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and happening right now in delaware county, first responders are learning about ebola and how to respond to any cases. >> nbc 10's christine madella is live in morton. christine, what are the big concerns among health care workers there? >> health care workers want to know what happened in dallas, how that nurse got sick. county officials here tell me they've received so many calls about the ebola virus they're trying to figure out the best way to disemanate information from the cdc and get first responders prepared just in case. >> we're getting called to the people who are sick, getting called into their homes. >> reporter: he's been on the front lines for decades. he says he's seen panic like this before. >> it's identical, the reaction. when hiv first happened, i'm old enough to remember when hiv starred. i was a provider there. people had questions. there was some level of panic. people were upset. all those thingsic canned in. we learn from that. >> he says we're learning from the ebola outbreak, too. >> when you have that situation
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where any kind of health care worker contracts something like this, you want to know how it happened, where was the flaw? where was the opening in the protection? and when they nail that down, we'll all know when it was. >> reporter: hopefully that will happen before anybody else contracts it in the u.s. every health care worker has to be trained and ready. >> do you have the equipment, the personal protection for the ems workers? >> absolutely we do. all the right sizes, extra equipment, people have -- we've reviewed the buddy system for removing the equipment once we're done with a patient. >> now, i'm going to head inside where that ebola task force is meeting. i'm going to ask members what they plan to do to keep those first responders and the public safe. i'll let you know what they have to say. christine madella, nbc 10 news. nbc 10 medical correspondent dr. nancy snyderman has admitted
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some members of her crew violated a voluntary quarantine to protect against ebola. they picked up food at a restaurant in the princeton. her and her crew remain healthy. the team was reporting in liberia next to a cameraman who tested positive for the disease. customs and health officials, washington and newark will take the temperatures of passengers arriving from three west african countries. screeners will use no touch thermometers to try and find passengers with fevers. the screening started at new york's kennedy international airport saturday. customs officials say about 150 people traveled daily from or through liberia, sierra leone or guinea to the u.s. and coming up, all new this afternoon at 4:30, nbc 10 takes you to one local community where
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they're scrubbing and scouring away public places, hoping to stop the spread of growing public health risks. philadelphia police are investigating the shooting of a man on a bike. skyforce 10 over the scene on pastel avenue in southwest philadelphia. it happened just after 2:30 this afternoon. he's in critical condition. no arrests have been made. also in southwest philadelphia, police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a man near 60th and yoakam street. he was shot while he sat inside a car. no word on what led to the shooting. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> no jackets required. nbc 10 in trenton, new jersey, where people are enjoying today's warm weather. so how xi! did the mercury rise? and what other changes could that lead to? >> nbc 10 first alert meteorologist sheena parveen is here now with the nbc 10 first alert answer. sheena? >> yes, today definitely a warmer day. the average high is about 67
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degrees. today we have all been in the upper 70s, close to 80 degrees, except along the immediate shore, temperatures about the mid-to-low 70s. it is still warm when you consider the time of year that it is. 77 degrees now in philadelphia. we have been close to 80 degrees today. 78 right now northeast philly. mid-70s, wilmington, 79 degrees in allentown. and we will stay warm again tomorrow. also tomorrow, we're watching a big line of thunderstorms off to our west. some severe weather with this. it will move in as we go through the day tomorrow. coming up, i'll show you the timing of some storms for your wednesday. that's straight ahead. >> track storms on the go with the nbc 10 weather app. you can download it. it's free. it's for your smartphone or tablet. go to to download it. the city of camden is getting ready to battle blight and remove neighborhood eye sores. the city will demolish 598
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vacant or abandoned buildings in camden. the mayor called it, quote, the biggest demolition initiative ever attempted in the city or state. as we look live at the city of camden from our live skycam network, it's not the only development giving people there hope. nbc 10 south jersey bureau reporter cydney long is live this afternoon in camden. >> tell us about the changes on the horizon there. >> reporter: well, denise, there are many, all happening at this same time, including a brand new full-size supermarket set to open its doors here in camden city tomorrow morning. for those people living outside of the city that don't think it's a big deal, well, it is. for some 40 years camden has not had a supermarket that has had fresh fruit, veggies and healthy choice options all under one roof. it comes as these roofs of these abandoned and vacant structures will soon make way for much brighter neighborhoods. >> it would mean a lot if they do it. i've been hearing this for so long, they'll tear these houses
