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a new door opens. tonight the trump taj mahal has a new owner and thousands of workers could get new jobs. look up and learn. philly teachers using this billboard to give the city a bad grade. the price of sunshine. you might be enjoying this warm winter, but customers of one utility company are about to find out it comes at a cost. nbc 10 news starts now. >> right now at 1 1:00, a casino reborn, and thousands of jobs returned. that's the hope tonight in atlantic city. good evening, everyone, i'm jim rosenfield. for the second time in a year the former trump taj mahal has a new owner. nbc 10's brandon hudson shows us atlantic city is hoping this new
buyer will bring a better outcome. >> reporter: 2 ye0 years hardro cafe has been here, they want to breathe life into what was once the taj mahal casino and turn it into a hard rock casino. dark, december mat asolate and . this building will have a new look. carl icahn announced he sold the property to hard rock international. >> i think it will be another highly competitive property and a reason to come to atlantic city. >> reporter: atlantic city mayor don guardian told us the taj will undergo renovations and bring 3,000 now jobs with special skill programs. back in october the taj closed after 25 years in business. leaving some 3,000 workers without jobs. >> we will get through it. you will survive. >> reporter: icon and union workers couldn't agree on a new contract to restore health insurance and pension benefits. it was the city's fifth casino to close since 2014.
>> i'm excited. just about the jobs. i mean, we've been beat up so much. you know, lost over 12,000 jobs. >> reporter: atlantic city council president marty small sr. told us this will hopefully lead to more development on that side of the boardwalk which doesn't get much attention. >> i think it's a win/win for atlantic city. i'm just excited i don't have to look out my window and see the lights off anymore. >> reporter: down the boardwalk we met a group of women who are excited to hear the news of a new hard rock casino moving in. >> that's great. something we can go and explore, you know? >> i agree. we canada seen know hop now more. there's another casino to spend money on. >> reporter: the plan is to open a hard rock casino in 2018. in atlantic city, brandon hudson, nbc 10 news. new at 11:00 tonight we're learning attorney general jeff sessions had two conversations with the russian ambassador to the united states during the presidential campaign. conversations he did not disclose when questioned during his confirmation hearing. the justice department says both
took place last year when sessions was a senator. the revelations first reported by the "washington post" tonight. they're likely to fuel calls for sessions to step aside from an ongoing fbi investigation into russian interference in the presidential election. the spokesperson says "sessions met with ambassadors in his kpa capacity as a senator on the armed services committee and "there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer. he was asked during the hearing about communications between russia and the trump campaign. not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the armed services committee." also tonight, sending a message in a big way. a philadelphia teacher paid for this billboard after waiting five years for a raise. and now the city and the school district are responding. nbc 10's aundrea cline-thomas joining us live near the billboard on i-95 in northern liberties. this stems from the teachers' contract negotiations. where does that stand? >> reporter: those contract negotiations have been taking place for years behind closed
doors, but take a look. a philadelphia teacher wants to make it very public that he and others are fed up. drive along interstate 95 south today and see for one central high school teacher, desperate times call for desperate measures. >> my savings have plummeted. i know plenty of other teachers have taken second, even third jobs. >> reporter: in five days they raised more than $5,000 for this billboard, calls out school reform commissioner, bill green, mayor jim kenney and william hite. the billboard says philadelphia does not value public schoolchildren after teachers have not received a raise in five years. >> the fact we were able to raise that much money so quickly shows the teachers in this city, the public school advocates, the parents, i'm a parent in city, too, we're fed up. >> reporter: they have been negotiating but those talks are far apart by hundreds of millions of dollars. >> fire departments and police departments and schools.
