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>> ♪ "action >> "action news." delaware valley's news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it's 5 o'clock on this tuesday june 20th and here's what's happening. >> it looks like it's a done deal. after four years without one, philadelphia teachers could soon be working under a new contract. >> a busy night for firefighters who battled flames inside a restaurant in the see's crescentville section. >> storms have moved out and now thank goodness maybe we'll start to see some sunshine back this way. >> david and karen trying to push all that rain off the coast for you right now. >> it's almost gone at this point and the cloud cover is going to disburse, we should wind up mostly sunny. the wide view shows you those watch boxes from last night and that line of strong thunderstorms that came through. all that's left now is a couple of light sprinkles and showers trying to get off the
coast of south jersey on it looks like they'll shoot up to the northeast and be out of our hair probably over the next half hour or hour. temperatures right now are still warm. 73 degrees in philadelphia, 72 in wilmington. you can see that 70 in allentown. we have dipped into the upper 60's in reading and lancaster. 73 in millville and 71 in cape may. and for now with that system still in the process of pushing out o-we still have a a lot of dewpoints up in the 70's so that's what we consider oppressive humidity as you first head out the door. however, these numbers are going to start to drop. you can already see that happening in the northern and western suburbs. and overall we are going to become more comfortable later. still gets warm. 73 by 7 o'clock. still muggy there. 83 by noon. but a high of 86 by 3 o'clock and during the afternoon that humidity does drop. looks like a nice night for baseball at citizens bank park tonight karen and then tomorrow a couple of spotty showers and maybe a couple of thunderstorms reemerge into the forecast. details on that with future tracker6 coming up. >> all right, dave, let's hit the roads. we're live outside on the blue route here approaching the schuylkill. that's your northbound traffic
moving just fine at this point. roads are mostly dry and clear. no big issue out there currently. but as you're traveling around in the suburbs you're probably going to find some downed trees from those big storms from yesterday. here we've got rose tree road that just reopened. it has been shut down for a downed tree here in upper providence township near sandy bank road. traffic is moving better right there but not the case in bryn mawr. we still have a road closed. roberts road here at marquee terrace shut down. stick to merion avenue with a downed tree blocking that road. outside live on the ben franklin bridge, area bridges are looking good. that's westbound traffic coming into the city. no problems and i don't think you'll have any issues on your majors with any debris from the storms but here in hamilton township we've got one to two lanes blocked on 40 southbound near main street because of a downed tree here so traffic's kind of getting around that one, tam. >> okay, thank you, karen. thousands of teachers in philadelphia have something bigger to look forward to in the coming days than just the start of summer break. it looks like they may be on the verge of a new contract after four years of working
without one. "action news" reporter jeanette reyes is live for us now at school district headquarters in spring garden with the latest. good morning, jeanette. >> reporter: good morning, tam. this deal has been four years in the making. teachers voted overwhelmingly for it, teachers counselors and other staff. we got a lot of reaction but in one word, they're saying finally. after more than four years of often tense negotiations, monday night philadelphia public school teachers voted to approve a tentative contract agreement with the school district. the three year deal approved by the philadelphia federation of teachers is worth $395 million and includes raises for the more than 11,000 teachers, counselors on other staff members. it also ends five years of impasse without a raise. >> i'm very happy to report that the membership of the pft ratified the tentative agreement. >> reporter: music teacher colin sharp says it's not an
ideal contract but it's something. >> i'm really happy with it. i think it's not perfect but i don't think it was ever going to be perfect. but i think it's the best we're going to get. >> more than we had. in that case i'm happy for the younger children -- for the younger teachers that haven't had a raise in four, five years. >> reporter: and dr. william hite the superintendent is saying one of the most important components of all of this is that it offers stability, keeps teachers and other staff from trying to go to other districts. as far as that $395 million bill, it either has to -- the district has to turn to the city and state for more funding or there could be layoffs in the future. reporting lively in spring garden jeanette reyes channel6 "action news." >> opening statements are are schedule today in the corruption trial of seth williams. 10 women, two of whom are
african-american. he could face up to 20 years in prison. the democrat has denied any wrongdoing. >> ♪ >> new this morning, to fire damaged a restaurant in the city's crescentville section. it broke out at the seafood garden at a strip mall on the 5600 block of rising sun avenue at 3 a.m. firefighter were quickly able to get the flames under control. no injuries were reported. >> it is 5:05. the former husband of a popular radio host who was herself murdered back in 2012 will remain in atlantic county jail. yesterday a judge denied bail for dr. james kauffman. during the hearing police released video taken from their body cam showing parts of the standoff with kauffman. police say the doctor brandished a handgun. investigators say the raid has nothing to do with the murder of kauffman's wife april 5 years ago. philadelphia police continue to investigate a deadly shooting that happened
