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some real problems. >> snapping back to winter, tracking snowflakes, what that means on your saturday and which day will be warmer. >> reporter: i'm mola lenghi in dublin, virginia, where the search for noah thomas. now police are investigating how this 5-year-old ended up dead in a septic tank. a virginia woman is about to lose her driver's license and vehicle registration because of a h.o.t. lanes toll dispute. thanks for joining us tonight. i'm jan jeffcoat. >> i'm nick giovanni. that dispute is with transurban, a private company headquartered in australia which operates the 95 and 495 express lanes. peggy fox is live with the story. how did a small fine potentially balloon into losing her license? >> reporter: it really is amazing. this woman had an e-zpass, but for five days back in 2012 she doesn't know why the pass was not work ing and she rang up $14 in tolls. she said she tried to pay when
she realized it but got the run- around. now the private company that runs the express lanes wants $10,000. because she can't pay, the state is threatening to take away her driver's license and vehicle registration. >> they say i owe it and i tried to pay. >> reporter: lisa commerce is about to lose her virginia driver's license over a $14 express lanes toll. >> how does $14 become $10,000? there's just no way. >> reporter: for every toll violation transurban adds a $100 administration fee, a $77 cost. the first violation carries a $50 civil penalty, the second 250, the third 500 every additional one is $1,000. >> why is the state enforcing a private for profit company's business? it just seem as to muddy of a -- seems too muddy of a water. >> reporter: but it's a different story in maryland where the state runs these express lanes and you don't even have to have an e-zpass.
>> we send them a notice in the mail and our video toll rate is 1 1/2 times our standard toll rate. >> reporter: the only fine is a $50 civil penalty only charged after notification and 30 days of not paying the toll. bob callan said he got on the lanes one time by mistake. now transurban wants $600. if bob callan made the same mistake on the express lanes in maryland, he would not have been charged any fines or civil penalties. he would have just received a bill in the mail for 1/2 times the toll and been charged a whopping $1.58. letting a private company run a highway is the problem say several attorneys. >> i think they sort of made a deal with the devil to get this road built. >> reporter: now i talked to delegate dave albo who is a state lawmaker from springfield who helped write the law that gave transurban the write to
operate the express lanes and i asked him about these high fees and fines. he said well, virginia didn't have $1 billion to build the express lanes. transurban did. i'm peggy fox reporting live in falls church. back to you. >> i imagine this is not the last we'll hear of this. based on a judge's ruling in a recent case, lisa is hoping her attorney gets her judgment thrown out so she can keep her license. yes, it is spring and we're still talking about snowflakes. chief meteorologist topper shutt is tracking who has the best chance now at seeing flurries. >> i would say probably the i- 270 corridor perhaps, again nothing serious. this is not going to hurt the cherry blossoms. let's talk about the futurecast. 8:00 tonight clouds and temperatures, chilly, low 40s, upper 40s downtown. 24 hours ago we were in the mid- to upper 70s. by 10:00 you can walk the dog. it will be dry, 42 in leesburg,
manassas, 46 downtown. by 7:00 we clear out briefly and temps fall below freezing in the suburbs and begin to look up to the north. see hagerstown and frederick some clouds developing by 10:00 in the morning. as we go through the late morning, afternoon see the blue. there are your snow showers either side of frederick, gaithersburg, hagerstown, martinsburg, temperatures above freezing and 40 downtown by 1:00. by 6:00 we're looking at more showers and snow showers possible, maybe one out towards manassas. wouldn't get hung up on the exact location of these, sort of like summertime hit or miss. we'll come back, let you know when temperatures will finally make it back to 60. disturbing new details about the co-pilot blamed for deliberately crashing that germanwings plane into the french alps. investigators uncovered evidence indicating andrea lubitz was struggling with an -- andreas lubitz was struggling with an illness that
he hid from his employers. he had a doctor's note urging him to go on medical leave the day of the tragedy. >> when someone is in the state of mind of about to commit suicide, they don't think of anything else except they must relieve their pain. >> here in washington flags are flying half staff outside the embassies of germany, france and spain. lubitz was a patient in february and march for a diagnostic investigation that officials could not share details about, including one visit two weeks before the crash. the medical examiner's office in roanoke says the autopsy on noah thomas are complete and results are pending. still there are no arrests in his death. the sheriff's office says today moving forward the investigation will focus on facts and not driven by rumors. >> reporter: i'm mola lenghi in dublin, virginia, where the search for missing 5-year-old
