Tributes For Gandolfini; Repairs Close Busy Ramp

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Good morning to you on this Thursday, 20 June 2013, from the WBTV News morning team...John Carter reporting to you this morning.

Tributes are pouring in from around the world following the death of popular actor James Gandolfini.  He's the actor who gained fame playing the role of mob boss Tony Soprano on the HBO television series, The Sopranos.  Gandolfini died suddenly of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Rome...he was just 51 years old.

A traffic heads up...the southbound I-85 ramp to southbound I-77 is closed again while crews finish making repairs following a fiery wreck that happened Tuesday afternoon.  The ramp is scheduled to reopen at 6:00 this morning...we'll have continuous updates throughout the show this morning.

A crime alert this morning...police say a man was shot in a drive-by in the Hidden Valley neighborhood of northeast Charlotte.  It's the same neighborhood where a teen was killed by a police officer during a sting in an elementary school parking lot.

The Afghan Taliban say they're ready to hand over a captive U.S. soldier in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. U.S. Army Sgt.. Bowe Bergdahl disappeared in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009.

Still no decision on whether the top speed limit in North Carolina will go up from 70 to 75 miles per hour...a brief debate was held by the full House yesterday, a final vote could come today.

A Charlotte based company is closing a major plant in eastern North Carolina.  DAK America's in Wilmington will shut its doors in September and 600 workers will lose their jobs.

It's that time of year when you need to be slathering on the sunscreen.  But, do you know what's in that sunscreen?  The government wants you to know!  Astrid Martinez has an all new story this morning...on mandatory sunscreen changes to help people better understand what they are buying.

And speaking of the sun...meteorologist Al Conklin is back with us this morning and has your First Alert Weather forecast!  We're expecting mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid 80s.

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