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march 31. matt o'donnell is off today. nydia han a joining us. let's go right over to meteorologist, david murphy. eventually he'll be talking about those 60's, 70's and 80's and karen rogers is taking a look at a commute. good morning. >> i tell you what you hang around about six minutes and i'll be talking about a 70. but for now we got to talk winter weather advisory. this is off in the poconos where there could be as much as one to 4-inches of snow in upper elevations in these northern counties. once you get down into toward the lehigh valley and over toward reading it's mainly rain later today and this evening. maybe a little bit of wet snow activity in the upper elevations there but generally speaking the issue is the poconos. around here we've got sunshine early, clouds sweeping across the state of pennsylvania pretty quickly though. they'll start to thicken up. as we get into the afternoon some of that precipitation arrives. you see snow involved there but by the time it get here it will be rain. 40 degrees is the current temperature, 36 in reading. it's up in the poconos where you're around the freezing mark. not so much in our neck of the
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woods. 48 in sea isle city and as we head in for that big test today, i know it's right before the holiday, they always do that, you know, they throw those last minute tests in, 40 degrees on your storm tracker 6 app right now kids, 42 by 8 o'clock. by noon 50 and if you're coming home this afternoon be a good idea to have an umbrella or some sort of watery assistant hood because we're looking at off and on showers and by 3 o'clock by the way z that's going to be your high today. karen have we got any flashing lights on any of the roads? yeah, we do. >> no, those are just people driving by. >> okay. >> looking okay at this point. that's why i do the traffic. this is 95 at girard. we had some construction here earlier and it has since cleared. all lanes are back opened and looking pretty good. no problems and david mentioned the fact we're dry currently so the roads are clear and no issues there. we had an accident in lower merion. it was over here on belmont avenue at riders ferry road involving a deal. it cleared. tacony palmyra bridge back down after a bridge opening. i'm full you have good news this morning. we have one spot that's a
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trouble spot to your. this is a fire location closing west first avenue between maple street and forest. if your in this area stick to elm street as your alternate. this is is in conshohocken. new issue in montgomery county a disabled vehicle at county line road and limekiln pike. majors looking good and you're good to go this morning tam. >> good to hear. thank you karen. developing overnight damage to a west philadelphia store front. officials are trying to determine if someone intentionally set this fire. crews knocked down the small blaze at 60th and catherine streets. the investigation into the fire goes on. new this morning, police in wilmington delaware are investigating a shooting that sent a man to the hospital. someone opened fire on him as he sat in a minivan. the shooting comes just hours before city leaders are set to release a new report on policing in wilmington. the community is invited to tonight's town hall meeting. wilmington's mayor dennis williams plans to address public safety and upcoming initiatives to reduce crime in the city.
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investigators continues to build a possible murder case against the girlfriend of darby township police officer mark hudson. he was shot and killed in his home on saturday. tyaina finch is the only other person who was there at the time. for now she's behind bars on lesser charges including making terroristic threats and simple assault. >> there are serious questions this morning surrounding the health of convicted cop killer mumia abu jamal. he's been rushed from prison to the hospital. "action news" reporter erin o'hearn is live in the sat center with an update on his condition. good morning, erin. >> good morning, nid i can't remember the 60-year-old inmate was rushed to the intensive care unit of a pop in pottsville, pennsylvania, from prison and we don't know exactly why he's there. in fact his lawyer says that prison officials won't even tell him why abu jamaal was rushed to the hospital. this news comes around the same time of a federal hearing over a new pennsylvania law which pastor in reaction to abu jamaal. back in october he gave a recorded commencement addresses to a college in
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vermont. supported by officer daniel faulkner's widow then governor tom corbett signed legislation allowing crime victims to keep injunctions to keep offenders from perpetuating mental anguish. abu jamaal and others sued on free speech grounds. a u.s. district judge said at the end of the 90 minute hearing that he would rule comprehensibly on the issues which would clear the way for any losing side to potentially appeal. again, abu jamaal is in the critical care unit of a hospital. we don't know exactly why he's there but of course if we get any information to update you on this story we'll bring it to you right weigh. for now we're live in the sat center erin o'hearn, channel6 "action news." nydia back to you. >> thank you. >> the search continues for the teen who sucker punched a fellow septa rider. this happened yesterday as the victim exited the market frankford line with the teens. you will hear exclusive reaction to the underground
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assault coming up in our next half hour. >> the negative reaction to indiana's religious freedom act is spreading coast to coast. more states and businesses are threatening to boycott the state. susan saulny has the latest. >> no hate in our state. >> reporter: the backlash against indiana's new religious freedom law rages on this morning. peaceful protesters gathered in indiana to voice their concerns that the law will legalize discrimination against gay men and women. >> if we don't speak out then we're letting them think we're okay with what's going on and we're not okay with it. >> reporter: the indianapolis star newspaper is making its editorial message about the law in bold type on this morning's fronts page fix this now. republican leaders in the indiana general assembly are scrambling to contain the controversy and possibly clarify the law to show that it does not allow discrimination. indiana governor mike pence writing in the wall street journal says the law is simply
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misunderstood. unfortunately the law has stirred a controversy and in recent days has been grossly misconstrued as a license to discriminate. outside indiana an avalanche of criticism. connecticut has joined washington state in banning taxpayer funded travel to indiana. companies such as apple and angie's list have voiced loud critique and the ncaa headquartered in indiana is reconsidering its investment there. >> we have to say all right what are we going to do if this law goes into effect in july and what's our relationship with the state of indiana going to be? >> reporter: indiana democrats say they have a solution to all the problems, repeal the law. meanwhile similar legislation is being considered in arkansas georgia and texas. susan saulny, abc news, washington. >> good morning america will have much more on the growing response to indiana's religious freedom act. that is coming up at 7:00 a.m. right after "action news." >> time now for accuweather the wet weather not really an issue until later tonight.
