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o do more. independence blue cross. live fearless. the reward is raised again in the search for a missing west chester university student. we are live as friends plan a new effort to find him. another sexual assault allegation against bill cosby, and this time, the accuser says she was just 15 at the time. and it could be a foggy commute for you as you head out the door. the nbc 10 first alert weather team tracking what will happen when that fog moves out and when it will move out. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> and i'm vai sikahema. we're hoping there's some good news behind that fog. let's get right to meteorologist brittney shipp with her first alert forecast. good morning, brittney. >> good morning. temperatures today are warmer than we saw yesterday and our wind speeds should relax a bit as well. so, once we get rid of the fog,
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we'll still have to deal with patchy rainfall throughout most of today, but clearing up as we head into tonight. you can barely make out the flags atop of the aramark building in center city. here's a closer look at the satellite/radar shot. showers are mainly moving through philadelphia into new castle county and the poconos. visibility is down to 1/4 mile in the poconos, 1/4 mile in lancaster, 3 miles in pottstown, 6 in northeast philly, 3 in dover. so, just be careful in those areas if you plan on heading out in the next few hours or so. today our temperatures will range between 51 and 54 degrees. a patchy rain and a foggy start in store for you. our wind speeds out of the southwest at 10 miles per hour. i'll have your seven-day forecast coming up in exactly ten minutes. first alert traffic reporter katy zachry's standing by with a closer look at our conditions. good morning. >> hi, brittney. so, in addition to the foggy start and some construction zones still under way, drivers in pennsylvania and new jersey are dealing with some accidents. starting things off on the new jersey turnpike southbound, it's
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an accident involving a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. it's right past exit number 2, which is the exit for route 322. so, be aware of that. i'm trying to get more details from crews about that. and also for philadelphia drivers along route 1 southbound approaching oxford circle, there's an accident there. one lane is blocked. so, two accidents early this morning. a live look at route 202 right at route 1, where i can tell you in the last 30 seconds an accident that was right here on route 202 northbound at route 1 has cleared. there were emergency vehicles out there. here's the information on it. the right lane was blocked. but again, from what i can see from that camera, that accident has cleared. tracy. it is 4:32. as the search continues to find shane montgomery, who went missing in manayunk last week, a vigil will be held today at his school. nbc 10's jesse gary is live in west chester, where the vigil will be held. jesse, tell us more. >> reporter: tracy, the vigil will be held behind me at the student union here. meanwhile, the reward for discovery and information leading to shane is now up to $31,000.
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investigators hope the increase and continued canvassing later today will jog someone's memory. a federal violent crimes task force is working the week-old case. shane montgomery was last seen leaving kildare's irish pub in manayunk the night before thanksgiving. federal investigators say they're reinterviewing patrons and reviewing hours of surveillance video from surrounding cameras. >> some of the videos aren't the greatest quality, so you know, we'd have to look at them and then maybe show images to family or friends to say, you know, do we think this is shane. >> reporter: and coming up in the next 30 minutes, i'm going to make some calls to the campus police here on campus to see if i can get more information about how this vigil is planned later today. i'll have that for you coming up at 5:00. live in west chester, jesse gary, nbc 10 news. >> all right, jesse, thanks. rescue crews will return to wilmington this morning, searching for a missing barge operator. a barge flipped over near the mouth of the christina river last night during a routine procedure. two other workers were able to
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make it out of the water. bill cosby is facing new accusations and a lawsuit. they come from a woman who claims that the comedian attacked her decades ago when she was just a teenager. nbc 10's monique braxton is live in center city. monique, are these accusations different from the ones that we've heard previously? >> reporter: yes, they are, vai. i can tell you that this is the first time a woman has accused bill cosby, a philadelphia native, of accusing her when she was under age. now, in the sexual battery lawsuit filed in california, the alleged victim, judy huth, accuses cosby of molesting her in a bedroom at the playboy mansion back in 1974. huth says she was 15 then. in the lawsuit, she claims she and a 16-year-old friend met cosby on a shoot. the lawsuit also says cosby took them to the mansion, gave them drinks, and she alleges she was forced to perform a sex act. we've called and e-mailed cosby's attorney for a response.
