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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. on this wednesday april 13th. we're following a breaking news story. >> nearly 40,000 verizon workers plan to hit the picket lines in one hour to demand a new labor agreement. we're live with the details. >> stealing from the dead. two massive bronze mausoleum doors are now missing from a local historic cemetery. police are asking for your help to find the crooks. >> and there's a bit of a chill in the air right now but a big warmup is on the way. >> let's find out more about that. dave murphy is off. karen rogers has your accuweather and matt pelman has your traffic. >> let's look at numbers. we continue to have freeze watch and warnings in effect. the warnings in the northwest where it's 30 degrees in martins creek sitting at the
freezing mark in tannersville, barely above freezing in pottstown. we'll probably dip below it in the next hour. 34 degrees warrington, 42 a little better in center city. freeze watches in the new jersey suburbs like cinnaminson where it's 36, ewing 34, browns mills 34. 35 in vineland where they have so many farms and once again they're worried about the crops with these dipping temperatures. 38 degrees in dover, delaware but satellite6 and action radar showing the chilly start but it's going to be a bright start once that sunshine comes out. we'll see a lot of it all day a few high cumulus clouds will be popping in and wall to wall sunshine. when you're headed to the bus bundle up because it's chilly. by 6:00 a.m. only 39. by 8:00 a.m. we'll be up to 43 degrees. even in the afternoon temperatures stay below average. normally we would be in the low 60's. today only 58 degrees so mostly sunny but cool. the wind will switch to the east about seven to 14 miles per hour oh a little bit of a breeze and we continue to
follow the pollen meter. it's high for the next four days, extreme. you want to take that allergy medicine. matt o'donnell has walking around with fresh grass he caught. not a good idea to be sniffing that with the allergy season going on, matt. >> and i just did, yeah. that bodes really well for this morning. good morning to you karen. good morning, everybody. so, the temperatures are dipping. speeds aren't just yet. that's the good news as we look live here in bucks county along 95 and the ongoing work zone 413 extra overhe night restrictions have cleared out. both lanes opened in that both directions along 95 and there were no overnight closures along the vine street expressway. everything's opened and are ready for you. the overnight closures that we were supposed to have this week have been postponed because the new beams they were going to set up didn't arrive in time so it's good news for you drivers. everything is opened on the vine. overnight construction on 95 southbound through delco has cleared out but there's some police activity to watch out for at 60th and vine in west philadelphia. and on the kelly drive watch
out for the paving work going through 630. i think the mlk would be a better bet. had some overnight repaving work along county line road right on the montgomery county-bucks county line but those crews just pulled away. however, they're still working on the turnpike westbound near willow grove. left lane is still out of commission on this wednesday morning. matt. >> thank you matt. breaking right now verizon workers are preparing for that biggest strike in nearly five years. union members are set to walk off the job in less than an hour. they have been working without a contract since last summer. "action news" reporter annie mccormick is live in chinatown where the picketers will be gathering. annie. >> reporter: matt, that's right, nearly 40,000 employees at two dozen separate locations around the east coast including here in philadelphia are set to strike around 6 o'clock this morning. they had been working without a contract since august. to give you an idea of what it could look like, take a look at this video. this is video from a strike in 2011 that lasted about two weeks. many are hoping to avoid that
but we're getting close to the wire. the workers are at odds with verizon. many of them are members of two unions of communications workers of america and the international brotherhood of electrical workers. they represent installers customer service and repairmen. verizon wireless is not affected by the potential strike. well, the issues at hand wages, job security and healthcare also pensions. the head of cwa here says retired employees could be in jeopardy. many fear the company will make layoffs easier and instead they will rely more on contract workers. now, verizon says that they spend 10 months working to come to an agreement. they do not take strike threats lightly. back out here live verizon says that they have proposed a 6.5 percent wage increase, affordable healthcare and competitive retirement benefits with a 401k company match. now, in the event that a strike does happen verizon says they have trained a number of nonunion employees to get the job done in the
meantime. for now reporting live in chinatown, annie mccormick channel6 "action news. >> all right, annie, thank you for that. and we're learning more about a deadly shooting involving a off duty swat officer that happened over the weekend. take a look at the video showing the moments after officer eric bullock shot a robbery suspect in olney. police say the victim identified as 19-year-old caron williams was robbing an elderly citizen near the 5700 block of park avenue when officer bullock identified himself williams allegedly pointed a gun at him and took off running. he shot williams after the teen fired at him. that shooting is still under investigation. >> and police now tell "action news" that it was a coughing fit that caused a school bus driver to lose control of the vehicle yesterday afternoon in north philadelphia. the bus hit two parked vehicles and ativan pelt and diamond streets. two special needs students were checked out at the hospital. they citizens bank releaseed. >> a pair of bronze doors
