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>> announcer: this is "nbc10 news." tax breaks. union concessions, and a lot of cash. that's what it will take to keep another atlantic city casino from folding. we're live in atlantic city with new information on the plan to save the trump taj mahal just days before it was scheduled to close. mourning minete. as officials answer our questions on what some call a dangerous bus stop. you're waking up to a brisk and breezy morning. we're tracking temperatures and the changes to the weekend
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forecast. it's 37 degrees but feels much colder with the wind out there. good morning, welcome to "nbc10 news." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. bundle up as we deal with the weather and meteorologist bill henley in the "first alert" forecast. bill. >> chris, the temperatures have dropped, running 10 degrees colder. but the wind makes it feel like the 20s. with one exception. the pocono mountains. that's a live view from camelback. falling from the sky, you'll see some scattered clouds but it feel like the teens. it's going to be a blustery day all day. 18 degrees in mt. pocono. 28 in trenton, 28 in wilmington. skies are clear but the wind is blowing through, a blustery start. 33 degrees at 7:00. not much warmer at 9:00. the winds will blow a few scattered clouds through the area like yesterday. but the temperatures will slowly climb into the low 40s by lunchtime. we'll go through it neighborhood by neighborhood when i come back
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in ten minutes. right now, katy zachry is with traffic. >> a few issues to be aware of for drivers. we're going to be start off with information about an accident in philadelphia. this is north philadelphia at f street. the two inner lanes are blocked as a result of the accident. we're also following an accident in delaware for delaware drivers. new garden, broad run road near newark road. there's an accident there. also i'm just getting word of a disabled vehicle on king of prussia on north gulph road and king of prussia an accident there. your area bridges look good. taking a look at mass transit, new jersey transit, amtrak and regional rail at septa all looking good. we're following a major development in atlantic city. all in. there say deal on the table now to save the trump taj mahal casino.
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it was scheduled to close on saturday which would put 3,000 people out of work. nbc10's jesse gary is live for us in atlantic city. jesse, you told us the union gave its blessing to the deal. the question is what did the union have to give up? >> reporter: it's lone concession is that carl icahn will pay a pension benefit to a plan only tied to the taj and perhaps the tropicana. the billionaire will own both casinos. it's a deal that saved 3,000 job us on the other side of the coin, carl icahn agreed to union demands to restore all work rules. but the new york post he'll get $150 million in tax breaks in the state. icahn will swap deep debt on the taj and $100 million in cash for ownership so the cash infusion will keep the doors from closing as they were scheduled to do this saturday. this was a recipe with many cooks. coming up in the next 30 minutes, i'll explain who else
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was involved in saving the casino and the job. live in atlantic city, jesse gary, "nbc10 news." this came just yesterday as the new jersey counseltonman, chris broad wants to freeze the city's taxes for five years and ease county taxes on cass sneens. but to keep up with that, it would increase taxes on property owners by $9 million a year. grief counselors will brief students on counseling for a 16-year-old killed. a driver went right past a school bus stop at bridgewater and bensalem boulevard. nbc10's monique braxton is live at bensalem high school where that teen attended classes. monique. >> reporter: tracy, we've seen a couple cars arrive at the school. but students don't arrive for about an hour and a half. minete zeka was a sophomore mere
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at the bensalem high school. the district said they will have counselors on hand. we were with minette's closest friends when they lit candles, shared stories and praise. one student said she would have been at the bus stop with her. they also talked about the dangers of that busy intersection in the dark. you may know that most of the high school students began gathering at bus stops in bensalem at 6:30 in the morning. the 18-year-old driver that hit and killed minette is being questioned by police. so far, no charges have been filed. we'll be following the investigation, as well as the development throughout the day here at bensalem high. live for now, monique braxton, "nbc10 news." >> you can count on nbc10 to monitor that and all the stories across the region. >> and that includes these three stories we'll be following today. we'll be digging for more information about the death of
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this man brad stone, the man who killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives on monday in montgomery county. the coroner revealed that stone did not stab himself to death as originally reported by the district attorney. a toxicology test may show what killed him. two businesses will hold a fund-raiser for the family of the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty. joyce craig died battling a house fire earlier this month. tonight's fish fry fund-raiser starts at 6:00 at the gloss nightclub. proceeds will go to a memorial fund. nbc10 there will as hundreds of people will gather to draw attention to the city's homeless population. people who are homeless and formerly homeless there stair their tors beginning at 5:00 p.m. now this all leads up to sunday's national memorial day held on the longest day of the year. >> an eye in the sky. there it goes. one local police department is
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now using a drone. we'll tell you how it's helping them solve cases. plus the rules investigators have to follow to protect your privacy. and a record-setting season for travelers is upon us. we have the travel forecast for the rest of this year. and this holiday season could be one for the record books. cold and blustery morning. the wind is blowing. the temperatures are above freezing. although it doesn't feel like that. right now, it's 37 degrees at 5:37.