this weekend. 29-year-old ariken darden was shot. darden was shot after an argument escalated outside the club. police have not said anything yet about an arrest. darden interned at 6abc back in 2009. his family plans to hold a memorial tonight at the scene of the shooting. >> workers at a government building in trenton will work a shortened day today t-2 water pipes broke. crews had to shut off the water when the pipes broke which meant the air conditioning couldn't run. the 1,000 employees who work there don't have to report until noon today. >> the cleanup will go on in communities across the delaware valley after yesterday's strong storms. video from chopper6 shows the storm rolling in. >> an "action news" viewer sent us this video of the storms impacting their allentown neighborhood. this video from a security camera shows that tree split in half and falling across the
street. it happened as the storm hit south whitehall township. utility crews will be busy again today to try to restore electricity to areas that lost it. "action news" found these crews working on the power lines along the 1000 block of knapp road in montgomeryville after the storms swept through. >> but that's outta' here hopefully taking some of humidity with it. >> yeah, still mug get but that's going to change for the better right now tam. we are primarily dry. if we go if closer there's a little line of lingering showers popping up toward the northeast through the heart of atlantic county and just clipping the northern section of cape may county so a little sprinkle on your shoulder early in some of those south jersey areas. let's step outside and we have sky6. there's the battleship new jersey still looking a little bit hazy down there by the water and some clouds to start out but we are already seeing some clearing moving in from the west and we're going to return plenty of sunshine into play today. 73 degrees is your current temperature in philadelphia, 72 in wilmington, 70 in
allentown and again along with all of these numbers mostly in the low 70's we still have very noticeable humidity as you step outside early. but out to the west you see a lot of clearing. there is drier air on the way and those humidity levels will drop as we go through the day t up in the lehigh valley, then it's going to be a better day than yesterday. less and less humid as we go through the morning and into the afternoon. mostly sunny and warm with a high had of 83. down the shore muggy in the morning but less so in the afternoon, clouds giving way to sun eventually, 81 degrees is the high. and in philadelphia mostly sunny skies this afternoon once we get rid of these morning clouds. less and less humid as we go through the day and 86 for the high. little bit of a west-southwest wind at 10 to 20 miles per hour. nice night for baseball as the phillies open up a three game set against the cardinals. a few clouds at 7:05 tonight. pleasant though, 83 degrees for the first pitch. in the ninth probably down to 77. 68 degrees overnight patchy clouds and more comfortable with lower humidity. winds out of the west-southwest. they are light. and then tomorrow we get some sun in the morning, a few more
clouds in the afternoon and once we get up to about three or 4 o'clock, there is the chance of a passing shower or maybe even a rumble of thunder but obviously that's pretty spotty stuff and not nearly as pronounced as yesterday. we have a tropical storm brett that has formed just to the north of -- or to the west i should say of trinidad. this is right along the northern coast of south america. that's where it looks like this one is going to stay before it degenerates into an area of extra tropical low pressure. there's a second system, though, that's up in the gulf of mexico now moving off the yucatan peninsula. this could become cindy later today and tonight and it looks like it could threaten new orleans and perhaps areas around galveston texas so we're continuing to watch that. the most likely center of landfall if we see that would probably be to the west of new orleans and that would be in a couple of few days. we'll keep our eyes on that, though. does look like it will stay a tropical storm and not be a hurricane. 86 degrees mostly sunny, less and less humid. partly sunny on wednesday
85 degrees with summer arriving in the predawn hours. not very humid on thursday but definitely a day for cool drinks with a high of 90. more humid on friday, another 90 with late thunderstorm and the coming weekend still looks like we wind up in the 80's with a couple of spotty thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. >> looking a little summery. >> yes, it is. >> 5:10 now. dueling it out. a gas station clerk fights back when a man tries to rob the store. their encounter leaves behind quite a mess. >> former football star o.j. simpson could be closer to getting out of prison. this morning one of his closest friends is talking about what simpson wants to do if he does, indeed, get out on parole. karen. >> we're nice and clear right now on the boulevard at fox street with no problems here. but we're going to have reasons for big headaches on the schuylkill. what else is new? but it's a new construction project you need to be aware of. details coming up next. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> welcome back. taking a live look there at philadelphia international airport. the storms have moved out so hopefully if you have some travel to do today things will go smoothly. it is 5:13 and 73 degrees. >> just came in for a landing there. successful. >> that's right. success there, success on the morning roads here. we're in exton, chester county, if you're coming from phoenixville or chester springs this is your ride. it's a good looking one. we're basically dry with light volume no, major issues as you're traveling. we have problems with the schuylkill expressway that you can expect today.
