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this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's check with meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast, talking about that rain headed our way, bill. >> it will be heavy rainfall for this afternoon. we have issued a first alert. there is a flood threat for later today, tonight and into tomorrow. flood watch for many of the area. heavy rain expected this afternoon and this evening during the commute and that will lead to some melting snow. the temperatures take off into record territory this afternoon. we will see a first alert day today and the rain that is causing it is just starting to move through delaware and baltimore. a few sprimplgs in delaware. the steadier rainfall is in north central maryland. look at the rain in western pennsylvania. that's what we'll be dealing with this afternoon. the first of it will start to move in this morning with temperatures climbing, 45 degrees at 6:00. really not cold outside this morning. 51 degrees at 9:00. scattered light showers but look at those winds. that's going to pump the temperature to 60 degrees by lunch time. i expect it will break records this afternoon as far as
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temperatures are concerned. we'll go through the forecast hour by hour with futurecast when i'm back in ten minutes. jessica boyington right now has your first alert traffic. that's right, bill, we're on 95 around cottman avenue. no problems and not a lot of cars in the area right now. southbound from woodhaven road to the vine street expressway is a 13-minute trip. everybody moving along nicely as you can see into center city. the falls bridge is closed right now for rehabilitation work. that will be out there until april. your alternate for right now is the city avenue bridge. otherwise, if you're following mass transit or taking mass transit today, no problems or delays. more updates when i come back in the next ten. tracy? happening today, back to court for bill cosby. the comedian wants a montgomery county judge to throw out the criminal case against him. the case hinges on a deal that cosby's lawyers say was made with a district attorney previous to this. nbc 10's matt delucia is live at the courthouse in norristown.
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matt? former district attorney bruce castor was the sole witness on the stand yesterday. was pep perred with questions for several hours about that deal not to prosecute cosby. take a look at video. this was cosby walking out of court yesterday waving to sporers. several of them gathered outside cheering for him to stay strong. it was inside the courtroom where we learned about this deal and the decade-old allegation that cosby drugged a victim. castor did not think a jury would believe her, he set up a situation, he says, where if cosby offered staples in a civil case that he would never be prosecuted criminally for it. castor says there was an agreement but the judge asked him at oneç point, why not put that agreement in writing and castor responded he did not think it was necessary. legal analyst wes oliver says there is potential for an appeal
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if this case moves forward. >> i think any decision the judge makes can be appealable through the state appellate structure. it could then go to the supreme court. appealing the judge's decision could bog this case down for another few months. >> now we enter day two of this hearing. the judge is expected to make a decision today that could end with the charges against cosby being dismissed. of course we'll be here for that following what happens. for now, live in norristown, matt delucia, nbc 10 news. another one of cosby's accusers dropped a lawsuit against him yesterday in los angeles. model chloe goines had accused the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting her at the playboy mansion in 2008 when she was 18. she gave no explanation for why she's dropping the suit against him. count on nbc 10 for the latest updates on the cosby case inside the courtroom. we're posting updates on social media and the nbc 10 app. find full coverage on nbc10.com.
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pennsylvania state police are investigating possible cheating by dozens of cadets. our sister station in harrisburg confirmed 40 or more cadets may have been caught cheating during their training. the investigation may also include recent graduates, state police officials released a statement saying they do not comment on active internal investigations. the current class of cadets is scheduled to graduate next month. authorities have accused a california man of posing as a priest to steal thousands of dollars from churchgoers, including some who wanted to come to philadelphia to see the pope. police arrested irwin mana. investigators say he travelled from church to church, officiating ceremonies and taking donations but police say he kept the money for himself. the "los angeles times" reports mana sold more than two dozen bogus trips to see pope francis here in philadelphia last year at a cost of 500 to $1,000 apiece. the son of a local congressman plans to appeal his five-year sentence on fraud and
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tax evasion charges. a judge sentenced chaka fattah jr. yesterday. prosecutors say he lied to banks to get business loans to support his extravagant lifestyle. fattah jr. is the son of chaka fattah. he says this is nothing more than a smear campaign against his family. >> let me say this. that i am a person of great faith. our family is stronger than any of the forces that are against us. >> congressman fattah is accused in an unrelated case of misusing federal grant money. his trial is scheduled to begin may 2nd. congressman fattah is married to nbc 10 news anchor renee chenault-fattah. renee is on leave from the station. 4:35 and 46 degrees in atlantic city right now where the boat show opens today at the ac convention center. featuring hundreds of new boats and a wide assortment of marine gear. attend a variety of boating and fishing seminars as well.
