let get a preview. erica hill peter alexander, live from new york. >> good morning. nice to see you. ahead here on a sunday morning on "today" the clock is ticking, countdown until the official announcement from hillary clinton that she's running for president. president obama virtually endorsing her on saturday which has many wondering whether the race for the democratic nomination is over before it's begun. we'll check in with chuck todd on that. also ahead, talk about some brazen bandits. british police released new images of thieves stealing what could be tens of millions of dollars worth of jewels like the stuff you see in movies. live to london for the very latest. >> plus tiger on the prowl in augusta, hoping to move his way up the leaderboard at the masters today. could be a climb but doesn't mean it can't be done. we'll take a look at that. and jordan spieth. >> spieth. >> yep. making quite the wave over there. dylan's going to wrap it up for
us. >> got my money on spieth. one that we are kf ben you will love one of the best pupils at a dog training school. only thing, she's not so much dog as she is pig. we're not going to tell her that but we have the latest story on our barking pig as it were coming up in a few minutes. >> is that really a pig. >> really a pig. 45-pound mini -- >> we'll take your word for it. >> can't go wrong with a pig video. thanks guys. well convenience, how much are you willing to pay for it? >> consumer reporter erica gonzales looking at cost simplifying a decision we have to make, what's for dinner? >> reporter: it's not unusual for mark to get home around 8:00 every night after a long day, he's happy to have this package waiting for him. >> i'm ready to kind of relax and eat. >> reporter: this is dinner
delivered to his door but it's not fast food. it's raw ingredients ready to cook. meal services like this one are a growing trend. >> sometimes i work late so it's nice to have it. >> reporter: curiosity got the most of us. we wanted to know how it works, what it costs and how it might compare to the grocery store. so we signed up for a national service online called blue apron and compared it to a local company, scratch d.c. blue apron delivered to my producer's home and scratch d.c. delivered to our office but was my producer's home is out of its delivery range. scratch d.c. delivers one meal a day for two people blue apron delivers three meals for two people in one box. so we could compare price, we bought three meals from scratch d.c. inside scratch d.c.'s box, everything needed to make a meal down to the salt and pepper. >> fresh jalapeno ol inoil, bacon. >> reporter: blue apron. >> baby spinach, two bag of
parsley, mint lemon, water spinach. like individual celery stock and carrot. flank steak knickknacks. everything packaged well. >> reporter: now time to start cooking. with blue apron we prepped and chopped. >> never cooked with rutabaga. it's not the most pliable vegetable. >> reporter: we found there's not as much prep work with scratch d.c. >> this is already sliced for us. this is our bacon. it's already rolled out for us. >> reporter: and it came with home baked cookies. in terms of price, there was a noticeable difference. blue apron cost us $40 as first time customers, about $60 after that. scratch d.c. cost us nearly $100. we wondered what these ingredients would cost at a grocery store. we took a stroll through the aisles and added it up for two of the six recipes. ingredients for a blue apron
italian wedding soup recipe cost $10. that may sound less than what it averages per dish but with different ingredients in every recipe it may average out. blue apron says if you shop for its meals at grocery store on average it will cost 60% more. scratch d.c.'s ginger garlic stir fry with beef sirloin for two costs the same at the grocery store. why does it cost more for three meals? boxed are premium products with locally sourced ingredients and small staff spends a lot of time chopping ingredients to save customers time blue apron told us it does not prepare peep any ingredients to ensure they arrive at peak freshness. and it doesn't include olive oil and salt and pett pepper because it assumes wascustomers have them. mark's not giving up convenience any time soon. >> i have been doing it for a year. i really enjoy it. >> one difference with those deliveries blue apron came with
ice and because scratch d.c. delivered to the office it did not. but we're told you can request a cooler. we posted all of the links to companies we tried and a few on facebook page. >> get a box of cereal pour it in a bowl pour in milk taken care of done. >> it looks like we talked about it with the story running, that looks like a lot of work unpackaging all of that stuff. they do have meal deliveries companies out there that have the fresh food already prepared. so is it delivered in a cooler you put it away. >> stop calling four seasons room delivery at micey house. >> who's your agent. >> no kidding. >> wouldn't that be nice? >> chocolate fountain with strawberries every morning, perfect. >> i can see you doing that. >> you don't flow how cheap i am. >> we'll get way off topic. >> camera one. >> take it away.
