LIVE: Mitt Romney speech in Charlotte; Emotional plea to find missing Ft. Bragg soldier; Charlotte middle school on alert

Good morning! It's Wednesday, April 18. This is Christine Nelson in the newsroom right now sending you an email on the stories we're covering on WBTV News This Morning at 4:30 a.m.

We're live in west Charlotte looking ahead to the arrival of the likely Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney. He'll be in the Queen City giving what's being called a "prebuttal" speech. WBTV's Kristen Hampton found out the political tactic he'll be using in the speech to put President Obama on the defensive.

Also, a female Fort Bragg soldier is missing this morning. We have the details on the what she was doing before she was last seen, and the emotional plea from her family for the public's help.

Plus, security will be heightened at one Charlotte Mecklenburg middle school - because of a loaded gun.

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See you on the air!