that's stuff that, you know, money should be there. you know, you pay your property taxes. isn't that what all that goes to? >> reporter: in a statement the school district says it is negotiating in annest to put students first. "our desire is a contract which fairly compensates our teachers but also retains the fiscal stable that tstability that thel district of philadelphia has fought for. ". >> the union has been associates as well as they can. the district consistently comes back and says there isn't any money. >> reporter: we've also learned that there is not going to be any extra money coming from mayor kenney's budget he's unveiling tomorrow morning. in the past, tax hikes have been used to raise more money for education. despite being unionized, teachers cannot go on strike. their only option in this is to walk away or stick this out. reporting live in northern liberties, aundrea cline-thomas, nbc 10 news. pepsi says philadelphia's
so-called soda tax is leading to layoffs tonight. the company is cutting nearly 100 workers at 3 distribution plants that serve the city. the tax charges distributors 1.5 cent per ounce on sugary drinks. blaming the added surcharge for a 40% drop in sales in philadelphia. city leaders are pointing to the company's profits. they say pepsi spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in efforts to kill the soda tax. part of the money from the tax goes to fund philadelphia's new pre-k program. city says that program has already led to more than 250 new jobs. about 2,000 children started the first phase of philadelphia's pre-k program when it launched in january. new video tonight to show you from sky force 10. see those flames right there in the middle of your screen? they're coming from beneath the ground in reading, berks county. the power company tells nbc 10 underground cables caught fire around 9:00 tonight. some neighbors reported hearing small explosions in the area. fortunately, no one hurt here.
a delaware man is wanted by police for allegedly exposing himself to women in public. police say donald maxwell is wanted for two separate incidents. both of them happened just after midnight near the university of delaware. police say maxwell stripped naked and performed a lewd act each time. maxwell last seen driving a 2011 silver dodge charger. the reward has climbed to $69,000 for information leading to the arrest of vandals who targeted this jewish cemetery in philadelphia. hundreds of headstones at mt. carmel cemetery were damaged over the weekend. the fbi opened a civil rights investigation into the vandalism. two bucks county sisters claim they were abused as children by an alleged serial child sex offender and they're talking publicly about it for the first time. the women whose names are not being released say william thomas used to baby sit them when they lived in levittown, say he sexually abused them at young girls. thomas was arrested last month
after police found thousands of pieces of evidence indicating he sexually abused children for decades. now in their 20s the women who came forward today say they want to encourage other potential victims to do the same. >> being taken advantage of by a grown adult child molester. i hope that anyone else that was affected by this man please step up, you will be heard. >> i refuse to allow people like this on the streets where children should feel safe. >> tonight, thomas remains behind bars on $750,000 bail. gun violence and how to prevent it was the topic of a special meeting in montgomery county. cease-fire p.a. hosted the panel in abington, focused on how we can all get involved. attorney general josh shapiro delivered the opening remarks. afterwards he weighed in on a bill signed by president trump reversing a rule to ban gun purchases by the mentally ill. >> i support people's second amendment rights to bear arms but need to support people's
rights to be safe in their communities and arming people with criminal backgrounds, arming people with serious mental illness, is not a way to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people of pennsylvania. >> shapiro also stressed the need for yufl background checks. officials are taking action after a recent rash of armed robberies targeting cell phone stores. police and prosecutors announced plans for a new task force. they're hoping to prevent sne incidents like this where two men robbed a vrds stoerizon sto northampton county or this one. in each case, suspects got away with valuable electronics. so far, nobody's been caught. also tonight can you put a price on sunshine? this warm winter weather could lead to higher utility bills for some customers. nbc 10's drew smith shows us why. new at 11:00. >> reporter: we're beginning march much like we ended february. with temperatures in the 70s. and it looks like people have
put away the winter clothes. >> it's very exciting until you realize why it's very warm and then it's a bit nerve-racking. >> reporter: we broke the news to some philadelphia gas works customers they want them to add 11 bucks to the average monthly bill. >> my heating was super low. i kept it off most of the time. doesn't make sense to me. >> reporter: there's definitely less gas going into homes these days. the cost to maintain the system is rising so while your meter may have slowed down, your bill is still going up. >> we saved and we added new revenue. still not keeping up with the cost outside of our control. >> reporter: the public utility commission will review this hike over nine months with public input. pgw claims it's a last resort while it's also changing how it uses past data to figure out future demand. >> as winters are getting warmer, looking back 30 years is less and less reliable as a
predict predictor. >> reporter: in new jersey, that utility is offering bill credits thanks to the low cost of the natural gas supply. >> hopefully they're making efforts to kind of evolve with the changes. >> reporter: customers and providers both learning more about the roles of supply, demand and our changing weather. in philadelphia, drew smith, nbc 10 news. sometimes the roads in your neighborhood feel more like an obstacle course. you're hitting bumps. left and right. and your car is paying the price. but potholes are only part of the problem. the nbc 10 investigators show who's digging up our streets and why they're not getting fixed for months. plus, breaking the bank. rush of baby boomers will start making withdrawals from their 401(k)s. what retirees should know before
they tap into their savings. pushed right there and pepper sprayed. a police department under fire tonight for how an officer treated two protesters old enough to be his grandmother. glenn? from the 70s and record warmth today to snow? well, much colder air is moving in and you could see some flurries or snow showers by the end of the week. my first alert forecast is next.
