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New Information On Boston Marathon Bombings; Local Reaction

Good morning to you on this Tuesday, 16 April 2013, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  We are following a lot of news for you this morning, so be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 7:00 for the most complete, up-to-date information on stories that you'll want to know about.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS:  We have LIVE team coverage this morning with a lot of new information.  Much of the area around the finish line of the Boston Marathon is locked down this morning as investigators are on the scene, looking for clues in the deadly bombings.  It is still unclear about a motive or who is responsible for the bombings that killed three people and injured as many as 144.  One of those killed was an eight year old boy who has been identified by the Boston Globe as Martin Richard.  The little boy and his mother were waiting at the finish line to see his father finish the race.  The other two people killed have not been identified.  Investigators are looking closely at videos taken before the bombings...particularly one which apparently shows a man carrying two backpacks in the area where the bombings happened.

Cam Man Ron Lee has more on a conversation we had with a local runner who was in the race.  He's also talking to folks flying in to Charlotte from Boston this morning.  He'll have many more details in a live report.

Astrid Martinez is monitoring websites and social media this morning, gathering all new details on the bombings and reaction from local folks as well as those who were at the marathon.  We'll join her live with all new information.

New information on a former assistant principal accused of trading child pornography.  Police tell WBTV News they did not find any child pornography on Darin Pearson's computer at Sullivan Middle School.  Investigators also say there's no evidence he sexually abused children at the school.

WBTV News has learned Charlotte city leaders will discuss how to fund upgrades at Bank of America stadium Thursday.  We've also learned Mayor Anthony Foxx has referred the issue to the city's economic development committee.

The U.S. Senate continues debate today on a wide-ranging gun control bill and an amendment that proposes background checks for gun purchases online and at gun shows. Republican opposition is growing to the bipartisan proposal, struck last week by Republican Patrick Toomey and Democrat Joe Manchin.

We continue to monitor the growing tension over the potential use of nuclear weapons by North Korea.  State media says the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army has issued an ultimatum demanding an apology from South Korea for "hostile acts" and threatening that unspecified retaliatory actions would happen at any time.

North Carolina health organizations are rolling a statewide campaign today called "A Healthier NC." The goal is to sign up at least 1 million residents on the campaign's website and get them to explore health information, track physical activity and weight loss.

All that and so much more...including Al Conklin with your First Alert Weather forecast...we're expecting highs in the upper 70s today!  It's time to turn on your television!  Be sure to join us from 4:30 to 7:00 this morning.  See you then!

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