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valley. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. let's begin with meteorologist bill henley and his first alert forecast. bill, it's 64 degrees out there now, but we're headed for cooler weather later in the week. >> and to this afternoon, actually. yesterday it was 79 degrees with clouds in place today more so than yesterday. we'll see the temperatures stay lower this afternoon. there's a bit of a breeze blowing, mainly above building level. you can see that in this view from center city. as far as the radar view, well, the showers are getting harder to find. they've been thinning out over the last hour. the showers have ended in philadelphia and just some scattered showers in the browns mills area, in burlington county, toms river has some just to the west in ocean county. we've been watching some showers thin out in berks county. reading did get some rain. it's now just portions of eastern berks county that's seeing that rain, and it's very
light moving through beckett yellsville this morning. temperatures will be tapering off. we're at 64 right now in philadelphia. nobody's really chilly this morning. it's in the 50s in the pocono mountains with clouds overhead. the temperatures are not going to go much lower. just a few sprinkles in some spots at 7:00. by 9:00 we'll get some breaks of sunshine and 68 degrees at lunchtime today. neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i come back. but first, jillian has an update on that accident, jillian. good morning, jillian. >> that's right. good morning to you, bill. following an accident out of new jersey. right now i'm going to talk about new jersey, pennsylvania and delaware. starting in delaware, you can see all of the rain out here, means we are not reporting any slowdowns on the majors in delaware, no accidents to report there. this is a live look right now at 95 right near route 273. you can see traffic is quiet out there. heading a little bit north, though, 295 out near philadelphia, southbound between the blue route and commodore barry bridge, we still have some construction there, so we are seeing just a little tap of the brakes as drivers pass through that construction zone. this is a live look at the route 30 bypass out in chester county.
you can see it is pretty quiet out there right near business route 30. so, no accidents on the majors in p.a. clement clementon, white horse pike eastbound at white horse avenue, the right lane is blocked there. tracy? 5:32. we have breaking news out of atlantic city. here is a live picture while crews are battling this fire along atlantic avenue. and you can see the heavy smoke. you can still see some flames starting to die down. this started at 10:00 last night. it quickly spread through several stores and apartments above. the fire chief there tells us the wind posed some problems early on while fighting the fire. the crews started to get it under control after four hours and then flames reappeared. >> there were hotspots in the roof area. that's where the main body of the fire is. we've had a couple localized collapses as well in two of the buildings. we lost the second floor. >> 17 people are without a home this morning. we still don't know what caused this fire. it's 5:32 now. an extra $2 per pack. the cigarette tax created to
raise money for philadelphia schools is now in effect as of today. leaders say that tax will bring in $49 million for the school system this year, which district officials say will prevent hundreds of layoffs. nbc 10's monique braxton is live outside a 24-hour convenience store in society hill. monique, you showed us the sign earlier. is it $8.40 now for a pack of cigarettes in philadelphia? >> reporter: it seems expensive to so many people who don't smoke, but yes, that's the highest price people will pay here at this wah-wah. i just stepped inside to talk to the workers and they said they began changing the signs, adding the $2 just after midnight. right now here at this particular convenience store, the price ranges from $7.10 to $8.40 per pack of cigarettes. now, as we've been telling you now for a couple of weeks, $2 more when you purchase a pack of cigarettes. state lawmakers approved the measure last week, largely along party lines. governor corbett signed the bill into law, which helps the cash-strapped philadelphia school district fill an $80
million-plus gadgp, but school officials tell us they only expect to collect about $49 million this year. you may recall, superintendent hite announced $32 million in cuts in august so the schools could open on time, and the district is continuing to call on the teachers union to make concessions. we've seen one or two smokers show up here to buy a pack of cigarettes. we have approached them. so far, they have declined to go on camera. but as the morning progresses, we're going to be reaching out to talk to folks who are buying packs of cigarettes to see what they think about paying $2 more this morning. they tell us the morning crowd kicks into high gear about 9:00. we'll be talking to people before then. live for now in society hill, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. it is 5:35. there is new information this morning on that bidding war for the revel casino. nbc 10 has learned a canadian asset management firm upped its bid overnight to $110 million. that firm is battling a florida
developer for the right to buy revel at a bankruptcy auction in new york. the latest bid is really only a fraction of the $2.4 billion that it cost to build the casino hotel, which closed last month. meantime, leaders in the gambling industry are meeting this week in las vegas for the annual global gaming expo. and billionaire developer steve wynn weighed in on the future of the industry at the opening of the expo. he said it is the customer experience and not the actual gambling that makes a casino a success. other industry leaders say it's also important to put an emphasis on restaurants, shopping and entertainment. the entire casino industry has been shaken by the crisis in atlantic city. four casinos have closed this year. the atlantic club closed in january, showboat shut down at the end of august, revel closed its doors in september, then came trump plaza just two weeks ago and trump taj mahal to potentially close in november. taking a look at the three stories you can count on nbc 10 to continue to follow for you today -- >> pennsylvania state police are both grieving and investigating the death of a trooper killed
during a training exercise. last night, the body of 26-year-old david kedra was placed in a hearst and escorted by family. he was shot to death yesterday at the montgomery county public safety training campus in conshohocken. philadelphia police are looking for a man they say tried to rob and rape a woman in wisse heckon park. it happened last friday evening along a driving trail in chestnut hill. investigators say the man threw the woman to the ground, tried to sexually assault her. she managed to escape and go for help. and decision 2014. school funding could be the issue as the candidates for pennsylvania governor square off once again, the second debate between republican incumbent tom corbett and democratic challenger tom wolf is set for later this morning in philadelphia. we'll have coverage. an american fighting for his life against the ebola virus. the government has confirmed the first case in the u.s. this morning, what federal health officials are doing to try to keep that virus from spreading. and distraction danger. the just-released survey that shows your teen may need a refresher course in crossing the street.
