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we are just four days away from thanksgiving, and nbc 10 has learned about a new call for holiday help in a city hit hard by the casino crisis. and get ready for a roller coaster weather week. it is wet outside right now, but the 70s and snow are both ahead. and here's a live look outside right now at the wet. rain and wind greeting many people this morning. in cape may, winds are gusting
up to 30 miles an hour. it is windy, for sure. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. a nasty start to this monday morning, but as someone said, at least we're not freezing. always looking on the bright side. meteorologist bill henley and his first alert forecast. bill, you have some bright news for us, maybe? no? >> we are a long way from freezing this morning. 64 degrees here at nbc 10. gusty winds helping to warm things up will push the rain clouds out of here this morning. much of the area already seeing it taper off. looks like the flags are holding on for dear life this morning with winds already gusting to near 40 miles an hour in philadelphia. we're still dealing with rain, but some spots are seeing it drying out just a bit already. it's chester county that's seeing some of the steadier rainfall and moderate showers in southern chester county. the showers will be ending this morning. still some rainy conditions in cape may, as you saw by that live picture from the marquis de lafayette hotel. but those showers are going to be ending as well. but the wind, that will stay
with us. winds now gusting to 38 miles an hour in philadelphia, and it's a southerly wind, which means warm temperatures. and we're certainly starting off with readings that are climbing. 60 now for reading. lancast lancaster. 62 in trenton and 64 degrees at philadelphia international and international airport, northeast philadelphia and 60s across much of delaware and south jersey, too. sunshine will break through the clouds and the wind will push us to 70 degrees at lunchtime, and it will still be climbing at that hour. your hour-by-hour, neighborhood by neighborhood forecast in less than ten minutes, but first, matt delucia's live in stormforce10 this morning. matt? >> reporter: good morning, bill. we are on the northbound lanes here heading towards grant and the boulevard, where we understand some traffic lights are out. but just to give you a picture of what we're looking at right now, most of the rain has tapered off. we're getting a little bit of a mist here and there, but the big deal right now, as you mentioned, the wind gusts, and we also have some wet roads out here as we speak. and so, with all those leaves
coming off the trees, it can make things a little bit slick out here. so, we see drivers taking it a little slow. not too many cars out here and a lot of folks are going to be heading out for thanksgiving travel. a big travel day here on this monday before thanksgiving, but let's head over to katy zachry with first alert traffic to find out how the rest of the roads are looking. >> hi, matt. thanks a lot. and if people are headed out this morning for thanksgiving travel, if you're headed on 95 northbound, right now northbound between exits 6 and 7 is closed because of an accident. looking live, this is right near the exit for the on-ramp to 476 northbound. if we go to my maps, i can show you an alternate. again, 95 northbound is closed between the exits for route 320 and i-476. the road is closed. an alternate around that is 291. also following another accident. this is on route 1 northbound right at grant avenue. it's actually a scene that matt delucia is headed to. no cross traffic right now is allowed on grant avenue.
