Skeletal Remains Found; Leffler Remembered

It's Thursday morning, 13 June 2013.  Good morning from the WBTV News morning team... John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Time now to turn on your television...we have much to tell you about this morning.  We're on from 4:30 to 5:00 AM!

Cam Man Ron Lee will join us live with the latest details on a police investigation following the discovery of skeletal remains at a construction site.  The bones were found in the Chantilly neighborhood, just south of Uptown.

Condolences are pouring in from all over following the death of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler.  The 37 year old driver died following a wreck at a dirt track in New Jersey last night.

Police need your help finding a missing Charlotte woman.  19-year old Maria Esquivel was last heard from on Monday.  Detectives say Esquivel vanished under unusual circumstances.

The North Carolina House has given initial approval to its state government budget plan for the next two years.  House members debated for seven hours and voted on more than 25 amendments.  A final House vote is expected today.

A bill designed to clear the way for executions to resume in North Carolina is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory's desk after receiving final approval at the General Assembly. The Senate on Wednesday approved changes made by the House to a bill that repeals the Racial Justice Act.

North Carolina's U.S. senators have filed a bill to provide federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, an effort that began 125 years ago. Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan filed the bill Wednesday to provide full federal recognition to the tribe.

Astrid Martinez has an all-new story for the morning enrollment is growing faster among Latinos than any other demographic in the country.  Latinos are now the largest minority group on college campuses, yet their graduation rate is still low.  Astrid is going to break down the numbers.

And what about the weather today?  We'll start out sunny this morning, but look out for rain and scattered storms later this afternoon...we could even see hail!'s going to be HOT!  Temperatures in the 90s!  We'll have your First Alert Weather forecast.

All that and so much more when you join us from 4:30 to 5:00 this morning...hope to see you then!