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staff and the name is a familiar one depressed as the u.s. approaches its borrowing limit, negotiations continue in washington. can lawmakers find common ground in time to think >> a. ferris wheel, is applied, and free parking -- which could bring a downtown to the inner harbor? that is this morning's water cooler question of the day. >> when can we expect to see some wet weather this weekend? [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. happy friday. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> john collins has a check of the forecast. the good news is it is friday. >> we have had a good run. all week long has been great. we're introducing rain into the
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forecast, but it is not the end of the world. so far, the rain has been almost sprinkles. you see three hours worth of rain around the beltway. you can see the bands on the right side of the storcreen. it has not been very consequential at all. it takes a spike over the weekend. i will detail that coming up. >> good morning. we have some emergency construction northbound 95. that ramp is closed at this time. taken alternate ramp is that is on your route to work this point. we have new information on the crash at prospect road. this isn't harford county. the left lane is blocked because of a tow truck getting a car out of a ditch.
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the major roadways are checking out ok. 11 minutes on the inner loop west side. eight minutes on a 95 northbound between 95 and the harbor tunnel. this is a live look at the beltway and greenspring avenue. things are moving just fine. very light volume. this is 95. traffic i-95 is moving freely. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. back to you. good morning. >> the nation's debt dilemma. the u.s. goes up against its ceiling. >> kate amara joins us live with that story. >> the national debt is on track to hit the $14.3 chilean
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early next week. in another round of bipartisan budget talks with house and senate lawmakers, vice president joe biden aimed for a significant down payment on the nation's debt. >> it's premature to be optimistic. but i am clearly not pessimistic. >> the meeting came on the same day senate republicans sat down with president barack obama at the white house and set their debt ceiling demand. >> in the context of the debt ceiling, i can assure you that we will not be raising taxes. >> mitch mcconnell called for slashing the budgets of government agencies as well as benefit programs like medicare and medicaid. republicans have said they would only agree to raise the nation's borrowing limit in exchange for trillions in spending cuts. >> we're determined to cut spending and change the way washington spends the american taxpayers' dollar. >> vice president biden said every approach to pay down the deficit is on the table. >> it is all open for discussion. it's the only rational way to approach this. >> fed chairman ben bernanke told lawmakers on thursday that
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failure to raise the debt ceiling could trigger a spike in interest rates and market instability. in washington, i am kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. back to you. >> you mentioned medicare and medicaid. what about social security? >> this week with her from senate leaders saying cuts to social security will not be included in any sort of deal to raise the debt ceiling. >> kate amara, thank you. have a great weekend. >> some new proposals floating in annapolis have some doing a double take. mike miller is suggesting a meeting to discuss ways of paying for transportation projects. among those floated are several options of increasing the state's gas tax. that is not sitting well with the public picric i cannot fill up my tank anymore. it has been increasing, increasing, increasing.
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>> it will kill us. it will kill a small businessman. >> doug danziger said his office is looking into cases of price gouging around the state. other considerations -- raising the tolls on bridges and toll roads. that topic was talked about last night. increasingly fort mchenry tall from $2 to $3. public hearings on the proposals will be held later this summer with a decision be made in the fall. >> some scary moments for some kids troweling to the national zoo when it overturned along the queens and county road. the bus driver swerved to avoid an suv. it struck a utility pole and rolled onto its side. 17 children were treated at the scene.
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a quarter-car accident tied up the beltway last night. this have been around 6:00 p.m. at north of the security boulevard -- a four-car accidents. is back inley baltimore city hall. jennifer franciotti is live at city hall with more on the khmer's new chief of staff. >> it is not the governor -- with more on the mayor's chief of staff. >> peter o'malley worked on his brother's gubernatorial races. purell malik will start today. he was chosen as the democratic party chair two months ago and now he is moving to the mayor's office. a political analyst spoke with us about the timing of this announcement.
