5 things you need to know Tuesday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Here are five things you need to know on Tuesday, July 1.

1. U.S. faces Belgium in first knockout round of World Cup

Bring on Belgium! The U.S. soccer team fights to stay in the World Cup, as it goes head-to-head with the Belgian team at 4 p.m. EST. Only a win will let the team advance into the next round. WHERE TO WATCH

2. Hot & humid Tuesday, tracking the tropics for the 4th

The heat really cranks up Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low to mid 90s. On Tuesday, the threat for storms increases a tiny bit in the afternoon, but Wednesday and Thursday look like the wettest days of the week. FORECAST

An area of low pressure off of the Florida east coast has developed into the first tropical depression of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. MORE

3. New laws take effect in Maryland & Virginia

About 100 new laws take effect Tuesday in Maryland. The state ban the sale of alcohol that is 190 proof or stronger. Another new law requires the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to establish and expand programs for family members of murder victims. NEW LAWS

There are new laws Tuesday in Virginia as well, include a string of measures designed to improve the mental health system after state senator Creigh Deeds was attacked by his mentally ill son Gus, who then killed himself. The Commonwealth no longer bans hunting on Sundays. NEW LAWS

4. DC minimum wage increases to $9.50

Minimum wage workers in the District will make more money starting Tuesday. That's because the city's minimum age is jumping from $8.25 an hour to $.50 an hour. The law includes hikes of $1 next July and then a final $1 hike in July 2016 to bring the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. MORE

5. NASA to launch satellite measuring climate change

The $470 million satellite hopes to give scientists their clearest picture of Earth's warming atmosphere by tracking carbon dioxide levels. Created by Orbital Science Corp., it is considered the next powerful tool for measuring signs of climate change on Earth beginning Tuesday. MORE

DRIVING YOU CRAZY: Alexandria parking meter changes begin

Starting July 1, parking meter hours in Old Town will be extended. You'll have to pay to park until 9 p.m. citywide Monday through Saturday. Current parking meter hours are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. This is part of the budget approved by the City Council. MORE


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