worth $25,000 are missing from a mausoleum at a philadelphia cemetery. police believe the doors were stolen from laurel hill early yesterday morning. and it was quite a feat. the doors stand about 6 feet tall and weigh 800 pounds each. the cemetery's ceo emphasizes the monetary value of those stolen items is not the real issue. >> we are here to take permanent care of families and that's our job and for someone to think that they can just come in and take away somebody's entire history is unthinkable. >> investigators are checking salvage yards. >> happening today, republican presidential frontrunner donald trump will make his first campaign visit to pennsylvania today. he's set to appear in pittsburgh this evening. meanwhile john kasich laid out a new case for his candidacy in a lengthy speech in new york kasich criticized his opponent's visions for
americans. cruz has been campaigning elsewhere, comes in third. >> on the democratic side bernie sanders had rallies in syracuse and rochester. again calling into question hillary clinton's judgment. he also hit her hard over her refuse stool release the contents of her speeches to wall street firms. clinton though did receive the endorsement of the new york daily news yesterday. the former secretary of state will be in florida today for three fundraisers. and remember, the pennsylvania delaware primaries are now less than two weeks away. they are on april 26. voters in new jersey will go to the polls on june 7th. that is the final day of the primary elections and it's looking like this thing will drag out all the way to the end. >> so, karen mentioned how i did bring some grass. >> you did. >> because i cut my lawn this morning. i didn't know that you were allergic so i'll keep them sealed. >> put it under my head. >> but it smells great. >> people are going to love to be outside. they're going to see the green
grass because we did get quite a bit of rain but now we're entering a different pattern in the weather. you can enjoy that but you have to watch out for the pollen. let's take a look at storm tracker6 live double scan around the area we are dry, we are clear. we're staying that way. let's go on outside right now as we're looking live at center city over the ben franklin bridge and we've got clear skies, do a little star gazing early this morning and you'll be enjoying bright sunshine in just a little bit. the temperatures 42 degrees right now in philadelphia but in a lot of suburbs you're just in the low 30's. the dewpoint 23 degrees, the pressure is rising. the winds are currently out of the north pretty light at 9 miles an hour but they'll be switching to the east and picking up just a little bit this afternoon and the ocean temperature 48 degrees. satellite6 and action radar showing the rain from yesterday morning well out of here. we've got high pressure right up above and that's why we're seeing the clear conditions and that's allowed the temperatures to really drop with no clouds to insulate the little bit of heat we had yesterday so just a few high clouds will be moving through and owner that, bright
sunshine today. here's our high. 58 degrees, mostly sunny skies. it's a chilly start, though. even by 8:00 a.m. we'll just be in the low 40's. by 10:00 a.m., 51. by noon, about 52. few high clouds mixing with lots of sunshine. a really pretty day. by 3:00 p.m., 57. by 5:00 p.m., 58, which is several degrees below average so it's a little cooler than yesterday, a little cooler than what we would normally see this time of year but with the high pressure lots of sunshine so a pretty nice afternoon and we're beginning a warming trend after this cooler afternoon things are going to slowly indiana crease through the seven day period. so tomorrow this high shifts just a little bit to the northeast. we still get lots of sunshine. temperatures moderate a little bit. 62 degrees so it's a touch milder and then we just really go up from there. so, take a look at this accuweather 7-day forecast. today mostly sunny skies. rather cool with a chilly start and even in the afternoon a high of 58 degrees is below average. tomorrow is a bit milder. 62 degrees. if you're headed to any of the phillies games this week you
picked a great week to do that. lots of sunshine. nice conditions. friday's nice and sunny, a little higher yet, 64 degrees. the weekend looks gorgeous. lots of sunshine. we need that after the past few weekends we've had which have been cold even snowy. so this weekends saturday lots of sunshine, 67 degrees. a little bit above average. sunday's beautiful, warm, story. on monday, ahead of that next front chasing a high of 80. about 79 degrees, even warmer than sunday. some sunshine. looks like a decent amount of clouds and just a chance for a shower. on tuesday, as that front slips through a passing shower is possibility it's still pretty mild. 70 degrees. see if you have been waiting for those 70's, here they come. a hint that beach weather is in the all that far away. >> best seven-day i've ever seen. >> thank you very much. >> congratulations, karen. 5:10 now. and we have more stories you didn't see last night. a texas contractor is caught on video beating a customer's dog smacking one of them in the face with a wrench. >> a grandmother goes into
survival mode after being stuck in the wilderness for several days. matt. >> tam, it looks like you're inquirer or daily news has just arrived. we don't see the overnight construction crews out here so that's some good news but they're still working on the pennsylvania turnpike and midday restrictions are going to jam us up on 422. we'll talk about them after the break. >> and the villanova wildcats get together to try and pull off that same exact shot that won them the title. can they make the basket with no one there? that's later in the morning buzz.