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>> i believe they decided that he could do more good from their perspective on the mayor's staff than he could on the governor's staff, attempting to build her strength in a period when other people think she's vulnerable. >> the mayor's previous chief of staff step down in march. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> the inner harbor has been the crown jewel of baltimore tourism, a joint 15 million visitors a year. it is a constant work in progress. they want to attract new visitors and locals. nine proposals are under consideration, including ferris wheels and a decline -- and a zip line. >> we want to build up the number of locals that come to the harbor and create more reasons for them to come down
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for evening activities, for weekend activities all year round. >> visitors will notice the change is happening already. a store is about to open in the light street pavilion. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. what improvements do you think would bring more tourists and more locals to the inner harbor? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to >> homeowners prepare for the worst from floods along the mississippi river. homeowners scramble to shore up their homes carry the army corps of engineers' plans to intensely flood some areas in order to spare new orleans and baton rouge. >> the losses would be tremendous. >> by sparing those major cities, the effort will likely flood up to 3 million acres.
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this will affect thousands of people. >> u.s. officials have been interviewing the widows of osama bin laden. no information as to what information that is yielding. information seized during the raid shows he was able to e-mail and deliver video messages via thumb drive the were handed off to careers. he was able to plan attacks on american cities on significant taste like the fourth of july or the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. suicide bombers have killed 80 people. the taliban is claiming responsibility. this is out of revenge for the death of osama bin laden. over 100 people are being treated. >> coming up, the morning's
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financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> to expand our custody, accused in a terror plot in new york city. >> shocking video as a plane comes in for a landing. we will say what happened to the passengers on board, next. >> we have had plenty of sun all week. the rain is getting closer. the forecast for the weekend is just ahead. >> emergency room work has shut down a ramp
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a lot of clouds out there. that will change the weather. 62 is the temperature downtown. if you ran out to get a newspaper, the have been some sprinkles this morning. we looked at the greater. here is the beltway around baltimore, annapolis, the district of columbia here and eastern howard county, anne arundel county, south pg county, there have been some sprinkles. out to the west, east of the potomac river, west of frederick and the brunswick, -- west of frederick, ease the process work, another band of showers, and also in virginia. -- east of brunswick. yesterday as high was 79 at the airport. 77 at the inner harbor. normal is 63. we did not break any records. we will not be seeing those war
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70's and near 80's for the next couple of days. readings west of the bay, closer to 60 degrees. there's been some scattered shower activity in western maryland. the cloud deck is over on the eastern shore. everything that was west of us is edging closer. the rain stuff is still west of the bay. the further west you go, the higher range chance. some showers could get to the eastern shore. the front is still stalled. it will remain west of us today. high pressure over us is sliding for the eastward. that allows the storms at west to get closer. this will be a long process. we will have a bunch of days with a rain thread. you can see the difference with a cold front out to the west. we will be a little cooler because of the clouds and rains
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and southwest wind. the western half of the country is on the chilly side this morning. cloudy with scattered showers today. 67 to 71. the seven-day forecast -- around 70 today. 69 tomorrow. the rangers as co-op this weekend. we will see more scattered showers activity -- rain showers go up this weekend. rainshowers persist into the first half of next week. >> we start with some good news. that ramp from northbound 95 is reopened. emerges deconstruction is gone. that is some good news. -- emerge as a construction is gone. we have construction in harford county. the left flank of northbound
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prospect is closed as a tow truck removes the getty vehicle removed from a ditch -- the harrisburg expressway southbound checking in at 60 miles per hour. 62 on the top northeast corner of the beltway. northeast 95, 59 miles per hour as you head into the beltway. this is the northwest corner of the beltway. here is greenspring avenue. in the sec's move selling all the way around. this is 95 south. it looks like 95 traffic is moving just fine -- that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> thank you. two man accused in a terror plot have been charged under state terror laws. the men are accused of planning to disguise themselves as jewish worshipers and bombed a synagogue. police say they considered an attack of the empire state
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building. they have been arrested on weapons charges. a suspected gunmen is in custody. police say the man drove his vehicle three security gate and fired at police, who chased him. he then ran into a building at the university of missouri caring an ak-47. he is being held. an amazing sight as the jumbo jet was coming in for a landing in london. the airbus was hit by a bolt of lightning. there is right there. the plane landed safely. all 500 passengers on board were just fine.
