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concerns from right here in baltimore. >> reporter: the plane that had the hole in it had more than 30,000 takeoffs and landings. and the older planes are facing intense scrutiny tonight. the federal government ordered emergency inspections of older 737 jets after a terrifying southwest flight last week where a hole ripped open and the plane dropped 25,000 feet in five minutes and made an emergency landing. wjz has learned that jet underwent a most rigorous inspection a year ago. >> if we don't get this under control, we'll see more examples like this. >> reporter: he's handled high profile aviation cases. >> we don't know if they are overlooking things or doing the inspection poorly. but these problems that are
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slipping through are totally unacceptable. >> reporter: he points to the same problem a hole opening up on a baltimore bound flight two years ago as evidence that more must be done to keep the flights safe. >> the faa add additional inspectors this past year. but obviously it has not shown the type of success we're going to need to create a safe environment for an unsuspecting flying public. >> reporter: southwest found cracks in five jets after voluntary inspections this week. they're passing an electric current through the plane's skin and using x-rays and ultrasound to test for cracks. a spokesman shifted to the
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manufacturer. several airlines use 737s. the faa and the ntsb are on this tonight. we should know more in the coming days. >> thank you. southwest airlines has never had a fatal incident in his history. good news about the health of a political legend here in maryland. we have word on the condition of former governor schaeffer. he was being treated for a case of pneumonia. he was released sometime this afternoon. he was admitted to the hospital on thursday night. the former governor is resting at his retirement community. grief counselors are working at st. paul's school for girls as a classmate was killed in australia. she was participating in a five week exchange program and riding on a floating tube behind a speedboat when it hit
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a tree. her family is asking for privacy tonight. a johns hopkins student is not expected to recover after being hit by a car. he was hit while riding his bike in february. he remains unresponsive due to a brain injury and the brain damage appears to be permanent. a lawsuit has been filed against the 86-year-old driver. a former police officer faces murder charges, and authorities say it's all because of a dispute with his neighbor. >> reporter: this tragedy unfolded right behind me in a very exclusive, quiet neighborhood. on sunday a fight broke out between two next door
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neighbors. charles richter shot and killed 55-year-old. police believe the dog wandered onto the property, sparking the trouble. >> it's the worst thing that's ever happened to our family. it's a nightmare. we can't believe that it's happened. >> reporter: he leaves behind a wife and two sons. we spoke with several neighbors in this private cul-de-sac. what may be most alarming about the case is that they are not surprised it came to this. >> wjz will have more on this developing story coming up at 6:00. a gas station clerk shot in the head and survived. police hope that surveillance video helps catch the suspect. two men took money from the register and shot the clerk in
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the 5200 block of baltimore national pike. anyone with information about the identities of the suspects is asked to call the police. >> >> police say the victim of a deadly accident had just left the orioles game. he was riding his motor vehicle last night and police say he lost control and fell off. the 23-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. witnesses of the accident are asked to contact police. >> our taste of summer is gone. a live look outside and the temperature has dropped nearly 40 degrees from this time yesterday. >> it's hard to know what to wear. take a look at the winds. they've been a factor with us all day long. radar is for the most part clear. earlier today we had serious, serious activity. look at that squall line that
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came through with strong gusty winds and some areas had damaging winds down to the south. particularly on the eastern shore and portions of southern virginia. the winds came in behind the front and brought the chilly air. we've had higher gusts as high as 38. 28 in washington and all those winds brought in a huge temperature change. how chilly did it get? what a change we've had since yesterday. >> reporter: absolutely incredible. we hit a record high of 86 yesterday. take a look at what's going on right now. we're at 52 degrees and we bounced back up from the 40s earlier this afternoon. where does that leave us compared to yesterday. this change is about 34 degrees cooler from this exact point yesterday in baltimore. 34 also in d.c. 41 in
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cumberland. so yes, it is much colder than yesterday. and we'll have the full forecast coming up. large deer populations have baltimore county considering a managed hunt on some park lands. there's too many deer in too little space. most deer are hunted in rural areas. but increasingly in maryland, managed hunts are being staged closer to developments. baltimore county is considering legislation to hunt in this park. >> we have a bad overpopulation problem and it's creating a lot of vegetation and environmental issues. >> reporter: deer are eating away the plants faster than they can be established.