>> even when offcamera, she's still talking. outside this morning, it is chilly out there this morning, everybody. you'll need to layer up on your way out the door if you're running the cherry blossom ten-miler, you're probably down there. making the trip downtown to cheer on some runreturns, layer up. from our tower in northwest, a pretty start to the morning out there. 100% sunshine. start to finish today. sun came up after 6:30. doesn't go down until after 7:30 tonight. cold mornings are not all that unusual, especially here in april. dulles recorded freezes way into the month of may. and even relatively recently 31 degrees on may 22nd of 2002. cold yes, but nowhere near record levels. it is a chilly one, though. even the cows are enjoying it this morning in middleburg virginia lloyd ferguson a weather watcher, since all of the cows are standing up that
tells me no chance for rain today. when cows lay down that apparently is the way you forecast raindrops. that's what my folks told me. it was a long trip we made in the car every year. had to come up with something. outside intakestagraminstagram, you can always e-mail it to me as well. not a bad looking day out there. sunshine aplenty. 46 degrees in washington. way colder in the suburbs this morning. mid-30s for much of montgomery county middle and upper 30s to fairfax. 41 in winchester and front royal. 32 martins bug. cold this morning. you need a light jacket. later today sun glasses and sunscreen. april sun can leave you pink if not careful. cherry blossom ten-miler, along the course everyone's enjoying temperatures in low to mid-40s. everybody gets to see a nice warm-up. headed to near 70. it will be nice if you're going
out to dinner as temperatures will drop back down through the 60s. no chance for rain today or tomorrow. next chance for rain arriving tuesday. moisture to the south if traveling towards new orleans, houston, into the sunshine state. that's where most of the rain will be for the rest of the day today. future weather carries us on with 100% sunshine for the remainder of sunday. clouds come back tomorrow. that leads to rain chance which comes into the picture tuesday. seven-day forecast 70 today, 75 tomorrow. that's the peak of the cherry blossoms. rain chances tuesday could take down some of the petals. wednesday, thursday back to dry weather. showery weather by next weekend. >> thanks. when it comes to travel, your dollar can take you further in some places than others. >> a lot of americans are cashing in and why travel
following breaking news, cherry blossom ten-miler is under way. after a pedestrian accident. >> organizers saying the race was rerouted between mile marker 4 and 6 to avoid the accident scene route's a half a mile shorter. park police say one person was taken to the hospital. no word on how they are doing right now. the dollar bill in your wallet doesn't look any different than it diz a few
months ago but undergoing big changes. >> worth more overseas. cnbc sharon epperson tells us what to do to take your dollar farther today. >> extraordinary. >> reporter: for judy and richard of north carolina their six-week trip through europe couldn't have come at a better time. >> certainly is a lot more fun to have more money in your pocket that's for sure. >> reporter: today, paris is on sale. that's because for the first time in over ten years, the euro is nearly equivalent to the dollar make their getaway for than picture perfect. paying 25% less on almost everything. with extra savings, judy's splurging. buying two pairs of shoes instead of one. >> priceless pair is. there you go. >> reporter: according to a new survey by trip adviser, travel cost for a week at popular european destinations dropped 11%, and americans are taking notice. at liberty travel liz is seeing
a 17% spike in european vacation bookings. if i wanted to take a vacation to europe how much more would i be saving than last year? >> last year one-week vacation to europe inclusive of air fare $3500 per person. and of this year talking about $2,500 per person a considerable savings. >> reporter: if you've wanted to see moscow hotel rooms on average more than 40% cheaper than a year ago just 79 a night. and it's not just europe. try going to brazil or taking african safari where you could find bargains nangs thanks to the strong dollar. planning a trip for the summer book now. >> though it seems early, people should be booking travel right now because the dollar's so strong you can prepay hotels car rentals, theater tickets. >> to the american dollar. >> reporter: a dream vacation just got sweeter. sharon epperson nbc news new
york. >> get out and spend some money. >> great. >> got to go to europe. >> or brazil. >> that's fine. >> perfect stuff. your promising a perfect day. >> as good as it gets. cherry blossoms at peak cool morning, beautiful, clouds sky this afternoon. highs near 70. nothing to complain about. everybody will have their best ten-miler ever because it's the 9 1/2 miler. >> it has been shorted because dealing with a pedestrian accident. more of that coming up at 9:00 a.m. >> thanks for joining us. have a great sunday, everybody.
good morning. ready to launch. hillary clinton set to officially announce she's running for president today, as president obama gives her a big stamp of approval. republicans, ready for the attack as saturday nht licks off his own 2016 coverage. >> buckle up, america, because the clintons are back. gunning for green. tiger woods making a big run at the masters purt ersers putting him back in a familiar spot -- the leaderboard at augusta. but can any catch 21-year-old jordan spieth? daring diamond heist. a group brazen thieves caught on camera stealing tens of millions of dollars in precious jewels. how did they do it? and did british police miss an