>> ♪ >> welcome back. you're taking a live look here down in wilmington, delaware. raining the past couple mornings but nice out there. still a little cool. our high today will be 58. hang in there. karen rogers telling us quite the warming trend coming our way by the end of the week. >> well, how about that suburban thing you always do matt. >> are you excited? you sound really excited. >> i'm in. >> all right, let's come out of the burbs. time for the suburban traffic report on this hump day morning matt and tam. so far so good in chester county. this is the area between exton and lionville along route 100 right at warmthing ton. you can see we've got that ongoing round the clock restriction in the northbound lanes of 100 but no big deal. doesn't usually cause us too much exat a days and of course there are no delays right now. but elsewhere in chester county working on the pennsylvania turnpike eastbound the whole way between morgantown and valley forge there are three separate zones. first they block the left lane, then the right lane, then the left lane so you're swerving around as you come eastbound on the turnpike this morning but the westbound work that we had in montgomery
county near willow grove is cleared out of the way as is the work along county line road right on the montgomery county-bucks county line. those crews have cleared. but on the northeast extension northbound approaching lehigh valley still have a work zone there taking out the right lane. they should be gone before too long. during the midday today you'll have work along 422 and this is each day it started yesterday now each day for the next couple weeks they're working westbound between sanatoga and 724 and only one lane will be available starting at 8 o'clock this morning. so, you might want to of a have i had 422 westbound through the pottstown area, high street or 724 are some alternates. down in media, delco midday work started the other day along orange street that's closing during the mid days through the end of may. elwyn road, manchester avenue even 252 are some alternates. time for the commuter report brought to you by the waze app. kathy swag is out and about in south philadelphia this morning maybe giving out some swag, i don't know she reports a pothole in the road along christian street so be sure to watch out for one of many
potholes. matt. >> you got it. thanks matt. new on "action news" a contractor in texas is caught on video striking a homeowner's two dogs with a wrench. home surveillance shows the two dogs approaching the contractor and as they close in the worker takes a swing with the wrench. mike wilcox the dog owner says the man in the orange vest appeared in his backyard without warning. the man works for center point an energy company. it says the worker didn't have to make contact with the homeowner after the incident. it is also evaluating its policies and has offered to pay the vet bills. a grandmother has quite a story to tell. she was stranded for nine days in the arizona desert. 72-year-old ann rogers was driving to phoenix to visit her grand kids and ran out of gas somewhere in the wilderness. rogers says she is always prepared and carries food and water in her car but ended up running out of resources and turned to survival mode which included eating dessert plants. >> and i also decided when i
found an elk carcass bleached white long gone 12-point rack, pulled that out on the sandy beach, pointed it towards a big sign that said help with an exclamation point made out of white stones and sticks. on day nine she heard the sound she had been waiting for a helicopter came down to rescue her. doctors treat ed rogers for exposure. she was released that same night. >> ♪ >> also new this morning, lawyers for the man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners in south carolina in a church say that they need more time to prepare their case. dylann roof's lawyers will appear at a hearing today. they say they will not be ready by the scheduled july 11 start. roof faces 33 federal counts including hate crime charges for that 2015 charleston shooting. >> the phillies face off against the san diego padres for game three of their four game set tonight.