there is an accident in the outer drive, so we should have a live picture of that shortly. also another accident, northeast philadelphia. pretty serious one, torresdale avenue at magee street. the road is closed there. an alternate around that is frankford avenue. and a live look, as promised, of delaware, the wet roads along route 1 right near the christiana mall. this morning the legal battle between donald trump and a casino bearing his name continues in wilmington. the two sides will argue their case in u.s. bankruptcy court. trump is suing trump entertainment resorts. he wants his name removed because he claims the company has harmed his brand by letting the trump taj mahal and trump plaza fall into disrepair. trump plaza closed in september. the taj is scheduled to close december 12th. we could learn today if the deal to buy revel casino hotel will go through. lawyers are meeting with a bankruptcy judge in new york city today to rescue the $110 million sale. last week, a canadian firm announced it was walking away from the deal to buy revel because of the utility bill. it's unclear if that company
will attend today's hearing. and the atlantic city casino crisis is having an impact on the holiday season. food banks there are feeling the pinch. four casinos closed this year, leaving 7,600 workers without jobs. and if the taj closes next month, that would add another 3,000 people unemployed. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in atlantic city this morning. jesse, this is a problem that could leave a lot of folks hungry for the holidays. tell us more. >> reporter: yeah, tracy, that's right, and that hunger and thirst takes them increasingly to area food banks. as a matter of fact, providers here tell me that this is a trend that started with the economic downturn a few years ago. but the problem has spiked this year, according to the pastor at st. nicholas roman catholic church. monsignor william hajj calls the situation desperate with a dramatic increase in the numbers. he says people are now lining up at 7:00 a.m. to receive bags of food at 9:00 a.m. the surge coincides with the closing of four casinos this year. a fifth is set to shutter its
doors in a couple weeks. coming up, who's most at risk and why? live on the atlantic city boardwalk, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. happening today in montgomery county, a former montgomery county political leader will go to trial in a sexual assault case. former county republican chairman robert kearns is accused of giving drinks to one of his workers, then sexually assaulting her after she passed out in october 2013. a judge will decide kearns' fate because he opted not to have a jury trial. and today a judge will hear closing arguments in the child porn case against the former headmaster of a delaware prep school. christopher wheeler was headmaster at tower hills school until his arrest last year. wheeler is accused of dealing child porn. today a judge will hear arguments over a defense motion to dismiss those charges. police in northampton county are trying to track down a mother of three who disappeared on friday. jessica padgett was last seen leaving her job at the duck duck goose daycare in northampton. investigators say she left work
to send a fax but never returned. the newlywed's car turned up in a dollar general parking lot about a mile from her home. her cell phone was in the car along with some other personal items. if you have any information on her whereabouts, call state police. today, philadelphia archbishop charles chaput returns from rome after a trip that included the pope officially announcing he will visit philadelphia. last monday, pope francis laid out his plans to come to philadelphia during next year's world meeting of families. it's expected to be a three-day visit by the pope that will attract an estimated 2 million people to the city. the last time a pope was in philadelphia, 1979. this announcement of the latest trip has stirred up a lot of excitement. >> i'm so excited. i'm so excited. i'm trying to figure out how i could possibly meet him, because i really -- i love everything he's doing with the church. made me really proud to be catholic. >> now, the pope, again, will be coming to philadelphia late
september of 2015, and again, archbishop chaput is scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon. you can hear what he has to say about the pope's visit on nbc 10 news at 4:00 and on nbc10.com. there is a new push to boost safety on septa trains. >> the rule drivers want in place to make sure they're alert and focused on the rails in order to keep you safe. and the numbers have been crunched, and you will see which store will give you the most bang for your black friday bucks. grab your umbrella if you're heading out the door right now. we still have rain in the area. and make it a sturdy one, too. strong, gusty winds. winds are gusting to 40 miles an hour. right now, 64 degrees at 4:38.
extended waiver of safety rules. the union says this waiver would decrease the amount of rest time for train operators. this information just came out in the overnight hours and we're working to get a response from septa. also happening today, a lehigh valley school district and its teachers union will go before the labor board over contract negotiations. the saucon valley school board claims teachers are bargaining in bad faith, asking for more money than they did at the beginning of the contract talks. the union says it could counter sue, but that would waste time and money. the two sides have been negotiating since january 2012. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we are tracking rain this morning. rain will be with us much of the morning to start with, but not all day. 59 degrees in allentown, 64 in northeast philadelphia and atlantic city is 60 degrees. and that is rain that's falling on the snow in the pocono mountains as the temperatures have warmed all across the
board. it will be in the 60s in the mountains this afternoon. we're still watching rain, especially steady off to the north and west, through chester county. there's a line of steadier-and-heavier rainfall, especially in southern chester county. while the rain is light in parts of montgomery and bucks county, it has ended for much of delaware this morning and it's quickly tapering off in cape may. still could see a few more showers. future rain and clouds showing scattered showers at 7:00 this morning. those clouds will be breaking, though, through the morning. and by lunchtime, we'll see a lot of sunshine and strong, gusty winds. by noontime, i'm expecting it to be up to 70 degrees. so, a warm and windy one. gusty winds of 40 miles an hour in the philadelphia area. even stronger at the shore. that will end the showers, and the temperatures, 71 is the record. we could easily tie that, if not break that this afternoon. the seven-day forecast when i come back in less than ten minutes. at 4:42, a check of traffic, and we're getting some news on this situation on the boulevard right now.