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down. >> reporter: 47-year camden resident gina thomas says she'll believe it when she sees it, the dozens of abandoned, trash ridden homes. >> i don't bring people here, i hate to bring them here because the neighborhood looks so bad. >> reporter: the city is bidding for multiple contracts to help tear down some 61 homes in this neighborhood to start. in all, there are more than 600 city wide and mayor deana red says it's an aggressive plan with a deadline. >> we want to take down 616 properties within 12 months. >> reporter: after the homes are demolished, redd says they will not be havens for dumping trash. >> it could be green space, a possible pop-up park or a future new home that's rebuilt on that site. >> reporter: it comes as there's a rebirth for grocery shopping in camden city, price rite put the final touches on their first
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new full-scale supermarket, rebuilt on the old pathmark site. the store will employ more than 80 full and part-time residents, giving them work and an opportunity to put fresh food on the table. >> the money will help my family and my mom, to help her with the bills and everything. that's about it. >> reporter: and that young lady we spoke to revealed after the interview, she has 14 brothers and sisters. so that paycheck truly going to help her family here in camden. the price rite grand opening and ribbon cutting happens tomorrow morning at 9:00. it's located at 2800 mt. efrum avenue. cydney long, nbc 10 news. a montgomery county jury is about to decide life or death for the man convicted of double murder in the death of an infant and her grandmother. nbc 10's deanna durante has been keeping close tabs on this case at the courthouse inç norristo. >> deanna, tell us what's
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happening right now. >> reporter: the jury is receiving instructions. the closing arguments happened within the last couple of minutes. the judge now is explaining the law to them. they can then deliberate whether raghunandan yandamuri can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. these are some of the final statements that the jury just heard, that it was a horrible plan that went wrong. and that this is someone who should be punished severely and it was the lamest expression of remorse you will ever hear. those quotes not from the prosecution but from the defense attorney, the man who told the jury a few minutes ago his job is to be fighting for the life of raghunandan yandamuri. a man that the jury has already convicted of two murders, murders of a 10-month-old baby and her 61-year-old grandmother. now, in his closing, assistant district attorney, first assistant district attorney kevin steele says it's time for justice. justice would be served by the jury finding death sentences for both cases. for both first degree murder cases.
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now, the defense is citing mitigating circumstances saying that yandamuri's mental health should be taken into account here. his gambling habits are all reasons why the jury should sentence him to life without parole. >> part of argument is going to be clearly he's intelligent but there are plenty of intelligent people in life who have mental illnesses. our argument basically is he's a mentally impaired person, significantly so, and that is mitigating, that's mitigating evidence and our argument that because of that mitigating evidence, a sentence of life without parole is appropriate and we'll see what the jury decides. now, prosecutors say that the aggravating circumstances here, aggravating circumstances that are designed by the state legislature should be given more weight, the fact that one of the victims is a child below 12 years old, saanvi venna, the 10-month-old. it's all up for the jury to decide which side has more
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weight, the aggravators or the mitigating circumstances. that jury should be getting the case within the next half hour. reporting live in norristown, deanna durante, nbc 10 news. on friday, prosecutors had victims give impact statements. can the jury use those statements to make their death penalty decisions? >> they certainly can use those statements to put weight on the aggravating circumstances but as the defense told them that is not evidence in the case. that that is not in itself an aggravator. they were horrible statements to hear, they were painful, everyone in the courtroom has a mother, a grandmother. many people on the jury have children, so they can understand how painful of lives are of those victims knowing that the 61-year-old grandmother and their 10-month-old baby are no longer here but that is not considered evidence in the case. >> thank you, deanna. police are investigating a deadly shooting in north philadelphia. investigators say more than 30 shots were fired at the victim. 24-year-old man shot and killed
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while he was sitting with a woman on uber street. police say around 11:30 last night this all happened, two men approached and opened fire. they believe the man was targeted. >> we found 32 spent shell casings on the street and many on the sidewalk right near the steps where these two victims were sitting when they were shot. the shell casings were some with inches, some within feet of where the two victims were shot, which is an indication that these victims were shot from point blank range. >> the woman was hit in the ankle. she will recover. police are still looking for the shooters. >> new information now about a stabbing at a delaware county bar. it's now a homicide investigation. police say wilson akita had his throat slashed during a fight last thursday. he's now died from his injuries. the incident inside the la c cantina bar was caught on
