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DAYBREAK DAILY: Poll shows majority of Va. voters support gay marriage

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs in the upper 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Comprehensive coverage of the Relisha Rudd case; D.C. primary preview; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

A NEW OLD DOMINION?: Depends on who you talk to, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Virginians' attitudes on gay marriage evidently have shifted since state voters outlawed it in 2006, to the point that now a small majority favor it, according to a new poll. Data from a recent Quinnipiac University survey made public Monday indicate that state voters support allowing same-sex couples to marry here by a 50 percent to 42 percent margin, with 7 percent unsure.

“That conclusion in the March 19-24 survey of 1,288 state voters is largely unchanged from the 50 percent to 43 percent split the Connecticut-based Quinnipiac found last July when it polled Virginians on the issue. What's different from then is that a Norfolk-based federal judge in February ruled Virginia's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, and the state's Democratic attorney general is fighting to overturn it rather than uphold it.” http://bit.ly/1i9wHCo

RELISHA RUDD: Alleged abductor apparently found dead, per the Washington Post, “Police desperately searching for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd in a Northeast Washington park on Monday instead found a body they think is that of the man suspected of abducting the girl weeks ago.

“The discovery came as a shock to searchers who had spent days combing the 700-acre expanse and deepened the mystery of the girl’s disappearance. Kahlil Malik Tatum, the 51-year-old janitor who worked at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, three police officials said.” http://wapo.st/1lkemoM

MEANWHILE: Just the facts, per WJLA-ABC7, “. . . By nightfall on Monday, divers had wrapped up their search of the Anacostia River for the day, with police continuing to say little else about how Tatum was discovered. But that didn’t stop about a hundred people coming together to march and pray for one thing:

"I just want to bring this little girl home, I want a happy ending so bad,” said Demika Robinson, who marched in the vigil. Among those marching were Rudd’s grandmother, Melissa Young, and her step-grandmother, Belinda Wheeler. "I just want her home. I don't how much longer I can hold up,” said Young.” http://wj.la/1jsq8xn

MARYLAND SCRAMBLES: Of health care, per the Baltimore Sun, “As consumers rushed to sign up for insurance on the last day of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, Maryland's health exchange website slowed to a crawl and all circuits were busy at the call center. That worsened a bottleneck of consumers who have tried for months to overcome glitches on the troubled website to be able to buy a private plan or sign up for Medicaid. Consumers had faced a fine for not meeting the Monday deadline to get health coverage, but thousands will still be able to sign up.

“Maryland officials decided not to penalize those who at least started the process to enroll through the exchange but were stymied by glitches, and will allow them to enroll for several more weeks. But some consumers couldn't even log on or reach anyone at the call center. They will be allowed to attest that they tried to enroll but couldn't by checking an online box, which officials plan to add to the exchange website, marylandhealthconnection.gov, on Tuesday.” http://bsun.md/1e75IFf

PRIMARY PARTY: It’s time, per City Paper, “After a year of campaigning, the District's Democratic mayoral hopefuls will find out to which of them gets another seven months of campaigning against David Catania. First, though, it's time to party. Your election watch options range from high class (Vince Gray) to casual (surprisingly, Jack Evans).” http://bit.ly/1pDEAo8

CREIGH DEEDS: He again makes his case, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “State Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, vows to use a new four-year legislative study to take an unsparing look at the breakdowns of a Virginia mental health system that cost his son his life. Deeds, speaking to a national media audience in an hourlong appearance at the National Press Club on Monday, warned that he won’t accept the status quo in the work of the joint legislative subcommittee that he described as his most important effort of the General Assembly session that ended March 8.

