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possibility that septa's city division will go on strike at midnight. that would mean that the buses, the subways and the trolleys would shut down at midnight if the transit agency and local 234 of the transit workers union cannot reach an agreement before then. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes has been talking to discouraged commuters but first let's go to sarah bloomquist at the scene of the negotiations. sarah, what is the late word there? >> reporter: well, jim, we just heard in septa at a news conference moments ago. the transit agency he is encouraging the union to continue negotiating past the midnight strike deadline. atat this point there is not great expectation that that will happen. we're hearing the two sides are so far apart on a number of issues. one source within septa telling us today they are $60 million apart just on the pension alone. let's hear more from that news conference. the mayor and the governor also weighed in today on this
looming strike. >> at this time discussions have been progressing. however, there is still many unresolved issues. we are hopeful that an agreement can be reached if both parties remain engaged at the bargaining table. >> a strike would be a disaster. >> reporter: six hours now until 4700 septa workers go on strike leaving hundreds of thousands of philadelphia commuters with no public transportation to get where they need to go. no city buses, trolleys or subways will be in service. only regional rail and a few suburban buses and trolleys will run. >> this would be a serious thing if it lasted, if it happens and if it lasts through election day but i'm thinking of the hundreds of thousands of commuters, people who depend on mass transit for all kinds of things, just to live. >> certainly a supporter of unionism but people need to get to work and need to get where they're going and it disrupts everybody's lives, students workers, everybody.
>> reporter: negotiations went on over the weekend and resumed this morning. the union and the transit agency are still trying to agree on health benefits, the pension and work rules. the transit workers last walked off the job in 2009. that strike lasting six days. >> i'm frustrated, too. i'm frustrated too. i'd like to he see them resolve this issue and sometimes these things get to these kinds of situations and hopefully it will be resolved. >> reporter: both sides are keeping in close communication with elected leaders. at this point there's no word on whether any outside parties intend to join them here at the sheraton at the negotiating table. septa is advising all riders to keep very close tabs on all the progress if there is any through the evening hours. at this point, though, jim, there is a very good possibility that when the clock strikes 12:00 tonight, all public transportation here in the city of philadelphia will come to an immediate stop. live in center city, i'm sarah
bloomquist channel6 "action news. jim, back to you. >> thank you you, sarah. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes is live at 15th and market. jeanette, you have been talking to commuters tonight. what are they saying as the deadline draws near? >> reporter: well, jim, riders are much less optimistic today. many are in full preparation mode. a lot of people we talked to do have a backup plan but quite a few of them simply don't know what they're going to do. it's all riders are talking about this afternoon. >> a lot of people every time we get on the bus a lot of people talk about it. >> reporter: with less than six hours to go and the clock racing toward the midnight deadline some septa riders are getting increasingly worried. >> it's crazy, right? it's going to be bad. >> i think it's kind of crazy for it even to be shutting down because a lot of people literally use septa a lot. >> reporter: the transit system urged its 400,000 riders to think of a backup plan to get around and this was long before things took a turn for the worse.
