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degrees. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm chris cato. let's check in with meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast, and quite an unusual warm start for the end of october, right, bill? >> especially compared to the beginning of the week, when temperatures were in the 30s. it is unusually warm, and part of the reason it is warmer is because we have showers on the way and getting a surge of warm air ahead of them. a dry view of center city. the entire region is dry and warmer than yesterday. philadelphia 61 degrees, 63 for mt. holly and wilmington with warmer temperatures in delaware and south jersey. even where it's cooler, allentown 53 degrees. normally, this time of year it would be in the 30s at this moistu hour. look for clouds to be in and out during the morning hours but dry. 57 degrees at 7:00. by 9:00, 61 and 66 degrees later this afternoon. we'll be seeing those showers moving in. we'll go through it neighborhood by neighborhood in less than ten minutes. first alert traffic reporter jillian mele is standing by.
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good morning, jillian. >> good morning, bill. we have our first accident of the morning out of chester county, happening right now in thornbury township, thornton specifically, dilworth town road at brinton lake road. use caution if that's part of your commute. we have a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the vine street expressway eastbound at eighth street, but you can see we have a little activity out there and it's not causing a slowdown, just something to be aware of. heading into new jersey, 42 freeway, northbound average speeds in the mid-50s the entire length between route 55 and the area bridges. bridges are quiet right now with the exception of the burlington bristol bridge. we have a bridge opening for a ship to pass through. tracy? it is 5:31. parents at one elementary school could learn more about the fate of the school as early as today. there's a public hearing for walter palmer charter school just days after the high school was closed down. nbc 10's monique braxton is live outside school district headquarters in spring garden, where the hearing will take place. walk us through what's happening, monique.
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>> reporter: tracy, right now it's quiet at district headquarters, but i should tell you, today's hearing is the fourth of several in the status of the walter palmer charter school. this was the scene on monday when the high school shut down without notice. parents were outraged. hundreds showed up after their children arrived for classes and were dismissed immediately. this follows a ruling by the state supreme court stating palmer violated the charter contract because he accepted hundreds of additional students, which is against the law. palmer challenged the enrollment cap in court and lost. our cameras are rolling when he apologized, attempting to console frustrated parents. now, today's hearing begins at about four hours. we're going to be here talking to parents as they arrive. and once again, this hearing is regarding the status of the elementary school. live for now outside school district headquarters, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. the company that's unmanned rocket exploded seconds after
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lift-off in virginia is focused on finding a cause. the supply rocket was bound for the international space station, but it exploded just seconds after launching. what was left of the rocket came crashing down on area beaches. no one was hurt. but six students from ocean city high school witnessed the explosion. their families tell us they were about a mile and a half from the launchpad on wallops island. the students had a vested interest in something on board the cargo ship, their science project. it aimed to test the effect that microgravity had on e. coli bacteria. astronauts would have performed the experiment in space. the rocket was supposed to launch monday night, but that was canceled minutes before because there was a boat in the hazard area. stay with nbc 10 and nbc10.com for any new developments on the rocket explosion. onlike you can see viewer video of the lift-off and explosion, also information on past nasa disasters. 5:33. and now on to the possible septa strike. union leaders say they won't make a decision about a walkout until friday, but if there is a
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strike, it would most likely start monday. now, negotiations will resume at noon today after the union said the two sides made no progress yesterday. nbc 10's katy zachry is live for us this morning at the frankford transportation center. katy, one segment of the population that will suffer if this strike happens, the tens of thousands of students who rely on public transportation every day. >> reporter: there are, chris, thousands of public school students who rely on public transportation. an officer who patrols this bus depot tells me around 8:00 this morning, it is packed with thousands of kids who use septa buses every day to get to school. but of course, if there is a strike, those buses, trolleys and the subways will not run, leaving many kids without a way to get to school. while the district says it will be lenient with kids who ride septa, even sending work home to kids who don't have a way to get to school during the strike, parents tell me they're worried and they blame septa and union leaders for not coming to an agreement. they say philadelphia students have been through so much over the last two years with schools closing and staff and materials being cut.
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>> these kids are going through a lot, and i don't think it's right. >> a lot of my children aren't going to have a way to get to school. so i don't know. i just really think septa and the powers that be, they really, point blank, need to get it together. >> reporter: and another angle of this story is penndot. we checked with penndot to see if they have any plans to halt or cease some of the major construction projects on the area highways in case more people are driving in the event of a strike, and i'll have that information coming up in the next half hour. reporting live in frankford, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. >> katy, thanks. count on nbc 10 to bling you updates on all of the news that develops today. here are three stories we're following throughout the day. we'll monitor the ebola situation overseas, across the nation and here in this area. nbc 10 will be following president obama's meeting with his ebola response team in washington. we'll also find out how delaware is preparing to deal with a possible case of the virus during an update from governor jack markell. >> we will be back in monroe county to cover the police manhunt for eric frein.
