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nbc 10 news starts now. verizon strike developing right now. more than 36,000 workers, including some in our area plan to walk off the job this morning. a philadelphia fun heads back to court today. here she is on video after being pulled over by police and charged with drunk driving. and we're off to a chilly start. temperatures in the 30s and 40s but a warmup is on the way. it's 4:00 a.m., good morning, this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's got the weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> much of the area is in the 30s, clear skies and light winds and very dry air have combined
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to bring the temperatures down. they're still falling at this time. right now it's in the 40s in philadelphia. look at the 30s, pottstown just above freezing at 33 degrees, 34 in allentown. while it's closer to 30 degrees in south delaware. chilly morning and bright sunshine. 42 at 6:00. by 9:00, 45 degrees and then it's into the 50s at lunch time and still climbing. neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. let's check on the roads. jessica boyington has your first alert traffic. >> we are watching for a disabled vehicle out in montgomery county out in lansdale. if you take the vine street expressway, good to go this morning. we had ongoing construction closing it for portions of last week but now eastbound/westbound is open. you can see around 24th street, no problems or vehicles traveling along. in galloway township on a disabled vehicle scene, clearing out of the way right about now
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on the garden state parkway, headed southbound around exit 40, the white horse pike. theç right lane is blocked the. that will be clearing in the next couple of minutes. more updates when i come back in the next ten minutes. four people are in the hospital after an accident on route 1 in philadelphia. three cars were involved around 11:30 near henry avenue in east falls. all roads were shut down while crews closed the scene. in two hours, verizon employees plan to walk off the job and on to the picket line. more than 36,000 workers plan to strike after working without a contract. two unions represent verizon land line and cable workers from massachusetts to virginia. the unions say verizon wants to freeze pensions, make layoffs easier and rely mr on contract workers. verizon says with higher medical costs, there are health care issues that need to be addressed. verizon says it has thousands of
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nonunion employees train and ready to fill in. happening today, the philadelphia fun who was pulled over and charged with drunk driving will head back to court. nbc 10's deanna durante is live in washington township where the court hearing is scheduled. tell us more. >> sister kimberly miller is due in court today. it was in november nbc 10 obtained video failing a breathalyzer. early on that november morning, police say she backed into an auto repair shop and multiple witnesses reported she was driving rererratically near bla horse pike. >> reporter: on the tape you see her stumble as she's asked to perform field sobriety tests. she appears to be animated and later video shows her giving investigators a breathalyzer. police say miller backed her car
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in a meineke in the early morning hours of november 7th and kept on driving. police video shows them carrying a bottle of wine from her car. the little flower teacher has been on love from the classroom since november. miller has had a number of scheduled court dates, here at washington township since that arrest. there could be a resolution today at that court hearing this afternoon. coming up at 4:30, we'll look at the social media push to get her back in the classroom. roaring live in washington township, deanna durante, nbc 10 news. the thneshaminy school district will close two elementary schools. both will close at the end of the school year. school board officials say the closures are due to lower enrollment. philadelphia's proposed sugary drink tax took center stage at a city council budget
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meeting. hundreds showed is up and agreed on one thing, philadelphia should be providing better services for children. but the fight is over how to pay for it. mayor jim kenney proposed taxing distributors 3 cents per ounce on sugary drinks to raise money for initiatives like universal pre-k and revitalizing community centers. >> you see corporations that you're taxing, soda. i see families that have bills, that have mortgages. >> i understand there will be jobs lost but there will be more jobs gained because we'll have a better educated system. >> detail for the next community forum have not been released yet. the public will have more opportunities to testify on the budget at city hall. 4:05 and 45 degrees outside. new information on an american airlines co-pilot from our area who police say tried to fly drunk.
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john mcgwire is scheduled to be arraigned. he was removed just before takeoff on a flight headed from detroit to philadelphia. this is video showing his arrest last month. police say he had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. mcguire isç from chadds ford. today is your chance to learn more about candidates for pennsylvania attorney general. they will be answering questions in harrisburg. john rafferty who represents chester county and parts of montgomery and berks county is facing off against joe peters. he's a former police officer and state prosecutor. here are the democratic candidates, northampton county d.a. john morganelli, josh shapiro and stephen zappala jr. last week i moderated a debate here in our nbc 10 studios.