ongoing negotiations have been described as tense and frustrating. city buses trolleys, the subway and el will not run. the impact on riders vary. some aren't so inconvenienced. >> i do either/or. i have to drive to the train station. >> reporter: others are looking at less than ideal ways to get around. >> it is going to bother a lot of people. i also travel by bus, too. i get from here all the way to penn city he to north philadelphia so i know it's going to be a problem for me to get to work in the morning. >> reporter: more than 60,000 students who depend on septa are now scrambling to find ways to make it to school tomorrow. >> it's bad 'cause i got to go to work tomorrow and i don't know how i'm going get that and i go to school. >> reporter: some rider al he bee it fewer with each passing hour are still hoping a deal can be worked out before the clock strikes midnight. >> they still need to keep talking down to the wire and bring a contract. >> reporter: keep talking until the last minute. >> yeah. >> reporter: jim, a lot of people have broad up ride sharing services like owe like
uber and lyft. a few minutes ago we heard from uber, they're going to be ramping up their uber pool services between rider -- which means riders can share and split their fare with several other passengers. the reality is any other form of transportation you'll see a lot of crowded people. reporting live jeanette reyes channel6 "action news." jim. >> all right, jeanette thank you. of course we're posting the information that you need if transit workers hit the picket lines at 6abc.com/septa strike. we'll have the latest details as the situation evolves, live updates as events happen and plans released by city government, schools, businesses and more. the "action news" morning team will get an early start tomorrow to help with the latest information on a he potential septa trying. please join us beginning at 4:00 a.m. other news at this hour, the bucks county district attorney calls it a sad but critical new development. 51-year-old lee kaplan of feasterville has now been
charged with sexually assaulting five more girls in addition to fathering to children with a 14-year-old. "action news" reporter vernon odom has the new information. >> lee kaplan of feasterville saw his bail jump today from $1 million at 10 percent to $1 million cash. this after the bucks county d.a. hit him with an avalanche of new charges. he's now accused of being a pedophile and a rapist on a mass scale. in june law accused of fathering two children with a 14-year-old, the oldest daughter of daniel and civil la stolfutz of lancaster county. nine of their daughters were gifted to kaplan by the parents he bailed out if thisly. he stands accused now of and continuously raping six of them ages six to 17. >> mr. kaplan has represented himself to these girls as a cult-like figure as a prophet from god but now it is time for mr. kaplan to be held accountable under the laws of mankind and the commonwealth
of pennsylvania. >> reporter: a total of nine stolfutz daughters were living inside kaplan's house over an eight year period investigators say. there are no charges connected to the three youngest but in all 11 children were living here with kaplan two of them kaplan's offspring with the oldest daughter. >> it saddens me and it sickens he me. this man obviously groomed these children for a long time for a very explicit and horrible purpose. he accomplished his objective and now we have to accomplish ours and that's to holds him to justice. >> reporter: lee catch plan was scheduled to go on trial next week on the initial charges but that has been postponed because of these latest developments. the bucks county d.a. wants to put kaplan away for the rest of his life inform feasterville, i'm vernon odom channel6 "action news. >> investigators have identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash this morning in newport delaware. 41-year-old yus uh-uh of
gibson died in the crash. the accident happened at 6:40 this morning. police say gibson was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck a guardrail then hit a car. gibson was rushed to the hospital where he later died. the jury got the case this afternoon in the bridgegate trial. bridget kelly and bill baroni have been accused of politically motivated plot to create traffic jams on the new jersey side of the george washington bridge. the former allies of new jersey governor chris christie face several counts including wire fraud and civil rights offenses. the jury deliberated for an hour before heading home for the day. deliberations resume in the morning. and if any of those jurors happen to stop at a gas station tomorrow while driving to the courthouse, they're going to have to cough up more money than they're accustomed to. so will everybody else in new jersey. with a like in the gas tax begins at midnight tonight. new jersey correspondent nora
muchanic reports. >> reporter: it was a busy day at gas stations along route 130 as drivers filled up for the last time before gas prices jump. at midnight tonight new jersey's gasoline tax goes up 23 he cents a gallon meaning you'll be paying more at the pump. >> fill up while it's cheap. i got ready to go to south carolina so i figured i'd get it while it's cheap. >> i came down route 130. i said let me check this gas station. i said know what make it 40 instead of 20. >> means i'm going have to get less gas. going up i only have so much to spend on gas sometimes, you know, so it's definitely going make an impact. >> reporter: new jersey's gas tax ran been raised since 1988. governor christie and lawmakers okayed the hike to pay for the transportation trust fund which finances road and bridge projects. it will generate $16 billion over the next eight years. >> honestly it's going to be used to go towards roads and things like that, i don't see a problem with that. >> if you buy 10 gallons it's $2.30 but it's just unfortunate what's going to
happen with the money. i don't know how they're going to spend it or manage manage it. >> reporter: lots of pennsylvanians come to jersey for gas. >> you know, i end up spending like $20. >> that was part of the attraction. >> reporter: cheaper gas. >> right. i mean 30 cents a gallon. >> reporter: diesel fuel will also go up over next two years. one man told us he's concerned that higher gas prices will hurt small businesses like his car wash. >> you go to the pump, you have $25 in your pocket you spend that for gas. you're not going to spend it anywhere else. >> reporter: so new jersey goes from having the 49th lowest gas tax in the country he to the second highest. at least you still don't have to pump your gas here. at the pumps, i'm nora muchanic channel6 "action news". >> ♪ >> all right. eight days until election day and the candidates for u.s. senate in pennsylvania are making their case to the voters. senator pat toomey made a isn't that media delaware county this morning. the republican incumbent hosted a meet and greet with
potential voter the court diner on east baltimore pike. toomey says he's an independent voice who will stand up to hillary clinton or donald trump. democratic challenger katie mcginty is speaking tonight at a event in south philadelphia . in fact, let's go live to the scene because she is joining vice president joe biden who is now behind the microphone and you can see to his right hand behind him house minority leader nancy pelosi. the annual jefferson jackson autumn dinner hosted by the city democratic committee of philadelphia is under way at the sheet metal workers hall. mcginty he will talk about the high stakes in this election. coming up on "action news tonight part of a roof of a west philadelphia row home crumbles to the ground and super heroes on the field and off. members of the philadelphia eagles make this a special day for some special children.