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that show runs through sunday. grading public schools across our area. the results are not promising for area students. hear what one education group says needs to change. plus, out with the old and in with the new. a center city hotel is renovating but all these furnishings are about to get a second life. the wind is blow. that's going to help temperatures really warm up today. we're getting a mild start an a dry start, too. 42 degrees at 4:36. i'm tracking heavier rainfall. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast is just ahead. coughing disrupts everyone's life. that's why there's delsym. delsym's advanced time release formula helps silence coughs for a full 12 hours. all night... or all day.
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the heavy rainfall will be here this afternoon and this evening. hour by hour forecast shows at 7:00 this morning, scattered showers in the philadelphia area, into allentown and reading. don't expect heavy rainfall this morning. that will be devp&oping during the morning and falling by the afternoon. the temperatures will really take off with this rain moving into the area. we will see 60s this afternoon. the heavy rainfall, there it is at noontime, just approaching reading and allentown. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast calling for a windy, wet and warm day. 61 degrees in pennsburg, upper 50s for bethlehem and fleetwood. we'll see 60s from new hope to moorestown. abington 62 degrees this afternoon. heavy rainfall during the afternoon and evening hours with an emphasis on evening hours for the shore. but by 8:00, the heavier rain should be offshore of cape may and rehoboth.
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millville, 63 degrees this afternoon. and look at smyrna and milford, well into the 60s today. wilmington up to 63. the rain starts this morning. it will be light this morning. heavy rainfall this afternoon from wilmington through philadelphia and into oxford valley. that's when we'll see the heaviest downpours. that's when we could see localized flooding. look at the seven-day forecast and a peek at the weekend, too, when i come back for the seven-day in just ten minutes. >> ah, the weekend. we can look ahead to that. it's wednesday after all. let's check your ride to work, including the freeway. jessica boyington has that. >> we are checking 42, out in deptford, route 41. no problems here. drive time northbound from 55 to the walt whitman bridge, a four-minute trip. no added volume this morning. right now we're checking out the lehigh valley on 78 on lehigh street, no problems in either
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direction. not a lot of cars here as well. wi 76ers at the wells fargo center versus the atlanta hawks around 7:00 p.m. plan for the evening commute. make sure you're prepared for today's rain with the nbc 10 app. track the storm with radar. get alerts and warnings to customize weather information specifically for your neighborhood. it's a free download for smartphones and tablets. 4:41. in norristown subsnow is a hot topic. many people living here think the borough's storm plan got buried by the blizzard. officials are promising to change things. also next, christie's chances. hear what his new jersey constituents are saying about where the governor stands in the presidential race. your heart loves omega-3s.
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right now, the nbc 10 first alert radar is tracking heavy rain. it is a first alert day so we can help you prepare for the wet weather and the threat of flooding today and tonight. do you remember this? this is what it looked like in norristown, montgomery county several days after the blizzard last week. there were unplowed streets. people were snowed in for days. snow removal took to long that a member of the borough council publicly apologized. last night, the norristown council met with neighbors to talk about the storm cleanup and why it took so long. the borough was not ready to handle so much snow. the storm dropped more than 30 inches in norristown. residents got a chance to voice concerns and frustrations. >> all the small townships around, they get taken care of but norristown seems to be neglected. we need answers. >> the council promised to improve its emergency management
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plans and invest in new equipment to handle future storms. in washington today, lawmakers will hear testimony about the flint, michigan water crisis. the head of michigan's department of environmental quality is expected to apologize about how that case was handled. and an epa water official will tell the committee about reforms needed to prevent a repeat. flint's tap water was contaminated with lead after the water source was changed to the flint river. residents have been complaining since 2014 with no help from the state. flint's mayor wants all the pipes in the city to be replaced. the pipes were corroded by the river water, causing lead to leak into the tap water. the mayor's plan will first target the homes of high-risk residents like children and pregnant women. >> i am morally obligated to use every bit of the power andç authority my office has to make flint's water safe. >> today michigan's governor plans to propose $30 million in state funding to help pay the water bills for flint residents.
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he says they shouldn't have to pay for water they can't drink. 4:45. now to decision 2016. republican presidential candidate marco rubio's campaign gets re-energized thanks to the iowa caucuses. now he's fighting to keep that momentum in iowa. rubio came in third place with 23%, one percentage point away from donald trump. now rubio and his team are in new hampshire getting ready for next week's primary. governor christie is also in new hampshire stumping for support for his presidential campaign. also challenging rubio's strength. >> this isn't the student counsel election, everybody. this is an election for president of the united states. let's get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble. >> i think it's been a tough couple days for christie and some of the other guys. >> christie came in tenth place in iowa and now some new jersey voters think the governor should drop out of the race. >> at this point i'd say it's probably good to pack it in.