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>> more security has been added to ward off facebook hijackers. facebook has added more features some people cannot get their accounts clip-jacked. the site one-out ask users to confirm before posting new fees. there will be an extra level of security by users having to enter a code. these it is unveiling its version of the digital wallet. they're putting in new one-click button on their website. this will start the customer's credit and debit card information for these and other cars. the program is expected to launch in the fall. some college kids dreams of going to the college of choice
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may not go into fruition. jane king has more. >> college applications are soaring even as the number of high-school graduates is on the decline. many are applying to tough schools. schools are getting a deluge of respondents. bloomberg news says it raises false expectations among the students while the universities are being more selective. some applications are as much as $90 a piece. as for stocks, we had another up day. commodities rebounded. the bloomberg maryland index was higher for the co-star group. was the last time you bought a dvd? revenue collected has prompted -- plummeted 44% last year.
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more are buying and digital down loads and hd blu-ray desperate vatar," it was"at the doo the top-selling dvd. >> 6:20. 58 degrees on tv hill. >> the orioles and the mariners go toe to toe in a fantastic pitching duel last night. did they pull off the sweep? >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. what improvements do you think would bring more tourists and more locals to the inner harbor? you can share your response at and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. good luck.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. still dealing with an accident with a fat all morning in harford county. prospect road. the left lane of northbound prospect is blocked. a tow truck is getting a car out of a ditch. watch out for that.
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we do have some good news on the major roadways. we're up to speed. in the mess on the outer loop topside. seven minutes and eight minutes of 95 northbound between the beltway to the fort mchenry. looking good on the major roadways. this is the northwest corner of the beltway at greenway avenue. very light volume. that is good news. this is 50 at sandy point. no problems if you plan to head to the beach this weekend. smooth sailing in both directions. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. john has a check of the forecast. >> you are probably wondering where the sunrise is it this morning. we have a storm system that has edged close enough that we're catching the eastern fringes of some rain activity. some rain down in calvert county and out near frederick along the 70 area up towards
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hagerstown. heavier rain in parts of northern virginia right now. a lot of clout old along this morning. a better chance for some scattered shower activity this afternoon -- a lot of clouds this point. the high temperature around 70 today. more details in the forecast coming up. >> good morning. the orioles flew into st. petersburg this morning to open the series with the rays this morning. they flew in on cloud nine. the birds beat the mariners last night to sweep the series. what a pitchers' duel. zach britton the not allow their runner past first base. jason vargas also pitched a shutout.
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it was that kind of night. zach britton allowed just three hits. he did not get the win. middle.rdy up the me jake fox slides in in front of the shthrow. to not heard -- do not hurt j.j. hardy. >> my job is to keep us in the game as long as possible. when will that happen again, two guys going like that. j.d. party came up big -- j.j. hardy came up big. the chicago bulls headed to the
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eastern conference finals. they beat atlanta. the lead is 19. the first time the bulls have made the eastern conference finals since michael jordan was playing. 93-73. chicago wins the series, 4-2. round the two of the tournament players tshamba chip will not include tiger woods. he was true yesterday after nine holes -- players championship will not include tiger woods. a six over 42. he was hurting. he had four surgery is on his knee. the u.s. open is done in bethesda next month. we will see of tiger can play. how about those orioles? what a nice night > ."
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>> 57 degrees on tv hill. toan o'malley is heading city hall for a new position. details are next. >> three police officers entered a call to the white house.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back. i am stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. john collins has a quick look at the forecast. >> the flavor of the weather this morning is a little different. we have clouds instead of sunshine. the temperature is 58 degrees. 62 downtown. less warmer than yesterday morning. the forecast for the weather over the next few days includes rain over sunshine. details are coming up. >> a familiar name is returning to city hall this morning. >> jennifer franciotti will tell us why we soon will be hearing the name o'malley through the
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halls again. >> that is right. aser o'malley has been named stephanie rawlings-blake chief of staff. he is heading into the mayor's office. this could be seen as an endorsement by the o'malley administration. >> i have known peter for a long time and i have been impressed with his work. i think it was important for me to find a chief of staff to help me move the city's agenda forward. >> the mayor's office made the announcement that the brother of governor martin o'malley is now mayor stephanie rawlings- blake's new chief of staff. >> he appreciates regionalism. he has a strong understanding of city government. and i was pleased to get him on board. >> o'malley was chosen as a democratic party chairman just two months ago. he is moving to the mayor's office exactly four months before the primary election, which will be rawlings-blake's first city-wide election as mayor. >> what is this move about? >> it is about a deft and