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>> since they are so plentiful, their drivewaying the understory. >> deer hunting is nothing new. two months ago, a park hunt parked protests. >> i don't care how great a marksman you are, all it takes is one slip. >> that might be an issue, but managed hunts limit ammunition. licensed sharp shooters have also been used. but concern remains. >> weapons and guns and bows and arrows are not appropriate in neighborhood. >> i would much rather a deer be taken out by a hunter than being hit by a car or starved. >> baltimore county's council will open up the hunts issue to public comment later this month
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before voting on the measure. no deal in washington as the government gets closer to a shutdown. the budget deal talks have stalled. but president obama says there's time. danielle nottingham reports from washington. >> reporter: after failing to reach a budget deal, john boehner told reporters that if the government shuts down, it's because senate democrats haven't done their job. >> we're not going to allow them to put us in a box where we have to make a choice between two bad options. >> reporter: they must break the stalemate by friday or the government will run out of funds. >> there's no reason why we should not get an agreement. the only question is whether politics or ideology are going to get in the way of preventing a government shutdown. >> reporter: the divisions are deep. republicans warn spending must
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be cut. democrats argue cutting too deep could hurt economic recovery. and both parties say if no deal is reached by friday, it's the other side's fault. >> this is the most predictive crisis in our country. >> they talk about compromise but their goal is to shrink government up so small they can drown it in a bathtub. >> reporter: the gop floated the idea of a short term plan but the white house said no deal. the president and top aides believe both sides can reach an agreement by the friday deadline. danielle nottingham. wjz eyewitness news. >> the white house laid out the procedure and party leaders did the same. new technology on the buses will likely surprise you.
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>> look both ways, pedestrians, bus is turning. >> the mta took the newest bus out, showing off an audio system. the mta will use 10 buses to test the systemming over the next two months. during discoveries. bodies found in new york. is a serial killer targeting young women? i'll have a story on the housing authority of baltimore city coming up next. a unique program designed to help the city. how can you be a part of it. that's just ahead on wjz eyewitness news. the april warmup is gone. bob will track what to expect for the rest of the week coming up.
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victims of lead paint poisoning successfully sue the city authority, but they are not getting the money the jury awarded. the agency just doesn't have much cash. >> reporter: she was first tested with high levels of lead poisoning at age six. she's been kicked out of schools for behavior problems that may be linked to toxic paint flakes. >> i have a bad attitude. >> she's one of hundreds of people bringing lawsuits over lead paint poisoning, claiming that health problems have damaged they're lives forever.
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monetary damages were awarded but the city is not paying. >> we've already seized all the vehicles and put in motion to seize personal property. we're going after bank accounts. they just can't sweep this problem under the rug. >> reporter: city housing faces $800 million in claims and is in no financial position to pay the claims and provide affordable housing for current families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. serving the city's most vulnerable populations is our first priority. but one delegate has championed lead paint legislation. >> the children will not recover. especially here in addition to the legal obligation, there's a moral responsibility. >> city housing says it has
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complied with lead paint abatements, but the cases go further back. >> the mayor's office says city housing needs the small amount of money it does have to abate lead in the homes now. >> reporter: it could be a bit of a struggle on the west side of the inner loop because of that earlier accident. we're still sees delays, about 15 minutes to get through. the west side of the outer loop is also heavy. northbound of the outer loop is stop and go to the harrisburg expressway. and several accidents to update you on. three in baltimore city. south haven at lombard. let's take a live look and we're moving much better.
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we'll take another live look. you can see the -- tunnel. if you or someone you know have suffered a personal injury visit them online for a free consultation. 53 baltimore college students are on the way to making the city a better place. they're part of a mentoring program that's about to take flight. >> reporter: robots that perform surgery. it's just one of his passions he hopes to share with middle schoolers. >> our job hopefully, is to show the students that robotics is simple: >> he's one of 53 college students involved in the college town program that helps participants create their own community service projects. >> projects that we hope they'll continue to work on after they graduate. we want them to stay in baltimore and keep giving back
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to the community. >> reporter: the mentorship program he hopes to expand. >> we want to make it a citywide organization. >> reporter: some of the participants are involved in city schools. >> we want any and everybody who is interested in supporting children and if it's free, that's even better. >> reporter: some students needed to find funding as well. students like victor received thousands of dollars in grant. taking time to help others on top of their own studies. organizers say it's the making of greatness. >> i hope these students become the next generation of leaders in baltimore. the students are graduating this week and they are now accepting applications for next year's class. for information go to and click on seen on tv.
