Fatal Wreck Shuts Down Part Of Major Highway

TRAFFIC ALERT!  Part of a major road in Union County is shut down right now following a fatal crash involving a big rig carrying produce.  Police in Monroe tell us the tractor trailer slammed into a sedan at the intersection of Highway 74 and Old Pageland Monroe Road.  The driver of the big rig died.  We'll have more details and your alternate routes.

Good morning to you from the WBTV News morning team on this Tuesday, 9 July 2013...John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Be sure to tune in from 4:30 to 7:00 AM...we have a lot of news this morning.

A controversial abortion bill goes before the North Carolina House today...and for the first time, Governor Pat McCrory is speaking out about the bill.

A national human rights group is holding a news conference today in Charlotte to promote protections for gays in the workplace.

Vice-President Joe Biden will be at a memorial service today for the 19 firefighters killed in the Arizona wildfire.

An oversight board begins hearing testimony today on the government's secret surveillance system.

Country music singer Randy Travis, who is from Union County, is in critical condition at a Texas hospital this morning after being hospitalized for heart problems.  Travis is 54 years old...a publicist says he is suffering from viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus.

Are you trying to lose weight?  A local doctor tells WBTV News...scales are not the ideal way to determine body health - so you can probably just get rid of them.  Astrid Martinez will be live with the all-new story for the morning!

Our First Alert Weather team continues to track the path of tropical storm Chantal...and what impact it might have on the Carolinas.  Meanwhile...there is a chance of isolated thunderstorms in the area today...and temperatures could reach the upper 80s.

All that and so much more coming your way...when you join us for WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  Hope to see you then!