noah thomas has turned into a death investigation, one that has produced few leads and very few answers. after 5-year-old noah top was found dead in a septic tank this man's daughter asked him a question he was not ready for. >> daddy, is he dead? and honestly it took me 15 seconds to think of a good answer because how do you explain that to another 5-year- old? >> reporter: authorities have not done much explaining about how noah ended up in his family's septic tank. this particular septic tank, how do you access it? is there any way this could have been an accident? >> i can't speak to any part of the investigation. >> reporter: what about the septic tank, how you can access that? >> i can't speak to that. >> i think what's hurting the most right now is nobody knows. >> reporter: when people don't know, they speculate. he talks to dozens of people a day where he works at the dublin grocery store. >> upper radios are running rampant. you have a friend of a police officer, a friend of a firefighter saying we heard this, we heard that and it's nothing good.
>> this investigation will be focused on facts and physical evidence and will not be driven by speculation, nor rumors. >> reporter: perhaps the most important physical evidence? the autopsy on noah's body. how he died will help explain exactly what happened. in dublin, virginia, mola lenghi, wusa9. >> police have not said when they'll result the autopsy results. a daycare mom in rockville charged with felony child abuse had a state license to operate despite at least 10 violations since the end of 2013. officers arrested ana valentin yesterday after an investigation into a january incident at her home daycare business. doctors said a baby girl in her care suffered severe shaken baby syndrome injuries. the child remains seriously disabled. state officials pulled valentin's license after the incident. her other violations include a potentially dangerous play space and incomplete training.
you might say cvs could stand for cited for violation second time at one of the company's drugstores in the district. the 2nd time in three months a rodent pest violation resulted in suspension of the cvs store at 2000 l street in northwest. cvs issued a statement indicating the pharmacy and other parts of the store are still open. its pest control service was back on the premises today. a first for nasa ed to, how the agency is push -- today, how the agency is pushing space exploration forward with this afternoon's blastoff. >> next the new live streaming app periscope is all the craze, but there
if you were hanging out with us at 5:00 yesterday, you got a first look at the new live streaming app periscope. now we're taking it to the streets. >> some tech experts say periscope is changing the way we all see news and debra alfarone is live with phone in hand near the 16th street bridge and telling us how construction is affecting the commute there. >> reporter: i've got eight people from around the country looking at this. you can see this app periscope. i'm showing them behind the scenes and also showing people what's going on right here. they're looking at what's going on with the 16th street, this whole slowdown because of construction, but they're from all around the country.
i talked to people from boston, atlanta, the uk. they're looking at this right now and yesterday this came in very handy. a powerful dangerous and perhaps even deadly building explosion rocked new york city's east village thursday. photographers captured the scene, but before they got there people on the street streamed it live through the power of periscope, the new app owned by twitter where you can easily stream video and sound live while people from around the world can watch and communicate with you. >> did you know that you are being live streamed on periscope? >> repto people in adams morgan today. we're doing stories about this new app on periscope. >> reporter: and there are 10 people around the country watching this. what do you think of that? many say it's a game changer for how you see breaking news, kind of like how this picture, the first snap of the miracle on the hudson, crashed twit pic in 2009, but there are
concerns. wusa9 web guru joni v. >> it gives anyone with an iphone the ability to shoot breaking news video, but it doesn't mean they're a verified trusted source. >> reporter: like this video of a protest, but who is protesting what? while you may find some cute pups, there's always the opportunity to come across something you may find offensive. >> parents should always know when it comes to apps like this you have to monitor your child's itunes downloads, whatever they're getting in the app store. >> reporter: you can see we're still using this live. see all those hearts because people are enjoying this report, believe it or not. you can see what the traffic conditions are like here on 16th street using this on my iphone. however, this app is not yet ready for android. debra alfarone, wusa9. >> hello to all those people. thank you.
