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DAYBREAK DAILY: Man denies being in Taylor camper when Alexis Murphy vanished

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Police investigating murder in Oxon Hill; President Obama says the U.S. will do everything it can to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls who have been missing since they were kidnapped from school three weeks ago; New image of Hyattsville rape suspect; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ALEXIS MURPHY: Of a denial, per the (Lynchburg) News & Advance, “The man Randy Allen Taylor claims was in his camper the night Alexis Murphy disappeared denied ever being at Taylor's residence in court Tuesday. Dameon Bradley, a former Nelson County High School student, testified in Nelson County Circuit Court that he was not in the camper Aug. 3, the night the 17 year old vanished.

“Bradley was called to the stand by Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin on the fourth day of testimony in the trial against Taylor, charged with first-degree murder, murder during commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile in Murphy's disappearance. Taylor, 48, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.” http://bit.ly/1lXnVLR

MUDDY MARYLAND: And then some, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland and the rest of the Northeast face more heat waves and smog, heavier downpours and storm-driven flooding that could damage Baltimore's port, according to a new report released by the Obama administration. The third National Climate Assessment, drawing on new research findings over the past four years, concludes that climate change is already occurring, impacting virtually every region and key sectors of the U.S. economy.

“. . . Changing weather patterns are likely to affect the region's farming and fishing industries, the report says. Maryland and neighboring Delaware are particularly vulnerable to rising sea level and storms because of their extensive, relatively flat coastlines, the report notes. And it warns that as much as a third of Baltimore's port, a major economic engine for the state, could be impacted by more severe coastal flooding expected as a result of rising sea levels.” http://bsun.md/1jcqRUc

FIGHT NIGHT: More or less, per the Washington Post, “When the three Democrats vying to be the next governor of Maryland meet on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park on Wednesday night for their first debate, each will take the stage with a different mission.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, who is leading in the polls, has every incentive to play it safe during the hour-long encounter, which is being moderated by “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and broadcast statewide.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler will get his best chance yet to take Brown down a few pegs and present himself as a more accomplished alternative.

And Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery) will have an opportunity to introduce herself to many voters with less than seven weeks remaining until the primary. Unlike her two better-funded opponents, Mizeur has not started airing television ads.” http://wapo.st/1nnq9DR

TRIMMED MILITARY: Brass says there’s no alternative, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Looking at times as if they were being forced to drink sour milk, the Pentagon's top officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that some military benefits must be trimmed. With budget pressure from a post-war downsizing and automatic cuts demanded by sequestration, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill that a steady rise in personnel costs must be curtailed.” http://bit.ly/1o5snKK

OBAMACARE: And paid premiums, per the New York Times, “Most of the people choosing health plans under the Affordable Care Act — about 80 percent — are paying their initial premiums as required for coverage to take effect, several large insurers said Tuesday on the eve of a House hearing about the law. But the health insurance industry said the total of eight million people who signed up included “many duplicate enrollments” for consumers who tried to enroll more than once because of problems on the website.

“Insurers have many duplicate enrollments in their system for which they never received any payment,” said Mark Pratt, a senior vice president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group. “It may be a matter of months,” Mr. Pratt added, “before insurers know how many people activated their coverage by paying their share of premiums.” http://nyti.ms/1kL1W6B

DONALD STERLING: Of a potential write-off, per the Los Angeles Times, “Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling may be able to write off his critics, but if two state lawmakers have their way, he won't have the same option with the $2.5-million fine imposed on him by the NBA. Two state Assembly members from Los Angeles filed legislation Tuesday that would prevent sports team owners from writing off league fines as a business expense when they file their state income tax returns.

“NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the basketball league for life and fined him after a nationwide uproar over comments he made about African Americans. The bill was filed by Democratic Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra of Pacoima and Reggie Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles.” http://lat.ms/1jbO60T

OLD TEA: Or something like that, per The Hill, “The GOP establishment notched big wins on Tuesday night’s unofficial primary season launch, dealing an early blow to Tea Party hopes.

“But more than signaling a change in direction of the party, the establishment’s willingness to finally engage in contests shows Republicans are more serious and energized than ever to finally take back a prize that’s eluded them for two cycles: Senate control. North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis’s outright win in the Tar Heel State’s GOP Senate primary was their best news of the night. By beating back Tea Party challengers and avoiding a costly runoff, national Republicans got their top choice to take on vulnerable Democrat Sen. Kay Hagan.” http://bit.ly/1iqN0cl  

POLITICO PLAY: “Her last full-time job was as a 24-year-old aide to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. She remains the object of crude and cruel jokes, as she was indirectly at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner just last Saturday night. In public perception, she is frozen as the temptress who almost toppled a president. But Monica Lewinsky doesn’t want anyone’s pity, and says it is at last time to stop “tiptoeing around my past and other people’s futures,” and to “burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” http://politi.co/1o5A5Vj

INSPECTING D.C.: And in-house requirements, per City Paper, “The District's mediocre inspector general is headed for the door later this month when his term expires, which in another city would mean it'd be a time for a national search to replace him. Thanks to District law, though, Vince Gray's administration will only be able to pick someone who already works in the D.C. area. Attempts to change that Tuesday didn't exactly thrill the D.C. Council.” http://bit.ly/1g7yJ4H

THE DEER HUNTER: Help wanted, per Gazette.Net, “In an effort to reduce the number of deer in Montgomery County, more money could be set aside for managed hunts and to hire sharpshooters. The County Council has tentatively approved $127,050 for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to thin the county’s deer herd.” http://bit.ly/1lXvRN9

KWASI FRASER: Rather, Mr. Mayor, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “In June, Kwasi Fraser will become the newest mayor of Purcellville -and also, a historic one. With his 868 votes in the May 6 town elections, Fraser defeated vice-mayor J. Keith Melton to become the town's first black mayor. Fraser will replace outgoing Mayor Bob Lazaro, who served four terms at the helm through a booming growth period.” http://bit.ly/1uz8MUX

SCHOOL FUNDING: Sorely lacking, per the Frederick News-Post, “Education stakeholders and other community members filled a 705-seat auditorium Tuesday to drive home their argument that a Frederick County budget proposal would leave schools sorely underfunded. The county's $518.8 million budget draft would fund schools at maintenance of effort, the same per-pupil amount as last year and the minimum required by state law.” http://bit.ly/1iWqCxr

SUPER STOP: Or not, per ARLnow, “The county’s plan for “Super Stop” bus stops on Columbia Pike, which led to the much-maligned $1 million Super Stop at the corner of the Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive, has been scrapped in favor of a more affordable design. The county announced Tuesday that the new plan calls for building the 23 additional transit centers along the Pike for about 40 percent less than the previous budget, dropping the total price from $20.9 million to $12.4 million.” http://bit.ly/1uz9Ecb

GAGA AND THE WIZARDS: Of a switch, per DCist, “The Wizards are good at basketball this year. This is a nice thing for D.C.! But it's not so nice for people who want to see Lady Gaga perform at the Verizon Center on May 15, when the team may face the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. Now those Little Monsters don't have to worry anymore. In a press release delivered via tweet, Live Nation says the Gaga concert will now happen on May 12 to avoid the potential conflict.” http://bit.ly/1uwuCIy

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 8-3 against L.A. Dodgers.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A few of the National Zoo's lion cubs have cleared their all-important swim test! By passing the test, the cubs will prove to the animal keepers that they are ready to safely explore their outdoor habitat – and perhaps more importantly for visitors, that they are ready to be seen by the public.” http://wj.la/1shYeaL

NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- The latest on the search for the Nigerian girls taken from their school. We'll talk with Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).

--Skip Wood

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