Iconic statue in Charlotte flattened by hit and run driver

Good Friday morning! It's Christine Nelson. Today is August 17. I have your first look at the stories we're covering when you turn on WBTV News This Morning. Remember we're on from 4:30-7:00 a.m.

We turned over some more stones on the alleged counterfeit auto parts ring the feds busted in Indian Trial. Our Cam Man Ron Lee not only uncovered what a local business was slashing the prices of these parts for, he also found out the suspect who was arrested was part owner of the business! Ron is live with a story that is becoming bigger by the day.

New overnight: The landscape might look a little different at a busy intersection in the Myers Park area of Charlotte. We'll tell you what happened to the statue that honored a man who endeared himself to people in that community.

A birth control pill for men? Is it possible? We'll tell you about the compound researchers concocted that reduced fertility and prevented pregnancy!

Plus, the story that women will be talking about this morning! Going from straight to natural! It's a trend more and more black women are embracing. Our Astrid Martinez visited a local salon and spoke with a woman about why she chose to go natural.

We'll see you on the air!