they're doing a new construction project. on the schuylkill eastbound today between the blue route and city avenue they'll have lane closures beginning at 10:00 a.m. so your early morning commute should be fine but once you hit about 10:00 to 2:00 you'll see these closures and restrictions so watch for that with lanes being closed. westbound lane closures scheduled for wednesday and thursday and then on friday they're going to hit in you both directions starting on sunday they'll do the overnight paving and milling. so you'll see all kinds of construction on the schuylkill expressway. today it's eastbound that you have to worry about. it starts at 10:00 a.m. over on the pennsylvania turnpike eastbound between valley forge and fort washington construction blocks the left lane. outside live on i-95 no problems yet. we'll surely see them later but no problems just yet. this is at cottman. southbound traffic very light volume heading towards center city. i want to take you over to the commuter traffic report on the waze app. woe and found someone talking about an accident in chester so watch tabor that on the waze app if you switch over to that you'll be able to see it or we'll just move to weather if you would prefer but we can switch to something. you can see that on the waze app here so watch for that accident west third street in
chester. now to the temperatures right now. let's show you what's going on. it's 73 right now in philadelphia t70 in allentown, 73 in millville. not quite as warm as it was yesterday morning but it's still really sticky. the storms have left us. we have one or two little sprinkles especially near the coastline but today's a dry day. we start with clouds. we'll see mostly sunny skies and more importantly i think less humid and a high of 86. still warm, matt. >> okay, thanks karen. friends and family are remembering the american college student who died just days after being released by north korea. otto warmbier returned to ohio last week but was in a coma. he was convicted of stealing a propaganda banner and was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor o the former university of virginia student was held for more than 17 months. the cause of death has not been released but doctors do know warmbier suffered severe brain damage after more than a year in a coma. investigators in london released new details about the suspect in a terrorist attack
that targeted muslims. police identified him as darren osbourne a 47-year-old white man from wales and the father of four. according to people who know him, osbourne's hatred for muslims increased after the london bridge attack a few weeks ago. police say osbourne drove a van into a crowd of men leaving a mosque on sunday. one man died at the scene but may have suffered a medical issue beforehand. 10 others were injured. >> a special congressional election in georgia may prove to be an early test for president trump and the republican party. republican karen handle and democrat john os hoffer looking to fill a open seat. republicans have held this seat since 1979. tom price vacated the seat when he became health and human services secretary. the election is seen as a approximate seal site between trump and the democrats which is why $50 million have been poured into it making it the most expensive congressional
race ever. at the moment the race is too close to call. newly released surveillance video shows arm store clerk fighting off a robbery suspect in florida. it happened at a gas station convenience store in tampa on sunday. police say the suspect walked in, demanded money but the clerk fought back and stabbed the suspect in the stomach. police say the suspect then grabbed a bag of cash and ran away. >> the phillies open a three game series with the cardinals at citizens bank park tonight. jeremy hellickson will be on the mound. the sixers now hold the number one overall pick in thursday's nba draft. they traded boston their third overall selection for this year and a future first rounder in exchange. the sixers have had a number of players in for workouts but seem most interested in washington point guard markel fultz. >> it is 5:17 and coke wanted to get some attention for a product on social media. they're getting some attention but not in the way they hoped. >> a broken heart really can be bad for your health and time doesn't seem to always repair the damage.