>> katy zachry's been following that. what's the new information, katy? >> yeah, want to start things off with a live look. we have a photographer at the scene. grant avenue and the boulevard. traffic lights have just come back on. earlier, traffic lights were out in the outer drive, affecting traffic on the boulevard. no cross traffic was allowed on grant avenue, but that has since changed. as he pans, you can see everything is back to normal. so, if we go to my maps now, i can tell you about some other issues that we're dealing with throughout the area. in northeast philadelphia, torresdale avenue at magee street closed because of an accident there. an alternate is frankford avenue. then also, a big story we're following, 95 northbound in delaware county between the exits for route 320 and i-476. the road is closed because of a pretty serious accident. you can take route 291 to get around that. and here's a live look of emergency crews right on 95 northbound between exits 6 and 7. again, the road is closed northbound, but as you can see, southbound traffic is moving fine. there isn't enough volume to
account for any gaper delay there. but as the morning gets on, we might see that. and also, on the northeast extension northbound as you approach quakertown, an accident involving a tractor-trailer that has been moved to the shoulder because of the rain. it is moving out, but the wet roadways, it is important to keep that in mind. finally, this is in camden, a live look, route 38 at route 70. the rain is moving out, but still residual wetness on the roads. katy, thanks. 4:45 right now. waiting for a verdict in the michael brown case. >> there is a sign in ferguson that the grand jury may be close to returning a decision. plus, uninsured and unnecessary. the important message to more than a million military veterans this morning. and know where to go. the stores that are giving the biggest discounts on black friday. imported chicken has been in the
news a lot lately. for chicken that hasn't crossed an ocean, look for perdue. we're the first company to have the usda verify that our chickens are raised in the usa. to bring your family a fresh-tasting chicken. perdue. we believe in a better chicken. waiting for a decision. a grand jury in ferguson, missouri, will begin deliberating again today. >> they have to decide if a police officer should be indicted in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager.
here's a live picture from ferguson, missouri, where the roads are quiet right now. that could change if and when a decision comes down. nbc 10 national correspondent jennifer bjorklund has the story. >> reporter: church services in ferguson calling for justice for michael brown, but with peaceful protests. >> nonviolent is the way! >> reporter: even in pouring rain sunday. >> make sure he didn't die in vain. >> reporter: many still drawn to the spot where the unarmed teenager was killed. >> i wanted my kids to see the importance on what's going on, you know, what's going on in ferguson and the whole st. louis area in general. >> reporter: over the weekend, barricades moved into place around the st. louis county justice center seemed to foreshadow a potential announcement here, where today a grand jury meets again, considering charges against ferguson police officer darren wilson, who says he acted in self-defense. the grand jury, seven men, five
women, nine white, three black, which reflects the makeup of the county. 9 of those 12 must agree on the decision whether to indict. >> i feel sorry for these people, because they know if they walk out of that grand jury room and have not indicted, they may have created a massive riot in their city and maybe throughout the united states. >> reporter: and close to where it happened, tension. >> it's really hard, and the stress level is beyond the scales. >> reporter: as the family at the center of this gives thanks for the support. >> i had to come and just give back. >> reporter: giving turkeys away this thanksgiving week to the community that has supported them. jennifer bjorklund, nbc news, ferguson, missouri. 4:48. today, 19 americans will receive the nation's highest civilian honor. this year's recipients of the presidential medal of freedom will be honored during an afternoon ceremony at the white house. the honorees include nbc's tom brokaw, meryl streep, stevie
wonder and ethel kennedy. the medal of freedom is presented to americans who have contributed to national security, world peace and other cultural or significant endeavors. and we have new information this morning about just how many veterans are without health insurance. new research out of nyu langone medical center finds more than a million veterans were without health coverage in 2012. however, the research showed that 87% of the uninsured veterans may be eligible for coverage through the medicaid expansion or by enrolling in va benefits. 4:49 now. it's the frenzy after the feast. before the leftovers have even had a chance to get cold, many of you turkey-stuffed soles will shuffle out to shopping centers to participate in the ritual of black friday. so, which stores are offering the biggest discounts this year? consumer website wallet hub examined more than 5,500 black friday ads by 32 major retailers to come up with an average discount rate for each store. here's what they found. jcpenney came out on top.