twitter is apparently trying to stomp out rival app meerkat which launched about a month ago by restricting its access to some twitter functions. we're supposed to be in the 60s this week, right? it's spring, but we could see snowflakes this weekend. after the break topper tells us when we'll get back to normal. >> reporter: it's 70 degrees here in spokane. it's so warm the cherry blossoms have begun to bloom already, going to be hot inside the arena as it's the biggest trade violation
in history. today middle east governments are shredding open skies agreements they signed pumping over $40 billion in prohibited subsidies into their state-owned airlines. protectionism at its worst. and their actions threaten thousands of u.s. aviation jobs. it's time for middle east countries to play by the rules. restore competition. restore open skies. fight for american jobs.
the fate of healthcare exchanges and subsidies now lies in the hands of the supreme court. the justices are expected to rule this summer on whether they stay or go. if they go away, representative joe kennedy, iii who sits on the subcommittee in charge of obamacare says it's no problem. >> the legislative fix on this is pretty simple. it's a technical fix to make sure that all members of our society, all americans, are able to get access to those subsidies. so i would certainly hope our colleagues here would file that legislation right away and it get through the house and signed into law. >> the house tried to repeal obamacare 54 times. so a vote to save the most
controversial part of the bill is probably unlikely. the healthcare conversation does continue on capital download sunday here on wusa9. join derek mcginty and usa today's susan page at 8:30 a.m. for astronaut scott kelly, it's 2 1/2 hours down, 8,257 hours to go. the rocket man blasted off from the launch pad in kazakhstan on a mission to spend one full year in space. >> and liftoff. a year in space starts now, kelly, kornienko on their way towards the international space station. >> scientists will closely monitor kelly during his year up there to learn more about the effects of long term spaceflight and they will compare his vital signs with those of his earth bound twin brother retired astronaut mark kelly, husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords. always watching always tracking, wusa9's first alert weather. >> let's start with a live look outside, our live michael and
son weather cam, some breaks in the clouds. it's chilly, again hard to believe we were 77 this time yesterday. we're 51 now, dew points fallen back into the 20s, winds northwest at 12. looking at a pretty dry and cold air mass this weekend. colder tonight. you will need a coat and gloves, wind chills in the 20s. more like winter tomorrow with a few flakes mixed in. sunday better but still cool. we'll struggle to get to 50. that's better than struggling to get to the low 40s, i suppose. the weekend will still be okay for outdoor activities if you're a bike rider or jogger, cyclist or walker, you can. just add a layer. tonight 8:00 40s, 43 in gaithersburg, 46 in manassas and leesburg, temps not falling off the table tonight. by 9:30 still low 40s with breaks in the clouds off to the north and west, frederick, leesburg and culpeper. we get into morning hours 7:00, generally clear to partly
cloudy and temps falling now below freezing just about everywhere even la plata 31, manassas and culpeper 32 degrees and by 10:00 a few clouds begin to gather up to the north looking at temperatures still 37 in gaithersburg by 1:00 but notice the blue. that is a little snow on our legend. just a passing fleury or snow shower about it. 40 downtown at 1:00. we'll make it into the 40s at least downtown. by 5:30 a little patch of blue over manassas. i said this earlier. don't get real hung up on the exact location of these snow showers. much like summertime we tell you not to get too hung up on the exact location of the thunderstorms. the models aren't that good. they're good enough to say there will be some showers and snow showers in the metro, but pinpointing them, we'll have to wait. late tomorrow night we fall into the 20s quickly. we'll be in the mid-20s in the suburbs. tonight mostly cloudy, breezy, colder, maybe a late flurry, low temperatures 28 to 36,
