BREAKING NEWS: Arizona mother jailed in Mexico released

Good morning! It's Friday (yay!), May 31. This is Christine Nelson sending you this email so you know what is going on when you tune in to WBTV News This Morning from 4:30-7:00 a.m.


When I woke up this morning at 2 a.m. this is one of the first headlines that caught my eye. The mother of seven, who was accused of smuggling marijuana on a Mexican bus, has been freed! She was in a Mexican jail all week and overnight officials let her leave. There was a critical detail that proved the woman was innocent. We'll tell you what that piece of evidence was that allowed her to walk free.


More tornadoes reported overnight in the midwest - specifically Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. We'll tell you where exactly in these states tornadoes touched down. We are also combing our wires for damage video to see how bad these twisters were.

Other headlines:

--North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis confirms he is running for the U.S. Senate.

--Boy Scouts shut out of a church because of new rule to allow openly gay members.

--At 6:45 a.m.: Investment ideas for recent college grads.

Oh! The competition tested the brain power, composure and knowledge of young people so we're testing yours this morning too! We'll tell you the word a 13-year-old spelled correctly to win the Scripps Spelling Bee, what the word means...and, of course, how to spell it!

I have to finish reading the scripts so I can get to the set.

See you on the air!