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>> he needs to drop out and start paying more attention to what goes on in jersey. >> yesterday christie and his campaign said his campaign has more energy than any other group on the ground in new hampshire. you can count on nbc 10 to bring you the latest from the campaign trail. nbc 10's george spencer will pick up our coverage this weekend in new hampshire. look for his reports beginning sunday night. 4:47 and 42 degrees. you know how scary it can be driving behind a truck and seeing a chunk of frozen ice or snow come off the roof hurling towards your vehicle? that's what happened to a driver in vermont. look at what's left of her wind shield after an ice missile hit her. the sheriff says there's no law requiring snow be cleared off trucks. >> i think we ought to do something about it. we ought to work with the trucking industry to find a solution to this. there's going to be a tragedy that occurs. we'll wish that we had been stronger on it. >> it is the law in new jersey and pennsylvania that drivers have to clear snow off the roof
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of their vehicles. it is not required in delaware. speaking of driving, 4:48. let's check your drive to work or wherever you go early this morning. traffic along 295 in south jersey. first alert traffic reporter jessica boyington has a look at that. jessica? >> we are checking that out, out in west deptford, around route 130. no problems in either direction. we have a great drive time southbound from the 42 freeway. the delaware memorial bridge, 23-minute drive time there. average speeds into the 60s. heading into new jersey, the whites horse pike, one lane open in each direction. that will be scheduled to may. here's the blue route right around route 1. no problems in either direction. some cars out on the roadways, no obstructions. roadways dry, at least at this point. as for the area bridges, checking in with the tacony palmyra and the burlington bristol for scheduled opens.
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clear on the tacony palmyra, betsy and theç burlington bristol. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> 4:49 and mild this morning. the temperatures are in the 40s. it's a waiting game right now for the rain that will start falling this morning. but really intensify this afternoon. 43 degrees in philadelphia. all night long. snow in the entire region has been melting. but there's still snow on the ground. there are the clouds. they're already here. that's helping to keep things warmer but rain on the way and snow on the ground, we could see heavy downpours this afternoon will lead to a possibility of flooding during the late afternoon and evening hours for areas that are seeing poor drainage. philadelphia, wilmington, trenton, just cloudy right now. the rain is to the west, behind these clouds that extend down into the deep south. there is a potential for heavy rainfall this afternoon. for now, that is way to our southwest. the rain in western pennsylvania is light. it's looking more impressive in
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north central pennsylvania. and here come the first rain drops getting ready to move into lancaster county and chester county this morning. just light rainfall, during the morning hours, futurecast showing 100th of an inch. you can see the heavier downpours, they start moving in at 2:00 in the afternoon. could see half an inch in berks county at that hour. look at the heavy downpours. by 6:00 in the evening, it starts drying off north and west. by then, more than an inch possible in doylestown and pottstown. the heavy rain will be in new jersey. by 7:00, 8:00, the rain will taper off. by then, anywhere from half an inch to more than an inch will have fallen. there's a possibility of flooding this afternoon and river flooding tonight and into tomorrow. that should be minor. for today, windy and warm. that's all coming with the system, in fact, record temperatures this afternoon and heavy rainfall. the heavy rainfall for the evening commute. but it's going to be a quick mover. it moves through, we clear out
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for tomorrow. gusty winds, a high of 51 degrees. temperatures will be held steady by those gusty winds. come friday, we'll see sunshine and after a chillier start, 46 degrees in the afternoon. but a bit of a warming trend for the first weekend of february. 49 degrees on saturday. sunday will be in the low 50s. turning partly sunny monday and there's a chance of some wet weather watching a coastal low that could develop and bring us a mixture of rain and snow with temperatures of 44 degrees tuesday afternoon. that's something to watch. for now, it's the first alert today for the flood threat late this afternoon and into tonight for the rivers as well. >> people can download the app to see when the heavy rain will move into their neighborhood. but mostly late this afternoon? >> it looks like it will be timed for the evening commute, unfortunately. >> okay. thanks, bill. this year's roots picnic in
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philadelphia. this say look at last year's show. the roots announced usher, future and leon bridges will headline the 2016 edition. the concert will happen at the festival pier at penn's landing. tickets go on sale friday. bill cosby anlç his team of lawyers head back to court in a fuhr hours. next in a live report at 5:00, we'll explain why the future of the criminal case against him hinges on what a judge will decide today. also next, making the grade. hear how public schools across new jersey, delaware and pennsylvania rank in a national report card.