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front porch. tonight on "action news" at 11:00, an "action news" investigation has made a surprising discovery that could affect your healthcare chad pradelli is live at the "action news" big board with a preview. >> reporter: nurses usually are first to treat our sick or injured and our investigation found an alarming number of them being disciplined for drugs or alcohol over the past 12 months, the number has exploded. here in philadelphia. >> i knew the lingo. i knew how to call in a prescription and say i was a doctor or that doctor's nurse. i knew what to, you know, ask for and it worked for a long time. >> reporter: and a nurse tells "action news" about her downward spiral into addiction and how she was caught. that's tonight on "action news at 11:00. >> all right, chad, thank you. members of the philadelphia eagles took on a different persona today much to the delight of patients at children's hospital. jordan matthews dressed up as superman and marcus smith as
>> such a frustrating loss in texas. >> this hurts. come january you hope this is not a game that comes back to bite you. the eagles loss to
dallas last night makes it three loses in their last four game. the birds scored 17 straight points during one stretch to take a 20 to 10 lead on dallas in the third quarter. this touchdown pass to jordan matthews gave eagles some breathing room. the rest of the game pretty much longed to the cowboys. rookie quarterback dak prescott hit dez bryant for the game tying td. in overtime a complete break down. prescott found jason witten all alone. the birds lost 29-23.
coach knows they had them. >> we just got to learn to finish. bottom line got to learn how to finish. when it comes to crunch time at the end of the game -- you know, we had opportunities to sack the quarterback, let him out. we had opportunities the make plays on the ball. we didn't do it. >> nelson aguilar had a bad drop early in the game on third down but law not alone. by my count eagles receivers dropped half a dozen passes. it's been a problem all season. afterward aguilar said he was tired of discussing the matter and that it "means nothing." coach doesn't like hearing that everybody is mad and disappointed and angry after a tough losses like we just came through and cooler heads prevail and we just have to, you know, bite our lip sometimes and just suck it up and get to work. >> roof them were tough plays. i got to them them out, too. threw that low one to dgb. that would have been a touchdown had i got it up. some of them i got to help
them out. it's a not something we're too worried about. >> eagles would have been atop the nfc east had they wouldn't. instead they're four and three. more troubling they're o and two divisional record. sunday they'll visit new york giants. last season the sixers lost their first 18 games to begin the season. we're not saying they're in for a prepete performance but it would be flies to get that first one out of the way. sixers are o and two on the season. tomorrow neither they host the orlando magic. jahlil okafor has been ruled out for that one. the team continues to take it easy on him with his surgically repaired knee. >> the games i'm able to play. i'm not playing tomorrow but i'll play in charlotte so i'll just worry about that game and i think my minutes will be up against charlotte. i believe that's what we're talking about right now. i look forward to the opportunity. >> villanova get something love. the champs ranked fourth in the ap preseason poll released today. duke is number one.
