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let's start with bill henley in the first alert weather center to elus when the storms are moving in. >> light showers right now. getting some breaks already. a few more showers moving through this morning and on and off to start with and later on breaks of sunshine. can't tell if it's raining there or not. the radar is showing a few showers moving through the camden area and the high definition imagery picking up some of that rain, but it is very light. it's moving through camden and burlington counties right now and into the trenton area. trenton is getting some rainfall. just some very light rainfall, however. the showers are keeping our temperatures in the 60s. much warmer. anywhere from 15 to 25 degrees warmer this morning. potstown and allentown just dropped to 59 degrees where yesterday at this time, they were in the 30s. few showers around at 7:00 and by 9:00 breaks in the clouds and bit of sunshine and warm up to
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65 and lunchtime 70 degrees before we move up the scale into the middle 70s later on. i'll take you through the forecast neighborhood by neighborhood when i come back. first, jillian is watching traffic. >> let's start off in chester county with a live look at a very quiet route 100. right at route 300. a couple drivers out there and that's what we're seeing across the area this morning. same situation on 76. this is in the king of prussia area and thickest congestion later in the morning between the blue route and the vine. 14 to 15 minutes. right now, average speeds on 95 near girard, about 52 miles per hour. no slow downs to report there. the only problem we have is this fire activity in north philadelphia at ninth and dauphin and a few alternate routes for you. just so you can avoid that activity. chris? let's take you to a live picture of that fire activity, jillian you just referenced in
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north philadelphia. this is what the situation was. heavy smoke pouring out of the second floor windows out of this vacant house. here's what we know. investigators tell us the house is vacant and they're not sure how the fire started. so far no reports of any injuries. firefighters have the situation under control there and just putting water on hot spots there and be aware of street closures in the area of ninth and dauphin. new from overnight, nearly 100 people are out of their homes after a fire at a delaware county apartment building. that fire started around 10:30 last night at the glen court apartments. two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. a live detail from the scene coming up in 30 minutes. also new from overnight, a man is in critical condition after shot several times in camden. it happened around 10:30 on
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pur purshing street. the victim is in his 60s. so far investigators have not made an arrest and they don't know a motive. doctors at children's hospital of philadelphia are monitoring five patients this morning with acute muscle weakness. they say it's possible those children have enterovirus 68. now officials at the centers of disease control and prevention are testing patients for that virus. right now four confirmed cases at c.h.o.p. and doctors say an mri revealed changes in the spines of the two newest patients that could have something to do, they believe, with the acute muscle weakness. parents are telling nbc 10 that they're concerned that the virus is spreading more rapidly. >> it's scary because i have two small children and if something like this happened to them, i don't know what i would do. >> as doctors at c.h.o.p. await those results, health officials are telling people to avoid contact with anyone who is sick
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and wash your hands frequently and disinfect surfaces regularly. those are the keys to beating any kind of sickness. jesse gary joins us to talk about another health concern this time of year, the flu. >> chris, that's right. state senator shirley kitchen is offering the free flu shots at her office in north philadelphia. take a look at our video. flu season begins in november and lasts until march. three times this month the senator is offering the free vaccination, including today. if we learned anything from the current outbreak, viruses mutate so getting a shot doesn't mean you're fully protected. >> always a possibility that there will be a shift of the flu and that the vaccine will not be fully protective. >> to help prevent the spread, dr. whitman said, wash your hands frequently and if you are sick, stay home.
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that especially goes for children. we heard about enterovis, ebola, the flu. what's next? we'll answer that question next at 6:00. president obama says we don't have a lot of margin for error when it comes to dealing with ebola. the president says the united states will work to do additional passenger screening at some u.s. airports for people arriving from west africa. the cdc has sent ebola symptom flow charts to 500 hospitals nationwide and monitoring several cities with large west african cities including philadelphia. a nurse at a hospital in spain is the first person known to catch ebola outside the west africa. she treated a priest who died from ebola last month after being flown back from sierra leon. the nurse is being treated in
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isolation. officithey are using an experimental drug to treat thomas duncan. the first person tested here in the united states after flying from liberia. the new drug is in late stage testing. the nbc news freelance photographer who came down with ebola is being treated at a nebraska hospital this morning. he arrived in hoomaha yesterday. he was able to walk off the plane to a gurney and then taken to the hospital by ambulance. happening later today, a former philadelphia special education teacher will face a judge. sfefany amato is accused of sexually assaulting one of her students. a 14-year-old boy testified. she surrendered to police in june and has a pretrial hearing this morning. a homeless man is charged with rape, robbery and attempted murder in the attack of a business owner in chinatown.