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good morning, everyone. it's jessica boyington with your first alert traffic. we're watching route 100 around route 113.
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roadways are dry, intersection is clear. gloucester township, in new jersey, here's 76 around market street, approaching philadelphia. no problems there, heading to the area bridges. i did just get word of an opening. i'll tell you when and where coming up in the 5:00 hour. >> thanks, jessica. this year's funding for education in pennsylvania is still in limbo. now the governor plans to ask for hundreds of millions of dollars more when he delivers next year's budget proposal. governor wolf attended a school in reading to announce he plans to ask the legislature for another $200 million for schools next year. he'll deliver his new budget to lawmakers next tuesday. this year's budge set still not approved after a bipartisan deal fell apart in december. a special commission released new recommendations yesterday for the proposed universal pre-k program in philadelphia. the commission recommends giving priority to children with special needs and low-income families. the commission also suggests the
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pre-k program should operate on an eight-hour day throughout the year. the commission will release its final recommendations in april. meantime, public schools are being neglected in our area and across the country. that's according to a new education report card that's the first of its kind. take a look. new jersey got a "c" on that record card, pennsylvania and delaware got "ds." they evaluate things like testing, teaching, finances and overall chances for success. no state in the country scored higher than a "c." the group says better education policies are needed to help public schools prepare students for college. four minutes before 5:00 right now. one of philadelphia's most prestigious hotels is giving a huge donation to habitat for humanity. the rittenhouse hotel is renovating more than a dozen rooms. everything inside is going to a habitat humanity re store.
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nbc 10 was there as the items were moved out of the hotel and loaded on to trucks. >> all these great items will be going to our re store in south philadelphia, 2318 washington avenue. folks are welcome to come in and shop wednesday through saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. >> re stores are great places, let me tell you. proceeds will go towards building homes for people in need in the philadelphia community. happening today, a look at the future. some of the top high school athletes in the country decide where they're going to go to college but one local standout has already announced his choice and he will be sticking close to home. archbishop wood quarterback anthony russo is going to temple. he turned down our suitors like lsu to join the owls. >> i firmly believe within the next couple years, temple will be known with alabama and lsu. we'll be up there with the best
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teams in the country. >> i like that. >> all right. >> last year he had committed to rutgers but after that school changed coaches, russo explored other options. in addition to lsu, penn state, north carolina and uconn were interested in him. >> matt rule is doing something special there at temple. yesterday in phoenix, a mother got to hear her little boy's heart beat again through the 4-year-old girl who received his heart. little jordan gave heather clark a bear that plays an actual recording of her heartbeat. the heart that once belonged to 7-month-old lucas. here is he. jordan had complications from a faulty heart valve. then at 18ç months she receive the new heart. >> you feel oh, my god, relief. you know, she may make it. but on the flip, it took maybe half a second for me to turn and say a mother lost her child tonight.
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>> the only thing i can think of, i can't save my own son, why not save somebody else's. >> wow. lucas not only saved jordan's life, his donated liver and kidney saved two other children. his proud mother says he did more in his 7 months of life than she's done her whole life. look at little lucas there. what a gift of life he gave that little girl jordan. very nice. you're watching nbc 10 news. "nbc 10 news today" at 5:00 a.m. starts right now. this is nbc 10 news first alert weather. right now on nbc 10 news, flood threat. we're expecting record-high temperatures today. heavy rain mixed with snow piles, you see there could cause problems across our region. >> back in court, bill cosby and his legal team will stand before a judge again in montgomery county. we'll tell you what came out of court yesterday and what it could mean for the future of the criminal case. what's next? the campaign trail is shifting its focus to the new hampshire primaries. we'll tell you what candidates
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are doing today as they get ready for tuesday. good morning and welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm vai sikahema. >> i'm tracy davidson. we have issued a first alert for this morning because of heavy rain and the flood threats that we're facing later this afternoon in our region. let's get details on that from meteorologist bill henley in the first alert weather center. bill? >> that flood threat for late this afternoon, we've issued a first alert. the first of the rainfall will be here this morning. the flood threat will be greatest for two reasons, not just the heavy rainfall which is on its way, but also melting snow. it's on the ground. it's going to be melting quickly with temperatures take off into the 60s. gusty winds will help with the snow melt. as far as the rain, first batch of fast-moving showers are moving into lancaster and southern chester conte. light rainfall in northeastern maryland and into the delaware area. but heavier showers moving through lancaster county. some of the heavier showers will be here this afternoon.

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