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congratulations to the graduates. >> amazing technology. >> my gosh, it's great. a big change with temperatures getting below normal today and tonight. 52 and feeling like 45 out there. the barometer on the way back up. we'll have a pretty,,,,,,,,,,,, ,,,,
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now the first warning of severe weather. all righty. a different day completely. the winds go from south to west, northwest, and it brings in a different air mass. and it's 30 to 40 degrees cooler than yesterday's record breaking temperatures. it's not a bad afternoon. a little breezy. 52. a couple of weeks ago, this would have been normal. 37 right now in oakland. but the wind chill is in the upper 20s. 47 in westminster. and 24 in hagerstown. 18 in ocean city and 17 in
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washington. that 72 was midnight last night. we were in the 40s this morning and this afternoon most places were in the mid- to upper 40s. we've only gone up to 52 in the last hour with sunshine. the records -- 2010, just last year, 84 degrees and the record low way back in 1881, 25 degrees. the front -- this was really juiced up from maine all the way to the panhandle of florida. severe weather from the carolinas to georgia and alabama, mississippi. they saw some tornado activity down there. 1100 reports of wind damage from this front. the eastern shore saw damaging winds. it's all off to the east. clearing skies around the noon hour. we did have a little bit of rain this morning. to the west, that's leftover clouds, spotty snow shower
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activity in some of the coldest spots. we won't see that. it will be a decent night with temperatures dropping to the 20s. low to mid-30s in the city. there'll be a risk for frost. if you stuck something that shouldn't be out there like marigolds or something, they need to be protected. late in the day tomorrow, clouds come in and maybe a brief shower. thursday, sunshine returns and temperatures rebound towards the end of the week. gusts 25 and a small craft advisory tonight and tomorrow afternoon. tonight generally clear later on, less wind, 34. some suburban areas 28. downtown maybe 38. tomorrow sunshine early on and increasing clouds. 60degrees, pretty close to normal. and brief showers and then more sunshine and temperatures back
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in the 60s by the end of the week. still ahead at 5:00, a nationwide shutdown, how the crisis in japan is affecting workers in the u.s. >> reporter: nuclear detectors in pennsylvania are picking up radiation from japan. what it means when eyewitness news continues. >> reporter: would you like to ride in n ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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baltimore. from the city to the counties to your neighborhood, now it's complete coverage. it's wjz, maryland's news station. it's 5:28, 52 degrees and partly sunny out there. thank you for staying with the wjz eyewitness news. there are no signs of improvement with japan's nuclear crisis. engineers at the crippled nuclear power plant have deliberately dumped 10,000 tons of contaminated water to make room for water that's more radioactive. workers are trying to keep water from leaking and ultimately restart cooling systems. radiation has been found here in maryland. wjz is live and has more on if we should be concerned. >> reporter: the trace amounts
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of radiation is iodine 131. scientists expected to find it in the monitors they have set up here and downtown. it blew into maryland from 6700 miles away. across an ocean and a continent. radioactive iodine is found in four of the state's eight connectors and in baltimore's rainwater. the monitors are designed to pick up emissions from an accident in pennsylvania. the level of iodine detected near pennsylvania and three other sites is thousands of times lower than what would cause health concerns. >> so the answer is no, we're not in any danger from the radiation. >> reporter: just the word radiation gets noticed. but the health department urges calm. >> current levels are not dangerous in anyway, shape, or form. >> reporter: there's a
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stockpile of potassium iodine tablets in case of an emergency. the owner of this restaurant is waiting for officials to tell him when to worry. >> when the authorities say it's a problem. >> we got to get out of here, we get out. >> we do not expect this is going to become a public health threat to people in the use. >> reporter: this particular type of radiation is short lived. within two weeks of being produced in japan, it should be undetectable. back to you. as long as the reactors continue to give off steam, airborne radioactivity is expected to continue. toyota is the world's largest automaker.