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>> after lunchtime i think in most neighborhoods. storm tracker 6 live double scan shows you that we are dry for the morning commute. a as we take a look outside conditions are relatively tranquil at the airport. you don't see the camera moving a whole lot because winds are on the light side this morning and it's coat weather but temperatures not too bad. 40 degrees right now in the city. winds out of the northwest at just 5 miles per hour. nice and light. future tracker 6 shows you how we may start out with some early sunshine but then the clouds start to filter in during the morning. there could even be a little sprinkle around later this morning but the main body of precipitation is going to hold off until the afternoon looks like by 3 o'clock we could see a lot of this through the northern and western suburbs perhaps a little bit pushing down into south jersey as well and notice how it's snow up in the poconos but rain everywhere else, maybe a little wet snowflake in the lehigh valley. and if we saw anything at all on the ground up there i think it would be on the high elevation grassy surfaces mainly. up in the poconos upper elevation accumulation today for the most part as well. by 6 o'clock again spotty off
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and on shower activity. a lost your roads will probable be wet even if the rain isn't actively coming down. by 11 o'clock looks like most of this is pushing over toward the east although adam and cecily might have something to show you tonight at 7 o'clock on channel 17 and at 11 o'clock here on 6abc. how much rain are we looking for? not a lot. we'll forecast about a quarter inch to maybe a third of an inch of rain. so it's light nuisance showers for the most part, maybe a steady hitter at some point. only the gfs has over a half inch. even that isn't a whole lot of rain. as we roll through the day it's going to be on the cool side. 42 degrees by 8 o'clock, 48 by 11 o'clock. 52 is your high at 2 o'clock. we'll probably sit thon until about 3 o'clock before settling back to 50 by 5 o'clock. those clouds getting thicker and then off and on showers during the afternoon. high temperatures little bit of a range. only the mid 40's in reading and allentown. mid-50's in cape may and atlantic city. and low 50's in philadelphia. tomorrow we've got that system off the coast so we're looking
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at the return of sunshine but with high pressure still out to the west and a flow dropping down out of the northwest, it's going to be a breezy and cool day with another high around 52 which by the way is 7 degrees below average. we've had an awful lot of below average temperatures over the last month and it looks like we're staying that way the next couple days. your exclusive accuweather 7-day, afternoon rain, spotty off and on rain. 52 is the high. that will continue into the evening hours and shut off probably before midnight. then sunny and nice tomorrow, cool, breezy but a high of 52 and bright conditions. breezy and milder then on thursday. 66 degrees. clouds will increase during the day and at night there could be a shower but during the day that's a pretty good day. and then friday 70 degrees is your high. it will be warm and damp out there with occasional showers. for the weekend we cool down to 52 with any rain on saturday limited to the morning. in the afternoon we may actually see the return of some sunshine. and then for easter sunday, it looks cool with another high of 52, a mix of clouds and sun and a slight chance of a shower. it will be chilly for sunrise
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services in the 30's but during the afternoon despite the spotty shower i think it's a pretty decent day for people to do their easter egg hunts. >> thank you david. an out of control pickup truck smashes into a home out west. wait until you hear what the driver told police he did before getting behind the wheel. >> a woman's family says they were shocked but touched at the show of loyalty at the animal lovers funeral. karen. >> we've got a new accident involving a tractor-trailer. it's rider on a ramp right here. one of the ramps from the schuylkill eastbound. details on this coming up when "action news" continues. >> and also when we come back a little bitter more on the four-year-old who snuck out of the house in the middle of the night because she want add slushy. she got a special there. you can guess maybe what it was. "action news" will be back