jared eickhoff will take the mound. morton struck out seven in that six and 23rd innings last night. odubel herrera hit a rbi triple in the sixth and that helped the phillies notch the three he to nothing win and improve to three and five. things are looking good for the sixers in the first half of last night's game against the raptors. they set a franchise record by making 11 3-pointers. maybe we'll see a couple here but like so many other games, here we go, the -- but like so many other games their luck ran out beltway final buzzer. the sixers loss 122-98 drop to 10 and 71. they wrap up the season in chicago tonight. tam, it is almost over. >> and i'm sure they think to themselves it can't be over fast enough at the rate this is going. it's 5:18. a couple airlines are making changes just as the summer travel season comes into focus. >> luke skywalker han solo and princess leia are heading back
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>> no april showers out there this morning. >> no, not for awhile. >> nice change from yesterday when it was so wet. this morning nice and dry as we head outside along 309 on the county line, montgomery county and bucks county. moving fine in both directions. no major problems so far this morning in the state of delaware but don't forget middletown jamison corner road is still blocked. you're probably used to that by now. you need to be used to it. it will be blocked until january. ratledge road is your alternate. we're getting used to new schedules on the septa regional rails and patco. both took effect this weekend. but so far this morning everything's on time. karen. >> i'm happy to report not only are that no april showers, no april snow showers. none of that on the seven-day forecast, either. we're turning a corner, people. 42 degrees right now philadelphia. it's only 37 in allentown. it is a chilly start. 40 degrees right now millville, new jersey. the upper 30's in trenton and dover right now. as you're headed out today we're going to see beautiful
sunshine. it's going to be a nice afternoon it is a chilly start and even in the afternoon temperatures will be several degrees below average. by 8:00 a.m., 43. by 10:00 a.m., 51. by noon, we're up to 52. by 3:00 p.m., 57. we'll hit our high about 4 o'clock and we'll still be sitting at 58 degrees at 5 o'clock this evening, tam. >> okay, thank you karen. in health check now women have a not so new way to deal with delivery room discomfort. in some minnesota hospitals laughing gas is being offered to help women combat the pain of contractions. women are able to use the gas based on their needs. doctors say it helps reduce anxiety and has no effect on the newborns. laughing gas as you might recall was used back in the 50's before epidurals gained popularity. >> good morning. some changes for air traveler. >> jetblue expected to expand high end service. next year more cross country routes will offer the airline's version of first class. >> southwest airlines has quietly increased its early boarding fee to $15. >> we're getting a look at the future of facebook.
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>> ♪ >> in the morning buzz, we now know what's going on with retired soccer star abby wambach. she's pleaded guilty to drinking and driving 6789 police in oregon arrested the 35-year-old last week. they say she ran through a red light and failed two field sobriety tests. she immediately entered into what's called a diversion agreement. if she completes that diversion program her offense will be formally dismissed. wambach is a two time olympic gold medalist. she has lost some endorsement deals over that drunk driving arrest. a couple of wildcats relived their big shining moment. espn recently got the three key players together and said can can you do that shot again? daniel ochefu ryan arcidiacono and kris jenkins
were there at the pavilion ticking clock. some went in, others did not. for the record, and jenkins says he always believes that's it's going to go in when he releases. ball. seven out of 11 times it did make it in. obviously it's not quite the real thing. nothing will ever compare to those eight seconds. love this kid. he's a philadelphia teenager and he's going have one of many shining moments today including meeting president obama. 19-year-old shamar coons is in washington, d.c. today to show off his new invention. he will display his tingle free headphone case at the sixth annual white house science fair. the penn state student says he used a 3-d printer to invent a cell phone case with a specially designed channel along the edge for the headphone wires so you have your wires none mess. the event celebrates student winners from science technology engineering and math competitions across the u.s. way to go shamar.
playing liacouras center this weekend! tickets on sale now! >> break now on "action news" thousands of verizon workers are minutes away from walking offer the job this morning. we're live with details on the strike and whether it will impact you the customers. >> carjackers attack a father in west kensington stealing his truck while he waited to pick up his son. >> a philadelphia mother decides to turn a troubling message into a teachable moment sharing with the world someone's mean reaction to her son with autism. >> good morning. it's 5:30 on this wednesday april 13. david is off. karen and matt join us. for once it's dry out there. >> it is dry but it's cold in some spots. the national weather service continues that freeze warning in effect for your northwest suburbs until 8 o'clock this morning. for the areas in the darker blue it's a frost advisory