Phillips Trial Closing Arguments; NFL Kickoff Today

Good morning to you on this Thursday, 5 September 2013, from the WBTV News morning team ...  John Carter reporting to you this morning.  Is your television on?  Be sure to tune in to WBTV News This Morning from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for the area's BEST newscast...we have a lot to tell you about this morning.

Julia Phillips says she will NOT testify in her own defense.  That means closing arguments will begin today in her murder trial.  We've followed this case extensively.  Phillips is accused of killed former York mayor Melvin Roberts.  Cam Man Ron Lee has more details in a live report.

We're keeping a close eye on the situation over Syria this morning.  China is warning other world powers of global economic risks of a potential U.S.-led military intervention in Syria's civil war.   China's vice finance minister says such "military action would definitely have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on the oil price."  He spoke in St. Petersburg, Russia today, ahead of a summit of leaders of the Group of 20 leading world economies.

Leaders from a local church are responding to a WBTV News story about an email calling for "only white people" at its front doors.

Detectives in Cabarrus County tell us they are looking for a registered sex offender this morning.  We'll show you the man's mug shot.

Police in Charlotte say they are having ongoing issues with people trying to cross a busy section of East Independence Boulevard.  Officers tell us since classes started last week....many East Mecklenburg High School students are climbing over concrete barriers and crossing the busy highway to get to school.  Astrid Martinez will be live with details on this all-new story.

Are you ready for some football?!?  The NFL regular season kicks off tonight as the Denver Broncos take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.  The Carolina Panthers will kick off their regular season at home this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

We've got a bit of fog in some areas this morning, but otherwise clear skies.  Very little chance of rain today...but a very high UV index!  Al Conklin will have complete details in his First Alert Weather forecast.

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