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in the next half hour, we're going to tell you why california law allows huth to file a lawsuit about 40 years after the alleges incident. live for now on the steps of the art museum, monique braxton, nbc 10 news. we have new information this morning about safety concerns at new jersey's child welfare offices. armed guards will now patrol all 40 state department of children and family offices. right now, at least half of those offices already have armed guards. the added security comes after someone stabbed a case worker at her camden office two weeks ago. the victim was in critical condition for several days, but doctors sent her home over the weekend. a 19% tax increase. >> it's on the table in one local town, and we'll tell you where and the dramatic drop in their budget. plus, tapped for a big job. we are hearing from philly's police commissioner this morning about how he plans to fulfill a presidential challenge. and you don't have to go far for an acclaimed beach vacation. the jersey shore destination
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that beats out hawaii in a new review. and it's a foggy and also rainy start to the morning. allow extra time to get to work with wet roads out there. i'll let you know when we'll clear up and what to expect for the rest of your wednesday and workweek.
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northampton county's council is considering a tax increase of as much as 19% for next year. according to "the morning call," they need to refill the depleted fizz capital reserve. the increase would be the county's first since 2007. the council will consider the issue during budget sessions today and tomorrow. it is 4:38. now to a jersey shore hotspot on the rise. tripadvisor just placed the wildwoods ahead of beaches in california and even hawaii in its list of top destinations. it's based on user reviews.
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wildwo wildwood's iconic boardwalk, beaches and the overall nostalgic flavors were cited as reasons to visit. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist brittney shipp. >> good morning. take a look at this live picture of the aramark building. foggy conditions to start off. you can barely make out the flags. we'll continue to see foggy conditions, at least into your late morning hours, so allow extra time to get to work. we also are dealing with rain showers throughout most of today. but the good news is, we're warmer today. temperatures will push back into the 50s, so above average for us. and a live look right now at the city's skyline. 41 degrees in philadelphia, mostly cloudy skies. our wind speeds out of the southwest at 15 miles per hour. our visibility throughout the area down to 1/4 mile in mt. pocono, below 2 miles in allentown. same thing in reading, close to 1 mile just for the visibility, 1/2 mile in lancaster, 4 miles in pottstown, 5 in wilmington and 3 miles in dover. so, needless to say, if you're
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in any of these areas, you do want to allow a little extra time, go a little slower as you're heading to work. we're also dealing with wet roads from the light rain moving through our region. right now, 34 degrees in the poconos, 37 in allentown, 39 in quakertown, high 30s in doylestown, 41 in philadelphia, 39 in washington township, 44 in mt. holly. and closer to the shore, we're in the low 40s. avalon at 42 degrees. heading into the rest of today, we'll continue to see our wind speeds coming up from the southwest. gusty wind speeds pushing into the rest of your afternoon. we'll see winds gusts sustained closer to 25 miles per hour, gusting up to 27 in atlantic city and breezy conditions expected in the poconos. satellite/radar shot shows those light showers moving up from the southwest along with a warm front. the warmer air is making its way in, but we're also dealing with those showers. closer look at your seven-day forecast. tomorrow we'll stay in the high 40s. plenty of sunshine, more clouds move in on friday, then rainfall expected friday night. saturday-sunday looks to be a wet weekend.