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camera. theç. police still can't find the danger lurking in the pennsylvania woods. it's the manhunt for eric frein and it's come up empty again so far today. 32 days after he allegedly ambushed two state troopers outside their barracks, killing one of them. nbc 10's doug shimell continues his reporting live from the poconos. >> the community is making adjustments with a big event approaching. >> reporter: yes, and like many of the adjustments made by communities here over these past five weeks of the manhunt, this latest adjustment comes with a price tag. the halloween parade is probably one of our biggest events. 390 will be lined with thousands of people that come from all over. >> reporter: it wasn't easy to for barrett township to say no to one of their biggest tourist attractions. >> we'll have a trunk or treat on the 26th over at the catholic
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school over in paradise. >> reporter: the fifth week of searching for fugitive sniper eric frein canceled bow hunting season along the monroe/pike county border. now this. >> i think it's one guy ruining everything. he's ruining all the halloween and fun and activities. >> it was a little disappointing when they decided to cancel it but we understand, you know, priorities. >> reporter: barrett and price townships know that figuring out process comes at a cost. >> it's going to take its toll a little bit. financially the businesses along 390, all the restaurants lose revenue from not having people come in for lunch and dinner and staying. >> reporter: but everyone knows this search has to happen. >> it's all a shame. they have to get this guy. he's a sniper. >> reporter: and one news update, the blooming grove township police barracks in pike county has essentially been closed to the public since the
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shooting four weeks ago. it is now formally re-opening to the public. with all the tension and stress in this region over the last five weeks, today a little bit of kindness and a little bit of humor toward law enforcers. that story coming up in just a bit. live in price township, doug shimell, nbc 10 news. two firefighters were hurt battling a fire in the city's tacony section this morning. one of the firefighters suffered heat exhaustion, the other smoke inhalation. the fire broke out on vista and torresdale avenues. it started in one house and spread to two others. nine people were forced out of their homes. the red cross is now helping them out. >> from our delaware bureau, wilmington police are launching a homicide unit. it comes as the city's unsolved murders continue to climb. the unit will be made up of four veteran officers and a supervisor. they will also get supplemental help from the government. the unit is set to launch monday. wilmington has seen 21 people
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killed this year with an arrest in only one of those cases. 20 minutes of nonstop news continues with the fate of a struggling atlantic city casino. lawyers argue before a judge over whether the trump taj mahal should shall allowed to terminate its union contract. both sides made arguments in federal bankruptcy court in delaware. trump entertainment said it needs relief from pensions and health insurance costs in order to keep the casino open. trump entertainment wants $14.6 million a year in give-backs. if the ruling goes against the company, trump entertainment is likely to say it will close the taj mahal by november 13th. time is running out for voters in new jersey if they want to cast a ballot as part of decision 2014. today is the said line to register to vote ahead of the november 4th general election. register at county clerk's offices until tonight. voter registration forms are available online. you can find a link also on our
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website at he would rather die than be a senator. that's what new jersey governor chris christie toll a crowd of people. the republican said he would be bored to death in a chamber with 99 other people asking for motions on amendments in subcommittees. he made those comments over the weekend. he's, of course, considering a run for white house in 2016. a new poll finds for the first time since august of 2011 more new jersey residents have a negative view of the governor. 42% of registered voters have a favorable view of governor christie. 45% have an unfavorable view. that's a 7-point drop in two months. the president and first lady will be in our region tomorrow. michelle obama will campaign for tom wolf. president obama will travel to
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union, new jersey for a campaign committee event. later tomorrow, wolf will be in thorndale, chester county. he'll be discussing his plan to invest in education and restore a billion dollars in cuts. over to harrisburg, governor tom corbett and first lady susan corbett attended a ceremony to honor pennsylvanians killed in domestic violence this year. every victim's name was read and puzzle pieces were placed on a map of the commonwealth to show where they died. the ceremony was in honor of domestic violence month. today was a recognition unfortunately of those who were victims during the last year. but also recognizing the work of the general assembly and our request to increase funding for domestic violence and sexual assault. >> governor corbett said that funding had not been increased in a number of years. now, your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist sheena parveen.