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watch the debate on the nbc 10 app or logon to nbc10.com. darby township will swear in the first african-american female police chief ever in pennsylvania. regina price will be sworn in tonight. she leaves after a 29 year career in florida where she rose through the ranks to become a major in 2011. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> seven minutes after 4:00. it is a chilly start. the temperatures are falling this morning. the temperatures have dropped down into the 30s for much of the area. a few spots still in the 40s. brilliant sunshine on the way to turn the numbers around during the day. they go higher this weekend, 07 arrives this weekend. a big warmup ahead. today, we'll see the same. right now, the temperatures are still coming down, 34 degrees in allentown, atlantic city is 37 and northeast philadelphia has dropped into the 30s.
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clear view from the comcast center. no clouds, no rain, it is going to be a sunglasses kind of day. and you might need the thicker jacket this morning. look at pottstown, 26 degrees colder than it was yesterday at this time. which means 33 degrees right now. low 40s for wilmington and millville, north and west you'll find some of the cold, laugh ye -- lafayette hill is 33 degrees. 35 in collegeville. pottstown at the airport is 33 degrees right now.ç so bundle up to start with. also plan on a nice, sunny day. satellite, no clouds around, the nearest clouds are high clouds moving through the pocono mountains. your neighborhood by neighborhood forecast is calling for a decent warmup, sunshine, upper 50s for allentown, reading and quakertown. much less wind for doylestown, trenton and mount holly near 60 this afternoon. sunshine at the shore for atlantic city and cape may. dover will warm to 57 degrees
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today. look at the upper 50s for wilmington and swedesboro, 60 degrees this afternoon for philadelphia. more on that warmup, the weekend forecast when i'm back in ten. tra tracy? nine minutes past 4:00 right now. let's check your ride to work, especially if it includes 422. we begin there. >> we're watching 422 for construction that's clearing out of the way right now. this is looking right around route 23. we have lane restrictions on one side. a few moments ago, flashing lights. it is a rolling work crew as well. we'll see the construction sites on 422 in both directions in between 202 and trooper road for the next hour or so. right now around 23, clearing out of the way, no problems there. watching construction in philadelphia on passyunk avenue east and westbound just between 61st street and 28th street. that's reduced to two lanes. you might see small delays. there's also a disabled vehicle out in montgomery county in
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lansdale, east 3rd street and ridge street. mass transit, currently no problems or delays there. here's the pa turnpike, nice and in the green, westbound/eastbound, route 1 to valley forge, all clear, 22 minutes there. >> nice and in the green. 4:10. it's potentially deadly but many people still do it behind the wheel. how much a ticket could cost you in delaware. also, new information about the mission to cure cancer we'll tell you about one of the biggest cash donations ever made to help research and its impact at one philadelphia hospital.
