ABC7 WEATHER: Patchy fog. Partly to mostly sunny. Less Humid. Highs in the mid-80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Two people were seriously injured in a car accident in Clinton, Maryland; a Prince George’s County police officer who was injured during a traffic stop will visit colleagues the police headquarters on Friday; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
FREE SLURPEE DAY: Convenience store 7-Eleven will handing out free Slurpees from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday to celebrate the Slurpees' 87th birthday. 7-Eleven will also offer week-long specials for those who download the 7-Eleven app and present coupons for the following on the corresponding dates: on Saturday, July 12, the store will give out a Big Gulp, followed by M&M’s® Brand Birthday Cake Chocolate Candies on Sunday, July 13; Grandma’s Cookies on Monday, July 14; Hostess® Twinkies on Tuesday, July 15; TWIX® or Snickers® Brand Ice Cream Bar on Wednesday, July 16; Quaker® Chewy® Yogurt Snack Bar on Thursday, July 17; Pillsbury® Cookies on Friday, July 18; and a small Slurpee drink on Saturday, July 19.
VIRGINIA REVENUE FALLS SHORT: Virginia ended fiscal 2014 with a $438.5 million shortfall, a 1.6 percent drop from the year before. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration announced the shortfall yesterday. His office did not say whether the shortfall would lead to budget cuts.
The judge in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case says he will rule quickly on whether to allow limited testimony by a proposed expert defense witness. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting dietary supplements made by his company, Star Scientific. http://wj.la/1rdAlAU
STORM INJURES 10 IN VIRGINIA: A severe thunderstorm blew through southeast Virginia on Thursday, injuring 10 people near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and causing extensive damage in the city.
Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Amy Valdez said two of the injured were taken to a local hospital, while the others were treated at a fire station in the resort area of the city.
Valdez said multiple homes were damaged, power poles were knocked down and a church had its steeple knocked down. She said windows at some oceanfront hotels and businesses were also blown out. Police closed off several blocks of the city while damage was assessed and told the public to stay away.
In addition to wind damage, the storm also caused street flooding in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, making some roads impassable. http://wj.la/1mR7JOC
D.C. COUNCIL PASSES SPECIAL-EDUCATION BILLS: The D.C. Council’s Education Committee on Thursday unanimously supported special-education legislation intended to speed services to children and give parents more leverage in disputes.
The legislation, which is scheduled to go to the full council for a vote in the fall, is contained in a package of three bills that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed in March. http://wapo.st/1mExksj
INJURED HAWK TO BE RELEASED INTO THE WILD: An injured hawk that's spent three months in a rehabilitation center is set to be released today into the wild at Turkey Run Park along the Potomac River in northern Virginia. The National Park Service says the red-shouldered hawk likely was struck by a car on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. http://wapo.st/1mR7QJR
AMAZON WANTS APPROVAL FOR DRONE TESTS: Amazon is apparently getting serious about using drones to make super quick, airborne deliveries like something you'd see on The Jetsons.
The Seattle-based e-tail giant has asked the government for permission for broader testing of the unmanned, compact and zippy aircraft.
A company exec tells the Federal Aviation Administration in a letter that Amazon Prime Air will get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less in the rotor-powered flying machines. http://usat.ly/U6kWGA
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Washington Nationals lost 4-3 to the Baltimore Orioles Thursday night. http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: More than half of the country has heard enough from Sarah Palin, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania poll. http://wj.la/1lYJCHs
NEWSTALK: Among Friday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Politico’s Roger Simon, who will talk about the border crisis and Speaker John Boehner’s threat to sue President Obama; Libertarian Robert Sarvis will talk about his bid for the U.S. Senate from Virginia; and in our first Friday Focus on You segment, workplace expert Mary Abbajay of the Careerstone Group will talk about the email avalanche and the importance of disconnecting while on vacation.