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>> ♪♪ >> welcome back now. 5:43. 44 degrees. this is the center city skyline shot from our new camera at temple university. i really love this shot. it's a great vantage point. karen rogers now with traffic. hey, karen. >> hi. as we've been scanning the roads found a problem involving a tractor-trailer it's right on a ramp so what a bad spot to have an accident. this is the schuylkill eastbound. the ramp from the schuylkill eastbound to the vine street expressway eastbound and i'm watching live, i see nor flashing lights, more emergency workers coming to the scene. it had been just the left lane. looks like now police might be blocking the two left lanes right here as they try to deal with this. so again this is the ramp from the schuylkill eastbound to the vine street expressway eastbound and you want to expect some slowing eastbound on the schuylkill expressway from spring garden to the vine so watch for that and it looks
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like they're blocking two lanes right now and that's really creating an issue. they're not allowing anyone at the moment to get on the ramp. we'll see if they change that but that's a problem right there. time for your suburban traffic report. i want to take you to conshohocken. we have this fire location still closing west first avenue. it's closed right now near maple street. stick to elm as your alternate for that. here in montgomery county we have this disabled vehicle that's still out here on county line road at limekiln pike. let's check your commuter traffic report. i know we've had potholes everywhere so we want to warn you where the big ones are. this is 322 in bethel township so someone reporting that one and don't forget when you join waze, you can be a part of our 6abc team. you just click on teams and then that way you'll get our 6abc events and special notifications when we've got extra jams coming up so it's a good thing to be a part of the team. it's always a good thing to be a part of a team. 34 in martins creek only 32 into pottstown. it is cold. 34 in saint davids 35 in center city and some of the suburbs in new jersey we're at least dry at the moment.
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the rain doesn't come until this afternoon but just 34 in hammonton so a cold start to the day, tam. >> thank you karen. new this morning, a pickup truck driver smashed into a house in salt lake city where the homeowners were there asleep. the suspect told police he drank 36 beers and took cocaine before getting behind the wheel. he failed a field sobriety test early yesterday morning. no one inside the house was hurt. the truck bail missed hitting the family dog. happening today, it is the deadline for nuclear deal with iran. the goal for the u.s. and its allies meeting in switzerland is clear stop iran from developing nuclear weapons. in exchange iran wants the u.s. and other countries to lift economic sanctions. it sales the restrictions are breaking its economy. iran wants the sanctions lifted immediately but other countries want to first see the nuclear program dismantled. iran says the agreement should last 10 years. other countries want a longer lasting deal. >> in arizona a new mandate requiring abortion providers
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to tell women they can reverse the effect of a drug induced abortion has been mind law. new governor doug deucey signed the bill yesterday. critics say there's no science to show drug induced abortions can be reversed. the. new jersey governor chris christie is backing stricter proposed abortion regulations. the republican governor says he supports federal legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy. the potential presidential candidate says he believes the proposed ban of abortions at five months of pregnancy could bring both sides together. christie was once in favor of abortion rights but says he changed his mind after hearing his daughter's heartbeat when his wife was pregnant. >> a mexican woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected final farewell. this photo from the woman's funeral was post-towed facebook. it shows a pack of stray animals standd guard. the family says they were delighted by the canine's
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appearance but it was a surprise. these were not dogs suarez had cared for. her funeral was held 900 miles away from her home. in fact the funeral workers in this town said they had never seen anything like this before. so far the post has been shared more than 50,000 times. i've also posted it on my facebook page. it's an incredible story. very special. >> 5:47 now. 10 celebrities remained to waltz another week on "dancing with the stars." >> she stole everyone's hearts when she left home with a slushy. now this little girl is getting a big payday in the safety of her own living room. david. >> it's cool with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees. coats appropriate. this afternoon rain gear might not be a bad idea for those spotty showers. i'll have the latest day planner forecast from accuweather coming up.