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about 20 minutes before 5:00 a.m., and already we've had a couple accidents. one's been cleared, but there's also one on the new jersey turnpike. >> right. that could cause big problems as traffic starts to build. katy zachry is watching that. >> that's a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. i'll give you details on that in a minute. first, it's a foggy start for drivers in the lehigh valley, and as brittney said, for many people in our area. so, you're seeing fog, you're being forced to go little bit slower because of that, have to turn your high beams off. this is a live look at route 202 right at 309 up in the lehigh valley. 76 near spring garden in the philadelphia area. we are also seeing some fog. but right now on 76 near spring garden, it looks pretty good. traffic is moving at a pretty normal clip. also, if you're trying to access 76 westbound from the spring garden on-ramp, you can't because that ramp is still under construction. also, for philadelphia drivers on the roosevelt boulevard southbound, right as you approach oxford circle, there's an accident. and one lane is blocked there. and finally, that accident that tracy and vai were talking about, this is on the new jersey turnpike southbound right as you
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pass the exit for route 322, which is exit 2. a jack-knifed tractor-trailer. and i'm told a vehicle is off the road. tracy? >> all right, katy, thanks. new this morning, the case of the missing brain. >> next, the mystery surrounding a professor's unusual collection. plus, a teenager tried to pull a santa claus-like stunt and got stuck in the chimney. the reason he gave rescuers when explain why he did this.
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4:45 right now and 40 degrees outside. there are low clouds that you see above the skyline. there's also fog for your morning commute. in some places, visibility is less than 1/4 mile, like in the poconos, but wherever you are, just take caution as you head out this morning. protests are settling down in ferguson, missouri. now michael brown's stepfather could be charged in connection with the arson, vandalism and looting that broke out there last week. lewis head allegedly yelled
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"burn this expletive down" following the decision not to indict a police officer in michael brown's death. they say he is just a part of the investigation. police and the national guard are meantime scaling back their presence in ferguson. philadelphia's police commissioner is revealing new details about his appointment to a white house task force designed to help with the fallout from the ferguson incident. charles ramsay is back in philadelphia after spending money with president obama in washington. over the next 90 days, the president wants him to come up with an action plan to help communities better trust their police department. commissioner ramsey says every american should be able to trust the police. >> there are some that really don't trust us, they view us as part of the problem, and we have not kind of built the kind of relationships that we need to build with folks who, quite frankly, need us more than others. >> ramsey says the body cameras could be part of the solution for officers. he also thinks more police walking beats could help build more positive relationships in communities. happening today, a convicted
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killer will be executed in texas. >> his lawyers want that execution stopped, saying their client is mentally ill. scott pannetti was convicted in 1995, three years after shooting and killing his estranged wife's parents in front of his wife and young daughter. he was diagnosed with schizophrenia years before the murders, but during his trial and appeals, the courts did not find him incompetent or insane. the boy who was kidnapped and hidden in a georgia home for four years has now finally been reunited with his mother. the 13-year-old's father and stepmother are accused of kidnapping him during a visit. the teen was able to relay information to his family and police were able to find him. in scottsdale, arizona, a boy who got stuck in a chimney will be okay. the 13-year-old tried to enter his house that way. when he got locked out last nite. a broadcast report said he managed to call 911 after getting stuck near the bottom of that chimney. it took about 90 minutes for rescue crews to free the boy.
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and in southern california, flash floods and mudslides threaten some areas following heavy rain from a pacific storm. in one community, water rose quickly and rushed downhill sides. road crews used heavy equipment to clean up a road covered by mud, rock and debris. charges are not likely against the man seen in this viral video we showed you yesterday. that's what an expert tells nbc 10. the man in an army ranger uniform shopped friday at the oxford valley mall. behind the camera is an army vet who spotted something amiss on the uniform and confronted him. >> stolen valor, right here. stolen valor! >> stolen valor is a law that makes it a crime to pose as a soldier and to benefit financially from it. it's not clear if this man was getting store discounts by posing as a soldier, but the army says it has no record of him ever serving. congressman mike fitzpatrick wants a federal investigation. however, that expert we spoke to says only the worst offenders get fined or ever go to jail.
