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Danger On The Roads; What's Next For New Pope

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 14 March 2013, from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Go ahead and turn on your television...as there is plenty of news to tell you about this morning from 4:30 to 7:00.

Cam Man Ron Lee is live with a very interesting story on your safety on the roads...a story you should see before you head out this morning.  A wreck involving a tractor-trailer rig can be devastating, but there are safety procedures in place that are supposed to lessen the impact of a crash involving a big rig.

More than a dozen dogs are scheduled to be put down today, after a Gaston County woman surrendered them to Animal Control.  If you would like to adopt one of the animals, contact the Gaston County Animal Control before 11 this morning.

Closing arguments begin today in the sentencing phase for Andre Hampton, the Charlotte man convicted of killing his 23-month-old son.

What's next for the new Pope?  Pope Francis has opened his pontificate with a visit to Rome's main basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a day after cardinals elected him the first pope from the Americas in a bid to resurrect a Catholic Church in crisis.  We'll have more on what Pope Francis is doing today.

Right now...New York state police are monitoring an abandoned building in the village of Herkimer.  That's where a man suspected of killing four people and wounding two others in a rampage Wednesday is believed to be holed up.

The bill that would take control of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport away from Charlotte...is moving to the state house today.  That after lawmakers in the state senate approved the plan yesterday.

Astrid Martinez has an all-new story for the morning show:  College is hard enough..but throw in end-of-semester exams, term papers and standardized tests, and there just aren't enough hours in the day.  Enter Ritalin or Adderall.  Astrid tells us why drug abuse among students may keep going up.

A very cold start to the day today!  Freezing temperatures in our area...down into the teens in the mountains.  But it's going to warm up today.  Meteorologist Kelly Franson will have your First Alert Weather forecast.

Plus...the ACC basketball tournament begins today!!  We'll have a preview!

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 this morning!  Hope to see you then.


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