“There are no sacred cows in the current system,” he said. “Everything is on the table.” Deeds spent much of this speech talking about his son, 24-year-old Austin “Gus” Deeds, who stabbed his father multiple times Nov. 19 at their home in Millboro and then fatally shot himself — just 13 hours after being released from an expired emergency custody order for psychiatric evaluation. “Events last fall took my son, but I survived,” he said. “I hope the result of my surviving is that my son will be remembered for his living, not his dying.” http://bit.ly/1i9ybwq

DEAL?: Perhaps, per the New York Times, “The Obama administration is discussing the release of an American convicted of spying for Israel more than a quarter of a century ago, American officials said Monday, as it struggles to avert a collapse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The Israeli government has long sought the release of the spy, Jonathan J. Pollard, a former Navy intelligence analyst, who is serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for passing classified documents to his Israeli handlers. But the United States has steadfastly refused, in part because of the vehement opposition of the nation’s intelligence agencies.” http://nyti.ms/1fJhLsT

LET’S GET READY:  . . .To rumble, per the Los Angeles Times, “An estimated 17 million people felt Friday's magnitude 5.1 quake centered in La Habra. U.S. Geological Survey seismologist David Wald said officials received valuable information from the 16,000 reports by individuals who used the Did You Feel It? reporting system on the agency website.

“. . .The quake was felt over a large swath of Southern California. It caused modest damage to some homes, a rock slide in Carbon Canyon and broke some water mains. Officials have not come up with a damage total. The 5.8 earthquake in 2011 that struck Virginia and was felt across the Eastern Seaboard was reported by 144,000 people and probably felt by about 100 million people, according to Wald.” http://lat.ms/1huMI81

POLITICO PLAY: “They’re ready for her. They’re excited about her. They’re planning their next career moves with her campaign in mind. Young Democrats just have one question: If Hillary Clinton runs for president, will she be ready to make room for them?

“In interviews with nearly 20 current and former Democratic activists and operatives younger than 30, there was overwhelming, palpable enthusiasm about the prospect of a second Clinton candidacy and the chance to help elect the first woman president. Yet equally apparent was a sense of doubt and trepidation about piercing the foreboding, multilayered organization known as Clinton Inc. to land a decent campaign job.” http://politi.co/Pd9I0O

PAUL RYAN: Of a budget plan, per The Hill, “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday will unveil what is likely to be the last fiscal blueprint of his tenure as the House budget chief, a document that will serve as a platform both for the Republican Party and his own political future.

“The budget resolution, which Ryan’s committee will consider on Wednesday, is expected to stick to an agreed-upon top spending level of $1.014 trillion in 2015 while erasing the federal deficit within a decade, a top GOP goal. But as in past years, Ryan will propose an overhaul of Medicare and Medicaid that has become a lightning rod during election seasons.” http://bit.ly/1s1neUx

TIGER WOODS: Staying put, kind of, per Gazette.Net, “The Quicken Loans National will be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda in 2016, 2018 and 2020, officials with the tournament beneficiary Tiger Woods Foundation said Monday.

“Congressional members approved a compromise proposal to have the event there on alternate years, with voting ending on Sunday. The PGA Tour event will be at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va., in 2015, and organizers are still working on a location for 2017 and 2019, officials said. RTJ has hosted the Presidents Cup four times, with the last time in 2005. This year’s event is slated for June 23-29 at Congressional.” http://bit.ly/1okQ9nd

GO STRAIGHT TO JAIL: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Frederick man was sentenced to prison Monday for a series of armed robberies at auto parts stores in Montgomery County during which store employees were bound with duct tape and flex cuffs. Steven Ray Williams, 43, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for three armed robberies and for brandishing a gun during a crime of violence, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court.” http://bit.ly/1hdYkYs

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat N. Y. Mets 9-7 in 10 innings; Wizards lose 100-94 against Charlotte.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “It starts with a threatening phone call – someone with a common name and fake IRS badge number, demanding money for unpaid taxes, typically ranging from $4,000 to $6,000. The scammers may have the last four digits of your social security number, as well as a phone number that appears as the IRS on your caller ID. They may also send bogus emails and ask for money to be wired or paid through a pre-loaded debit card. But don’t fall for any of it. It's the latest scam.” http://wj.la/1pGvEMZ

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin, who will be asked about the impasse over the budget and Gov. McAuliffe's plan to expand Medicaid, as well as his bid for the House seat now held by the retiring Jim Moran.

--Skip Wood

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