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DAYBREAK DAILY: Alexis Murphy disappearance trial resumes today

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

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Update on stabbing at Ballston Metro station; Laurel hotel fire; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ALEXIS MURPHY: Trial regarding missing teen resumes today, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A massive search for evidence and for a body in the disappearance and alleged murder of Nelson County teenager Alexis Murphy had widely divergent results. There is a mountain of circumstantial evidence. There is no body.

“In opening arguments Friday in the murder trial of Randy Allen Taylor, the man charged in Murphy’s death, Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin revealed to jurors that investigators discovered rueful signs that the 17-year-old may have suffered harm inside Taylor’s tiny camping trailer off U.S. 29 a few miles north of the county courthouse. And a parade of early witnesses helped fill in gaps about Taylor’s whereabouts in the days and hours after a security video captured an image of a brief encounter between the unlikely twosome at a Lovingston gas station the evening Murphy disappeared last year: Saturday, Aug. 3.” http://bit.ly/1kywMzm

HONOR THY BROTHER: In military style, per the Baltimore Sun, “Richard Harryman was wearing a crisp blue shirt for the occasion, and his hospital bed was in the living room. There were punch and cookies on a table in the hall, and family and friends were waiting when a car arrived carrying four midshipmen. Harryman, 85, served in both the Marine Corps and the Air Force. The midshipmen were there to deliver a final salute to a dying veteran.

“In a program unique among the service academies, young people from the Naval Academy, on the threshold of their military careers, are visiting veterans at the end of their lives to acknowledge their service as only another member of the military can. "Detail, cover," senior Kimberly Bernardy barked gently, and in unison the mids pulled their hats from beneath their arms and slowly put them in place.” http://bsun.md/1rRPQMR  

TEACHING TOOL: Of a lawsuit, per the Washington Post, “Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Karen Garza was a key figure in the implementation of a controversial teacher evaluation and merit pay system that is now the focus of a federal lawsuit filed in Houston last week. Garza, who joined Fairfax County in July, was the second-in-command of the Houston Independent School District from 2005 to 2009. As chief academic officer, Garza was responsible for leading the rollout of Houston’s program that aimed to evaluate teacher effectiveness, known as the “Educational Value-Added Assessment System.”

“The program involved rating teachers based on their students’ test scores, which are used to determine pay raises, bonuses and whether the educators are promoted or fired. Such “value-added measurements” are popular with school systems around the country and have gained new prominence with the support of the Obama administration, but teachers and teachers unions have railed against the programs, saying they unfairly weight student test scores in their evaluations.” http://wapo.st/1ni0Z9H

SURRY NUCLEAR STATION: Checking it out, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Above the pool of crystal clear water, men in white anti-contamination suits maneuver the arm of a crane submerged beneath them. They pick up a long, thin package that glows blue and looks like a construction beam in a science fiction movie.

“It's a nuclear fuel assembly, fresh out of the core of Surry Power Station's Unit 2 reactor, which is shut down for refueling and inspection. It's a massive project that brings together technologies from America's space race in the '60s and the cutting-edge robotics of today. For the next few weeks, about 1,000 workers will join the plant's 900 regular employees to get the work done.” http://bit.ly/SrBYPd

STUNT TAKES DEADLY TURN: As the crowd watches, per the Los Angeles Times, “Officials have confirmed veteran stunt pilot Eddie Andreini was killed when his plane slammed into the tarmac and burst into flames Sunday during an air show at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Andreini’s vintage Stearman biplane crashed while performing an aerial trick during the two-day Thunder Over Solano show, according to a statement from the public affairs office at the base.” http://lat.ms/1ic2hlG

UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine spun further out of the central government’s control on Sunday as a mob stormed a police station in this Black Sea port and freed from detention 67 pro-Russian militants, on the same day that Ukraine’s prime minister was visiting the city.