the cubs won last night. the series back to cleveland tomorrow for game six. independencians lead the series three games to two. finally tonight a big win for a school in bryn mawr. harriton high school tennis team won the pennsylvania state championship over the weekend. sophomore couldn't he knee richards had the winning point in the match against north allegheny to steal the championship. congratulations harriton high school and that's sports. >> thank you ducis. coming up on abnews the week ahead from accuweather and cecily tynan when we continue in just a moment. >> ♪ i approve this message. donald trump: i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody
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>> trick-or-treat forecast. everybody okay out there tonight. >> i think we're getting treated pretty nice night. little bit cool but it's dry. >> that's okay. >> not dealing with showers and thunderstorms like last night. storm tracker6 live double scan showing no rain out there, no storms out there and today a lot of blue sky. the action cam hanging out with the geese in fairmount park. our weather certainly not too foul today, lots of sunshine, a few high thin clouds. a lot cooler than yesterday. yesterday's highs in the upper 70's. today we never climbed out of the 50's. philadelphia 54 right now. reading 50. trenton 52. allentown 54. and wilmington 51 degrees. so what a difference a day make. temperatures generally about 14 to 25 degrees cooler than this time yesterday ahead of that front we had a surge of very warm air. so, tonight will be dry but a little bit of a chill for your
trick-or-treat forecast. i know a lot of kids probably already out there at 7 o'clock it's dropping down to 49 and by 9 o'clock, for the teenagers as they're heading back, 46 degrees. but dry conditions. satellite6 along with action radar showing we're just get something high thin clouds kind of spilling over a ridge of high pressure. that double barrel high will bring us warmer weather as we head towards the middle of the week but tonight there's going to be a chill in the air. clear skies, overnight low 30 in the cooler suburbs so a frosty night there. philadelphia about 42 degrees and tomorrow with this high pressure, it will be seasonable. 62 degrees, good amount of sunshine and then we get the winds out of the southwest and what this will do is bring us a surge of very warm air on wednesday. this whole frontal boundary really off to the north so our high on wednesday 71 degrees. thursday likely in the upper 70's before that cold front brings us a round of some showers and thunderstorms and then much cooler air on friday its a very similar setup to what we had over the weekend. so, the five day -- or the
seven-day forecast showing tomorrow where we should be for this time of the year, 62 degrees which is the normal high, mixture of clouds and sunshine. on wednesday, that warmup continues. mostly sunny skies with a high of 71 and thursday, if you liked yesterday, you'll like thursday. the record high for thursday 80 set back in 1990. we're going to be close calling for a high of 78 degrees but then a cold front will move through in the afternoon. so, what that will do is bring us a risk of a few showers and thunderstorms. future tracker showing this front likely will be a lot faster than yesterday's front so by about 2 o'clock, a line of some showers and thunderstorms generally northwest of philadelphia, that will be moving through later in the afternoon and behind that system we get winds out of the northwest so that will bring us cooler conditions on friday. but friday pretty nice day. mostly sunny skies. it will be breezy with a high of 58 degrees. on saturday, mixture of clouds and sunshine, the philadelphia international unity cup at citizens bank park should be
pretty good conditions for that. 60 degrees and don't forget saturday night, we end daylight saving time, head back to eastern standard time so that means you fall back one hour when you go to bed on saturday. sunday it will be cool with a possibility of a shower with a high of 57 degrees and monday partly sunny with a high of 54. on sunday, you know what time the sun will set? >> 4:28. >> 4:54. still pretty early. >> yeah, i don't like it. all right. >> i don't, either. >> abc's world news tonight with david muir is next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams adam joseph and ducis rodgers and please join us for "action news" at 11:00 here on channel6. for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news at 11:00. >> ♪
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the fbi pouring through those newly discovered e-mails right now. what we can now report. hillary clinton saying there is no case here. the fbi director now in the hot seat, why did he go public before the fbi even looked at the e-mails themselves? and tonight, donald trump on the attack. also this evening, the bomb scare on a passenger jet here in the u.s. the emergency declared. calm under pressure. the 911 call just released tonight from that nightclub in orlando. the shooter and the very calm fbi negotiator who was trying to save other lives. the father on trial tonight, his somebody dying in their hot car. this evening, the wife takes the stand. and what she says about her husband. and up in flames. the new condo completion, the inferno, and the race to clear out the neighborhood.