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the man captured on this video during the attack is 29-year-old brandon menley. he followed her in after she opened up her business for the day. officers picked him up outside a shelter. neighboring business owners were shocked to hear about sunday's attack. >> very surprised. i thought every time it happened not daytime, in the morning. >> now, sources tell nbc 10 the victim is familiar with menley and had run-ins with him twice over the summer. as a manhunt continues for eric frein cnn found a letter apparently written by frein. according to that report, the hand-written letter details how he shot two troopers outside their barracks and how he escaped. one of the troopers died in the ambu ambush. the letter did not mention a motive and they're not saying where that letter was found.
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now, to the casino crisis in atlantic city, the losing bidder for revel casino will go to court today to fight the sale. florida developer glen straub will challenge it. a bid of $110 million but straub filed papers in court yesterday complaining the process was improper and questioning the timing of brookfield's bid. a bankruptcy court judge is arguing whether it is expected to be approved. no longer bears the trump name. giant letters were taken down from trump plaza yesterday. 5:08 a.m. philadelphia transit officials say there will not be another rail strike for at least four months. talks between septa and the union representing its engineers resumed yesterday. septa says it will request federal intervention if the sides cannot reach a deal. engineers have been without a contract since 2010. they went on a one-day strike
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back in june. employees ended their walkout after president obama appointed an emergency board to mediate the dispute over wages and other issues. later this morning, postal workers will gather outside a center city staples store in protest. the workers are upset over the opening of postal counters in more than 80 staples store. the counters are staffed with staples employees paid lower wages than postal empployees. when the program was first launched, though, the postal service said this move was one of many to grow their business and give customers more choices of where to purchase postal products. bit of rain this morning, but it's not going it be an all-day rainfall. tracking light showers in the
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area. clouds and sunshine this morning and then break out into brighter sunshine this afternoon only to see storms return tonight and there's a chance we'll see some strong storms move through the area. right now, 53 in mt. pocono, it's dry. rain is coming down in trenton, but dover, some breaks in the clouds will be looking for some sunshine already. a little light breeze. the wind will be picking up today. saw a pretty good breeze blowing yesterday out of the south. that continues today ahead of the storms that will be coming in tonight. a view from the loew's hotel. a little bit of a sheen when rain came through in philadelphia. trenton, there's the light rainfall. not much to it. steadier rain just to the north and some showers that are just pushing back into the delaware area and newark and middletown about to see the rain return. just some light showers. heavier storms are well to our southwest and they'll hold off until late tonight and early tomorrow morning. so, during the day today, here's your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast. 67 degrees for the pocono mountains.
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few showers this morning and then partly sunny this afternoon and middle 70s for allreading a allentown. look at the temperatures, 77 degrees. turn out to be a nice day for northeast philadelphia and mt. holly, cape may up to 75 degrees and 76 in vineland and dover into the upper 70s. spotty showers this morning and a slight chance of a noontime shower and then we'll break out into the sunshine for westchester, chester and glassboro. cooler weather ahead in the seven-day forecast when i come back. if you're hitting the roads, you'll encounter some rain or wet spots out there. >> let's check in with jillian mele to see if it's causing any problems. >> the rain isn't slowing anybody down just yet. lehigh valley roads are wet. you need to take your time in center city. the vine street expressway is dry and that's westbound as drivers head out to 76. you can see both directions are clear right now. the ben franklin bridge we have this rehab project going on and
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seeing the construction out there right now. that's the westbound side and this is eastbound as drivers head into new jersey. keep in mind, we could see delays on the bridge later on this morning. 295 at 168 construction out there in both directions until about 6:00 this morning and then road work on the new jersey turn pike southbound and that's expected to be out there until 7:00. christine? 12 minutes after 5:00, a bright spot for a local community. katy zachary is unveiling details on a new rec center opening today. >> i'll tell you why it may be the hottest destination for families in our area. all thanks to a new project from the water department. one local radar police department fight for it technology they need to keep you safe.