ignore this map. jcpenney averaged 65% discount, macy's with 54%. i'm going it stand in front of this. rite aid had an average discount of 53%. sears and walgreens rounded out the top five with 50% and 47% respectively. so, the retailers with the smallest average discounts, costco, 21% off, big lots 25%, amazon 26%, best buy and walmart each with an average discount rate of 32%. so, which items had the biggest discounts across the board? jewelry an average of 58% off and entertainment like books, music and movies at 32% off. that doesn't include video games. those are higher. the items with the smallest average discounts? computers and phones, 30% off, and toys 31% off. no surprise, those are some of the most popular gifts in those categories. and to see which stores offer the biggest discounts per category, you can read this full study with the graphics included at nbc10.com.
now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> the winds are blowing this morning. we're already seeing winds gusting to 40 miles an hour and after a rainy night, these winds kicking the rain out of here this morning. 64 degrees right now. the wind's really warming things up. a steady wind at 25 miles an hour, gusting at 38 miles an hour. and we're watching rain in the pocono mountains, but later in the week, snow will be accumulating in the mountains. 61 degrees in pottstown. wilmington is at 57, but it's 60s for northeast philadelphia and philadelphia international. and look at the 60s from langhorne. 58 right now in doylestown, but richboro at 61 currently. even quakertown is 61 degrees right now. and rain. the heaviest rainfall is in southern chester county, but most of this rain is going to be long gone by later this morning. then we will see the warm air, near 70 this afternoon. to find the cold air, you have to go way to the west, just a
little sliver of snow. but later this week, as we head into the holiday, there's a good chance we'll see snow in our area. so, a dramatic change in the temperatures, from the 70s today to the 30s later this week, struggling to get into the 40s. the seven-day forecast. tomorrow 60 degrees after a morning temperature of 55. we'll see lots of sunshine and less wind for your tuesday. come wednesday, rain will be moving into the area and the temperature in the morning will be 40 degrees. but as the day goes on, the numbers will drop. so, afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s, and then it keeps on getting colder, so we'll see that rain change to snow. by thursday, we'll be cold, 42 degrees after a morning low of 32. the cold stays for friday. come saturday and sunday, milder temperatures and dry for the weekend. eight minutes before 5:00. we have wet roads and we already have some issues to contend with, including the closure of 95. >> yeah, let's check in with nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter, katy zachry.