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sprinkle this morning. this afternoon into the 70s for northeast philadelphia, doylestown and mt. holly. and you'll see a few isolated showers this morning. dover, vineland and atlantic city. lower 70s today and some breaks of sunshine this afternoon for west chester, chester and glassboro. definitely cooler than yesterday. yesterday was 79 degrees in philadelphia. it will be in the low 70s today. a look at your weekend and beyond, the seven-day when i come back. 20 minutes until 6:00. a look at your traffic now. hopefully, no delays out there on the roads. >> nbc 10's first alert traffic reporter jillian mele has an update. >> good morning. there is a slowdown on 95 southbound between the blue route and commodore barry bridge because this active construction is still out there. you can see the cones set up. you can see the lanes restricted. and right now, one lane of traffic is crawling along. this delay just started in the last few minutes. same thing that happened yesterday. so, this is something i am definitely going to continue to monitor for you. if you are making your way out on 95 southbound, be warned that you'll have to slow down here, and then we're also starting to
see volume building right near girard avenue. tracy? a new survey shows distracted teens are not just a danger behind the wheel. more than 1,000 teenagers were surveyed by safe kids worldwide, and nearly half admitted they had either been hit or nearly hit by a car while walking. part of the problem, they're often focused on the mobile devices and not oncoming traffic. 12% of the teens admitted to texting while crossing the street. 38% walked while listening to music. >> they're crossing the street with headphones on. you're not hearing the ambient sounds around you. you're not hearing those signals from cars or from approaching vehicles that you simply may not see. >> three-quarters of deadly teen pedestrian accidents happen either at night or in the early-morning hours before sunrise. a call for action in the wake of the nfl domestic violence scandal. local lawmakers say more needs to be done. plus, their plans to support the victims of domestic abuse. and this is video just in to nbc 10.
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full recovery. there are two more confirmed cases of enterovirus d-68 in new jersey. the centers for disease control and prevention released test results showing that two children with that disease are -- with the virus, rather, are from essex and passaic counties in north jersey. both were in the hospital and are now recovering at home. the cdc says 443 cases have been confirmed in 40 states, including new jersey, pennsylvania and delaware. and authorities have started tracking down family, friends and anyone else who may have come into contact with a patient who has the united states's first confirmed case of ebola. that patient is being treated at texas health presbyterian hospital in dallas. the person developed symptoms days after returning to texas from liberia. now, the cdc says there is zero risk of transmission to those who were on the same plane as the patient. no other cases are suspected in texas. so far, ebola has killed more than 3,000 people in west africa. now, dr. tom frieden, the director of the centers for
disease control and prevention, will actually be on the "today" show this morning to talk about how doctors plan to stop the ebola virus from spreading. there is now a resolution this morning of a legal battle that we've been following for nearly four years now. the easton area school district has agreed to pay $385,000 in attorneys fees in a lawsuit over its efforts to bar students from wearing bracelets promoting breast cancer awareness. the suit was filed back in 2010 after two middle schoolgirls were suspended for refusing a principal's order to take off the bracelets which said "i heart boobies." today, the eating disorders coalition will meet with lawmakers in washington to lobby for more funding. this is after yesterday's mom march outside of the u.s. capitol. this mother of philadelphia was one of hundreds to raise awareness for children across the country who suffer from eating disorders. she says her daughter has been battling anorexia for six years and she says lawmakers need to do more to fight this dangerous and deadly illness. >> please, you know, open your
eyes to the seriousness of this. your children are dying. it could happen to you. and we need action. and you guys can help us. >> she and the other demonstrators also called for more research and more education. new research from pediatric doctors suggest that kids should not use electronics at bedtime. they say devices like tablets, smartphones and video games can prevent kids from falling asleep and can disturb sleep patterns. research shows children who leave their devices on overnight sleep up to one hour less on average. preschoolers should get about 11 to 12 hours of sleep a night and school-age children should sleep at least 10 hours. 5:47 now. actor and comedian tracy morgan is firing back at walmart. >> that's because walmart claims he's partially to blame for injuries he sustained in that crash on the new jersey turnpike this summer. a statement released by morgan reads in part, "i can't believe walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. my friends and i were doing nothing wrong. i want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time."