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veteran affair officials say they will fire five executives. among those being fired the director of the va hospital in pittsburgh. these dismissals are the first since congress passed a law making it easier for veterans to get medical care outside the va system. a surprise decision by the u.s. supreme court as the justices rejected appeals from states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage. this clears the way for gay couples to marry in 30 states. opponents of same-sex marriage
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say they are disappointed and they hope the justices will eventually take up the issue, again. gay rights advocates say it will become harder for the court to put a stop to them. at 5:16, a new recreation center unlike any other in philadelphia and it will open today. venice island is located in manioc and features the theater and nbc 10 katy zachary joins us with a sneak peek this morning. hi, katy. >> it was fun just walking through here yesterday when they were putting the finishing touches on it. the rec center has a state of the art stage where kids can perform and that's the biggest difference from other rec centers in philadelphia. this was put together by the water department. they had to build a large underground tank and they got federal dollars to do so, so they tore down the old venice island rec center and worked to build a brand-new one, already
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being touted as one of the best in the city. >> this is going to be primarily for the kids, but, i can see adult groups using the facility and, you know, as well as the trails and all the other amenities that we have here. >> and it took nearly ten years for this project to be complete. later this morning, of course, is the unveiling. you may notice how high the rec center sits and there's a reason for that and we'll talk about that coming up. and on the subject of recreation, lawmakers in harrisburg want your input on a five-year plan for the outdoor recreation program and projects. tonight is the first of three public meetings across the state. this five-year plan will keep the state eligible for water conservation. tonight's meeting at 5:00 p.m. on north 20th street in philadelphia. if you fish in pennsylvania, you're about to have a little extra bait money in your pocket. the state has approved a
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reduction in the annual fishing license fee. it takes effect december 1st apas of then a one-year license will cost you $20.71. if you live in pennsylvania and the fee for nonresidents. tonight the mayor will announce a multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. this is happening at the tri-town plaza on route 70. the $15 million upgrade will create hundreds of jobs and generate revenue for the local economy. we'll learn more about this plan when the announcement is made at noon. well, right now pennsylvania is the only state that does not allow local municipalities to use radar guns. >> one local town is supporting some new legislation that would change that. upper darby lawmakers and police say local police should be able to use radar guns to stop speeding. police should be able to use the best and most effective technology to keep their community safe. according to a 2012 report by the national transportation highway pennsylvania had the
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third number of highest speeding fatalities in the country. we are hoping that no one is speeding out there on the road. >> because there could be wet spots out there indefinitely. that is not something we want to drive too fast through. jillian mele has a look at any slow downs. >> we're not reporting any delays on the highways across the area. this a live look at the blue route. this is dry and quiet and drive time is looking good. 17, 18 minutes both ways between 76 and 95. we are still following this fire activity in north philadelphia, ninth and dauphin. and throughout the morning, i've watched the progression here and just a few minutes ago, this was saturated out here and the ground was soaked and, as you can see, definitely improved in the last few minutes. so, of course, bill henley will have more on that rain and where it's moving and as you can see roads driving out a little bit here in the lehigh valley and definitely dealing with damp conditions and you need to slow down and take your time. no accidents on 22, 78 or the
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northeast extension. clouds arrived overnight and wet weather to start with in some spots that is drying out here at nbc 10 and the wind has settled down for now. 64 degrees in philadelphia. that's 14 degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. and it's completely dry on beach avenue. north and west seeing the steadier rainfall. jillian mentioned starting to dry out in the lehigh valley and does not look quite as damp as it did a short time ago. more showers and then tonight we can see some storms moving in. allentown is in the clear and the first round of showers have moved out, but another batch that is just starting to move in to portions of delaware. as far as the stronger storms, they're in kentucky this morning. they'll be here tonight. just some light rainfall now in new castle county, philadelphia. we will see a few more scattered showers this morning.
