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is looking. this is westbound, moving toward the schuylkill expressway here, eastbound toward 95. no problems or delays reported yet. you can clearly see the roads are wet. watch getting on and off the ramps and moving around any sharp curves. in new castle, watch for the flooding. this was closed for the past two days or so around airport road between highway 37 and i-95. the p.a. turnpike looks okay so far. at least according to the drive times. you see westbound and eastbound, 23 minutes at the most from route 1 to valley forge, speeds into the mid 60s. katy? >> thanks. happening today, the trial begins for the man accused of targeting and shooting two pennsylvania state troopers. corporal brian dixon was killed, and trooper alex douglas was wounded. >> eric frein is on trial for the ambush shooting and could get the death penalty once the jury decides his fate. we have a closer look at the case. matt, tell us more.
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>> reporter: the trial is expected to start this morning. yesterday, both sides were in court arguing about what should be allowed during the trial. perhaps the biggest issue of the day was the matter of a videotaped confession by eric frein after he was captured. late yesterday the judge ruled the video is okay to show the jury. eight women and four men will decide his fate. accused of shooting corporal brian dixon and trooper douglas. dixon was killed and douglas was injured. it's been 2.5 years since the shooting, and prosecutors are ready to get this in front of the jury. >> we'll be looking forward to starting the trial tomorrow and bringing justice forth on behalf of all the victims in this matter. >> reporter: prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in this case. the trial is expected to last several weeks. as for whether eric frein will take the stand, lawyers say that decision is up to him.
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live outside the belmont barracks, "nbc10 news today." >> thank you. former philadelphia district attorney lynn abraham is suing to have the current d.a., seth williams, removed from office. abraham and another lawyer argue that state law prevents williams from keeping his job because his law license is temporarily suspended. williams said he'll stay in office doing administrative work while fighting federal bribery and extortion charges. neither he nor his lawyer has commented on the lawsuit. investigators will be looking for the cause of this barn fire in bucks county. sky force at the point was on the scene last night. you see flames and smoke shooting into the sky. no one was hurt. a new jersey teen faces up to 15 years in prison after admitting that he plotted to kill the pope. santos colon pleaded guilty to the charges. prosecutors say the 17-year-old admitted to trying to hire a sniper to shoot pope francis during the pontiff's visit to philadelphia back in 2015.
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an undercover agent said he scaled buildings and climbed on roof to scout out the best sniper locations. 4:33, 60 degrees. police are looking for the men who opened gunfire on west style street. the pair opened bullets, and the school went into lockdown with parents trying to shield their children from the bodies in the grass. >> anywhere still young, they see -- they know what dead bodies are. come home and say, yeah, daddy, i seen a dead body. how am i supposed to feel about that? >> reporter: one of the two surviving shooting victims remains in extremely critical conditi condition. police say the gunmen may have driven away in a gray suv. investigators say the shooting may be linked to a neighborhood gang. in a separate case, a deadly crime spree is over. >> that word from philadelphia police after they arrested a
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teenage suspect. mcking stewart was wanted for one murder, two shootings, and seven robberies. those crimes happened within a six-block area of west philadelphia over the last two weeks. the crime spree began march 17th with a robbery of a cab driver near 59th and market streets. it would later include the murder of a 17-year-old at larchwood avenue. the victim was shot in the chest. nbc10 spoke exclusively to a woman who described the deadly gunfire. >> we were thinking it was a car backfiring or somebody's car fire going flat or whatever. and the next thing you know, a couple of seconds later, we heard another boom. >> reporter: police arrested stewart on friday at his mother's home in west philadelphia. today philadelphia's annual bridge walk for peace will commemorate the assassination of dr. martin luther king jr. on this day in 1968. sky force 10 was over last year's walk from old city across the ben franklin bridge to camden. today's event is set to begin at
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6:00 this morning when the pedestrian walkway of the bridge opens. this is the 10th year for the peace walk, making it the nation's longest running commemoration of dr. king's assassination. happening today at the jersey shore, a new tool in the effort to stop terrorists will will go into play in atlantic city. the transportation security laboratory will open a new building today next to the airport. the government lab tests and develops security screening technology to find explosives. it was first created after the 1988 bombing of pan am 103 over lockerbie, scotland. the former president of mexico will speak at villanova university. vicente fox will give his take on u.s.-mexico relations. he's the keynote speaker at the world affairs council of philadelphia program. fox is an outspoken critic of the new trump administration. he's expected to talk about the future for immigrants, trade, and the war on drugs. today a classic film gets a one-day showing at a local