it came out in a court filing monday. walmart claimed morgan is partially to blame for his injuries because he was not wearing a seat belt. back in june, a walmart truck slammed into the back of the van carrying morgan on the new jersey turnpike. a fellow comedian was killed and several other people were injured. legendary olympic swimmer michael phelps has issued an apology for a dui arrest in baltimore. he was charged early yesterday after police say he was speeding and failed several sobriety tests. phelps was arrested for drunken driving ten years ago. he came out of retirement this year with his sights set on competing at the rio olympics in 2016. 5:48 now. a statewide initiative is under way in new jersey to help victims and survivors of domestic violence. with october being domestic violence awareness month, several groups are coming together for a food drive now through october 31st. non perishable items can be dropped off in boxes at new jersey state police stations and at county offices of victim witness advocacy.
that food will be given to domestic violence programs throughout new jersey. meantime, about a dozen female legislators in new jersey gathered at the meadowlands sports complex in bergen county yesterday. they believe the nfl, the league should fire commissioner roger goodell, and they're supporting a bill that would end the nfl's tax-exempt status, saying that that money should go towards domestic violence programs instead. now, this, of course, all comes after the ray rice controversy and the fallout. he was originally suspended for two games for knocking out his now wife inside an atlantic city elevator, but once video of that incident went public, causing an outcry, he was indefinitely suspended. rice is appealing that suspension. atlantic city will try to put the brakes on sudden hefty hikes in parking fees for concerts and special events after numerous complaints. tonight city council will vote on a measure to slap casinos and parking lots with huge fines if they suddenly raised parking rates without notifying the city. the fine would be increased from $100 to $1,000.
it's a response to hefty parking hikes last summer for as of much as $50 to park for free concerts. singer neil diamond will kick off his latest tour in the lehigh valley, performing at the ppl center in allentown february 27th and at the wells fargo center on march 15th. tickets go on sale october 13th. the new ppl center is a state-of-the-art arena in allentown opened for just a few weeks. two concerts have already been canceled there. cher postponed her show because of illness. a rascal flatts concert last week was canceled and tickets refunded. no reason was given. >> rascal flatts sang "life is a highway p highway." are you following me here with the segue? >> wow, that's good. i like that song. >> me, too, and last check with you, jillian, there was a backup all right starting to build on 95. >> i think people on 95 in the next few minutes need a whole list of their favorite songs because they're going to be sitting out in for a little while. this is a map of what's
happening on 95. we have construction southbound between the blue route and the commodore barry bridge. you can see the spots of red and the spots of yellow. this is 95 southbound right near the blue route. we have that backup. same situation that we had out there yesterday morning because only one lane of traffic is getting by that construction zone. and it is stihl out there, so leave yourself extra time if this is part of your commute, especially if you're walking out the door in the next few minutes. but other majors are looking pretty good. 53 miles per hour is the average on 422, 65 on the p.a. turnpike and 55 right now on 76. our only accident of the morning is still out there right now in clementon, white horse pike eastbound at white horse avenue. the right lane is still blocked there. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> clouds are overhead and we're keeping an eye out for some fog. really not much compared to yesterday and completely dry and fog-free for boathouse row. that's a live view from the mellon bank building. philadelphia right now is at 64 degrees. a little bit of a breeze at 9
miles an hour. not expecting fog in philadelphia, but look. we now have fog that is just formed in lancaster. lancaster spent most of the morning yesterday at zero visibility, down to a quarter mile right now. but a little bit of a reduced visibility for reading, allentown and quakertown and nowhere near as thick as yesterday. same story in the pocono mountains. so, we'll be watching. there's still a possibility we'll see that fog start to spread. the clouds spread over the area overnight, but the future clouds shows we will get some breaks in the cloud cover. this is lunchtime today. you can see some showers north and west with a few breaks of sunshine in parts of pennsylvania, south jersey and delaware. more sunshine breaking through this afternoon. there will still be some clouds around into the late evening hours and an isolated shower is possible, but not everybody is going to see it. so, the forecast for today is calling for clouds to thin out slowly. we'll get some sunshine, though it won't be as warm as yesterday, lower 70s today with winds out of the northeast at 8 miles an hour. and the seven-day forecast.