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>> well, strong storms move through the south last night bringing down trees and power lines in alabama and georgia. one woman was hit by flying debris, the national weather service will survey the damage to determine if this was a tornado but as you can see, some very strong winds with a lot of the thunderstorms do unto our south. the same weather system will be moving in as we go late into the day tomorrow. we will be watching that very carefully. in the meantime, we have a short warmup ahead of the storms today. temperatures were near 80 degrees for many of us. tomorrow, same thing. but then later in the day tomorrow, thunderstorms will start to move in. we'll have a warm day, still have the clouds around that we have today. but after all the rain and after the storms, later on this weekend, we will have cooler temperatures moving back into the forecast. so, again, it is a short warmup, two days of temperatures in the upper 70s. here's a live look out now, along the schuylkill river we have just about cloudy conditions out there, overcast skies. we had a preef period of
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sunshine today for parts of the area. the clouds have moved back in. 77 degrees in philadelphia. we've gotten up to 79 today so far. so we are certainly looking at unseasonably warm temperatures. the average highs around 67 degrees. through the lehigh valley, temperatures still in the mid to upper 70s. 79 still in allentown, 78 in reading, 78 degrees bensalem. closer to the shore, not as warm but still pretty mild about the mid-to-low 70s. 76 millville, 71 in stone harbor. >> we are in the warm sector of a weather system that's approaching. that's why the temperatures are so warm. clouds continue to move in. none of these clouds have rain with them. the rain is back off to our west and southwest. this is where we see the severe weather moving through much of the southeast. it is moving in our direction. so as we go into late tomorrow, thunderstorms are in the forecast. some of these storms could contain gusty winds and heavy rain. until these storms get here, the warm air keeps on moving in. we have 80s in parts of south carolina. so this will still be in place as we go through the day
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tomorrow ahead of the storm. still a warm day tomorrow. here's future weather. the clouds hang around tonight. we could see areas of fog tomorrow morning. mainly north and west of philadelphia. that's going to be the best chance for fog tomorrow afternoon. we could see storms moving inç from the south, late tomorrow night and by late, i mean overnight. 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. in the morning. storms moving through. this may linger as we go into thursday morning. we're not going to have a quick clearing up with this system. mostly cloudy, milder, patchy fog. temperatures mid-to-low 60s. mainly the mid to upper 70s. thunderstorms late tomorrow night, overnight into thursday morning. it won't be quick to clear but friday we'll see sunshine and 60s over the weekend. >> a 9-year-old pennsylvania boy overdoses on drugs and dies. >> today the adult facing criminal charges in that case plus this. alcohol served at your kid's
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game? that's what one local sports complex is trying to do. new at 4:00, how neighbors are trying to prevent this from happening. playgrounds disinfected as concerns grow about a pair of potentially deadly health threats. >> i don't you can can't put a price on health. >> i'm ted greenberg. how two new jersey communities are pro-actively protecting kids. and rescued from a ravine. a woman drives her car 500 feet off a mountain and then gets stuck there overnight. enter first responders who worked to save her life.