winds northwest 10 to 15. mid-30s to start, 37 at 11:00, maybe a fleury, a better chance of a snow -- flurry, a better chance of a snow shower downtown, 40. sunday better, showers possible sunday night, 50. monday maybe a shower early, temps going the right direction, we're 60 by monday. next seven days tuesday we're in good shape, low 60s, mid- to upper 60s wednesday, maybe a shower wednesday night and rather unsettled thursday and friday, rain and showers, but remaining mild. the maryland women are appearing in their 23rd ncaa tournament. to advance they need to beat a team that's given them some trouble of late. the team is in spokane prepping for the sweet
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wusa9 news is sponsored in part by your local toyota dealers. now wusa9 game on sports brought to you by xfinity. >> the maryland women will play a familiar foe in the sweet 16 tomorrow, duke, their former acc rival. the terps are in the big 10 and hope for big results in spokane. that is where dave owens is. he has the latest. what's it like out there? i hear 70 degrees at least. >> reporter: yeah, die. i feel like i'm in the -- yeah, diane. i feel like i'm in the bahamas. let's talk about this rivalry. when you say maryland and duke, that's all you got to say in the dmv. if maryland needed any motivation, the schedulemakers took care of that. take a look.
well, the attitude is like now, but that will change in about 24 hours. when you say duke/maryland, you might as well say hatfield and mccoy. >> we don't like duke. that's it, simple. >> i feel like both teams make each other better, but a game you kind of feel like you want to get respect. >> reporter: duke features elizabeth williams, one of the best players in the country and if there's one player the terps must stop, she's it. >> no. 1 player coming out of high school, no. 1 draft pick coming up in the wnba. she's tremendously big, strong, aggressive. >> i remember my first shot i took at duke she actually blocked it and i was like oh, my goodness. this is going to be a long game. >> we have to play team defense. we'll have our moments to help out on her. >> reporter: game aside it's a special moment for maryland, its fourth straight sweet 16
and head coach brenda frese said enjoy the ride. >> it's something i'll never take for granted. so just those moments for these players to have these opportunities that you build a program like maryland here into a program of consistency. >> reporter: yeah, it's a program of consistency, all right. by the way, as you said earlier, diane, duke's won four of the last five. i asked lauren what she thought and she said redemption. later tonight we've had great inside access with the women. we've got fun stuff for you. here's a hunt. one of the players becomes the reporter. i'll see you at 11:00. back to you in the studio. >> we'll catch you then. to the pro game where the wizard trying to get off the slide, they've lost four games. since then they've signed will bynum, but none of that mattered earlier when all eyes
were on a young teen making a wish come true. 13-year-old nittin took part in the game shoot around and will be part of the team. he follows the wizards every day. this dream come true to hang out with them helps him forget he's battling a form of brain cancer. >> last year was tough with all of the chemo and all the medicines and the news coming. it was tough for me and all the times i would feel sick, but keeping a positive attitude gets me through it and i'm glad to be here. >> to be on this team and hear about that, you know, to give people hope, give a little kid hope, that's amazing. >> inspiring kid. >> and the wizards could use his help about now, 10
>> pelley: the copilot had a doctor's note that could have kept him off that plane. european airlines have changed their cockpit rules and the search goes on for the victims. also tonight, the search for the missing in a new york city explosion and fire. doctors have modified the polio virus to attack brain cancer. >> this, to me, is the most promising therapy i've seen in my career, period. >> pelley: and steve hartman "on the road" with the play of the week in the stands. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today, as investigators looked for clueses too why andreas lubitz deliberately flew a jetliner into a mountain, they found