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>> it's left up to us to shame these guys publicly and run them out of town on the rail. the guy who shot that available, that's where it needs to go. you need to publicly shame these guys. >> we've been unable to get a response from the man seen in this video. there are new concerns this morning about the state of philadelphia's korean war memorial. a call from the memorial's custodian sent us to penn's landing last night to check it out. he says nearly three lights at the memorial are out. some of them have been broken for two years. so, we spoke to the president of the memorial, who says it's a shame, because the money's just not there to make the repairs. >> it's hallowed ground. it should be respected and it should be lit. it should be lit. there's no reason why a light bulb should be out more than maybe, say, two weeks at tops, not two years. >> the president of the korean war memorial says they're searching for any way possible to come up with money to make
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the necessary repairs. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist brittney shipp. >> good morning. you're taking a live look at the foggy conditions throughout philadelphia. we'll continue to see foggy skies as we head into the rest of the morning. the visibility is the worst closer to the poconos, down to about 1/4 mile. it's a foggy start for almost everyone. rain showers expected on and off throughout today and warmer temperatures expected as well. so, we'll head back into the 50s. a live look, another live look at the foggy conditions across the city skyline. 41 degrees in philadelphia, wind speeds out of the southwest at 15 miles per hour. we'll continue to see breezy conditions throughout most of today. we're down to about 1/4 mile visibility in the poconos, just over a mile in allentown, 1/2 mile in lancaster, 5 in wilmington, dover down to about 5 miles. along the shore, you're not dealing with foggy conditions yet. down to 3 miles for cape may, and right now temperatures throughout the rest of the
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region, 34 in the poconos, 35 reading, 39 in washington township, 44 in northeast philly, 45 degrees at the atlantic city airport, 42 in avalon and high 30s in dover. our average for this time of year, 49. today we'll head above average for a change, which will be nice. as we head into tomorrow, 48 degrees. we'll continue to see the wind speeds moving up from the southwest and we'll see breezy to windy conditions throughout the day. close to 30 miles per hour in atlantic city, up to 25 miles per hour in toms river later on. here's your scattered showers closer to show, staying quiet right now. but if you're right along that i-95 corridor in the suburbs, you are seeing light rainfall. it's going to continue streaming in from the southwest as we head into the rest of your afternoon. closer to 1:00, we are going to even see pockets of moderate rainfall before everything clears out as we head into your early evening hours. expect temperatures today to warm back above average. we'll see a range between 51 and 54 degrees. i'll have your seven-day forecast coming up in about 15
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minutes. all right, brittney, thanks. 4:50 right now. usually it's just construction clearing right now, but this morning we have a number of issues you should know before you head out the door. >> katy zachry's got all the details on those issues. >> fortunately, some of the earlier issues have cleared, not the one on the new jersey turnpike, but i want to start out with the fog through the area. drivers in the poconos, up through the lehigh valley and throughout our area are going to be dealing with fog, so you'll want the low beams on to add extra time to your commute. this is berks county on route 78 -- or i-78, rather, right near route 645. again, berks county dealing with foggy conditions. and in montgomery county, a live look at route 309 near hartman road where low beams need to be on because of the foggy conditions there. finally, delaware county, on 95 right near highland avenue, they're also dealing with foggy conditions. philadelphia drivers, there was an accident right near oxford circle on route 1 southbound, the roosevelt boulevard southbound. that's since cleared, but we are
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still following an accident on the new jersey turnpike southbound right as you pass the exit for route 322, which is exit number 2. vai? >> thank you, katy. the university of texas at austin wants to know where about 100 of its brains are. that's about half the specimens the school had in the collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. a curator of the collection said students may have been swiping the brains for years for pranks or conversation pieces. well, if you shopped online monday, you are a part of history. next, the clicks that set a new record. and hope for a saving grace. the ultimatum posed to local students and parents that has them rushing to save their school.
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shoppers set a new record on cyber monday. sales totaled more than $2 billion, making it the heaviest online spending day ever. cyber monday sales went up 17% over last year and online sales
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over the entire thanksgiving day weekend rose by 26%. happening today, contract talks will resume between closer chester medical center and its nurses. a federal mediator is expected to attend today's negotiations. the hospital has until next wednesday to respond to complaints filed by the nurses union with the national labor relations board. nurses claim crozer-chester limited their rights to picket. a catholic school is fighting to stay open. the trenton diocese gave st. paul elementary school in burlington a month to raise $250,000 or shut down. the diocese says it can no longer fund the school because of declining enrollment. >> when the students heard that we might close, i didn't want to use those words because we're fighting this. we're not going to let it go. >> the school has raised $20,000 so far. students, parents and staff are holding fund-raisers until the january 15th deadline.