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three, two, one. >> happy new year. >> construction is getting under way on a new river front trail in northeast philadelphia. mayor michael nutter and other dignitaries took part in the ground breaking for the new baxter trail. it will be part of the north delaware riverfront greenway. the new trail is 1.8 miles long
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and will provide an important link between pennypack park on the delaware river and pleasant hill park. also a 12-foot wide asphalt trail will connect to the pennypack trail. >> i am firmly committed to many of these projects, especially with regard to the delaware river. there are so many, many more things for us to see and know and experience and to truly appreciate about what we have here. >> baxter trail is one of the many planned construction projects aimed at bringing new life to the delaware river front. modernizing mental health laws in delaware. governor jack markell signed new legislation this morning aimed at providing service for people with mental illness. the changes are expected to decrease the number of voluntary commitme commitments. they can initial nature the
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emergency process if needed. our top story today on nbc 10 news today at 4:00, as world health experts forecast a dramatic spike in ebola cases in west africa, first responders in delaware county are meeting at this very moment to discuss safety precautions should the virus come here. and stopping the spread. new at 4:30, nbc 10 takes you to local communities that are scrubbing and scouring to keep away the germs in these uncertain times. sheena parveen? >> and it's certainly a warm october day. mild conditions will continue into tomorrow. with them comes the threat for stormy weather. getting timing in my exclusive nbc 10 first alert nbc 10 forecast. coming up tonight on nbc 10 news at 5:00, fewer young drivers. why the next generation is leaving the car behind and whether our area is changing to meet the transportation needs of the future.
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in cases of rape,pposes aborin cases of incest,ions. and in cases where the mother's health is in danger. no woman should be forced to carry a pregnancy from a rape. mario scavello sponsored a bill to force women to have unnecessary and invasive ultrasounds. it's horrifying. women need to know that mario scavello wants to stand
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between them and their doctors in making decisions that aren't his to make. happening now, first responders in parts of our area are learning about ebola and how to respond to cases. task force members include leaders from emergency medical services, the intermediate unit, the counties three health systems, police, firefighters and others. meantime, two south jersey communities are breaking out the disinfectant and getting to work. >> they're scrubbing down popular spots where germs can easily be spread. >> ted, in light of the enterovirus and ebola, they're not taking any chances. >> they are not, denise and renee.
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here in barnigate and jackson as well, crews were doing cleaning in more places and more thoroughly. it's a major wipedown on every surface touched by little hands. >> we felt like this would be the right way to go. >> growing concerns about enterovirus d68 and ebola prompted jackson township to pro-actively step up its efforts to disinfect the community's eight playgrounds. >> it's well worth it. you can't put a price on health. >> reporter: public works crews have increased their cleanings to three times a week, twice per day. the playgrounds were previously being sanitized once on those days. the township's municipal buildings are also being cleaned more thoroughly more often. >> we know we can't eliminate the virus or any type of -- what we can try to do is minimize it. >> i don't know if it will help but i appreciate they're doing something to be pro-active about it. >> reporter: jackson is 20 or so
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miles from the hamilton township elementary school attended by eli waller, the 4-year-old who died from enterovirus d68. at the township's high school, the custodial staff is disinfecting more than the usual spots like desks. other surfaces that are frequently touch ready also getting wiped down, including doorknobs, pencil sharpeners and light switches. >> we're prepared as best we can be prepared. we hope our children stay ç healthy. >> reporter: and the superintendent tells me the district has also purchased adecisional chemicals to have on standby just in case the schools have to deal with an outbreak of enterovirus d68 here. i'm ted greenberg, nbc 10 news. you can learn more about ebola and enterovirus d68 and how to protect yourself from the threats right now on our website, here are some of the stories