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>> reporter: this toyota shutdown is not just about cars. it could impact thousands of u.s. jobs. toyota says its inevitable that factories will temporarily shut down because the earthquake has created a parts shortage. the shutdown will affect 25,000 workers. right now, no layoffs are expected. the shutdown will begin later this month. >> workers will focus on training and reviewing operations for ways to improve. they can also take time off without pay. baltimore county police have arrested a man on charges he murdered his girlfriend. she was found did at her home on grove thorn road. police believe davis killed her during an argument. he is being held without bail. a murder investigation has detectives focusing on crimes
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at burger kings. last month a woman was shot to death after opening the frederick burger king where she was manager. and now they're looking at armed robberies in other towns. a california girl held captive for 18 years. new information on the case involving the couple responsible. the garido's. prosecutors say they kidnapped 11-year-old jaycee dugard. and now there are reports that nancy garrido will take her case to trial. more evidence of a serial killer in long island, new york. many fear that the killer will strike again. >> reporter: a disturbing new discovery was made in the case of a possible serial killer on
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a remote beach highway on long island, new york. >> we found human remains. >> reporter: helicopters and cadaver sniffing dogs led investigators to the remains of three bodies yesterday. the case began last may with authorities searching this beach front area for shannon gilbert. an escort who disappeared. during the search. police made a grizzly discovery, four female victims, each wrapped in burlap. the women, all in their 20s, were also identified as escorts soliciting on craigslist. >> it makes you concerned that this predator could be living amongst us in the beach communities. >> reporter: with a total of eight victims so far, time is of the essence. >> we want to do this before the spring foliage grows in and
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makes it more difficult and if there are any more bodies out there. we want to find them. >> reporter: investigators have no known suspects but are hoping the most recent discoveries will lead them to the killer. today police continue to comb the area where the bodies were discovered but didn't turn up new victims. a united nations plane crashes in the congo, killing dozens on board. the jet apparently made a rough landing then burst into flames. 32 people were killed. one person on board survived the crash. the cause of the accident is under investigation. the international air campaign in libya is beginning to weaken the military power of muammar gaddafi. aides say he may consider some government reforms. charlie d'agata reports with the latest. >> reporter: rebel forces fired
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rockets at libyan troops before retreating near the oil town of braga. international air strikes destroyed military vehicles part of a convoy headed to rebel positions. nato says the air campaign has destroyed a third of muammar gaddafi's military power. but government troops have been able to keep troops from gaining more ground. the u.s. war planes are no longer involved in the air strikes, but military officials say they'll return if nato needs the help. a spokesman says he remains defiant and will not step down. >> we can talk about it. we can have elections, anything. >> reporter: that's not good enough for rebel forces who are determined to keep fighting until gaddafi quits. more men are joining the ranks
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of rebels. craning to wage war on gaddafi loyalists. they are on the verge of selling the first shipment of oil. it could bring in $100 million. they'll use the cash to buy weapons, pay salaries, and build a foundation for a government capable of taking over once gaddafi is gone. 400,000 people have left libya since the revolt began. most have fled to egypt and tunisia. mcdonald's' will hire 50,000 workers in one day. 50,000 workers translates to three or four new employees at each of the chain's 14,000 restaurants. the average pay is $8.30 per hour, more than a dollar above
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minimum wage. starting in july, city bank will process checks starting with the smallest amounts first. banks typically process from the largest to the smallest. if a large check overdraws an account, each smaller check will too. by the time i get to phoenix, galveston, up, up and away. macarthur park. those are some of the songs written by jimmy webb. this songwriter is coming to baltimore for a special appearance. ♪ [ music ] ♪ would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? ♪ >> jimmy weww is -- jimmy webb is coming to perform some of his unforgettable songs. >> for many, many years, he did
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not perform his own songs in public. and i don't know, i guess several years ago he decided he was ready to meet his audience. ♪ she was 21. ♪ >> that audience is still talking about the performance last year. >> i don't believe he had ever been in baltimore before. and he fell in love with our city. ♪ i am a lineman for the county. ♪ >> for many, it's the sound track of our lives. and now a chance to see him in the most intimate of settings. >> reporter: this piano will be in the center of the room and it's one of those experiences that stays with your for a lifetime. >> reporter: jimmy webb will perform two shows april 10th
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and 11th. now back to you. the cabaret is getting ready to celebrate its third anniversary. for more on the upcoming appearance, click on news at and scroll down to the story. and here's one of the stories the cbs evening news is working on. >> reporter: it might sound like this if american idol teamed up with animal planet. the search for corporate america's next spokes duck. still to come tonight, cancer causes tonight in health watch. why one florida neighborhood wants to put an end to playing outside.
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more seasonal temperatures on the way. here's wall street's report. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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skies are clearing and it will be a chilly night. bernadette woods has a look at the forecast. >> reporter: we start out with sunshine and it's going to be be in the 30s. through afternoon, those clouds come back in and we're getting up to 60 degrees. there is a chance for a shower or two through late day hours tomorrow or tomorrow night. otherwise, the warmup continues. >> and it may be a little bit of rain tomorrow night though not a great chance. 68 on thursday with sun and clouds. a good chance for showers on friday. upper 50s and a chance of a shower on saturday. back up to 70 with partly cloudy skies here to end the weekend. not too bad. scary moments for workers at a florida convenience store after a car hits a man before plowing through windows.