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subtle endorsement of the mayor by the o'malley family, including not only peter o'malley but very likely his brother, governor o'malley. >> johns hopkins professor and political analyst matthew crenson spoke with us about the timing of the announcement. >> probably they decided that he could do more good from their perspective on the mayor's staff then he could on the governor's staff, attempting to build her strength in a period when other people think she is vulnerable. >> it does not come at a surprise at all. >> one of the mayor's challengers, otis rolley, called the announcement a sign of weakness. >> we're seeing more of the same. it's recycling what has been there before. i don't think baltimore is going to be pleased with it. >> the previous chief of staff step down in march. yvette lewis has been nominated to replace his brother. jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> a man is wanted on theft
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charges after it allegedly skimmed several elderly people. police say he went door to door offering to perform driveway paving but did not offer written estimates. he started paving one home without permission and tully hall order he was raising the charges. he often uses the last name clark. anyone with information or questions about the scam should call police. >> three police officers were honored by president obama. officers michael forish, zachary small, and michael lynch were among 30 officers to received commendations from the president as part of the top cop program. they rescued a man who was trapped inside a burning home. >> we got to meet the president, the vice president, janet napolitano in the roosevelt room of the white
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house. >> you never go to work everyday thinking you have to do something to get recognized. it is nice that our sergeant put us in for this report and that we're getting recognized for the work that we did. >> baltimore county was the only maryland police department represented at last night's awards ceremony. >> eight days until this preakness and it to be the last time this event will be held on a saturday. lowell melser looks to see if the switch to be made to sign a request nothing surprises us any more. >> she the first lady of the christian community church cannot imagine what effect a summit preakness would have on her church and community. >> i did not think it is being fair to us in the community. outhe date we worship
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we like to keep that sacred. >> the charge for parking in their lot. logistically, son it would be a mass -- sunday would be a m ess. the idea of the race came from mike rogers. he said there was a huge success when he moved the florida derby to sunday, raising the weekend handle by 29%. >> based on what happened in florida, it is is essential to take a good look at it. if it makes sense for maryland and the makes sense for preakness, i'm sure we'll take a hard look at it. >> the maryland jockey club is not sure how to feel about the idea. the are waiting until after the preakness to take a position.
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in the one under 35 years of the preakness, it has never been run on a summit -- in the 135 years of the preakness, it has never been run on a sunday. >> sunday, i don't think we would enjoy it being here. it would take away from our physical church service. >> lowell melser, wbal-tv 11 news. >> our preakness coverage goes in depth at click on preakness. >> kristin wiig hopes you come out to see her movie. in an unusual look at a vampire movie. >> will you be my maid of honor? >> kristin wiig is over her head
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in "bridesmaids." she has no money and no boyfriend and it no idea how to handle her ceremonial duties. there is a wild and bumpy ride to the altar. it is rated r. kung fu clergy in ".. priest." trying to save the girl before -- it is rated pg-13. >> i got fired from my job and my wife left me the correct will ferrell has the worst day of his
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life in "everything must go." his wife has changed the locks and left all his possessions on the front lawn. he turns his life into a your eyard sale. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> i think i want to see that "bridesmaid" movie. >> "priest." com.'m a sucker for a rom- we have some good news in harford county. there is a disabled vehicle southbound 95 approaching 895. we're checking on that for you.
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looking good on the major roadways. 56 on 795 heading in towards the beltway. looking good there. this is greenspring avenue. you can see the traffic is moving just fine on the inner and outer lips. this is the 50 at sandy point. a smooth sailing is the way to and from the beach. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> thank you. the difference this morning is the clouds. we have had some sprinkles this morning. the rain has been out west while we have said sunshine is now edging into the area. we have to change the forecast a little bit. everybody has a chance statewide. the further west you go, the higher the chance of rain today. in western maryland, maybe a thunderstorm or two. we were close to 80 yesterday.
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the highs back near 70 or so. still not bad. it is light, spotty rain activity. more on the forecast coming up. >> 57 degrees on tv hill. talk about a bull in a china shop. i don't think that is the correct video. there he is. >>
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>> a koala has been reunited with his keepers after he was stolen. he was taken from the park
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monday night. staff received an anonymous phone call saying the cult had been returned. the family called on harmed -- unharmed. he was given supplements to help bulk >> look at this. a bull decided to do some window shopping. maybe it was a case of sticker shock. decided he has seen enough and crashed through the store window. >> oh, my. >> "we better get a rope around him right there." the have a bridge to sell you.