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making headlines on nbc 10 news at 4:00. a jury in montgomery county is deciding the fate of a man convicted of double murder. the jury found raghunandan yandamuri guilty of first degree murder in the killings of 10-month-old saanvi venna and her 61-year-old grandmother. defense attorneys say yandamuri has mental health issues and they hope the jury takes that into consideration. >> the police manhunt for eric frein has promised the cancellation of a major event up in the poconos. barrett township officials have announced they're cancelling this year's halloween parade along with trick or treating. this comes during the fifth week of searching for frein, the survivalist accused of killing a state trooper. today, mayor dana redd announced plans to demolish nearly 600 vacant or abandoned buildings. there's a brand new supermarket set to open its doors tomorrow. it's bringing in more than 80 jobs. now your nbc 10 first alert
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weather. >> we're in the midst of a short warmup. nbc 10 in wilmington today with temperatures on the rise ahead of some thunderstorms. >> nbc 10 first alert meteorologist sheena parveen is here to explain it for us in the first alert forecast. sheena? >> yes, a very short warmup. today we've been near 80 degrees for much of the area this afternoon. average high is about the mid to upper 60s and currently we are still in the mid to upper 70s. the warmup will continue tomorrow but it won't be lasting long behind the thunderstorms that we expect tomorrow night. it's still 79 degrees in allentown, 77 in philadelphia, 78 northeast philly. in south jersey and delaware, temperatures here still in the mid-70s. so as we go into tomorrow, it's still going to be warm ahead of some rain. sa you see moving into the southeast, a lot of severe weather here. this is all part of a cold front, a very clowe-moving cold front. it really won't be here until later in the day tomorrow. coming up, i'll show you the timing of the showers and thunderstorms and how long it will last. a northumberland county man
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is facing charges after a child in his care died from an apparent drug overdose. he told police there were oxycontin pills missing from his home and he believed the child was using them. another young boy who was also at the home told investigators he waited to call 911 after finding the young boy unconscious. he's charged with child endangerment. animal control officers have opened an investigation after finding an extremely malnourished dog in the backyard of a home in delaware county. the pitbull/terrier blend was found outside a home in chester. the dog with the name pearl was seized by spca humane investigators, now in their care. at just over 20 pounds, her ribs were protruding. the person who lived in the home where the dog was found is now under investigation. and attention car owners. there's another auto recall.
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>> plus, how your own voice may be the next layer of protection against identity theft and here's what's coming up tonight on nbc 10 news at 5:00. 20 unsolved murders this year, only one arrest. next at 5:00, we're taking a closer look at a new delaware homicide unit tasked with solving these crimes and putting violent criminals behind bars. count on nbc 10 news at 5:00. ♪ with the card accepted by 90% of doctors in the philadelphia region you have the freedom to relish right now. independence blue cross. live fearless.
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in macarthur's world, he opposes new laws to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
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and macarthur opposes a woman's right to choose backed by a group that would outlaw abortion even for rape and incest. for us in the real world, aimee belgard. aimee will fight for equal pay and protect a woman's right to choose. aimee belgard's on our side. i'm aimee belgard and i approve this message.
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mitsubishi is recalling nearly 166,000 vehicles nationwide. the recall involves the outlander, lancer and lancer evolution from 2008 to 2011. also the lancer sportback from 2009 to 2011 and the 2011 outlander sport. according to the national traffic highway safety administration, the problem involves the drive belt and pulleys which connect to the alternator. this call may be monitored. you hear it all the time. now it turns out some banks are using that monitoring to fight fraud. an associated press investigation found jp morgan chase and wells fargo have been using what's commonly known as voice printing when calls are recorded. the banks say it's aimed at crooks who might place repeat
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calls to try to break into people's accounts. but privacy experts worry this kind of tech knowledge could be used for other reasons. . there's been a number of children exposed to the liquid nicotine, using the device have spiked. more than half of those cases were kids under 6. today finding inspiration. at the local library. >> but it may not be what you think. we'll show you. also ahead, the brewing booze battle, making the caseç for and against alcohol at youth sporting events. nbc 10 is weighing the arguments on both sides. sheena parveen. >> and near 80 degrees in october. so enjoy the summer-like conditions while you can. we're also on the lookout for thunderstorms. i'll let you know when they may be arriving, where you live and
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my exclusive nbc 10 first alert forecast. then all new tonight on nbc 10 news at 5:00, fall means added danger on the roads. collision with deer spike this time of year. see why they are even more common in certain counties across our region.