new tonight, some of the nastiest bumps on your drive are intentionally cut in city roads. >> you actually hit one of these things, like, 25 miles on hour, yeah, you'll damage for cyour c >> now we're asking who's make sure they get fixed? once we started asking those questions, the philadelphia streets department took notice. investigative reporter george spencer shows us how the city is trying to tackle the problem and why it's gotten so bad.
>> reporter: if you drive in philadelphia, you surely heard and felt the bump. not a normal pothole, but what the city calls roadway ditches and trenches. intentionally cut open for utility work. >> the street's been annoying and they should have filled it in a while ago. >> reporter: on gordon street in fishtown where he's owned this garage for 40 years, the bumpy leftovers are enough to damage a car. >> you drive real, real slow, i try not to go down this block this way. >> reporter: you don't even want to drive it. >> i usually try to go the other way. >> reporter: the city says many ditches and trenches are an ugly outgrowth of an enviable problem. >> we've experienced a development boom and we're trying to keep pace with it. i think that's what's safe to say. >> reporter: philadelphia streets commissioner carlton williams says new construction has been the primary force behind a 20% spike in the number of utility ditches opened in city streets over the past four
years. thousands of new homes require thousands of new underground connections. lawrence mcknight says neighborhood anger directed at developers like him is sometim s s misplaced. >> i can only go so far, that's where the frustration comes in at. >> reporter: the final responsibility for street repairs actually falls in two different plays. for any plumbing-related ditch, the streets department is responsible for final repaving, but for everything else, whoever cut the road open is responsible to make it right. streets department repair times have tripled from 21 business days to 60. two weeks longer than their own goal. is the city overwhelmed? >> absolutely. absolutely overwhelmed. >> reporter: as for repairs by outside contractors and utilities, there's no hard and fast rule for how long projects can take or exactly how fast final repairs must be made. is there a mechanism to track
those utilities to make sure they're getting the work done quickly enough? >> right now if we see a problem and an issue, we notify them and we'll stay on top of that until it gets -- >> reporter: so it's case by case. >> it's case-by-case basis, that's correct. >> reporter: that may be changing. commissioner williams promised to review the way street repairs by outside firms are tracked and veri verified. on gordon street, it's a welcome and on shift. >> whether it's a city or contractor, they should not be allowed to leave the street like this for months on end. >> reporter: for the investigators, george spencer, nbc 10 news. newly released police body cam haera video shows police knocking down a 78-year-old woman during an immigration protest in arizona. you got to see this. take a look. after the officer pushes that woman to the ground, h e pepper
sprays her 65-year-old friend who tried to help the woman up. two people were arrested, including three for aggravated assault on a police officer. the tucson police department says it's now investigating this and other incidents from that pr protest. to your first alert weather, this afternoon's heavy wind and rain knocked this tree in this family's backyard into their home. tree's branches, in fact, broke several windows. thankfully a mother and son inside that house, they weren't hurt. they're okay. things have been relatively calm since that system rolled through the area. nbc 10 on germantown avenue in chestnut hill tonight where we found people out enjoying pretty mild march night out there. temperatures, they are going to keep dropping. by the end of the week, some neighborhoods could even see some snow. chief meteorologist glenn "hurricane" schwartz has your first alert forecast. hey, glenn. >> yeah, jim, things are really going to be changing rapidly here. we're still on the warm side. we still have some rain showers to come through. nothing like what we saw earlier. these all are reports of severe weather. hundreds of reports in the
country of wind damage or strong winds just a few in delaware and extreme south jersey. we're pretty lucky that that line weakened as it got into our area. but now look what we're looking at back to the west. a little snow in parts of the great lakes. and the futurecast as we go through thursday, just showing some dry weather. it's going to be windy. and then this little area of some snow showers for friday, especially in delaware, the way it looks, and it may be a mixture of some rain and snow showers. looks like it would melt, but it's just the idea that we have record warmth today and then two days from now, going to be snowing in parts of the area. well, of course, that's not the only thing that's going to be happening. these temperatures are going to be crashing. in the 60s right now just about everywhere. 59 in allentown. way above average, of course. we were 74 today.