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>> announcer: now your nbc10 "first alert" weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> it's a cold one this morning. the temperatures are in the 30s. the wind is blowing, making it feel like it's in the 20s. but we will see sunshine. and it's going to be dry for the next few days and potentially dry for this weekend, too. looks like we'll get a reprieve. 31, though, not getting a reprieve from the cold. it's in the 20s, at least feels
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like it for cape may. beach avenue from the marquis de lafayette hotel. you'll see sunshine that blew through the day yesterday you'll see likely more sunshine. the winds are gusting to 20 miles an hour in philadelphia. stronger in wilmington, lancaster, 31-mile-per-hour wind gusts so it feels like the 20s. in allentown, right to the shore, wildwood, 29 degrees right now it's a blustery one. you'll need to bundle up. we will start with sunshine, sun coming up at 7:18 this morning. the clouds at times will blow through just like yesterday but we'll probably see a little sunshine today. 35 degrees for mt. pocono. low 40s for allentown and reading. a blustery day for trenton and doylestown in the low 40s. but it will feel like the 30s. partly to mostly cloudy skies for cape may, vineland and
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dover. even though we're in the 40s, it will feel like the 30s this afternoon. a look at the weekend and beyond. we're track some wet weather. that's a seven-day forecast when we come back in ten minutes. >> now, it's track your ride to work at 5:41. see if you have to make arrangements to go around something on the road. >> yeah, around maybe a detour. >> yeah. >> especially if you're on route 1, right, katy, is that where we have the problem? >> unfortunately because route 1 has the inner lanes and outer lanes, drivers it pass over to the outer lanes. roosevelt boulevard, southbound at f street, the two inner lanes are blocked because of an accident that's been out for quite some time this morning. take the two outer lanes around that accident. taking a look at 422 right now. things are looking great in your drive times between 29 and 76. about eight minutes. 76 looks good as well. 95, drive times between naamans road and the blue route looking
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good as well. drivers in delaware, there's an accident in new garden. this is broad run road near newark road. tracy. 5:42. aaa will announce its year-round travel restrictions for our area. aaa is predicting 9 million americans will 5050 miles up 4% from last year. the highest recorded travel volume in history. penndot workers accused of doing and how much investigators say their crime costs you. plus, a special honor for the philadelphia string band that's almost as old as the mummers parade itself.
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it's 5:45, memories restored. a video camera lost by a family more than a decade ago at the jersey shore will soon be back with its owner. those two little girls who are now all grown up are featured in a bag of home videos that ended up in the lost and found in the board walk in 1998. workers discovered the old camcorder in jenkins board walk.