tomorrow partly cloudy skies, 74 degrees the high temperature after a morning low of 58 degrees. and we'll start with sunshine on friday, but clouds will be building on friday. and friday night, saturday morning, we will see some rain moving through with a cold front, which will bring temperatures down for saturday and for sunday especially. we'll be dry on sunday, breezy and 64 degrees. then we warm up a bit monday afternoon, a high of 73. look at this. we have new video in this morning of the deadly volcanic eruption in japan that happened over the weekend. a hiker used his phone to record this. as he tried to outrun the plume of ash and smoke. he did make it safely to a nearby lodge. at least 36 people were killed in the eruption. this morning crews continue to recover some of their bodies. paper or plastic? a move in california to get rid of plastic bags and that question at the supermarket could be heading toward us. yesterday california's governor signed a ban on single-use plastic bags.
this is the first state ban of its kind designed to stop littering and help protect the environment. several other states are considering imposing a fee on single-use plastic bags or just phasing them out altogether. pennsylvania is one of those states discussing a ban on plastic bags. now, similar legislation was introduced in new jersey in 2010, but it's still tied up in committees. there is no ban on plastic bags in delaware. hermit parking only. the change today that will affect people who live and work in wilmington. that's coming up in our county-by-county coverage. and a kimmel concern. how searching for this talk show host online could put your personal information at risk.
three minutes before 6:00 right now. you might want to think twice before you google talk show host jimmy kimmel. he's been named the most dangerous celebrity to search online. security company mcafee says if you search for kimmel, you have a 19% chance of reaching a website that's tested positive for spyware, viruses or malware. mcafee says other dangerous sites include bruce springsteen, chelsea handler and christina
aguilera. looking county by county, new castle county, the park 'n ride lot in wilmington is now a permit only lot. as of today, the riverfront development corporation is charging customers $40 a month to park there before 10:00 a.m., which works out to about $2 a day. the corporation says the fees will help cover increased costs to lease the lot from delmarva power. now to burlington county where homeowners in one neighborhood are upset over proposed cell phone tower. a zoning board hearing will be held tonight to talk about at&t's request to build the tower in mt. laurel. some residents say the tower would be right behind homes and there are several other options. and in chester county, coatesville city council ready to vote on whether to withdraw money from the city's trust fund. "the daily local" reports the majority of council is in favor taking more than $2 million to balance this year's budget. members have been torn between the withdrawal and potentially increasing property taxes on homeowners. >> i have a feeling the residents are saying don't raise
my property taxes, take it from the trust fund, we'll take care of it down the road. glad i don't have to make that decision. nbc 10 news at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. up in flames. eight hours later, firefighters are still on the scene putting out hotspots on this fire that spread to several businesses in atlantic city. and it's going to be a somber day for pennsylvania state troopers. an officer is killed during training exercises in montgomery county. and we're off to a cloudy start this morning, but by this afternoon we should get some sun. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. hard to believe october's here, but it is. wednesday, october 1st, 2014. let's get right to meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning, vai. we are seeing clouds overhead. those clouds are going to be with us to start with and produce a few scattered showers. i've been tracking a few light showers first thing this morning. so far, it is dry in center city. there were some showers about an hour and a half ago that moved
through south philadelphia. right now it is rainfall that is moving through the area, and just a little bit, the radar screen is showing some showers that are farther to the north and west. we're seeing some very light rainfall in the berks county area. right now just a little bit of rain after there were some heavier downpours in western berks county overnight. and it is completely dry in philadelphia. those showers will be tapering off, but they're starting to move into southern lehigh valley in areas north and west where we're starting to see a little bit of fog as well. as far as the temperatures are concerned, the readings right now in the 60s will warm during the day with breaks of sunshine into the middle 60s by 9:00, by lunchtime 68 degrees. back with your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast, but first, traffic. we are following a big problem on 95. construction on the southboun