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a local skydiving business has fallen into bankruptcy. freefall adventure s filed for chapter 11. there have been a number of accidents at this facility, including one that was deadly. from our trenton bureau, some new firefighters hit the streets today.ç >> faithfully. >> faithfully. >> and partially. >> and partially. >> justly perform. >> justly perform. >> all the duty of the city of trenton firefighters. >> 12 new members of the trenton
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fire department took the oath of office. the new class brings the department up to a total of 224. dover police are cracking down on distracted drivers. they say 146 crashes last year were attributed to distracting driving across the state of delaware. in the past few weeks, officers issued a total of 16 tickets. the drivers who were texting and talking while behind the wheel. it was all part of a 12-day blitz. it ended sunday. offering inspiration at a local library, delaware governor jack markell helped to cut the ribbon on the new inspiration space at the wilmington library. it grew out of the $2.4 million stimulus grant the delaware divisional libraries received in 2010. it's a collaborative, creative space where people can experiment with technology and do-it-yourself activities.
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>> the community wants their libraries to be places where they can come to get the latest information, the latest technology. >> through its inspiration space initiative, expanded job serv e services are available to provide encouragement to residents. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist sheena parveen. >> a warmer day for us. manufacture us were in the mid to upper 70s today. very close to 80 degrees. we did have a period of sunshine but then the clouds quickly moved back in this afternoon. we've seen just about mostly cloudy to overcast skies through the area most of the day today. the short warmup will stick around for tomorrow. really only two days with temperatures in about the mid to upper 70s. then we watch thunderstorms moving in tomorrow. this will mostly be late in the day tomorrow. we could have some in the afternoon. mostly west of philadelphia but otherwise, late tomorrow night and overnight into early
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thursday morning. a cooler weekend is in store for us. once all the rain clears, temperatures will be dropping back down into the 60s for afternoon highs which is more normal this time of the year. we are still above average with our temperatures. 79 degrees in allentown, 77 philadelphia, 76 pottstown, 78 in bensalem and reading and through south jersey and delaware, mainly we're in the mid-70s but closer to the shore, areas like stone harbor at 71 degrees. this is a system we're watching. it's moving through the southeast. it stretches up into parts of ohio. it looks like it should be moving in tonight. it's very slow moving cold front, eventually it will get here, though. it's moving in this direction, bringing the warm air ahead of it. it won't be here until about tomorrow night. in the meantime, we are going to keep the clouds around, increasing clouds as we go through tonight. clouds stick around for tomorrow, too. the clouds are not bringing the rain with it, not right now anyway. they will tomorrow. future weather showing the clouds hanging around tonight. early tomorrow morning, we start
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to see morning fog. the best chances for some of the thickest fog through the lehigh valley, kind of like this morning. through the day tomorrow, we see increasing rain chances. this is tomorrow 3:00 p.m. most of us should be dry. those areas west of philadelphia will have the best chance for thunderstorms. that continues as we go into tomorrow evening, late tomorrow night. we see the storm chance also increasing overnight into early thursday morning. so showers around for at least the first half of thursday and then we start to clear out going into the weekend. the late storms tomorrow night. we could expect heavy rain, strong winds and also lightning as we go into late tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. and even overnight tomorrow. for tonight, mostly cloudy, mid-to-low 60s. a warm day, 77 to 80 degrees possibly in some spots. late storms and also windy.ç remember with some of the storms we could see locally heavy rain, also potentially damaging winds.