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>> i was totally surprised but totally appreciative. we thought that the cameras and moves were gone forever. now, he can share vacation of his videos with his neighbors and family. mark cristini said they plan to pick up their videos after christmas. we're following two big stories playing out on the international stage. nbc10's vai sikahema is following that. you're following the sony hacking case. >> yeah, investigators have linked the sony hack attack with the cancellation of "the interview," a comedy where two try to assassinate the leader of north korea. u.s. officials told nbc news that it happened outside of north korea. but it comes from the release of
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the "the interview." after five major movie chains announce they had will not show the film. the department of homeland intelligence said there's no credible intelligence to indicate a plot against north korea. they're considering a range of options. meanwhile, after 50 years, the u.s. is now ready to do business with cuba. but for the trade embargo to be lifted, congress has to approve it. president obama announced a diplomatic deal yesterday that includes a prisoner exchange. former u.s. contractor alan gross is released from a cuban prison while three men convicted in florida are now back in havana. we'll cover these and all other stories throughout the day. ten penndot employees including two former managers are now facing charges in an alleged scheme to rip off taxpayers. and the attorney general says this is just the beginning of an
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yo going investigation of fraud and corruption. it was a scheme that cost taxpayers $1.23 million. as to the former manager, the attorney general said they took kickbacks from inspectors in exchange for turning a fraudulent eye to time sheets and reports. >> in each case, every door we've opened has led to at least two or three other doors. and we're nowhere close to being done. >> each of the workers faces up to ten years in prison. 5:48 right now. the wilmington police department is now the first in delaware to use a drone. police say the device is helping them solve and prevent crimes. in fact, it's already been used to convict one man on murder
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charges. >> for weapons or contraband that had been discarded ed ied pace, it can follow the foot pace. >> two men died in the shootings of an unarmed black men. the use of drones have to follow the faa rules as anyone else. the president and first lady are opening up about their personal experience with race achl. in an interview, the couple talks about being mistaken for waiters or having a hard time getting a cab but they feel that progress has been made. the first couple spoke in the wake of protests surrounding the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. and now a new poll from nbc news has shown 57% of race regulations were bad. that's down from when 77% when
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before obama came in that race relations were good. and at 10:00 this morning, philadelphia mayor michael nutter will lead a ceremony at city hall recognizing this milestone. and some members of the band will be there in costume. of course, they will. they wouldn't be the stream band if they weren't. >> right. just in time for the holidays -- >> a u.s. congressman is campaigning for his constituents to shop local. congressman john carney will visit trolley swequare in wilmington. they'll talk about business owners on how to get people to shop in their own neighborhoods. a brave person that wears short sleeves on a day like this. it is cold outside. the wind is blowing. we're already seeing wind gusts above 30 miles an hour. the wind will be steady as we head into the afternoon. right now, 36 degrees. it's above freezing.
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but it doesn't feel like that with winds at 10 miles an hour, 28 degrees in the morning. when it gets gusty, it feels even colder. in the pocono mountains, it feels like that in the teens. the wind is blowing in the mountains. we'll see sunshine. but that will blow some clouds through the area at times during the day. close to 30-mile-per-hour winds right now. at wilmington, gusting to 31 in lancaster, most of the winds in the pocono mountains. bundle up, an extra layer or two will certainly help. low 30s for pottstown and doylestown, while it's above freezing north and west, a colder chance at 31 degrees, right at the freezing mark for westchester. phoenix, 33 degrees. freezing right now in chester springs just below that. and in downingtown and berlin. it's a cold morning and a blustery day. watch the radar screen. should stay dry for today. for now, all the wet weather is staying to the south. to the south and to the
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southwest, that had snow moving through missouri. and the rain and some snow in parts of tennessee and into kentucky. the high pressure is in charge, and we are going to stay dry. you can see, it keeps all the clouds to our south. this is friday evening when a storm system is coming together with rain in the deep south. it's expected to move to the north and eventually some snow will be forming. saturday afternoon, it is well clear of our area, we'll see sunshine and even into sunday. now, it looks like that's going to stay to the south. and we will stay dry over the weekend. partly sunny skies today breezy and cold. highs in the 40s. a little below normal with winds that feel like the 30s today. ed seven-day forecast, tomorrow morning, brisk and breezy. 42 the high. we'll see more sunshine on friday and sunshine to start saturday.