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the bull was ok. >> that was a pretty funny picture. 57 degrees on tv hill. >> weather-wise, there is a weather system stalled to our west. it is finally our turn. the forecast is just ahead.
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>> welcome back. some scary moments where a busload of kids and adults traveled to the national zoo when the bus overturned on a road. police say the bus trevor swerved to avoid an suv. the bus struck a utility pole
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and rolled onto its side. several adults were taken to the hospital. police looking for suspects in connection with a double shooting in west baltimore. shots were fired just before 11:00 p.m. last night on north rosedale street. the 21-year-old woman was wounded. no word on their condition. the inner harbor has been the crown jewel of baltimore tourism, drawing more than 15 million visitors a year. it is a constant work in progress. they want to attract new visitors. nine proposals are now under consideration include ferris wheels, miniature golf course, and the zip line. planners hope it will be attracted to newcomers what maintaining the neighborhood feel and getting the local people to come back to the inner harbor. >> that brings us to our water cooler question of the day.
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>> this morning we asked -- what improvements do you think would bring more tourists and more locals to the inner harbor? >> we will post more of your answers on the front page of
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. we're checking on the report of a disabled vehicle on southbound 95 approaching the harbor tunnel. we will bring the latest. we're getting reports of a crash northbound 29 at 32 in howard county. the major roadways are checking out ok so far. 60 miles per hour heading down south of the harrisburg expressway source the beltway. thee looking good on all major roadways. this is the beltway at harford road. this is the topside of the beltway. it is picking up a little bit in the right side of your screen. 50 at sandy point is looking like a smooth sailing as a head over the bay bridge.
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that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> this morning, we have clouds on our radar. the remnants of a few sprinkles north of annapolis and in anne arundel county in calvert county. other sprinkles and showers near the district of columbia. most is west of the district and northern virginia. montgomery county and across frederick near hagerstown. temperature-wise, we have been the cruelest on the eastern shore. temperatures are down in the low 50's and beginning to climb. closer to 60 degrees out near the bar. the cloud cover is from larger storms that were in pennsylvania last night. the front is stalled west of us. with the high pressure moving further east, it will allow the rain associated with this front to get into this area rather than stay west of us. the weather pattern, a slight
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change. it cannot move on over the atlantic. there is a big roadblock. we had so many days of nice weather. the bad weather is getting closer to us. once the bad weather gets over, it will stick around for a couple of days. scattered showers. otherwise cloudy skies. maybe only a sprinkle or two. southeast wins at 5 to 10. you can see most of the rain will fall west of the mountains. -- southeast winds at 5 to 10. 70 today and near 70 tomorrow. 73 on sunday. rain chances go on sunday. we have some thunder in the forecast on sunday. rain chances continue into the early part of next week.
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>> is familiar last name will soon be here in baltimore city hall. jennifer franciotti joins us live with more on the latest o'malley to report in. >> mr. o'malley is coming to city hall. he will serve as chief of staff. peter o'malley. it is not an unprecedented move. he has served as chief of staff for a jim smith. he worked on his brother gubernatorial races. he was chosen as the democratic party chairman. now he is moving to the mayor's office. this will be the mayor's first citywide election. her chief of staff stepped down in march. the replacement will step into office today and that will be peter o'malley. as for the democratic chair, yvette lewis has been nominated to take his place.
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reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. >> we will come back and check on the weather and traffic together before you head out to start your day. start your day. stay with
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>> a few things to talk about. >> some minor things. we have the report of a disabled vehicle southbound 95 approaching the tunnel. there is an accident in howard county at 32. we're starting to see a delay on the outer loop. it looks like intermittent delays from cromwell boulevard.
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watch for that. southbound traffic is have your coming towards us but no problems. >> ok. >> weather-wise, it has been a great run. >> we have clouds blocking everybody's view if they're heading eastward. a small chance for a few scattered showers and sprinkles. cooler than yesterday, 70. the rain chance goes up on saturday and sunday. we could get some thunderstorm activity on sunday. we have rain chances early next week. the rain chances are higher the further west you go. don't forget, tune to am 1090 to hear traffic and weather together on the fives. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25.
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