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>> welcome back. we've got some breaking news coming to us. police surrounded a hospital in falls church virginia. police there saying a prisoner in the custody private security guard escaped from the hospital armed with a gun. at this point there's no confirmation of anyone actually being shot. patients are being told to stay in their rooms while police look for this escaped armed prisoner. we're gathering more information right now and our erin o'hearn will have a full report just ahead at 6:00 a.m. >> i want to take you back to that accident involving a tractor-trailer on the schuylkill. let's see what the latest is right now. we had one police officer on the scene. then we saw another one come up. they were blocking the two left lanes. now they're just down to one left lane here so traffic's getting by on this ramp. earlier when i showed you this we weren't seeing traffic get by here. this is the ramp from the schuylkill eastbound to the vine street expressway eastbound and you see that tractor-trailer involved with this accident blocking the lane at this point so slowing
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eastbound from spring garden to the vine and another new accident in lower merion on gate more road and morris avenue. dave that just came in right now. >> all right karen. on the big board we're looking at satellite and radar. we may start out with sunshine before these clouds that are currently streaking into central pennsylvania arrive. lined that we have some precipitation. the precip is snow off to the north and rain to the south. by the time this gets into our neck of the woods we'll be so far above freezing that we're expecting mainly rain. the lehigh valley a little on the bubble, maybe you get a little bit of wet snow mixing in. but generally speaking the snow chance is mainly up in the poconos this afternoon. 44 by 9 o'clock with in sunshine hanging on. 50 by noon with clouds getting thicker and then through the afternoon we'll be on the lookout for those off and on showers. today's high is just 52 degrees. winds are light today. nydia and tam. >> david, thank you. happening today philadelphia city council begins listening to weeks of testimony on mayor michael nutter's budget proposal. council will have the did the task of choosing between better school funding and health out homeowners. mayor michael nutter's spending plan currently calls for a 9.3 percent property tax
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hike to raise an extra $105 million for education. also happening today former governor ed rendell is teaming up with fellow politicians for a mayoral forum that will be streamed to elementary middle and high schools throughout philadelphia. the forum is scheduled for may fourth. >> on "dancing with the stars" 10 celebrities remain to dance another week. last night they said goodbye to charlotte mckinney. riker lynch tied for first place with nastia liukin. in the to the bottom spots michael sam and patti labelle. the entertainment world is buzzing about the comic trevor noah. little known comedian is about to fill some pretty big shoes. noah who is from south africa has been tapped to take over the daily show when jon stewart steps down. noah appeared on the show three times last year as an on air contributor. producers say noah was picked for his unique world view and
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insightful comedy. i posted clips if his routine on my facebook page. take a look see what you think stewart has not said when his last show will be. >> a lot of pressure nor guy. 5:53. up next details on a a big car insurance fraud case out of delaware county. >> we continue to follow breaking news. an active shooter situation unfolding right now at a virginia hospital. erin o'hearn will have a full report just ahead at 6:00 a.m. >> ♪♪ people of the coffee drinking world, dunkin' has a dark roast coffee that's deliciously roasted just right for a bold start
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>> a warminster man has been charged with recording women inside a changing room at a target in montgomery county. officials say 32-year-old mick lows jugovics admitted to using a pen with a video and side to spy on women. officials say he claims they kept the photos on his own computer and never put them on high pressure. the search goes on for the gunman who wound add 14-year-old boy in west philadelphia. police say someone fired at least six shots into a crowd of four or five teens gathered at the 100 block of north vodges street late last night. the victim was hit in the foot. he's in stable condition. no one else was hit. police are still trying to determine if indeed the injured teen was the intended target. 11 people now face felony charges for what investigators call an elaborate auto insurance fraud scheme. darby borough auto shop owner frank wilson has been under investigation for years. the delaware county district attorney says wilson enhanced damage to vehicles and profited from those inflated claims. wilson and 10 alleged coconspirators reportedly
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defrauded insurance companies out of $85,000. >> little septa ride here gave her folks quite a scare but captured all of our hearts last week finally got what she was looking for. you may remember four-year-old annabel ridgeway left her tacony home at 3:00 a.m. on friday in search of a slushy. septa surveillance video shows her boarding a bus alongside a good samaritan while the bus driver called police. an hour later she was reunited with her shocked parents but all little annabel was concerned with even then was just getting that slushy. so yesterday the icy company hand delivered her wish in the comfort and safety of annabels homes. >> which one of these do you want. >> this one. >> the blue one. >> yeah. i love blue. >> good for you. there you go. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> she likes blue. annabel's parents told "action news" how grateful they are for the kindness of strangers during the little girl's adventure. they've already changed their locks in case another craving
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comes along. >> we're updating a breaking story where an armed prisoner has broken free from officials inside a hospital. >> if your idea of a midnight stack is a mcmuffin you might be in luck. that's next in this morning's market watch.
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>> ♪♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪♪ >> good morning. it's 6:00 a.m. on this tuesday march 31st. matt o'donnell is off. nydia han joins us and this morning we're following some breaking news. >> armed and dangerous. a prisoner escapes custody at a virginia hospital and he has a gun. >> a man in his 60's is attacked on a septa platform. only "action news" spoke to a witness who saw t

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