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of course we'll be hering traing that for you. as we go into thursday, scattered showers stay in the forecast. this system will be fairly slow to clear, especially if you're in new jersey and delaware through the day on thursday. then as we go into friday, we clear up even more, sunny, nice low 70s. into the weekend, the cooler air gets here, temperatures starting off the weekend upper 60s. ending out the weekend, close to 60 for a high on sunday. >> interesting. >> thanks, sheena. in northern california, the coast guard rescued a woman who drove off a mountain road in santa clara county. the driver veered off the road and rolled 500 feet down an embankment and that's where she spent the night. rescuers tracked her down this morning by pinging her cell phone. she was air lifted to safety. today, severing up booze and some controversy at a spot where kids gather. >> the kids have a right to operate in an alcohol-free
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environment when they're playing sports. >> the proposal to sell booze at youth sporting events and the effort to stop it before it starts. then all new tonight on nbc 10 news at 5:00, fewer millennials are hitting the road. how they're getting from here to there and whether our region is ready for the shift in transportation.
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this is nbc 10 news. >> it is a combination that some say doesn't belong together. >> alcohol and youth sports. the booze battle is brewing in west bradford township, chester county. lu ann cahn is live there this afternoon.
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>> lu ann, explain the controversy for us. >> reporter: when this sports complex was built 15 years ago, one of the conditions was it would be alcohol-free. now the owners say times have changed and the parents should be able to buy a beer. >> we had no intent of this being a bar. we have no intent of this being a place where people come to drink excessively. this is the opportunity to have a casual drink after a game. >> the united sports center manager say their facility is supposed to be alcohol-free but they don't have alcohol of parents and adult players who bring their own beer and wean to games inside and out of the facility in west bradford township. if the sports center sold beer with their sports bar food, they believe they could monitor drinking. >> if a dad is coming to a soccer game, a soccer tournament, that soccer tournament is at 8:00 and that dad wants to have a beer, it will be accessible to them. >> the kids have a right to
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operate in an alcohol-free environment when they're playing sports. >> reporter: this man and others say they worry about parents and coaches drinking alcohol during the games or getting into cars with their kids after. >> there's not really a need for an alcohol. it's not a restaurant. it's not a place that should cater to adults. >> reporter: actually, the center says there are a lot of adult leagues at night and they hope to cater to more adults in the future and it already serves alcohol sat two facilities it owns in virginia. in west bradford township, lu ann cahn, nbc 10 news. nbc 10 news at 5:00 is next. >> here are jacqueline london and keith jones. educating emergency workers. >> what's happening right now in delaware county to prepare for the possibility of the ebola virus. the city of wilmington is closing in on a record number of murders this year. what they are about to do
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differently to investigate the crimes and right now, sheena's tracking storms and more warm weather w. more warm temperatures as we go into tomorrow. then we're tracking thunderstorms moving through the southeast. that will be here tomorrow, too. i'll show you the timing on it, coming up. >> and every fall, deer and drivers pose a deadly combination. but some parts of our area are even more dangerous. what drivers need to know about avoiding collisions with these gentle giants, next on nbc 10 news at 5:00.
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nbc 10 news starts now. happening right now in delaware county, emergency workers are learning how to prepare should the fear of the ebola virus ever reach our area. >> it comes on the same day the world health organization said the number of ebola cases in west africa will top 9,000 this week. they also announce that the epidemic is still expanding geographically in guinea, sierra leone and liberia. the mortality rate in these three countries are 70%. >> the man who has not been identified tested positive for ebola. he's died in germany. he was the third ebola patient flown to germany for treatment. one recovered, the other is still in the hospital. nbc 10 reporter christine madella is live in morton where first responders and health care workers are getting their questions about ebola answered.
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so many questions still, christine. >> absolutely. delaware county's first ebola task force just wrapped up its first meeting. they say they don't want to create panic, they want to create awareness. but they do understand why people are nervous about this deadly and contagious disease. i asked members of the task force what their goals are. they want to educate the community about the signs and symptoms of ebola, promote preventive measures and work with health care providers and first responders to make sure they know how to properly screen patients and follow cdc guidelines. but is every hospital in delaware county ready to treat an ebola patient? >> delaware county hospitals are all capable to identify an individual and to isolate an individual. as i said, this is an evolving process. there are hospitals which obviously have better