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and then clouds take over on sunday. and wet weather, wait until monday. then it's rain, monday, tuesday, and for christmas eve, a high of 57 degrees. >> umbrellas in everyone's stockings. 5:53, a time for a check of the highways. >> we get that from nbc10's "first alert" traffic reporter katy zachry. >> no umbrellas or windshield wipers for drivers this morning. that's a few days away. we do have a few accidents we're following. for drivers there's an accident in roosevelt boulevard. two of the innerlanes are locked. you can take the outside lanes for that. for delaware drivers, new garden, accident on broad run road near newark road. about wear of that. moving into new jersey for drivers there, the 42 freeway headed northbound from 55 to the walt whitman bridge and vice versa, your drive times look great there. the walt is clear and so is the
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tacony-palmyra. unfortunately, we do have eastbound construction for drivers on the ben franklin bridge. your betsy ross drivers you're free on that bridge. we want to remind you about the new nbc10 digital exclusive. you don't have to miss breaking news again. thanks to the all new nbc10 yap for the iphone. we've completely redesigned the app to get your news faster and easier. we have news alerts that will let you know about breaking and major news stories as they happen. you also have the ability to read exclusive stories and watch video at the same time. and you can always stay up to date on the latest weather with enter active live radar that you control. if you already have the nbc10 app for the iphone, just download the update to get the new features. if you don't have the app, you can download it right now for free from the app store. and count on nbc10 to deliver the latest news anywhere. news like this, there is
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concern over an historic university. the evidence that the school is struggling to stay afloat. when we take you county by county next.
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at this time every morning, we take you county by county to look at the news happening in your neighborhood. this morning, we start in chester county where the odd tour general of pennsylvania said the future of cheyney university is in doubt. he released a report that the primarily black college exceeded revenue for four of the last five years. an budget projections are expected to grow buy $5.5 million. one university in gloucester county is getting a gift from the person the school is named after. the henry rowan university will have a personal endowment for the college of year ago. it's the second largest donation in the university's history. new casting county, delaware, where lawmakers will help celebrate the first historic state park. the committee has been trying to get the national park approved for 13 years now.
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congress finally gave it the go ahead this month. >> something that moves past through congress. >> thank you, you're watching "nbc 10 news today." "nbc10 news" starts right now. >> announcer: "nbc10 news" starts now. staying open. well, this weekend may nat ot b the end of the road for the taj mahal. we're live with details of a last-minute deal to save the casino. >> and we're off to a cold and breeze? start. there's rain in the "first alert" forecast. we'll get that neighborhood by neighborhood. right now, 37 degrees in philadelphia. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. let's get our "first alert" forecast from meteorologist bill henley. bill, appreciably cooler out there this morning. >> oh, yeah, you can feel it as you walk out the door. not only are the temperatures colder but the wind is making it feel colder. the wind is blowing. like yesterday, we'll see clouds and sunshine.
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cape may right now is in the clear. with temperature it's in 30s but, yes, the wind has been steady. we're looking at wind speeds showing gusts now of 30 miles an hour plus in the lancaster area where the winds are now steady at 15 miles an hour in wilmington. and the winds have been gusting to 20 miles an hour in philadelphia. that's giving windchills in the 20s in millville, pottstown. 17 in the pocono mountains. the actual temperatures are in the 30s in philadelphia. that's down a degree in the last few minutes. skies, though, will be clear to start with. we'll see 34 degrees at 9:00. just 41 at lunchtime. and then 43, a blustery afternoon. it will feel like it's in the 30s at 3:00. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. let's check in with "first alert" reporter katy zachry. >> good morning, bill. volume is building on the majors. we do have an issue in


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