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TODAY'S TOP STORY
NE Extension Reopens After Weekend Bridge Replacement: In just one weekend, construction crews did it. Workers have finished replacing a bridge on the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Northeastern Extension. A section of the highway that was closed Friday night, forcing motorists to detour about 30 miles between the Lehigh Valley Interchange and the Pocono Interchange, reopened Monday morning. Workers replaced the 60-year-old bridge over Crackersport Road outside Allentown. The previous span on Interstate 476 opened in 1957 and carried about 30,000 vehicles daily. The roadway reopened ahead of the 4 a.m. schedule as the southbound lanes opened at 1 a.m. Monday and the northbound lanes opened at 2 a.m. Monday, according to the turnpike commission.
WHAT YOU MISSED YESTERDAY
Philly Elementary School Remains Closed Due to Mold: A Philadelphia elementary school will remain closed after traces of mold were found in classrooms. Classes at John B. Kelly Elementary School on 5100 Pulaski Avenue in Germantown will be closed Monday. All staff members should report to the Hill Freedman World Academy on 1100 Mt. Pleasant Street. The Philadelphia School District says they are in "the final stages of cleanup" at the school. Officials announced last week that traces of mold were found in several classrooms of the school after heating, ventilating and air-conditioning issues. An environmental remediation contractor and other workers began to remove the problem at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers claimed in a statement released Thursday however that staff members reported mold issues at the school long before the school district took action.
YOUR FIRST ALERT FORECAST
Rain is expected for Monday with temperatures in the low 60s. The rain is expected to move out by the afternoon. Tuesday is expected to be cool but sunny with temperatures hitting 60 degrees. But warmer temperatures are expected to return for the remainder of the week. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday could also see sunshine and 70 degree temperatures. Get your full NBC10 First Alert forecast here.
Thousands Sign Online Petition to Ban Pete Morelli from Reffing Eagles Game: Should veteran NFL referee Pete Morelli be banned from officiating Eagles games? More than 23,000 people say yes. After watching Morelli and his crew penalize the Eagles dramatically more than their opponent for a fourth straight Eagles game the crew has officiated, Will Philbrick of Little Rock, Ark., went to change.org and created a petition to present to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell complaining about Morelli's track record working Eagles games. As of Sunday morning, the petition had 23,074 signatures. The Eagles beat the Panthers and Morelli Thursday night in Charlotte. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards, and the Panthers just once for one yard. It was the first time in NFL history one team was assessed 120 or more penalty yards and its opponent was assessed fewer than 10 penalty yards. Morelli also worked the Eagles-Lions game in Detroit last year, when the Eagles were penalized 14 times for 111 yards and the Lions twice for 18 yards. In fact, in the last four Eagles games that Morelli has worked, the Eagles have been flagged 40 times for 396 yards and their opponents just eight times for 74 yards.
AROUND THE WORLD
Calif. Turns Corner in Battling Wildfires: California fire authorities said Sunday they have turned a corner in battling several of the wildfires that have devastated wine country and other rural parts of Northern California over the past week. Some counties were preparing to let more evacuees return to their homes amid improving weather. The winds that have been fanning the deadliest and most destructive cluster of wildfires in California history did not kick up overnight as much as feared. "Conditions have drastically changed from just 24 hours ago, and that is definitely a very good sign. And it's probably a sign we've turned a corner on these fires," said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "We're starting to see fires with containment numbers in the 50 and 60 percent, so we're definitely getting the upper hand on these fires."
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