50 for the daytime high tomorrow. and then by saturday, the high is only 37. and then when you add in the wind, look at this. here we are midnight. feels like 62. by 6:00 a.m., it's feeling like 33. 28 in pottstown. 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. not 6:00 a.m. friday. then thursday afternoon, it's feeling like the 30s. remember, 70s today. thursday night, feeling like the 20s. and going into friday, and friday night, feeling like the 20s for most of the day. by friday night, it's feeling like it's in the teens. yeah. it's going to be feeling like winter in here. not so much tomorrow, but you can see the morning temperature is not going to change very much for the high during the day. so don't expect a big jump in the temperatures here. i do expect it to be dry. but it's going to be on the windy side. 20 to 30 mile an hour winds.
another windy day on friday with those rain and snow showers. saturday looks dry, but look at those high temperatures. sunday after a cold start, not quite as cold, but what a change from what we saw today. >> wondering where's my coat? while others are asking where's my refund? could be in the hand of scammers. next at 11:00, how they found yet another way to steal your money. dear fellow citizen, i know what it's like to want to relax with your family. but enjoying today doesn't mean losing sight of tomorrow. so while i invest in "the now" my mortgage, vacations i still invest in the future, like my children's college tuition and retirement. i can help you piece together your financial journey for today and tomorrow. if you have a question about investing, ask me. sincerely, amanda etheridge, fellow planner and fellow citizen.
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rally came a day after president trump reaffirmed plans to cut taxes and push for other business-friendly policies. an alert for the millions of baby boomers tapping into their 401(k)s for the first time this year. as boomers turn 70 1/2, they're required to start withdrawing their money. >> accounts are essentially set up by the u.s. government to give you a tax break of sorts. at some point the government would like you to actually start to withdraw the income from those accounts. >> now because you pay tax on those withdrawals, experts say it's important to know your options. find out how much your first required withdrawal should be from your 401(k) provider, calculate your tax rate, consider putting it in an investment l account to grow the cash. all of that, john clark, decades before we have to worry about having to take out that money. >> especially me, i think. >> thanks a lot. >> i'm john clark. yeah, as you said. joel embiid out for the season. we'll hear from coach brett brown. tonight in miami the sixers
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this is "sports desk" brought to you by xfinity. x1 from xfinity will change the way you experience tv. >> hey, i'm john clark from csn. from bad to worse for the sixers. joel embiid is out for the season. the team says his torn meniscus is more pronounced now. has gotten worse. the sixers are exploring what to do now. surgery is a possibility. here is joel tonight in miami. he will have missed 222 of 281 games in his four season at kansas and the sixers. tough for him and tough for everybody. here is coach brett brown tonight. >> selfishly, you go through as a coach, you're trying to lead our program but my immediate thought goes to just, you know, being with him and helping him
navigate through that. sixers in miami tonight hanging early on. grabbing a rebound. he's going coast to coast for the dunk and the sixers are within four. then dorio and t.j. mcconnell, best of friends, got to trust the trip, right, getting a little heated between them. dario is not listening to him. in the second half heat pouring it on. going through everybody. an easy pass there. but hey, trust the friendship, again. t.j., dario, they're all good. sixers lose big, 125-98. joel said the sixers were terrible, dario says unacceptable. myiers traded strite to tampa bay who traded him to the penguins so mark has a shot at the cup. the flyers get a player from the lightning plus a fourth-round pick and conditional seventh rounder this year. ron hextall says while terry can play center and is a good
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