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>> more and more companies are trying to use social media to hype their products. that can quickly backfire if they make a mistake. that's what happened to coca-cola on sunday. this is the soda maker's tweet. today's forecast in pittsburgh record heat followed by a ice cold wave of ah. as you saw there was a map of philadelphia attached. pittsburgh was nowhere in sight. twitter users called the company out including pittsburgh mayor bill peduot who tweeted a link to mayor kenney's twitter handle. coca-cola apologized to both cities and then there's that whole thing about the soda tax which i'm sure, i don't know, maybe played a role or not. >> crazy. >> coke's headquartered 93 atlanta and pennsylvania, pittsburgh, they both start with p. >> they're all the same. >> that's exactly what happened. >> not that interns are very
irresponsible but maybe people need to do a little bit of double-checking. could be the case. let's take a look outside on i-95 this is southbound the on-ramp to girard avenue. we had an accident right here right now that was causing a pretty big delay and it just pushed out of the scene here but watch for that accident, i-95 southbound had been causing a delay with the right lane being blocked. mass transit, the route 15 trolley shuttle busing between broad street and 15th street for track repavement. dave. >> it's one of those days where if you're the kind of person that wants to be do a workout you might want to wait until after work than before. right now it's still pretty muggy. 73 degrees and humid by 7 o'clock. by noon, 83 and by 3 o'clock, the humidity is dropping, yes, we get warm with a high of 86 degrees around 3 o'clock and by 7 o'clock we're still at 83 but the humidity levels will be a lot more comfortable. if year we're heading to the airport, looking for all green aircraft on the big board which is what we've got and no sign of precipitation outside
of atlanta and j.f.k. which means there's a sign of precipitation in those two places but most of our travel cities are dry this morning. tam. >> thank you dave. in health check we've heard the saying time heals all especially a broken heart but research shows that's not really the case that emotional upset could have lasting impact on your health. researchers at the university of aberdeen in scotland followed 52 patients with what they called broken heart syndrome. that's a rare condition caused by intense emotional or physical stress. they discovered the syndrome actually stuns the heart muscle and causes the left ventric dole change shape. in most cases the broken heart syndrome occurred after the death of a loved one. so many patients the heart's function returned to normal after four months but it did leave scarring. when people are really upset they'll just say it feels like it's tight here. turns out it really is something. >> 5:22. up next in the morning buzz carrie fisher's daughter talks about her mother's death as we learn more information pow what was in the actress'
system when she died. >> new meaning to the saying rat rows as a rodent drags an entire trash bag across the sidewalk but first up here's "gma"'s first look. >> in this morning's "gma" first look o.j. simpson set to learn exactly when he will face a nevada parole board to ask for his freedom. simpson's close friends and confidante tom says he talks over the phone to the former nfl star on a weekly basis. >> he wants to just keep a low profile be with his kids, be with his family, play golf is one of the his main things. >> simpson currently serving 33 years on armed robbery and kidnapping charges after a botched 2007 attempt to recover sports memorabilia he said belonged to him. the nfl hall of famer already marking a small victory in 2013 when he was granted parole on a few of those charges thanks to good behavior. but it's this next hearing that could set him free and coming up at 7 o'clock, we'll have more on o.j. simpson's hearing with your "gma" first look i'm kendis gibson, abc
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>> time now for the morning buzz. actress carrie fisher's daughter and only child is talking about her mother's death and this is coming after a recent autopsy report revealed fisher had traces of cocaine heroin ecstasy and other opioids in her system. however fisher's official cause of death has been ruled asleep apnea. after that revelation lord issued a statement to people and in it she said my mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. she ultimately died of it. lord hopes that talking about her mother's struggles will inspire other people who might be fighting something to get help. carrie fisher was 60 years old. golfer tiger woods gave fans an update after his arrest late last month. the golf legend tweeted last night he's getting professional help to manage his medications. he says he's taking them for his back pain and the sleep disorder. last month woods was arrested in south florida after police found him asleep at the wheel of his car in the middle of the road. he also thanked fans for their
support. >> coming up, a a valedictorian was silenced while give his graduation speech. now the school district is facing questions on why it cut his speech short. >> pennsylvania's medical marijuana program is moving forward. details about a big action that will take place today. those stories an lot more when "action news" comes right back. >> ♪
>> now on "action news" the jury is set for the corruption trial of philadelphia district attorney seth williams. we are live as opening statements are set to begin. >> happening today, a major update to pennsylvania's medical marijuana program. 12 applicants will be awarded permits to grow and process pot. >> funnel cloud threatens berks county and a lightning strike does major damage to a newly renovated home. we are following the cleanup from those storms. >> good morning, it's 5:30 now on this tuesday june 20. hopefully we're done with all of that. meteorologist, david murphy has more. karen rogers has traffic. good morning. >> yeah, rain almost completely off the coast at this point. we did have watch boxes up and down the east coast as that storm system came through. it's