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theater. ♪ >> "1984" will be back in westchester county. why it's a sign of the times. limited service if you take amtrak to new york city, your morning could be affected by a derailment under investigation. bridge out, drivers at the jersey shore, listen up. we'll explain why you can't use the teninlet bridge. a warm and breezy start this morning. 60 degrees at racking some wet in the area. you'll need your rain gear to start with. and there are other opportunities to use it during the day today. i've got your neighborhood forecast ahead. everyday life brings challenges;
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watching route 73 in new jersey, just approaching the taconi palmeira bridge. cars heading toward the toll plaza. moving okay there. the ben franklin nice and clear, walt whitman, betsy ross clear, as well. we'll economic in with scheduled open -- we'll check in with the scheduled openings in burlington bristol for the rest of the morning. the vine street expressway around 24th, no problems or delays. roads are wet, though. and here on 422, drive times eastbound where we typically look in the morning to see any of the delays because traffic moving toward the schuylkill is usually the heaviest, but not yet. 29 to the schuylkill, average speeds in the high 50s and a nine-minute trip. no problems there. coming up, i'll check in with mass transit. 4:39. we are tracking showers now. some light showers are in the area. that's a live view from penns landing. seeing rain and a good breeze is blowing. that is a southerly wind that's
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going to make for a warm day today" a chance of some more scattered showers. certainly not an all-day rain, and we're heading for a dry evening as skies become partly cloudy this evening. 52 now in the lehigh valley. 60 in philadelphia. close to 60 with upper 50s in south jersey and delaware. in the suburbs right now, the temperatures are coming down a little bit. we're in the 50s. definitely warmer than yesterday. 58 degrees in bertramville. ex-ton, 59. 57 for el roy and bed minister at 54 to start with. to start, tracking showers to the west. this is what's coming in later this morning and this afternoon. but this is what we're dealing with right now. after some downpours overnight, scattered, light showers. they're already starting to thin out. but we will likely see more showers during the day. as the first line thins out, by 9:00 in the morning, we see the rain moving into western burks county. those showers are on the move. they'll be heading toward
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philadelphia. mainly light showers philadelphia into south jersey at 11:00 this morning. and then this afternoon, we could see some heavy downpours, possibly even a thunderstorm. you see that line will be moving toward philadelphia around 2:00 in the afternoon. then pushing to the east, still a possibility of scattered, light showers during the afternoon. no big rain here or really heavy rainfall over a widespread area. we dry out for this evening. but there are more chances for wet weather, and it could impact the ball game at the end of the week. i'll look at that in a few minutes. >> thanks. see you then. septa wants to make it easier when you travel to and from the airport on the regional rails. starting later this month, train passengers can buy quick trip tickets at new fare key asks at each terminal stop. they can be used to travel from the airport to any station on the regional rail system. phillies fans should certainly be pleased with the first game of the season. hear from the team ahead. >> yeah. this new york mets fan is anything but happy.
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and this is hours before his team took the field. next, hear what this rant is all about. also, hold the phone. hear about a new rule for cell phones at philadelphia's criminal justice is center and what it means for you the next time you're there.
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today senate homeland security committee will hold a hearing on president trump's plan to build along along the u.s.-mexico border. the panel is billing the hearing as a discussion on fencing along the southwest border. those set to testify today include former top leaders of u.s. customs and border protection. the president says the border wall will curb illegal immigration. he wants to hire thousands of enforcement agents within the next two years. president trump says he remains serious about reaching a deal on a new health care plan. last night, vice president pence met with moderate house republicans and floated a compromise to conservatives to
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help stop the health care act from reaching a vote. he hopes republicans can come together on the issue soon. about a quarter to 5:00. our county-by-county coverage begins with a plan to add a fee that would cost many rural parts of our big -- our area big bucks. >> yeah. lancaster lawmakers will unveil a plan to charge communities who rely on state police for local services. the plan could generate $1.7 billion over a ten-year period. the money would go to a fund for state police operations. now to mercer county, home of former trenton mayor tony mack will be up for auction. he's serving 58 months in prison for bribery, extortion, and mail fraud. as a result his home on berkeley avenue is headed to a sheriff's sale. the buyer will have to pay close to $400,000 because of judgments and liens. in delaware county, help for
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jobseekers. joseph's people central del-co will hold a job fair boot camp starting at 7:00 p.m. tonight at media presbyterian church. a career coach will give advice on how to best work a job fair. find out how to nail your elevator pitch, give the perfect handshake and sell yourself the best way. ♪ today phoenixville, westchester, and other towns with arthouse theaters will hold screenings of the film "1984." it's based on george orwell's novel and about a man who rebels against the government. april 4th is the day he begins his protest. theaters say they want to spark community conversation in a time where art programs and free speech are under attack. at the jersey shore, check out this very happy and newly protected police dog. he does look happy. the ventner police department took to facebook to announce that their k-9 officer, joker, has a new bullet and stab-proof vest. the equipment is courtesy of a