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good morning, south philadelphia. here's a live look at citizens bank park. phillies are back at it against
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the padres. it is 43 degrees here. new this morning, a major milestone in the fight against cancer is happening now at the university of pennsylvania is part of an elite group of cancer research centers participating. nbc 10's katy zachry is live outside the abram cancer center in center city. tell us more about this, katy. >> this newly announced $250 million grant means that top cancer researchers like those here at penn will begin working with drugmakers like never before to try and eradicate cancer. penn's progress with cancer research was highlighted earlier this year with a visit from vice president joe biden in january. he met with researchers as part of a national initiative to cure cancer. well, now this new project is being funded by the parker institute for cancer immune know thera therapy and involves half a
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dozen research centers throughout the country, bringing together scientists and drugmakers to share their findings. this kind of collaboration between cancer researchers and drugmakers, it sounds like an obvious partnership but it really hasn't been done like this before. i'll explain why coming up in the next 45 minutes. reporting live in university city, katy zachry, nbc 10 news. happening today, the teenager who made national headlines after the affluenza defense is back in court. ethan couch could be sentenced to four months in jail. he was originally sentenced to ten years probation after killing four people in a drunk driving crash. couch did not get jail time after his lawyers argued that he was irresponsible because of his family's wealth. couch ended up back in jail after he fled to mexico with his mother. the fbi is trying to find out who made off with several andy warhol priít" after a
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museum heist in missouri. take a look. you probably recognize these iconic campbell soup cans. they are valued at just less than $500,000. police say seven of the ten prints were snatched from museum walls. there is no security guards after the museum after hours when the prints were stolen. police are offering a $25,000 reward. it's 4:15 and 43 degrees outside. north carolina's governor issued an executive order in response to the state's controversial lgbt law. the law blocks cities from allowing transgender people from using public bathrooms for the sex they identify with and restricted cities from passing nondiscrimination laws. yesterday, the governor made a partial change to the law after national backlash. the changes include allowing local government the right to establish nondiscrimination employment policies and restoring employees' rights to sue for wrongful termination. the governor made the
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announcement by posting a video on youtube. >> i know these actions will not totally satisfy everyone. but the vast majority of our citizens want common sense solutions to complex issues. >> the human rights campaign says the governor's order still doesn't allow transgender people to use the rest rooms they're most comfortable with. texting and driving in delaware could soon cost you serious cash. a bipartisan bill would double the cost of your first texting fine while driving from $50 to $100. the next offenses go from $200 to $300. with your second offense you get points on your license and obviously that can lead to a hike in insurance premiums. >> even if you think you're spending a quick text, your eyes are down for long enough that someone hits the brake. you're not expecting it. you'll have a problem. >> lawmakers tell us they hope the steeper fines will encourage
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parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of texting and driving. the $100 fine proposed in that bill would give delaware the second highest penalty for texting while drivingç in pennsylvania. in pennsylvania, the fine is $50 for a first offense. new jersey has the toughest rules. drivers caught texting for the first time will be fined anywhere from $200 to $400. now your first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> 17 minutes after 4:00. the temperatures are coming down. a chillier start this morning. it is clear. no sign of any clouds. which means we'll be in for plenty of sunshine today. right now it's 43 degrees at philadelphia international. 17 degrees colder than yesterday. and the northerly wind is going to keep us cooler to start with. that's colder air coming into play. not much wind for most of the area, very light, boathouse row, barely a ripple on the schuylkill this morning. the temperatures will be climbing and the winds stay light. it's at 10 miles an hour at
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philadelphia international. most of the day it will be lighter than that. completely calm this morning in lancaster, reading and pottstown. allentown, new jersey, trenton and mount holly is where you'll find colder temperatures with calm conditions. that's where the temperatures drop down. 40s for wilmington and philadelphia. look at the colder temperatures for doylestown and pottstown. in gloucester county, 36 degrees in mullica hill and harrison township. sunshine will warm turnersville and washington township to near 60 degrees this afternoon. but it's going to take most of the day to get there. what we won't see is any activity here, completely dry today. no clouds, no threat of rain. but if you miss it, the rain and snow, you can find it moving through the midwest. wisconsin, michigan, getting light snow and rain. it's a system that's going to fizzle completely. so it's not going to be coming our way which means we start a stretch of sunny days today. sunny skies, light winds and a nice warmup into the upper 50s and low 60s.
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those north/northeasterly winds anywhere from 5 to 10 miles an hour. this weekend, hold on, it will warm up significantly. saturday 66 degrees. that's typical for this time of year but it will be into the 70s on sunday. beautiful weekend shaping up. the seven-day forecast to show you how long that's going to last when i come back in the next half hour.ç tracy in. >> that looks sweet, bill, thanks. 19 minutes past 4:00. let's check your ride to work, check the boulevard. let's keep that look sweet, jessica boyington. >> it does, tracy, it actually really does. no projects right now, no big construction projects on the boulevard. we're looking live around 17th street. not a lot of cars in the area so far. if you're headed southbound on the boulevard toward the schuylkill expressway, that's typically where we see bigger delays in the morning time. that's nice an clear. here is the actual schuylkill expressway. you can see we are still in the green in both directions. at the most it will take you 12 minutes, headed eastbound into center city from the blue route to the vine street expressway.