“It was intended to be a chance for the prime minister, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, to express condolences for the dozens of people who died here on Friday in street fighting and in a horrific fire at a trade union building, and to reinforce the government’s narrative that Russia and inept or disloyal local police were to blame.” http://nyti.ms/1muccqK

DEATH PENALTY: Of a renewed discussion, per The Hill, “Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday blamed the state of Oklahoma for a “botched” execution of a death row inmate last week, but said his state will proceed with the death penalty without pause. “In Texas, our citizens have decided if you kill our children, if you kill our police officers, for those very heinous crimes, that the appropriate punishment is the death penalty,” Perry said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

“Commenting on the failed execution of Clayton Lockett, who died from a heart attack after a lethal injection filed to kill him, Perry said something went “terribly wrong.” “I don't know whether it was inhumane or not, but it was botched,” he said. Texas currently has 273 people on death row. The Lone Star State has executed more than 500 people – the most of any state – since the Supreme Court reaffirmed the death penalty in 1976.” http://bit.ly/Q5hLwG

POLITICO PLAY: “Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who endorsed non-candidate Hillary Clinton for president this weekend, said he’s not trying to distract from the 2014 elections, but that it’s potentially a “positive factor” for her as she makes a decision about whether to run in 2016.

“I am doing a ton for the ‘14ers, [I’m] focused on ‘14, but I don’t think it’s too early to start making our position known,” Kaine told POLITICO in a phone interview, explaining why he made a very public commitment, through the super PAC “Ready for Hillary,” to a Clinton 2016 candidacy.” http://politi.co/1iPiCyb

CINCO DE MAYO: Drink up, per City Paper, “Cinco de Mayo doesn’t enjoy national holiday status in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean May 5 doesn’t warrant skipping out of work early for a festive drink or two. There are even some Mexican-style weekend deals, so waiting for “cinco” to celebrate isn’t necessary. Here are the best spots to get your discounted burritos, margaritas, and Coronas in the name of Mexican victory.” http://bit.ly/RecWlX

MEANWHILE: Too early for beer, per the Frederick News-Post, “An otherwise sunny Frederick Running Festival ended in disappointment for some Sunday when runners’ post-race beers were delayed. Lee Corrigan, president of festival organizer Corrigan Sports Enterprises, said a representative from the Frederick County Liquor Board told them they could not serve beer at 9 a.m. Sunday, as organizers had planned.

“According to county regulations, no one can drink alcoholic beverages on premises open to the general public between 2 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays. “We’ve been doing this for 12 years, and we’ve never, ever had an issue like this,” Corrigan said.” http://bit.ly/1ndyLPY

BB WOES: You’ll shoot your eye out, per ARLnow, “Dozens of cars were vandalized (over the weekend) in North Arlington, police and residents say. More than 70 cars had windows shot out by BB gun-wielding vandals, according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The crime spree was reported in neighborhoods north of I-66 and south of Lee Highway — neighborhoods like Waycroft-Woodlawn, Leeway Overlee and Westover.

“The alleged vandals — two adult men — were arrested near the intersection of N. Lexington Street and 19th Street N. after a resident saw them drive by, called police and relayed a description of their vehicle, according to Sternbeck. They were identified by police as 20-year-old Christopher Albrant and 19-year-old Antonio Lopez, both of Arlington.” http://bit.ly/1rUkNQD

LONELY SHOPKEEPERS: Progress has a price, per Gazette.Net, “Some Laurel business owners are worried that the Intercounty Connector will cause them to lose business, despite a compromise in the works to find an alternative to I-95 road sign advertisements that are being removed to accommodate the ICC’s path.

“Tom Jarrell, manager of the IHOP restaurant on Baltimore Avenue in Laurel, said three signs on northbound I-95 near Md. Route 198 inform drivers about 10 Laurel-area businesses — including his business — and are responsible for directing a lot of traffic to the area.” http://bit.ly/1hkF7FR

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 1-0 at Philadelphia.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A sewage overflow from this week's storms has caused untreated wastewater to spill into the C&O Canal near Georgetown. People are advised not to fish in the canal below Lock 6 or go into the water. The Capital Crescent Trail between Fletcher's Cove and Water Street is expected to remain closed for several weeks.” http://wj.la/1mtk4ZJ

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- Six months to go until election day. We'll preview the Bowser-Catania race with Washingtonian's Harry Jaffe and political strategist Doug Sloan.

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