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donation from a nonprofit vested interest in k-9s organization. and today you could see delays if you're taking amtrak to new york. amtrak is operating on a modified schedule after new jersey transit train derailed at penn station yesterday. there will be fewer trains running between washington, d.c., and new york city. there will be additional stops in delaware, pennsylvania, and new jersey today. just check the nbc10 app. and new jersey on a holiday schedule as it tries to get back on track after a derailment. five people were hurt. commuters in new york city were packed into penn station for hours yesterday because of delays after the accident. this is the second derailment in ten days. >> felt a little boom, boom, i knew something was wrong. >> it was intense. >> investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the latest derailment. they will only say it does not appear to be related to the last one. listen to this angry mets fan venting his frustration over delays as he tried to get to the
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mets' opening game. >> i'm not going to get to my game now because they are incompetent! incompetent! track g -- track e -- on the train there was a loud, audible buzzing sound, and it's the worst! >> mets fans, man. it took frank fleming ten hours commuting to and from the ballpark. the mets did win, so she'd it was worth it. -- he said it was worth it. after all that. >> wow. yeah. let's find out what's happening on i-95 this morning and your commute to work or school. >> first alert traffic report jessica boyington, there may be ponding on the road later or throughout the morning, right? the roads are definitely wet. we're seeing that problem for sure on all of the majors. we're watching 95 around cottman avenue. the camera froze and reset again. the reports of an accident -- i was looking at southbound delays with the tractor-trailer that was involved on that southbound side around cottman avenue. now, looks like they just reset the camera. the southbound side here is moving by. so i'll see if that cleared.
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southbound traffic for now is getting by. maybe by the scene if they're not zoomed in at thatrc$wnpoint will see delays moving by there. heads up. i'll keep you update. the schuylkill expressway eastbound, checking drive times here, 13 minutes from the blue route to the vine. averages into the high 50s. back to you. >> thank you. about 11 minutes before 5:00 which reminds me we've got this crazy, squeaky sounds on my blade -- windshield wipers. >> annoying. >> but i never remember when it's raining that -- i get the forecast from bill every morning, so i should have known to do it yesterday while i had the chance. bill, what's happening today? probably keeps you awake when you're driving to work, doesn't it? >> a good point. >> ee, ee, ee. >> i suspect a lot of people will be hearing it during the day, but not all day long. we've got a few scattered, light showers this morning. this is a live view from the nbc10 studios. lots of clouds, just a few
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scattered showers. this line is starting to die down after some downpours overnight. that's not going to be the end of the rain. there's another line to the west that comes in this morning. later this morning and early this afternoon. then we're watching yet another storm for thursday. this one could linger into friday. possibly affecting the fill's game. today, the temperatures -- the phillies game. today the temperatures will be climbing. 63 at 9:00. not a lot warmer than it is now, at 60 now. a few scattered, light showers at 9:00. a better chance of seeing showers as we go into the afternoon. noontime, 68 degrees in philadelphia. here comes that shower chance. it moves through quickly. there's a chance of a thunderstorm but also good chance we'll end up with sunshine. look at the temperatures taking off at 3:00 this afternoon. mid-to-upper 70s before things cool this evening. this is 8:00 this evening. it is going to get wet again as the week progresses. a few scattered showers and
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thunderstorms, but mostly it's going to be dry during the day. 77 degrees this afternoon. tomorrow looks like a beauty. 70 after a morning low of 53. the clouds come back. showers, thoerunderstorms and cd see heavy downpours on thursday. that drops temperatures on thursday, and they go even lower for friday. not a nice day at the ballpark. 49 after a morning low of 44. the wind will be blowing. there's a chance of showers. not a lot of rain, but there may be a few raindrops on friday. big improvement this weekend. saturday, 56. an evening game will be dry with sunshine in the afternoon. looks good for the ball game. 63 degrees. and look at monday, 73 degrees the high temperature. and 80 degrees on tuesday. the mild weather continues next wednesday. finally cooling down to normal for this time of year next thursday. a high of 61. police caught n new york caught a drug smuggler while he pretended to be a pilot for