how are things looking now? >> seems every time i go back to the computer and check things, we have another incident to tell you about. this is not as serious as the 95 issue, but it is affecting things on 76 westbound right near conshohocken. you have a road crew taking out the right-hand lane, putting out reflectors, things like that, so forcing traffic into the left-hand lane. that's something to think about if you're on 76 westbound near conshohocken. a little further down 76 westbound, or earlier, i should say, at belmont avenue, the left lane is blocked because of an accident there. here we go. we can see this is a live look at -- you can't quite see the accident, but this is to show you there is so much volume on the roadways now that it's tying things up, but it has been out there for some time. so, i'll let you know when the accident 76 westbound at belmont clears. also, we're following an incident, northeast philadelphia, torresdale avenue at magee street. that road is closed because of an accident. you can take frankford avenue around that. and of course, 95 northbound, we've been talking about this throughout the morning, between exits 6 and 7, the exits for
route 320 and i-476. that road is closed. i-95 northbound an alternate is 291 around that. the mummers, they're always up for a good time. they helped people get an early start to their thanksgiving holiday. ♪ this was the 38th annual mayfair holmesburg thanksgiving day parade yesterday afternoon and the mummers weren't the only attraction there. look at this guy getting ready for the season. santa making an appearance in his sleigh on the parade route there. help for heroin overdoses. the local county now armed with a new weapon against that growing epidemic. and a christmas tree controversy. some say it's ugly. others say it's not. the action that a local town is taking over this sign of the season.
town. uber is finalizing its plans to begin service in that city next year. taxi drivers tell the newspaper that they're nervous about the competition. zipc zipcar's also making plans to come to wilmington, allowing people to rent vehicles by the hour or the day. happening today, police in delaware county will start carrying a drug that reverses the deadly effects of heroin. later this week, a state law taking effect requiring officers to carry narcan, but today, the county's d.a. will announce that all officers in delaware county will carry it immediately. narcan can reverse an overdose. and people with guns in one community will be able to get firearms locks no questions asked. the initiative is to keep guns locked and stored away. people can stop by the police department starting december 13th to get their gun locks. a mural will be unveiled later this morning that pays tribute to a philadelphia police officer who was killed in the line of duty. the mural will honor officer daniel faulkner.
his family and co-workers will be there for the ceremony at the sixth police district in center city. faulkner was shot and killed as he made a traffic stop in december 1981. his convicted killer, mumia abu-jamal is serving a life sentence. first lady this past weekend saw her alma mater take on american university last night. mrs. obama's niece, leslie robinson, is a freshman for the tigers, and they won 63-56. the first lady watched the game with her mother and her daughters. she's a 1985 graduate. the tigers also had a private tour of the white house on saturday and they even got to play on the basketball court there. >> wow. >> pretty cool. we've seen the president shoot hoops on that court as well. well, it's been called embarrassing and downright pitiful. >> and people disappointed with reading's christmas tree will get a new one. the 54-foot norway spruce is topped with a giant pretzel. >> i think that should be the headline.
it's topped with a pretzel! >> well, for all the bakeries in the area. it's at the corner of 5th and penn. it's been compared to the charlie brown christmas tree, but a fuller looking tree has been donated to replace this. it will go up later today and there will be a party to decorate is on black friday. and believe it or not, there is an effort under way on facebook to save the existing tree, complete with pictures of charlie brown and his famous tree. here's the problem, their original original tree, they couldn't go on to a farm and get it. it was rainy, so that was a stand-in tree. now they'll have another. >> and as charlie brown would say, good grief! >> you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. a new twist in the atlantic city casino crisis as the legal battle over one casino goes to court, we're learning more about the long-term impact of all the
layoffs. and heading out for the holidays, this is one of the busiest departure days for the thanksgiving holiday. from the weather to the cost of your trip, you can count on nbc 10 to help you prepare before you head out the door. we want you to prepare for this, too, this morning, wet roads and streets across the area, just in time for your morning commute or your start for the holidays. this is a live look at one of the streets there in center city. rain is falling in parts of the area right now. wind is picking up, too. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm chris cato. >> and i'm tracy davidson. we're starting off wet, but we'll be warmer this afternoon. so, temperatures are increase aerk but it's really windy, too. meteorologist bill henley is tracking it all. >> it's the wind helping to warm the temperatures. this morning we're in the 60s, which is warmer than we should normally be in the afternoon this time of year. we're heading for the 70s today. but if you're headed out right now, grab your umbrella. clouds and still looking at rain in the area, although the steadiest, heaviest rainfall has already moved out of the a.