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average speeds still into the 60s and no problems headed westbound. this is going to be out there until september. still construction to watch out for on walnut lane. that's closed between park lane drive and henry avenue. mass transit doing fine this morning. everything running on or close to schedule. we'll have more updates for you when i come back in the next ten minutes. tracy? >> jessica, thanks. new jersey transit insists it is not breaking any laws by recording passengers' conversations. critics call it a violation of privacy but nv transit executive director says it's protecting passengers from terrorists who target public transportation systems. are you ready to run? if you didn't win the lottery for the 2016 blue cross broad street run on may 1st, you still have one final chance to get in on the action. nbc 10 is giving two lucky winners their own bids for the race.
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4:24. a live look at philadelphia international where it's 34 agrees. passover begins next sunday at sundown. today they will hold a special preholiday seder at the jewish community center fine life. passover lasts for eight days and commemorates the freedom of the israelites from egyptian slave slavery. a volunteer group in south jersey found much more than they bargained for while cleaning the shore. it was not pretty. beachgoers left behind not so typical items. they saw a rug, mattress, a toilet, a sink, other items inclu included a bottle of wine and birth control pills. the crash didn't go to waste.
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here you can see two mosaics created bit group and made entirely of the trash they collected from the shore. one is a sea god poseidon and the other is a mermaid. now your nbc 10 first alert weather. >> we are in the clear this morning. that's a live view of center city from the adventure aquarium. with clear skies and very little wind, that means the temperatures have gotten chilly overnight. 43 degrees at philadelphia international. most of the areas are colder and some spots flirting with freezing temperatures this morning. neighborhood by neighborhood forecast is coming up let's check in with jessica boyington in the first alert traffic center and see how the roads are looking at this hour. >> they're looking okay so far. right now we are taking a che(ú on the area breaths. headed towards the platt bridge, 26th street at penrose avenue. the platt bridge, no problems there in either direction. we're good to go. the rest of the area bridges are
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nbc 10 news starts now. hateful words. this handwritten note targets a philadelphia 3-year-old with autism. and the author is one of the boy's neighbors. happening today, a philadelphia fun charged with drunk driving heads back to court. she's been unable to return to teaching high school ever since her arrest. and expect a chilly start as
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you get ready to head out the door, in the 30s and 40s, ahead of a weekend warmup. it is just about 4:30. good morning. this is "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. let's get right to meteorologist bill henley with his first alert forecast. mother nature turned it down real quick. >> you'll like what's coming your way today. plenty of sunshine. it's chilly. heck, we can deal with this. nothing is falling from the sky, just the temperatures that are falling. 30s for kennett square, northeast philadelphia, trenton, look at wrightstown, 34 degrees. the coldest is north and west. coatesville just dropped below freezing. 32 in blue bell. sunshine will be nice and brought. look at the warmup, 41, 6:00. by 9:00, 45 degrees and 50s with a little bit of a breeze out of the north/northeast at 9 miles an hour at lunch time, should stay much less windy than what we saw at times yesterday. neighborhood by neighborhood forecast when i'm back in ten minutes. let's look at the roads. jessica boyington with first alert traffic. >> we're watching 295 in mount
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laurel, new jersey, right around route 38. we had a ç12-minute drive time headed southbound. these are the southbound lanes in here. no problems there from this point or at route 38 to the black horse pike. if you're headed down towards the philadelphia area, no problems. average speeds way up there into the 60s. traffic is moving along and even through the work zone around the black horse pike area. watching out in philadelphia for some construction on kelly drive between fairmount avenue and hunting park avenue. that's going to be one lane heading through that area until about 6:30 this morning. that started last night. something you want to plan into your evening, into your morning commute. especially if it continues into tomorrow morning. here is the schuylkill expressway right around south street. no problems east or westbound in either direction. all lanes moving nicely. if you're headed through center city, no problems right now. more in the next ten. today in delaware county,

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