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delta airlines. he was carrying a bag that raised suspension at security at jfk airport. they found inside five pounds of cocaine worth about $85,000. he was dressed in a pilot's uniform and had two fake delta airlines i.d. badges with him. a new cell phone policy is in place at philadelphia's criminal justice center in center city. phones now go inside magnetically locked plastic pouches that can't be unlocked until you leave the building. you are allowed to hold on to those bags while you're in the building. the court system spent $50,000 for these bags. the goal is to prevent people from disturbing court proceedings and taking pictures of witnesses. up next on "nbc10 news today," attacked at a mall. >> a group gangs up on a local teenager. [ screams ] >> we'll show the moments the 14-year-old was beaten in the king of prussia mall and the reaction from his friend who witnessed the whole thing. plus, it's about time. this book was due back at a new jersey library in -- get it --
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good morning, everyone, jessica boyington watching the roads. this is 95 southbound around cottman avenue. a few tractor-trailers are involved in this scene. you can see it's a slow go by the scene for now. again, the southbound traffic moving toward center city. so we'll keep you updated here. i'll check in with drive times and more updates on this when i come back in the 5:00 hour. >> all right. see you then. now to an alert for drivers at the jersey shore. engineers closed the townsend's inlet bridge connecting avalon and sea isle city in cape may county. inspectors found a crack in a support beam. other beams are wearing out, too. there was no timeline for when the repairs will be finished. new details now about what caused two septa trolley cars to crash into each other back in
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january. federal investigators say a faulty emergency brake button is to blame. more than 40 people were hurt in the collision in the city's palatin neighborhood. both were heading west on lancaster avenue when one rear ended the other. and men's basketball champion after falling short to villanova one year ago. the title came gown to the wire with the tar heels and gonzaga. the sticky defense clinched the sixth championship in north carolina school history. and dawn staley is showing her philadelphia pride. the former basketball star that led south carolina to the national championship sunday. here she is giving a shout out to her roots on north broad. >> i got to go back to my temple days. those are the guys that really believed in our vision, and we took that vision to south carolina. and that vision was, we will be
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national champions if you stick with us. >> the success that she's had as a basketball player and now as a coach, i think warms all of our hearts. >> love dawn staley. dawn will lead the u.s. women's basketball team at the 2020 tokyo olympics. first place right out of the gate. the phillies and their fans are relishing a 4-3 win over the reds on opening day. and what a start yesterday. first batter of the season, caesar hernandez, led off the game in cincinnati with a home run. new philly michael saunders followed with an rbi double to the gap. the fill's racked up -- phillies fle racked up ten hits. the skipper could not stop thinking about the leadoff homer. >> caesar hernandez set the tone. i tell you what, we don't need power from the corners. we get our power from the middle infielders. >> i feel it was going to be -- whole season is going to be like that. we're going to stick together,
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play hard, and give 100%. >> and how about this nice moment late in the game. family taking video of his first major league at-bat. stassi got to first base on a walk. nbc10 will help welcome the phillies home to citizens bank park this friday. you can watch the home opener against the washington nationals at 3:05 here on nbc10. remember to catch our pregame show on friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. just a few minutes before 5:00 a.m. as they say, better late than never. >> yeah. someone returned a book to a library in north jersey a half century after it was checked out. this copy of "drop from the clouds" by jules verne was checked out january 5th, 1967. won't ask who here was born then. thursday someone left it in the drop box at the free public library. the director said records don't go far back enough to figure out who took the book out. the late fee is 10 cents a day.
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up to a $3 maximum fine. that's a good thing because we thought the maximum penalty would have been -- get this -- $1,825. that's why they dropped it anonymously. they didn't know about the rule. >> such a guilty conscience. they were like -- >> is katy the only one who doesn't have a library sdmard. >> -- card? >> jessica -- >> you have kids. >> i think it's different -- >> the child. poor bill. >> i'm proud of you guys having library cards. i'm going tko todo go out today get a library card -- >> i'll show you mine. >> $1,800? >> yes. for more on what we're following -- >> overnight rain. our first alert weather team tracking on and off showers. what you need to know before you head out the door. suing the district attorney. a former d.a. goes after seth williams in an effort to get him
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to resign. subway attack. a bomb explodes on a train in russia killing nearly a dozen people and leaving investigators searching for answers. good morning and welcome to "nbc10 news today." i'm katy zachry. >> i'm vai sikahema. heavy rain moved through the area overnight. on left here, radar showing showers still sticking around. on the right, a live look at center city which saw a good amount of rain in the last few hours. this is part of the deadly system that hit the south, spawning tornadoes in states including louisiana and mississippi. five people have died because of the severe weather. we'll get to meteorologist bill henley with the most accurate first alert weather forecast. getting off easy with there one. the first round of showers has moved through, the steadier stuff. now sprinkles, lot, spotty showers. they're starting to die down. most of the day, showers


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