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investigators are following up on a new tip, a possible sighting of frein near route 390 in barrett township. frein has been on the run now for 47 days after police believe that he shot two state troopers, killing one of them. and of course, we are following the race for pennsylvania governor during these final days of campaigning. today, democratic candidate tom wolf continues his fresh start bus tour in chester county. at this point, governor tom corbett has not released his schedule of events for today. we will let you know when we get that. protection from the flu is on the way. we have an update on vaccination supplies, plus, how many cases of the virus have already been reported in this area. and access granted. the new bridge that will connect two parts of this area for the first time in decades. clouds are moving into center city, but we will stay dry this morning. that changes this afternoon. right now 60 degrees at 5:36.
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we are getting a mild start this morning, temperatures in the 50s and 60s right now, but clouds are moving in. we are tracking showers for later today, and cold weather for the weekend, and it starts moving in first thing tomorrow morning. right now, though, 61 in mt. pocono, 57 degrees in differenton and wilmington is in the 60s. this is the view from center city, a view that will turn cloudy as the day goes on. this morning dry, this afternoon for the commute, we will likely see some scattered showers. right now, those clouds are thicker to the north and west, and this is where the rain is this morning. it's in central pennsylvania, not far away, but it's going to be a slow mover. we will see it slowly inch into the area late this afternoon. so, your hour-by-hour, neighborhood by neighborhood forecast calling for temperatures near 60 degrees this afternoon for mt. pocono and into the 60s for reading and
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quakerto quakertown. afternoon showers will be light for trenton, northeast philadelphia and mt. holly. you'll see them during the evening commute. at the shore, most of the day will be dry. partly to mostly sunny skies. 68 for cape may, upper 60s for vineland and dover. inland will be in and out of the clouds. late-day showers. 67 for wilmington, chester and philadelphia. not as warm as the 76 we had yesterday, and a lot warmer than what we'll be experiencing starting tomorrow. i'm back in less than ten minutes with the seven-day forecast. >> so, enjoy the morning. 20 minutes before 6:00. let's see if you can enjoy your ride to work, check roads. >> maybe not in one area. jillian mele just told us we have our first accident of the morning popping up. >> i got more information on this accident in chester county, thornton, specifically. dilworth town road is blocked off. this accident involves an overturned vehicle, so that road is impassable for motorists this morning. you can take east street road, to get around it.
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that's something we'll continue to keep you updated on. this is 95 right near girard avenue, southbound side. a little volume starting to build, but no thick delays out there just yet. of course, this will change throughout the morning, so i'll keep you updated on all of the delays as they form. for drivers in delaware, average speeds on 495, 60 miles per hour. 55 is what we're seeing on 95 right now. and route 1 is looking quiet. that's a live look right near christiana mall road. you can see just a few drivers there right now. tracy? >> all right, jillian. speaking of the roads, construction on two aging bridges in chester county will begin on monday. we just found out this information. penndot says it will take nearly four years and $36 million to replace the twin bridges along route 422 in pottstown. crews will start with the western bridge before moving to the other span. in addition to replacing the bridges, which date back to 1965, ben dot will also rebuild parts of 422. for the first time in 30 years, you'll be able to walk from manayunk to lower merion township in montgomery county. this is the area where construction on a new bridge there is getting under way.
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thanks to a multimillion dollar project to expand the kinwood heritage trail and schuylkill river trail. honoring autumn, the move keeping the memory of a murdered girl alive. and identity theft. thieves can steal your child's social security number and rack up thousands in charges.
