ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with thunderstorms and highs in the upper 70s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
'GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON': Among the stories - Continuing coverage of the decidedly bothersome sinkhole in Northwest D.C.; Boy Scouts continue to consider lifting ban on gays; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
CRUISIN' FOR A CASINO: In Maryland, of course, per the Baltimore Sun, "Gambling started Wednesday afternoon at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort right after the state approved the opening of its fourth casino, one that Western Maryland leaders hope will lure not only gamblers but also their families to a region eager for more tourist dollars. "It's open and jamming," said Scott Just, the general manager of the resort near Cumberland. "There's a couple hundred people in there. They were pressing up against the ropes."
"The $35 million casino, located in what was the lakeside golf resort's conference center, will be open around the clock. The casino is expected to breathe new life into what was a troubled state-owned resort that struggled to attract visitors and pay its bills." http://bsun.md/185xT85
DRILL BABY, DRILL: Is Tina Fey in the house?, per the Virginian-Pilot, "Virginia's two U.S. senators on Wednesday joined a renewed effort to lift a federal moratorium on gas and oil drilling in the commonwealth's coastal waters.They also vowed that they wouldn't support the drilling unless Virginia got a significant share of future government oil and gas revenue that, under current law, would all go to Washington.
"Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner said they are introducing a bill that would expand the nation's five-year leasing plan to include selling leases for exploration and drilling off the state's coastline." http://bit.ly/16PIwvy
REALLY, KEN?: Just the facts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "At the direction of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Richmond's top prosecutor has been investigating Gov. Bob McDonnell's statements of economic interest since November for possible violations of disclosure laws. In early November, Cuccinelli sent a letter to Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Michael N. Herring, appointing him to review McDonnell's statements. By law, elected officials are required to account for all gifts received in excess of $50.
"I did what I have consistently tried to do as attorney general, which is to uphold the law impartially," Cuccinelli said in a statement Wednesday." http://bit.ly/11dNujg
DRONE DOINGS: And an announcement from POTUS, per the New York Times, "President Obama plans to open a new phase in the nation's long struggle with terrorism on Thursday by restricting the use of unmanned drone strikes that have been at the heart of his national security strategy and shifting control of them away from the C.I.A. to the military.
"In his first major speech on counterterrorism of his second term, Mr. Obama hopes to refocus the epic conflict that has defined American priorities since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and even foresees an unspecified day when the so-called war on terror might all but end, according to people briefed on White House plans." http://nyti.ms/12vuKZ6
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: Of a strange twist, per the Washington Post, "A Chechen man linked to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was fatally shot early Wednesday in an unusual encounter with the FBI and other law enforcement officers in his apartment in Orlando. According to federal law enforcement officials, the man was being interviewed about whether he and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bombing suspect, were connected to a two-year-old triple slaying when he attacked an FBI agent. There were conflicting accounts of what happened in the moments before the man was shot." http://wapo.st/12MVCp4
MOORE: The recovery continues, per the Tulsa World, "President Barack Obama plans to visit Oklahoma on Sunday to meet with those affected by Monday's EF5 tornado, which killed 24 people and injured 353 more. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders.
"A spokeswoman for Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak said that while an official damage estimate has not been released, Doak believes that the damage could top $1 billion. Other reports speculated that it could be as high as $2 billion. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano toured the damage in Moore with Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday before traveling to Joplin, Mo., for the second anniversary of that city's notorious storm." http://bit.ly/1aabHpZ
POLITICO PLAY: "Anthony Weiner's formal entrance into the New York City mayor's race is certain to shake up the sleepy, static Democratic primary. The only question is, how? The fallen congressman from Queens is looking as much for redemption as he is for a win, and he may just get it. If he finishes in the top two and makes a runoff, he will have recovered somewhat from the lewd-picture, Twitter scandal that derailed his career two years ago, even if he doesn't win." http://politi.co/16SAFy1
ANACOSTIA ART: At a crossroads, per City Paper, "The art of Amber Robles-Gordon is the art of Anacostia, quite literally. Robles-Gordon cobbles together sculptures and canvas collages from scraps of paper and fabric she finds in the neighborhood's trash cans and storefront windows. She's shown her work at the Honfleur Gallery. Right now, she has a striking wire and fabric mesh artwork on view near the Deanwood Metro stop.
"But as ARCH Development Corporation continues to expand its constellation of arts destinations in Anacostiathe latest is the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road SERobles-Gordon wonders if her neighborhood will still have room for her." http://bit.ly/14ThvmG
MARYLAND TAXES: What a maze, per the Washington Examiner, "Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is weighing an appeal of a decision by the state's highest court that would cost the state's counties and Baltimore City $128 million in taxes. Maryland's Court of Appeals ruled in January that the state must offer credits to taxpayers whose out-of-state income is subject to local piggyback taxes, and it rejected Gansler's request to reconsider the ruling on May 17. Gansler has 90 days to decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court." http://bit.ly/11dQpZc
D.C. SINKHOLE: Can we call it a tourist attraction?, per the Washington Times, "A major downtown intersection will be kept closed through at least Thursday evening as crews work to repair a 15-foot sinkhole, according to city officials. The intersection of 14th and F Streets Northwest was closed Tuesday. An investigator from D.C. Water utility discovered that concrete had fallen onto and collapsed a 54-inch sewer line below it." http://bit.ly/10nw8M7
TOUR de D.C.: Or something like that, per DCist, "The average Capital Bikeshare member saved about $800 on transportation costs last year, according to a survey published by the bicycle sharing program. But that benefit is just one of many statistical facets of the multi-jurisdictional transportation network announced. The survey, which was conducted over a recent four-week period, also provides a description of the typical Bikeshare customer. Although the system has tried to expand as much as possible throughout the District, Arlington, and Alexandria, its demographics are still catching up. Bikeshare members are more likely to be highly educated and younger white men, though slightly less affluent than the average Washingtonian." http://bit.ly/ZeaBtN
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals win 2-1 at San Francisco.
EXTRA-SMOKEY ALERT: Ten-four, good buddy, per INSIDENOVA, "HOV violators beware. Extra officers will be looking for you Thursday. Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington officers will join state troopers Thursday in patrolling the HOV lanes along Interstates 95, 395, and 66, as well as the Dulles Toll Road, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Maryland State police will be monitoring Interstate 270." http://bit.ly/1a9bcMX
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: "In the late 1970s, Bob Ryan was the first meteorologist to regularly appear on the Today Show before coming to Washington in 1980. Now, after 45 years in the business, he's retiring from ABC7 to spend more time with his family. Watch Bob's last forecast and a fond farewell from his colleagues on ABC7. And read Bob's farewell blog: http://wj.la/1a6KNj0
NEWSTALK: Among today's guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who will be asked about transportation funding and the Virginia GOP's nomination of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain.