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going too far in the ebola fight? president obama takes action after new jersey initiates its over controversial quarantine policy. authorized to strike. the disagreement that could mean septa workers will walk off the job and what it means to commuters. and we're off to a chilly start, but warmer weather is coming before a cooldown later this week. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's find out about the cooler temperatures and the warm-up with meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast. good morning. >> good morning, tracy. we're running 10 to 16 degrees cooler compared to yesterday morning. this morning, mostly clear skies, very dry air and less wind is the key this morning. a nice, clear view from the comcast center in center city.
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temperatures are coming down under clear skies. 46 now in philadelphia. that's a big drop! it's down about eight degrees in just the last half hour. trenton is at 49 degrees and 43 in wilmington. stand by for a sunny day, though, so the temperatures will be warming up. still cool at 7:00. by 9:00, though, 50 degrees, and up to 61 and climbing at lunchtime today. i'm back in less than ten minutes with your future weather, but first, first alert traffic reporter katy zachry's watching your monday morning commute. good morning, katy. >> good morning, bill. fortunately, no accidents to report at this early morning hour. just typical overnight construction we often see. starting off in philadelphia, for drivers on 95 south approaching cottman avenue, you can see an active construction zone right here in the southbound lane, taking out the two right-hand lanes as you approach cottman avenue, just part of that overnight long-term construction project we're seeing. and for drivers on 422 eastbound, the ramps to and from armand hammer boulevard, they are closed for construction until late november. moving into new jersey, the 42
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freeway, some construction here, but not tying anything up. you can see some of the flashing lights but no lane restrictions. finally, for drivers in bear, delaware, 896 right at the summit bridge, right lanes are blocked in both directions until late november. tracy? new developments overnight about ebola concerns in the united states. president obama says he's putting together national guidelines for returning medical workers. the feds are raising these concerns over the new policies in new jersey and new york. federal health experts say a mandatory 21-day quarantine of medical workers returning from treating ebola in west africa is unnecessary, and the president is asking the state's governors to ease up. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in trenton, where governor chris christie said last night the new protocols will stay, despite the call from the president. jesse, why are the policies staying? >> reporter: tracy, because there is no federal guideline in place, at least not yet. governor chris christie says his goal is to protect the people of this state, not score political favor with the white house.
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over the weekend, both new york and new jersey enacted policies requiring 21-day home quarantine for people returning from west africa who had been in contact with ebola patients. the incubation period for that virus is 21 days. the federal health officials say such measures could be counter productive, but christie says he's taking this action to protect residents. >> my responsibility, my greater responsibility to the 8.9 million people of the state of new jersey. i think folks understand we want to take every precaution. >> reporter: including forcibly quarantining a nurse who returned to new jersey from the so-called ebola hot zone. so, why is her case different and why are federal health officials so worried this could make the overall situation worse? we'll answer that coming up in 30 minutes. live outside the state capitol in trenton, mercer county, new jersey, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. >> jesse, thanks. that nurse is being held in isolation at a newark hospital under new jersey's new policy, and she has now hired a lawyer to get her released.
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kaci hickox says she's being forced to stay in conditions that are in her words inhumane, since returning from sierra leone on friday. tests for ebola have come back negative. the nurse who contracted ebola while working in guinea says symptoms have intensified. dr. craig spencer received a plasma transfusion from survivor nancy writebol. his fiancee has been clear of ebola but is under quarantine at their home. the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. is touring ebola-stricken regions in south africa. samantha power arrived in guinea yesterday and will visit liberia and sierra leone in hopes of getting a better understanding of what's needed to fight the spread of the deadly virus. locally, bucks county health officials are monitoring at least three travelers for ebola who have been to west africa. once travelers come back into the united states, the local health department has to follow up with them. they're asking travelers to take their temperature twice a day and stay in touch with the
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health department every day. and so far, they've been cooperative. >> i think there's a little bit of hesitancy because some of them aren't from the united states, and their trust of government is different, depending on where they're from, but i think they understand why we're doing it, why it's so important. >> the health department has not said where these people have gone locally since they've been back in the country, but they are being monitored for 21 days. you can count on nbc 10 to help ease your concerns about the ebola virus as we help you understand the facts. later this morning we will have two medical professionals here in our nbc 10 studios answering your questions. send your question in now. go to our facebook page, the nbc 10 facebook page. look for the ebola q&a section. we will answer them live from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. live here on "nbc 10 news today." new information about the school shooting in washington state. another student has died. hospital officials say 14-year-old gia soriano died
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last night. it was friday when jaylen fryberg opened fire inside his high school in marysville. one student and fryberg died at the scene. three students are still in the hospital. two are fryberg's cousins. the reason by the attack remains unclear. classes at the school are canceled this week. back here at home, new overnight in philadelphia, two-car crash left two people hurt. it happened just before 3:00 on tyson avenue and roosevelt boulevard in the mayfair section. police say a man and a woman were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay. also new from overnight, police in burlington county trying to figure out how a tractor-trailer caught fire on the new jersey turnpike. this is near exit 4 in mt. laurel. a traffic cam shows the smoke coming from the truck and the emergency crews on scene. troopers tell us the driver was hauling food. no one was hurt. today we're expected to hear from septa union workers about their unanimous vote to authorize a strike. yesterday's vote does not mean the workers will definitely walk off the job.
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it does involve about 5,000 bus drivers, subway operators and other workers at the transit authority. they belong to transport workers local 234, septa's largest union. the group has been working without a contract since spring. >> we've got to strike, we'll strike. as of right now, i'm tired of coming home hurt, exhausted, broke, just being able to make it. >> i was actually on my way to go buy a weekly ticket, and as soon as you said strike, i'm like, forget it, i'll drive. >> right now, the key sticking points are pensions and health care. septa says it has not been given any indication if or when a strike could happen. in the philadelphia school budget crisis, the state judge is expected to rule this week on the legal flap between the teachers union and the school district. an injunction, you'll remember, was issued last week that stopped the school district from forcing the teachers to contribute to their health care benefits. district officials are appealing that decision. the judge is deciding if the case can stay in state
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commonwealth court or should be moved to philadelphia common pleas court. there will be another hearing for a philadelphia charter school today. the school district is in the process of revoking the charter of the walter d. palmer leadership learning partners charter school, claiming that it overspent and overenrolled. the hearing will be held at school district headquarters this morning. happening today in delaware county, a man accused of using craigslist to lure and then rape a woman is scheduled to be in court for a preliminary hearing. upper darby police say kevin cornish attacked an 18-year-old from philadelphia after she responded to an employment ad that he posted on craigslist. investigators believe he may have lured dozens of other women. cornish remains behind bars. pennsylvania state senator leanna washington is expected to plead guilty in a corruption case this week. washington is accused of using staffers and taxpayer money for her political fund-raisers. she represents philadelphia and a portion of montgomery county. now your nbc 10 first alert
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weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> it's a chilly start this morning, clear skies and less wind than over the weekend, but that's brought the temperatures down this morning. we will see bright sunshine today. we'll be back in the 60s like we were yesterday afternoon with warmer weather in store tomorrow, but midweek, we'll be tracking some showers that should bring a big temperature change later in the week. right now 47 in doylestown. look at philadelphia international, 46 degrees, and it's 54 right now at cape may. clear skies all around. and the water in front of boathouse row, the schuylkill is nice and calm. no big wind this morning. in fact, some areas are calm, areas north and west from reading, lancaster and pots up to. no wind in dover and just a little bit of a breeze out of the west in philadelphia, much calmer than what we saw over the weekend. but the dry stretch continues. the nearest showers are moving through wisconsin and into michigan. those are not heading our way, so nice, sunny skies today and
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again tomorrow. and the future weather, hour by hour showing temperatures in the middle 50s by 11:00 this morning. then it's into the 60s this afternoon and barely a cloud. look to the north and west. you can see a scattered cloud, but otherwise, it's just sunshine for us. when i come back, the extended future weather. we'll take a closer look at when those showers may arrive. >> bill, thanks. 4:10 right now. if you're headed out the door, let's update you on the roads. katy zachry is watching those for us. >> no accidents to report at 4:09 this morning, but we do have overnight construction to tell you about. for drivers on route 202, southbound lanes. this is a live look at route 29. between route 29 and route 401, there is construction. the two right lanes are blocked. you can see a little bit of that in this traffic camera here. overall, the majors around our area are looking really good. 95, 76, and of course, the blue route, typical trouble spots. later this morning. they're looking fine right now. finally, a look at the ben franklin bridge looking into center city, philadelphia. this is the westbound lane.
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there is some construction taking out the right-hand lanes for some patco track work, but it doesn't seem to be affecting anything right now. tracy? a group of fishermen watch a mother toss her baby into the ocean at the jersey shore. we'll tell you how they sprung into action to save the child and why police say the woman did it. also this -- >> keep [ bleep ] walking! next time you [ bleep ] -- >> a police officer caught on camera swearing at a group of kids. next, the department's reaction to this video.
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at 4:13, now to "decision 2014." today in philadelphia, officials will unveil the george h.w. bush gallery at the national constitution center. governor tom corbett will be
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there, along with former florida governor jeb bush and united states supreme court justice samuel alito. the new gallery recognizes george h.w. bush's public service and former role as chairman of the national constitution center. meantime, former president bill clinton will be campaigning for corbett's challenger, tom wolf. he will headline an event in pittsburgh later this morning. president obama will also be supporting the wolf campaign when he makes a stop in philadelphia next weekend. wolf had a big lead in the polls earlier this month, but research shows that the race has been slightly tightening in recent weeks. there are now just eight days until election day, and you can count on nbc 10 for coverage leading up to november 4th and for results after the polls close. a woman is in custody after police say she threw her baby into the ocean at the jersey shore. it happened yesterday in atlantic city at the end of pacific avenue at the boardwalk in the city's inlet section. police say the woman threw her daughter into the bay and then jumped in. nearby fishermen rushed to the
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rescue, pulling the pair from the water. a retired atlantic city firefighter also happened to be there. he performed cpr. investigators believe the woman, 24-year-old patricia shurig, was suicidal. >> what i'm thinking about, why? what was going through that lady's mind to put herself and her child in danger like that? >> police say shurig will face charges. she is recovering this morning along with her daughter. caught on camera, a philadelphia cop yelling at kids, and now video of the incident has police investigating. >> big man, you have a problem, because i notice that you keep trying to make eye contact with me. is there a problem? okay, well, keep [ bleep ] walking! next time you [ bleep ] -- >> police tell nbc 10 the officer will be disciplined for his actions. no charges have been filed. nbc 10 e-mailed the video to some high-ranking officers. one officer responded "the video does not reflect well on the officer. i have no doubt he had good reason to be exasperated, but
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you have to maintain your professional demeanor." a teenager was shot outside a halloween party in camden county this weekend at a winslow township hair salon early saturday morning, where the party was being held. investigators say there were several fights at the party. they apparently continued outside and the 18-year-old boy was shot in the parking lot. he is in critical but stable condition. the shooter got away. philadelphia police searching for surveillance through, looking for clues in a weekend murder. police found the victim dead in the street on forrest avenue in west oak lane around 9:00 last night. investigators say the victim just left a friend's house when he was killed. the red cross is helping six people this morning following a row home fire in montgomery county. nbc 10 was on the scene, oak street. firefighters from neighboring towns came to help put out the flames. no one was hurt. dozens of dirt bikes and atvs are off the streets after a weekend sting by philadelphia police. it's part of an ongoing
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crackdown on the vehicles, which are illegal on city streets. authorities are trying to prevent scenes like the one we saw tuesday when riders were weaving in and out of traffic. police showed us the 34 dirt bikes and atvs they confiscated throughout the city, and they are searching for more. police say the scene last week was not the reason for today's sting, but it highlighted the dangers of these types of vehicles. >> well, they're very reckless. they're riding on sidewalks, they're cutting vehicles over. it's definitely a public safety hazard, and that's one of the reasons we can't chase them. we don't know what they're going to do. if we chase them, they're going to take off. they don't have lights on a lot of the vehicles. >> along with the confiscated vehicles, police also arrested two people riding stolen dirt bikes. the st. louis cardinals are mourning the loss of one of their players, 22-year-old oscar tavares. the outfielder was killed in a car crash in the dominican republic ic.
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he made his debut this season and was ranked as the number three overall prospect. actress marcia strouseman has died after a battle with breast cancer. she was 65 and best known for the 1970s sitcom "welcome back cotter." her biggest film success came playing the mom in disney's hit comedy "honey, i shrunk the kids," and its sequel. she most recently appeared in two nbc shows, "third watch" and "providence." right now in hawaii, there is an evacuation warning in effect as lava creeps closer and closer to a village. according to authorities, those residents should be prepared to leave their homes by no later than tuesday. officials say the lava flow, which is from kilauea volcano, can shift directions or speed without warning. they're urging people to leave immediately. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we're watching the temperatures fall this morning under clear skies with much less wind and very dry air. the ingredients needed for
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chilly temperatures. and we've got them in philadelphia. 46 degrees. that's 11 degrees colder than it was yesterday at this time. there will be lots of sunshine at the shore today. nice clear and dry view of beach avenue, which will stay dry for the next couple of days. satellite shows no clouds anywhere near us, so that's allowed temperatures to come down. but this afternoon, we'll be in the 60s later today. and though it will be chilly tonight, we will see a nice warm-up tomorrow afternoon. look at this, 70s for your tuesday. but by wednesday, we'll watch clouds building north and west first thing in the morning, and then the chance of some showers will be moving through later wednesday morning. until then, we should be dry and a bit chilly to start with, yes, but temperatures this afternoon with sunny skies will climb into the low to mid-60s. this morning, though, a few spots are in the 30s. in less than ten minutes, i'm back with neighborhood by neighborhood temperatures. >> all right, bill. 4:19 right now. let's update you on the roads if you're getting ready to head
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out. usually this time of the morning we're watching construction. katy zachry is watching that. >> some construction and actually a few accidents new this morning. we'll start off with drivers on route 422, in the westbound lanes as you approach route 29. here's the camera of the scene. there is an accident. it seems to be taking out right here the left-hand lane, but you can see traffic is coming, getting around it going to the right. it is slowing things up and there is construction on 422, so just one more thing to keep in mind if you're headed in that direction. right now there is some construction on 95 southbound at route 202, which is exit 8. the right lane is blocked because of construction. an alternate around that, you can take delaware avenue, which is exit number 7. and then finally, route 38 at route 70 for drivers in camden, free and clear of any issues there, but there is an accident in camden new into our system. i'll have that information in a few minutes. the head of the schuylkill regatta wrapped up this weekend along the schuylkill river. thousands of competitors hit the water. the area's largest rowing
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competition drew rowers from 23 states and 6 countries. well, it's a new week. that means a new list of matchups vying to be our next "high school blitz game of the week." glassboro and bishop use yas, ridley and haverford high or williamston and hamilton. you can vote on our facebook page or text your vote to 610-624-4111. the game with the most votes is our featured "high school blitz game of the week" every saturday night at 7:00 right here on nbc 10. 4:21 right now. an easier way to check for colon cancer. the all new at-home method available today that could save lives. left on the table, the free perk millions of american workers are leaving behind. and crafty quilts. the secret that these historic blankets hold about our past.
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4:24. how's this story for a monday? it may be time for you to go on vacation. a new study shows american workers are using only 77% of their paid time off. workers who don't use all of their time say they're worried about keeping up with colleagues. researchers say the unused vacation numbers are at its highest level in 40 years. there's a new colon cancer screening test available today, but some doctors still have questions about it. it's a home test called cologuard. what makes this test unique is that it detects dna that could be a sign of cancer. if it does, you send it to the lab, and if it tests positive, you would need a colonoscopy. experts say this may allow many more people to get tested. however, one doctor from the national cancer institute says the test's impact on survival
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rates is not known yet. if you didn't get a flu shot yet, camden county is holding flu clinics over the next two weeks, flu shot clinics. residents can go to the community center today in magnolia from 4:00 to 7:00 and the williams center in runnemede tomorrow. go to a full list at this is the scene in atlantic city at the walk to end alzheimer's. these people had one goal, to help raise $2 million for alzheimer's research. and then another walk, this one in philadelphia. this is the jdrf1 walk. they walked three miles for type 1 diabetes research. another walk was held simultaneously at bucks county community college. since 1992, the walk has raised $1 billion to help those suffering from type 1 diabetes. interesting pieces of americana were on display this weekend in philadelphia. take a look. they might seem like ordinary quilts, but they actually contain hidden maps and codes
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used to guide slaves along the underground railroad. the railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses, as you know, that helped fugitive slaves escape the south and get north to freedom. mt. airy united fellowship church was on the way. >> every color in the quilt, every symbol meant something. and the people who were trying to escape to freedom, from maryland, from down south, this is one of the stops. the church is located in the same route the slaves would take and were trying to get to canada. >> a member of the church owns the quilts and lent them to the exhibition. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> beautiful sunshine over the weekend. nice and chilly this morning. that's a live view from center city, where the temperatures are dropping into the 40s this morning, but there are few spots that are even colder than that and still falling at this hour. the time is 4:26. 46 degrees here at nbc 10. first alert traffic reporter
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katy zachry is in this morning. katy, how are we doing so far? >> good morning, bill. we were accident-free up to a few minutes ago. for drivers on 422 westbound, there is an accident as you approach route 29 that's taking out the left-hand lane. you're looking at that right now. traffic is having to go around that. i'm also following a new accident for new jersey drivers. i'll have the details coming up.
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what's the truth on taxes? says it's tom corbett who's being dishonest. they say tom wolf has a plan to reduce income taxes for the middle class and cut local property taxes. and tom corbett? it's corbett who slashed education by a billion dollars... ...and now almost 80% of school districts plan to raise property taxes. and it's corbett who's increasing gas taxes by 28 cents a gallon. tom corbett. desperate and dishonest. going too far in the ebola fight? president obama takes action after new jersey initiates its own controversial quarantine policy.
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authorized to strike. the disagreement that could mean septa workers will walk off the job and what it means for commuters. and we're off to a chilly start, but warmer weather is coming before a cooldown later this week. it is 4:30. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. it is a cool start, but it's going to warm up. let's get right to bill henley with his first alert forecast. >> good morning, vai. it is cold and temperatures are dropping. parts of the area have found the 30s this morning with clear skies, light wind and very dry air. temperatures are still falling in center city. that's a live view from the adventure aquarium. we're watching the numbers now along the i-95 corridor. 43 for wilmington, northeast philadelphia is 49, but look to the west. coatesville is now 35 degrees while bluebell is at 43. and it's in the 30s this morning in vineland, 38 degrees there. 59 in cape may and 40s in delaware this morning. so, depending on where you are, you'll have to add a layer or