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5:45 right now. flying a drone over sports stadiums could land violators in jail. the federal aviation administration posted a notice on its website, warning pilots that drones are not allowed to fly over stadiums following the september 11th terrorist attacks. this video was captured before a drone crashed on top of at&t stadium in texas. remember that? if caught, pilots could face up to a year in prison. nbc 10 has up-to-the-minute news from across the nation and around the world, thanks to our network of reporters and photographers. nbc 10's vai sikahema is monitoring the feeds in our digital operations center. and vai, a legend in the news business will be laid to rest today. tell us more about that. >> yes, tracy. as you and i and all of us in journalism know, ben bradlee was a legend in our industry. and so, today friends, family and colleagues will say good-bye to the managing editor of the "washington post." his funeral will be held this
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morning at the washington national cathedral. bradlee died last week at the age of 93. we all remember, he led the pulitzer prize-winning coverage of the watergate scandal in the mid-1970s that toppled the presidency of richard nixon. meanwhile, security will be increased at some federal buildings in response to recent acts of terrorism abroad, including the shooting at canada's parliament building last week. the fbi office in philadelphia has not released any information on any buildings in our area, so we don't know whether it will see any increased security. also, rio says they will be ready! the director of communications for the 2016 olympic games gave an update yesterday and said he is confident rio de janeiro will not disappoint. earlier this year, olympic officials said the city had several problems, including delayed construction of venues. that's not so unusual. a couple years out from the olympics. but more core projects, however, now seem to be moving quickly. and of course, we will continue
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to check and monitor the feeds from around the world and we'll bring it to you as we get it. live in the digital operations center, vai sikahema, nbc 10. 5:47. penn state's board will not be taking another look into the controversial freeh report on the university's handling of the jerry sandusky child sex abuse scandal. the board voted last night 17-9 against creating a special panel to examine that report and seek answers from former fbi director louis freeh. the report became the basis for the ncaa sanctions, which included $60 million in fines and a loss of football scholarships. the board will monitor ongoing legal proceedings related to the case. now, sandusky, of course, was convicted of molesting ten boys. the former assistant football coach is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence. the freeh report concluded that head football coach joe paterno and other administrators concealed facts about sandusky as abuse of children. a warning for those of you
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who have ridden the cape may lewis ferry. check your credit card statement. a breach affected credit card and debit cards used between september 20th of 2013 and august 7th of this year on the ferries and at the terminals. cards used on the ferry's reservation system were not impacted. free i.d. production service is being offered to customers who may have been impacted. speaking of i.d. theft, there's a growing trend in identity theft that started a wheel ago, that your child could be the target. >> this is something they really want parents to watch out for. authorities say thieves are using fake names with a child's real social security number to open bank accounts and even credit cards. it's called a synthetic i.d., and police say it's something every parent should be looking out for. >> if you steal the i.d. of a child, or at least a social security number, it may be several years before that child realizes when they go try to get credit that something's been compromised. >> now, how do they get these children's social security numbers? authorities say medical records are an easy way for crooks to
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get their hands on those. this type of theft can generate anywhere from $70,000 to $80,000 per i.d. the centers for disease control say despite delays in shipping flu vaccines, there will be enough to go around. the cdc says most of the 150 million doses of the vaccine are expected to be shipped to providers and doctors by the end of this week. it takes about two weeks after a person receives the vaccine to build antibodies to protect against the virus. a lot of flu shots already have been given out. the flu generally peaks between december and february, but some states have already seen an uptick in cases. in our area, delaware is reporting three confirmed cases. new jersey has 14. pennsylvania has seen 142 cases of the flu since late september. now, if you live in camden county, you can get a free flu shot this morning at camden city hall. shots are being offered for two more weeks at other places around that county. you can find out dates and locations across our area on our website, nbc10.com.
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now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> we'll be watching the sky this morning. this morning temperatures are in the 50s and 60s. it's a warmer start, but during the day, clouds will be moving in. and later this afternoon you'll need your umbrella, but not this morning. 61 degrees right now at philadelphia. 61 degrees! that's close to the normal high temperature for this time of year. beach avenue is dry. and as you'll see in a few seconds, it may not be until later this evening that beach avenue has a chance of getting any rainfall. look at this, 53 in allentown. that's the chilly spot. it's in the 60s in the pocono mountains, middle 60s for millville, dover and atlantic city, both 66 degrees. so, a much warmer morning, but clouds are not far away. and here's the rain, moving through central pennsylvania and into the pocono mountains. these showers are slow movers, so most of the day is going to be off to the north and west. but this afternoon, it will slowly move into the area. future weather showing clouds at
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3:00 this afternoon producing some light showers. in the allentown area, parts of berks and lancaster counties with clouds taking over in philadelphia. those showers will be on the move. we'll see some isolated, light showers during the commute. and by this evening at 7:00, we're drying out in philadelphia. but there's still a few scattered showers. and by 9:00, we might see a few rain drops finally in cape may. and then clearing skies tonight will lead to a colder start tomorrow morning. so, enjoy the mild weather while it's here. 60s this afternoon. clouds, sunshine, late-day showers today. then the temperatures start to tumble tomorrow. 46 in the morning. some of the suburbs could be in the 30s tomorrow morning. 58 in the afternoon. a chilly halloween, especially friday evening, as the temperatures come down and then a cold, wet and windy saturday. 48 degrees is going to feel like it's in the 30s. and the cold wind will still be here on sunday. but by monday, bright, sunny skies will start the warming process, and tuesday afternoon, 64 degrees. >> hello, november!
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right? >> yeah! >> all right, let's get a check of the roads now. we have an accident and some smooth sailing out there, too. >> let's get an update from nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter jillian mele. >> good morning. still following an accident out of chester county. this is happening in thornton, dilworthtown road is blocked off near brintonlake road. this involves an overturned vehicle. stick to 926 to get around it. heading to delaware county now, a live look at the blue route right near macdade boulevard. quiet in both directions. the time on the blue route northbound from 95 to 76 is 18 minutes. 14 minutes right now on 76 westbound from the vine to the blue route. and if you're traveling 95 southbound, the delays haven't started just yet. 14 minutes is the drive time from woodhaven to the vine, although that is going to change. chris? moving from elementary school to middle school before they hit the sixth grade. a controversial change for students in one bucks county school district. we'll tell you about it. and reunited. nbc 10 was there as a delaware
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girl got to thank the men and women who saved her as she was attacked by a dog.
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5:55. let's take you county by county now to show you what's happening in your area. we start in bucks county, where the neshaminy school board has approved a controversial plan to send fifth graders into the district's middle schools next year. hundreds of parents were upset and turned out for last night's meeting that ended in favor of expanding middle schools beyond their traditional sixth to eighth grades. supporters say this will save taxpayers in the district money by utilizing existing classroom space more efficiently as student enrollments shift, but a lot of parents are worried their fifth graders simply aren't ready for that environment, academically or socially. >> huge changes now to get ready for next year. >> absolutely. i know there's going to be tears. i won't even bring it up until the weekend because i'm going to need a couple days to get her settled. >> now, the fifth graders will have their own separate sections in the middle school buildings and supporters say that kind of separation has worked well in other five to eight middle schools. also in bucks county, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held this afternoon for the bensalem high school renovation project. $78 million in improvements to
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expand and upgrade the 35-year-old school building there. and a special dedication ceremony today in gloucester county in honor of a girl who was murdered two years ago. we all remember the case of autumn pasquale. a gazebo will be unveiled later today in clayton. in 2012, autumn was strangled by a 15-year-old neighbor who wanted her bicycle. an 8-year-old girl whose arm was severed by a pit bubble was reunited with the police officers who saved her. look, a picture of emily ruckle with those officers. she also credits her sister, who fought off the dog until police arrived and shot it. now, emily's family was temporarily caring for the pit bull after finding it baabandon near their home. surgeons were able to reattach emily's arm after nine surgeries, and she was released from the hospital. she talked to nbc 10 after the attack. >> first, he bit me on the hips and knocked me down, and then he grabbed my arm, but he was going
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for the back of my neck. >> what a brave, little girl there. eyely has more surgeries ahead and doctors say they hope she can eventually gain some function in that arm, but they say that could take a while. a lot of people are pulling for her. a former shopping center in camden county that's been vacant for decades is going to be transformed. more than 200 homes, trails and businesses will be built on the former acme and grants shopping center on the whitehorse pike in kle clementon. six flags theme park has a new addition, and no, it's not a roller coaster. it's this! mica is the park's new giraffe calf. fun to say. she was born to first-time mom noelle on october 11th. park officials say mica stood up within an hour of her birth. that's apparently really good for a baby giraffe. and she measured 5'10" tall, which means she's already quite a bit taller than tracy. this is video.
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that was video of her first time outside the giraffe barn with her mom last tuesday. oh, by the way, you can see her for the first time this weekend at the safari off-road adventure. tracy? vai? >> oh, cute! >> mica's going to be a huge draw. giraffe calf. got to say it would or three times. thanks, chris. you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. getting ready just in case. count on nbc 10 this morning to dig into what philadelphia schools are doing to prepare their students for a possible septa strike. and get ready to say good-bye to our warm, sunny weather. a cold front is on the way, especially chillier temperatures this weekend. but right now it's 60 degrees. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. cold front, also little bit of rain that's going to creep in slowly over the course of the day. let's get right to nbc 10's first alert meteorologist bill henley. bill? >> good morning, vai. temperatures are much more
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tolerable this morning, 50s and 60s, unusually warm for the end of october, and especially when you consider how cold it was at the beginning of the week. this is the view from center city. it's a view that will turn cloudy as the day goes on. and some of those clouds have already started moving into the area. so, if you're moving out the door right now, this is what you will feel. 62 degrees in philadelphia and wilmington. 64, a little bit warmer in millville and dover. and north and west, where the temperatures are cooler, it is in the 50s. not a bad start at all for late october. during the day, you will see clouds, sunshine, 61 degrees at 9:00. by lunchtime, 66 and dry. but later this afternoon, that changes. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i come back in less than ten minutes. first, jillian mele, your first alert traffic reporter has a look at what you can encounter on the roads this morning. hey, jillian. >> good morning to you, bill. to you at home as well. we continue to follow an accident involving an overturned vehicle in thornbury township, chester county