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the surveillance video shows the car going straight through the car. no one was seriously hurt. it's usually very crowded and no one was hurt, just scared by the crash. >> a big explosion. and i looked and the car was inside the store. >> reporter: after the crash, both men took off on foot. this isn't the first time that something like this happened at the store. a year ago, it was nearly the same story. a group of men steal an atm with a forklift. they loaded it into a stolen truck. it took them less than a minute. they may be responsible for similar incidents in neighboring towns. no suspects at this time. a group of thieves stole a world series ring. the ring was in his house in seattle and no one was at home
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at the time of the break-in. a number of other unique items were taken, including eight jerseys signed by ken griffey jr. a rhode island woman is victimized by a thief twice. he stole using her credit card and then had flowers delivered to the woman's home. the card said thanks for the money. >> that's crazy. no playing allowed. that's a rule a homeowners association in orlando wants to pass. they want children to be under the direct control of adults at all times. oh, my goodness. that would be hard to do. children will not be allowed to run or play tag in the neighborhood. if the new rules are passed. the proposed fine for a child
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caught playing is $100. >> 100 bucks? >> reporter: a teacher is trouble, behind bars, accused of having sex with a student. and a local tradition canceled again. the state's new excuse for not hosting the bridge walk this year. that's all new at 6:00. just when you thought you'd heard it all, a new set of candy dispensers designed in honor of the royal wedding. >> pez has created a pair of candy dispensers that resemble prince william and kate middleton. >> all proceeds will go to charities supports by the couple. we've got bobbleheads. maybe we can get pez dispensers
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a wildly successful home opener for the orioles. and one player is resting in the hospital. >> jeremy guthrie is being treated for a type of pneumonia. he is still feeling ill according to a message he sent from his hospital room. no word on when he'll be able to play. so far, so good for the o's, especially for the player on the team the longest. it was the most raucous crowd yesterday he has experienced. roberts missed most of last season with a back injury and
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he appreciates how well things are going so far. >> there were times where certainly got frustrated with my body. but ability-wise, i knew if i was healthy, i could still play. i'm not 80. so, yeah, at a certain point, when i was in sarasota, i would have told you i was wondering if i was coming back. >> a couple of the new guys are devote get hot. just as it is with those who start well, too early to draw conclusions. more on the team coming up in the next hour. and we'll hear from the new head basketball coach. that's ahead in sports at 6:00. researchers have long known there was a link between obesity and cancer.
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a weight gain after a diagnosis can increase the risk of death. sandra hughes explains. >> reporter: she's a breast cancer survivor who watches what she eats. >> protein and vegetables and fruit. >> reporter: a new study shows by avoiding excessive weight gain, she's improving the odds that her cancer won't come back. >> if you increase weight after a diagnosis of breast cancer, you have more estrogen. >> reporter: and that can trigger a recurrence of breast cancer. a study found women who gained the most weight were 14% more likely to experience a cancer recurrence compared to women whose weight remained stable or only gained a few pounds. >> the survivors at risk are those who gained 10% or more of
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pre-diagnosis weight. for a woman who weighs 130 pounds, that's 13 pounds or more. >> reporter: the doctor counsels her patients to maintain weight and exercise. >> after you've gotten over the side effects of the chemo therapy, it's a good idea to get on the weight control problem. >> once you get into the routine of it. when you feel how you feel -- like i feel good now, i really do. that motivates you. >> reporter: it's hard but she wants to do everything she can to stay healthy. in los angeles, sandra hughes, wjz wjz eyewitness news. 16% of the survivors had extreme weight gain after the diagnosis. most are motivated to exercise and eat right because they don't want the cancer to come back. the number of children
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getting ct scans has skyrocketed. a new report in the journal of radiology show that is 1.5 million ct scans were performed on children. that's way up from 1995. researchers say its important to only scan a child when necessary since the exams do expose children to radiation. there's new motivation to work out following federal guidance on exercise could help you live longer. the government recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week or 75 minutes of intense activity. the centers for disease control studied 250,000 americans and researchers found those with chronic illnesses like diabetes or cancer who followed the guidelines cut the risk of death in half. still ahead -- >> reporter: scrutiny over
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southwest. i'm mike hellgren. the airline is facing growing criticism for the maintenance and inspection of its planes and inspection of its planes after a hole developed ,,,,,,,,,
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nuclear detectors designed to pick up admissions from the plant in pennsylvania are picking up radiation from japan. what it means when eyewitness news continues. stormy start to the day giving way to wild winds. when the calm returns in the forecast. for all these stories and the day's news wjz eyewitness news starts now. southwest safety concerns. the new problem uncovered by safety inspections and the steps being taken to fix it.


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