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if they don't reach their goal, the school will close at the end of the year. meantime, money woes are forcing another district to close its alternative high school at the end of this month. the atlantic city school board voted last night to shut down atlantic city high school's east campus. about 50 students go there. some of them will now attend alternative schools outside the district, but most will go to the main high schools along with staff from east campus. happening today, outgoing pennsylvania governor tom corbett will present the midyear budget. the governor will give the update on the state budget to lawmakers this morning in harrisburg. some say it will show a $2 billion deficit that is growing. corbett was defeated, as you know, in november by democrat tom wolf. pennsylvania's governor-elect is heading to the nation's capital. tom wolf is set to meet with president obama on friday. wolf and other newly elected governors will talk to the president about job creation and other economic issues for their states. wolf defeated republican
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incumbent tom corbett in last month's election. former president jimmy carter will be at princeton university this afternoon talking about his new book, "a call to action: women, religions, violence and power." it focuses on women's rights and how they're challenged by their religious communities. carter will give a lecture and sign copies of his new book. 70 years since the attack on pearl harbor, and four servicemen who lived through it are back in hawaii for a reunion. the four sailors are all in their 90 now, but they were on board the "uss arizona" when japanese planes bombed the base near honolulu. the four survivors returned yesterday for a series of memorials and remembrance. they plan to raise a final toast to their shipmates who died at their stations aboard the "arizona." meanwhile, here at home, a pearl harbor commemoration will be held friday morning aboard the battleship new jersey in camd camden. newly elected congressman donald norcross will be the keynote
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speaker at the ceremony. former congressman rob andrews began the tradition aboard the "new jersey" 24 years ago. the event is free to the public. it will start looking a lot more festive in cities along the east coast today. >> and for two of them, you can be a part of the action. first, after three years, the philadelphia christmas tree is back at city hall. tonight there will be a tree lighting ceremony. mayor thuter will turn on the lights and there will be several performers, including grammy award-winner estelle. and in washington, first lady michelle obama will welcome military families to view the decorations this year at the white house. the children will get a holiday craft demonstration with the white house florist, and then they'll make treats with the white house chefs. >> that's pretty cool. here's a live picture from new york, where it's almost showtime for the rockefeller center christmas tree. the annual lighting celebration is tonight. again, this is a live picture from new york this morning. looks pretty. can't wait for that tree to be lit. and you might recall the
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85-foot norway spruce came from hemlock township, just west of wilkes-barre. the tree weighs about 13 tons. tonight's event will include musical performances from mariah carey, lady gaga and cindy lauper. you can watch "christmas in rockefeller center" tonight at 7:00. you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. the search for shane. today family and friends of the missing college student will mark one week since his disappearan disappearance, plus, new information they hope will provide a lead in the case. another accuser comes forward, this time says she was attacked as a teenager. this morning, the lawsuit filed against comedian bill cosby. a foggy start in parts of n our area. a live look from south philadelphia this morning. a reminder to take it easy as you head out the door.
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we're talking about pumping the brakes a bit, going a little slower. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm vai sikahema. >> and i'm tracy davidson. let's find out more about the fog from meteorologist brittney shipp in the first alert weather center. >> good morning. i'll show you where the trouble spots are, but first, let's look live outside right now. a foggy start and also light rainfall, but temperatures will be warmer as we head into the afternoon. there's a live look at the foggy skies. and a closer look now at where we're seeing the decreased visibility. down to 1/4 mile in mt. pocono, 1 1/4 in allentown, a mile in lancaster, cape may and millville with a foggy start. not bad in atlantic city this morning. mid-40s for the atlantic city airport, 42 degrees right now mt. holly, 39 in wilmington, 36 in coatesville. and the poconos starting off at 34 degrees. as we head into the rest of today, we'll continue to see foggy skies, clouds and also light

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