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SOME WINTRY MESS ON THE WAY:
69 News meteorologists say some snow, ice and rain are moving in tonight. Look for 1-3 inches of snow and ice in the Lehigh Valley, Berks County and western New Jersey. Areas to the south of the Valley may see only, or mainly, rain. More snow may fall in the Poconos and other parts to our north. The precip arrives later this evening and should end tomorrow morning. Chief Meteorologist Ed Hanna will have the latest on the air, starting at 5:00. More >>
STUDENT STABBED IN SCHOOL, SUSPECT CAUGHT:
Police say a fight between two middle school students this morning led to one of them being stabbed multiple times with a pocket knife and the other being nabbed a short time later, a couple of blocks away from the school. It happened just before 8:30 a.m. at Wilson Southern Middle School in Spring Township, Berks County, and involved two 14-year-old boys. State, county and local authorities descended on the school and parents rushed to the scene to try to find their kids. The middle school and the attached Cornwall Terrace Elementary were locked down for three hours while police searched the buildings. Police tell us the fight started as an argument on Facebook. Officials say the victim's injuries are not life-threatening. Charges are pending against the other boy, who was spotted by an officer on patrol about two blocks from the school. WFMZ's Ryan Hughes and Dwayne Parker will have reports at 5:30 and 6:00. More >>
COULD SANDY ACTUALLY HELP NEW JERSEY?
It's hard to believe, but economists now say Superstorm Sandy may help New Jersey in the long run. Economists at Rutgers University say the storm will have a net positive effect on the state economy. The predictions assumes the state will get at least $25-billion in aid for recovery and restoration efforts. Meantime, Congress is preparing to vote on a $50-billion aid package for areas hit hard by Sandy. WFMZ's Bo Koltnow reports at 5:00.
COUPLE CHARGED WITH BUYING GUN USED IN SHOOTOUT:
A Lehigh County couple are facing charges, accused of lying to buy a gun that was later used in a deadly police shootout. Officials say Tracy Martin and Marie Hinds made a "straw purchase" of two guns in January of 2011, claiming the guns were for Hinds. The Morning Call reports that Peter Jourdan of Allentown used one of those guns when he shot at two police officers on a New York City subway earlier this month. Jourdan was later shot and killed by the police. Story at 5:00.
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