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this is just some light rain that's moving into middletown and into portions of southwestern county, as well. the future clouds show we will see some breaks in the clouds after a few showers around midday. look at 6:00 this evening, nice and clear until those storms start rolling in. that's a possibility late tonight and early tomorrow morning. that's midnight tonight. so, forecast is calling for umbrellas at times this morning and more and here sunshine this afternoon with temperatures in the 70s. in the 70s again tomorrow and showers are out of here. breezy, 74 degrees after a morning low temperature of 49. then it gets chilly on thursday morning we will be in the 40s to start with and high of just 67 degrees and clouds are back for friday and the weekend, too. a chance of showers friday, saturday, sunday and monday with a high of 70. jurors in civil trials in philadelphia can rest their legs before lawyers rest their cases.
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jury members will no longer have to trek from city hall. celebrate the grand opening of a new jury room. until now jurors received their assignments and then had to walk over to city hall to report for jury duty. no longer. now they will go directly to city hall where it will allow the courts to seat the entire jury quicker. four local high school football players are out of the game and in trouble with the law. the charges they are facing this morning. and it's the most important time of the year for stores. this morning, the holiday shopping forecast is out and the experts at cnbc will weigh in on the numbers and what you can expect as you check those items off your list.
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with tom corbett, things keep getting worse. september 16th. budget deficits force pennsylvania to borrow $1.5 billion dollars just to keep the lights on. three days later, pennsylvania's unemployment rate goes up for the second straight month. under tom corbett, we've fallen from 9th to 47th in job creation.
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and on september 25th, pennsylvania's credit is downgraded for the fifth time in two years. why would we give tom corbett four more years? it's on? oh yeah. with who? the citizens banker lady. she made things way simple for me, like how to deposit a check from my phone. she's even gonna send me alerts if my balance gets too low. total special treatment. you do know the alerts don't come from her personally, right don juan? mr.tobin, you forgot your phone! thank you. you left that there on purpose, didn't you? yeah. wow. award winning mobile banking from citizens bank. it's one way we're helping you bank better by keeping things simple. in macarthur's world, he opposes new laws to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. and macarthur opposes a woman's right to choose backed by a group that would outlaw abortion even for rape and incest. for us in the real world, aimee belgard.
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aimee will fight for equal pay and protect a woman's right to choose. aimee belgard's on our side. i'm aimee belgard and i approve this message. at 5:25. the five poweru erful women you should start following on twitter. also, what's the best brewery in the philadelphia region? everyone has a favorite. the business journal just launched a new contest and they want you to weigh in. some shoppers are already thinking about christmas and the national retail federation has a prediction about holiday spending this year. kate rogers joins us now with a look at this morning's cnbc business news. it's that time of year, again, kate. >> it is. it seems early but looking like it could be a green christmas, christine. the national retail federation
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are predicting holiday sales raise 4% this year. giving shoppers the means to splurge a little bit more on gifts. still, industry watchers say stores will have to offer deep discounts and promotions. at&t has pulled about 1,600 customers employees got access to their data over the summer. employees may have seen social security and driver's license numbers. at&t has notified authorities and employee has since been fired. back to you. >> thanks for joining us. brilliant sunshine yesterday. we've got clouds this morning. we'll have to wait for sunshine to return to start with. we have some showers in the area and a live view from center city where the temperatures this morning are running 15 to 25 degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. jillian mele is watching
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traffic. hey, jillian. >> not reporting any accidents out there, no delays. a live look at the boulevard right now 76. the boulevard is clear. 76 looks good. a look at 495 for drivers in delaware. also following this, dozens of people out of their apartments this morning. >> matt delucia is following this story. >> nearly 100 residents we're talking about forced out of their apartments late last night some staying at a temporary shelter here. new details coming up. the usual? not tonight. introducing longhorn's steaks that sizzle for $12.99. smoky double bacon sirloin.
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three people hospitalized. nearly 100 out of their homes. we're live from the scene of a fire that forced more than a dozen people to spend the night at the firehouse. ebola, enterovirus 68 and the flu. which one should be your biggest worry this time of year? you may run into a few showers on your way to work. you can see the rain coming through on weather radar. we'll let you know what to expect as you head out the door. good morning and welcome to nbc 10 news today. i'm christine maddela. >> we were telling you to get a sweater or a jacket for the kids and you won't need that this morning. you may need the umbrella. meteorologist bill h